The contact information for the Gemeente Amsterdam is all in Dutch.
The number to call for information is 14 020. (Available on weekdays from 8:00-18:00) Note: the standard fee applies, as well as any other fees through your provider. There is also a form to fill out online for questions, complaints, or reports but it is currently only available in Dutch. There are 11 district offices for the Gemeente Amsterdam. The addresses and locations of each office can be found on this map. The I Amsterdam site is the English amsterdam.nl site. It has a large amount of information for expats and foreigners that are coming to the Netherlands, including information about municipality registration in Amsterdam.
The International Student Network Amsterdam (ISN) is a chapter of the larger ISN network, which itself is part of the Erasmus Student Network. It is a student run network aimed at helping international students settle in when they come to the Netherlands. The network runs closely alongside both the UvA and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam.
As they put it themselves, “The aim of ISN is to help foster student mobility through optimizing the social and cultural integration of international students in Amsterdam. We try to achieve this by organizing introduction days, parties, ‘borrels’, weekend trips, excursions and other cultural activities.” Basically, ISN aims to provide a social space for international students to help them meet one another, explore the city, and have fun in an easy and accessible way. You can definitely hit the ground running by being a part of it, and before you know it you will have some great friends from very diverse backgrounds!
ISN hosts an introduction week at the end of August/start of September. Over three days you are introduced to the city and each other, taken on a couple of tours and workshops, and very importantly on some very fun nights out. It costs €55 but a lot is included for the price, and it gives you a real headstart in getting to know the city and other international students. You should definitely give it some consideration, lots of fun can be had!
Of course, you can find more information on the ISN Amsterdam website.
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