Why move to Utrecht? Here is why:
It’s in the heart of the Netherlands
It’s great to live so centrally located in the Netherlands; you are close to all the big cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Eindhoven, but also to international cities like Antwerp and Cologne. Ideal for a day out or for work-related trips.
Good connections to all big cities and Schiphol Airport
If you want to travel a bit further, you can reach Schiphol Airport within 30 minutes. Moreover, airports such as Eindhoven and Rotterdam-The Hague Airport are reachable within a 45-minute drive. Wherever you want to go, you have multiple options.
Cheaper to live in compared to Amsterdam
The average rental price per month is a lot cheaper in Utrecht than in Amsterdam. Also, there is more real estate available. If you prefer buying a house, the average prices for purchasing are also lower than in Amsterdam.
Very good atmosphere because of the lively, but compact city centre
The compact city centre of Utrecht is well known for its great atmosphere, and you will easily be able to find all the shops you need. Not to mention that there is also a large selection of restaurants and bars located in the centre. What’s unique about the centre is that there are terraces located close to the canals, which are deemed to be some of the most beautiful ones in the Netherlands.
You can go anywhere in town by bike!
Utrecht is known for all its cyclists. Everything is close by, so you can cycle to wherever you want to go. In 2017, Utrecht was named the second cycling Capital of the world. Because of all of the bikes in the city, Utrecht built the largest bicycle parking space in the world. You can find this secured parking space next to Utrecht Central Station.
One of the World’s 10 unsung places
According to Lonely Planet, Utrecht is one of the world’s 10 unsung places and BBC Travel named Utrecht as one of the 5 happiest places to live.
Utrecht has several good primary and secondary schools. Expats who are looking to settle down in Utrecht for the long term can opt to take advantage of the great public schooling system, which offers expats good quality education at little to no cost. However, those intending to send their child to an international school in Utrecht should note that there is only one such option available, so they’ll need to act fast in order to secure a spot for their child.