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General

Utrecht, as one of the oldest cities, is the most populous city and the capital of the province of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Here you can find a big amount of historical buildings, shops, museums. Furthermore, Utrecht hosts famous festivals every year. As the "most vibrant city" in the Netherlands, Utrecht is one of the most comfortable places for living. This city is well known for the largest student population in the country. So more than 60% of inhabitants are highly educated.

There is one interesting fact that Utrecht is a real bicycle city with long bicycle roads and big parking facilities.

4th

largest city in the Netherlands


Cost of living
Property prices
  • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 1,003
  • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 736
  • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,697
  • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,250
Utilities (monthy)
  • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 147
  • Internet € 28
Transportation
  • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2.5
  • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 62
  • Taxi 1km ride € 2
  • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.5
Food & Restaraunts
  • The average food basket € 31                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
  • Lunch € 15
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60
  • Beer € 5
  • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.6
  • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2
Sports and leisure
  • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 24
  • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 10.5

Healthcare

In the Dutch healthcare system, your doctor/general practitioner plays the main role. Because when you are ill, you consult your general practitioner, who will give a special letter for a medical specialist. That`s why you need to sign up for doctor`s practice.

Medications are provided by pharmacies, chemists and supermarkets in Utrecht. Most medicine is covered by insurance (only if you have a prescription). However, you can buy some drugs without a prescription.

Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Furthermore, almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

More about health care system


Education

There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students, Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Utrecht.

More about education system


Climate

Utrecht, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild summers and winters. The average temperature in summer is 22°C (71 °F) and in winter 3°C (37 °F).

 22°C

average summer temperature

C

average temperature in winter


Safety

Utrecht is a very safe city, as the rest of the country. This city has a safety level of 67% safe according to Numbeo`s rating. However, as in every city you have to be more careful at night and in overcrowded places. And about crime, this city is also safe for residents.

67/100

Numbeo

Safety Index


Economy

Utrecht is a center of water, railway, and road infrastructure in the Netherlands. However, according to the economic strategy, this city is working on improving the living and working environment. Utrecht, as one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands, is a city with 3 main values in business quality, creativity and sustainability. Now Utrecht attracts professionals from many countries.

1552

Minimum monthly salary

3600

Average monthly

salary


People

Expat communities are common in Utrecht because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help if it is needed.

Meetup

InterNations

Expat Utrecht

  • General

    Utrecht, as one of the oldest cities, is the most populous city and the capital of the province of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Here you can find a big amount of historical buildings, shops, museums. Furthermore, Utrecht hosts famous festivals every year. As the "most vibrant city" in the Netherlands, Utrecht is one of the most comfortable places for living. This city is well known for the largest student population in the country. So more than 60% of inhabitants are highly educated.

    There is one interesting fact that Utrecht is a real bicycle city with long bicycle roads and big parking facilities.

    4th

    largest city in the Netherlands

  • Cost of living
    Property prices
    • Apartment rent (small) in City Centre € 1,003
    • Apartment (small) Outside of Centre € 736
    • Apartment (big) in City Centre € 1,697
    • Apartment (big) Outside of Centre € 1,250
    Utilities (monthy)
    • Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for big apartment € 147
    • Internet € 28
    Transportation
    • One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2.5
    • Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 62
    • Taxi 1km ride € 2
    • Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.5
    Food & Restaraunts
    • The average food basket € 31                                                                                                                                                                                         milk (1 liter), 1 bread (500g), eggs (12), local cheese (1kg), chicken breasts (1kg), apples (1kg), potato (1kg), water (1,5 liter), a bottle of wine, domestic beer (0,5l bottle)
    • Lunch € 15
    • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60
    • Beer € 5
    • Cappuccino (regular) € 2.6
    • Coke/Pepsi (0,33 liter bottle) € 2
    Sports and leisure
    • Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 24
    • Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat € 10.5
  • Healthcare

    In the Dutch healthcare system, your doctor/general practitioner plays the main role. Because when you are ill, you consult your general practitioner, who will give a special letter for a medical specialist. That`s why you need to sign up for doctor`s practice.

    Medications are provided by pharmacies, chemists and supermarkets in Utrecht. Most medicine is covered by insurance (only if you have a prescription). However, you can buy some drugs without a prescription.

    Dutch healthcare system in 2015 was rated as the best in Europe (this country spends around 11.2% of GDP on health). Furthermore, almost all doctors there speak English (English is a second language for more than 80% of Dutch). Besides, it is obligatory to take out standard health insurance in the Netherlands for everyone.

    Your employer will pay 6.75% of your salary for you for the basic insurance (Zvw), and deduct 9.65% from your pay for the long-term care (Wlz). Also, you have to pay monthly contributions to your health insurer.

    More about health care system

  • Education

    There is a three-level educational system in the Netherlands. On the third level you can choose between vocational (HBO = University of Applied Sciences) and academic (WO = Research University) level. Bachelor's and Master's degree are available. There are two kinds of institutions in the Netherlands: private and governmental (Dutch government sets Dutch university fees). For EU students Dutch university fees start from 1 950 EUR, but for non-EU students, Dutch university fees for Bachelor`s programmes are between 6 000 EUR and 15 000 EUR and for Master’s programmes between 8 000 EUR and 20 000 EUR. Here you can find universities, colleges and education providers in Utrecht.

    More about education system

  • Climate

    Utrecht, as a city with an oceanic climate, is considered as a place with mild summers and winters. The average temperature in summer is 22°C (71 °F) and in winter 3°C (37 °F).

     22°C

    average summer temperature

    C

    average temperature in winter

  • Safety

    Utrecht is a very safe city, as the rest of the country. This city has a safety level of 67% safe according to Numbeo`s rating. However, as in every city you have to be more careful at night and in overcrowded places. And about crime, this city is also safe for residents.

    67/100

    Numbeo

    Safety Index

  • Economy

    Utrecht is a center of water, railway, and road infrastructure in the Netherlands. However, according to the economic strategy, this city is working on improving the living and working environment. Utrecht, as one of the biggest cities in the Netherlands, is a city with 3 main values in business quality, creativity and sustainability. Now Utrecht attracts professionals from many countries.

    1552

    Minimum monthly salary

    3600

    Average monthly

    salary

  • People

    Expat communities are common in Utrecht because there you can connect with other expats, find friends and help if it is needed.

    Meetup

    InterNations

    Expat Utrecht

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