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What's Amsterdam life REALLY like?

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MrsGG1 Fri 19-May-17 19:05:05

We're considering a move to Amsterdam and desperately need some insights in to what family life is really like there. The company DH has a job offer from have made loads of noise about the fabulous work/life balance, which is a huge appeal compared to our hectic London lives. How true is this? I've also heard the cost of living is high, and while the part public/part state school appeals for our 6yo and, later on, 3yo (we can't afford full private), I can only find one with v mixed reviews. In short -! Anyone got any recent experiences to share? Thank you.

MickeyRooney Fri 19-May-17 19:07:32

Where in Amsterdam?

MrsGG1 Fri 19-May-17 19:58:45

Haven't really got that far @mickeyrooney! Would be inclined to be central, have looked at AICS, but at this stage still trying to assess whether it's a good option generally. Do you live there?

Laptopwieldingharpy Sat 20-May-17 04:15:11

It's great, we loved it. Good to be in a school/area with expats though as it is VERY hard to break the ice with the Dutch. It is not a myth, it is the only downside but you get used to it and when it stops bothering you, you move on to make great Friendships.
Sorry no recent experience of schools.
Did you have a look on
It's a very good resource

Iflyaway Sat 20-May-17 04:47:20

I thought AICS was a secondary school. Maybe it's changed. (I remember when they started it).

Have a look also at Iamsterdam dot com as it also has info for expats moving there. Expatica is very good.

Oh, and use the search engine on here cos there are a few threads about living/moving there.

The amazing thing about Amsterdam is it has 180-something nationalities living here in a population of not even a million.

The downside is it's getting like Venice and Barcelona - too many tourists!

Amsterdam is great for kids!

I don't know if you are planning to work but loads of women work part-time so yes, it's a good work/life balance.

cannotseeanend Mon 22-May-17 12:31:04

AICS is primary and secondary.

However what is wrong with local public education in a regular school as they also learn English? I'd save my money.

Here is the website of Dutch public subsidized international schools.

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