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Register with the Municipality

Under Dutch law every person who is planning to live in the Netherlands for more than four months must register in person with the Municipality of the town where they live. 

Therefore, if you are staying in the Netherlands for more than four months, you need to register at the town hall in the municipality (Gemeente) where you are living. One of the most important reasons to register is that you will then receive your BSN number (personal citizen service number), which you need for all your administration in the Netherlands. This includes visiting a doctor, opening a bank account, and getting health insurance.

You can find out how to register in the Netherlands while studying and living in Amsterdam on the City of Amsterdam website. You may also find the online Brexit Information Point useful. 

To register you will need to take with you:

  • Your passport
  • Your letter of enrolment from Northumbria
  • Proof of your address (lease agreement)
  • Your Certified Birth Certificate (optional)

You can make an appointment to register by calling the City of Amsterdam's helpline number on 14 020 or + 31 20 624 1111 (if calling from abroad) Monday- Friday from 08.00 to 18.00. 

City Hall Address:

Gemeentehuis Amsterdam (City Hall), Amstel 1
1011 PN Amsterdam 

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