In general, the housing situation in the Netherlands is generally favorable and there is a large variety of property to choose from although much depends on the area where you want to live. However, this might not be the case when considering to move to the main cities including Rotterdam, The Hague, Amsterdam and Utrecht, and student cities like Leiden and Groningen. The constant high demand, especially in the main cities maintain high rental prices and although the prices are below those of other European capitals, generally they are higher than cities in other parts of Europe.
The demand for rentals is very high due to property prices; buying a house in the Netherlands has become extremely expensive in recent years. Prices of rental properties such as those of apartments in Amsterdam have gone up over the last few years and on average for a one bedroom apartment in the center of Amsterdam you will have to pay approximately €800/month.
Generally, there is good rent protection for tenants but it is highly recommended to consult a professional before committing. Our Renting Guidelines give an overview of the main points you need to be aware of.