App-solutely essential: Expat survival kit for the Netherlands

Are you an expat in the Netherlands? Welcome! Although our country is small, it tends to take a while to find your way around. To make it easier for you to navigate this exciting chapter of your life, we’ve compiled a handy list of apps and websites that you might find useful. From getting around to connecting with fellow expats and accessing essential services, these apps will help you to make the most of your Dutch adventure.

Dutch fluency

If you are looking to immerse yourself in Dutch culture, mastering the Dutch language is essential. Duolingo makes learning Dutch enjoyable and interactive, whether you’re starting from scratch or want to upgrade your existing language skills. You can get bitterbal-sized lessons to fit easily into your daily routine. You will be having chats with Dutchies in no time!

Getting around via public transport

Public transport in the Netherlands is pretty good. To be able to get around smoothly, download the 9292 app. From trams in Rotterdam to buses in Leeuwarden or trains connecting major cities, 9292 provides real-time updates on routes, schedules, and delays, ensuring smooth journeys across the country.

Stay ahead of Dutch weather

You probably did not move here for the climate. Prepare for the unpredictable Dutch weather with Buienalarm, offering real-time radar maps and weather forecasts tailored to your location. Whether you’re planning outdoor adventures or just need to cycle to work, you will know exactly when you can go out and when it is better to snooze one more time.

Going Dutch

Make bill-splitting super easy with Tikkie, streamlining payments among friends, colleagues, and flatmates. Tikkie ensures seamless transactions with just a few taps on your smartphone, whether you were out drinking with your new friends in a café last night or shared a taxi home after clubbing.

Finding your new home

Funda is one of the essential sites you need for finding a new home in the Netherlands. With their app, you can filter your search by city, neighbourhood, budget, and more. You can search for rentals or find your dream house for sale, explore each listing by viewing photos and maps and receive push notifications on your phone to keep you up to speed on any market changes.

Meeting new people

Meet fellow expats through Meetup, a platform hosting social events and interest-based groups in your area. Meetup offers great opportunities to build friendships and community ties while exploring the Netherlands together.

Keeping track of mobile costs

Dutch people are renowned for not wanting to pay for things they do not need (which is actually quite clever, if you ask us). With a Lebara Sim Only or Prepaid, you can stay connected without paying too much. The convenient My Lebara app helps you to keep track of your credit and makes it super easy to top up or change your credit. The only downside is that you no longer have an excuse not to call your family….

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