Living in The Hague: tips and advice

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A definitive guide to find accommodation, as told by locals

Last updated: November 2019

How to rent a place in The Hague

The Hague is located centrally, which it makes it extremely convenient when you are attending a university or working in Delft, just 15 kilometers away. However, locating housing in this area is not always a simple task. Therefore, it is really important to begin your search for accommodations as soon as possible. Waiting until summer might leave you with only more expensive options available. So if your budget is important to you, try to begin your hunt sometime between January and May. In fact, you may want to begin your search as soon as possible at Housing Anywhere right here!

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Hi everyone, my name is Nadine, and I can’t wait to give you some tips and tricks that will help you when relocating to the Hague. I was born in Rotterdam, but as soon as I turned 18, I began travelling and even living abroad. So, I have plenty of experience to share with you, including not just how to find a place to live, but how to gather information about the city and learn its culture. When you are preparing to relocate to another city, all of the choices can become pretty overwhelming, which is exactly why we set up this page! You can learn to become a real ‘Hagenees’, and experience all of the things to make your stay truly unforgettable!

Living in The Hague and its neighbourhoods

The city of The Hague

The city of The Hague

Details to help you get acquainted

The Hague boasts a student population of approximately 30,000 students, with a vast array of options for courses and degrees. Many students come to the Hague to study at the Royal Academy of Art, for nursing courses, to train to become a teacher, to work in public administration and much, much more.

And when it comes to the diversity in degrees offered, the Hague has universities providing courses to earn Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, Doctorates and higher learning.

While you may have relocated to the Hague for educational reasons, there is plenty to see while you’re there. You can experience a high level of culture, peaceful nature and exciting sports. Plan on keeping busy with the packed calendar of events, festivals and theatrical performances. And there’s nothing like spending an entire afternoon wandering about in one of the Hague’s many world-class museums.

Plus, the Hague proudly sports a wonderful amenity that no other Dutch city can lay claim to. Yes, there’s a beach! From just about anywhere in the city, you can hop on a tram or bus and be ready to soak up the sun in less than 15 minutes.

One thing that makes the Hague truly desirable is that all of its attractions and housing are packed into a relatively small city, making it very easy to get around in. The tram can whisk you to just about any area in less than 20 minutes, and residents can ride a bike from one end of the Hague in around 45 minutes. In fact, cycling is so popular in the Hague that there are over 250 kilometers worth of paths so that you can reach your destination safely!

Transport

Transport

Perfectly nestled right between Delft and Leiden

Cycling is very popular in Dutch cities, and the Hague is no exception. As that most places can be accessed via a bicycle, you can easily get out and about, stretch your legs and see the sights. However, if you’re looking for a faster alternative or you just want to mix things up a bit, you can also use the metro, the tram tram or the bus. The first thing you need to do when it comes to transportation is to get a personal OV-Chipkaart. To utilize this card, you can add money to it or set up a subscription. The best part is that it is not only good in the Hague, but throughout the Netherlands in its entirety. Next, you can download the 9292 app, which can help set up your journeys with planning tools and delay notifications. This app can help you plan your journey and will keep you updated about any possible delays. This app can make using public transportation more convenient than ever!

Transportation to Delft is extremely convenient when living in the Hague. It is only 15 kilometers away from the city center of Delft. You can take the train from the Holland Spoor station, and from there, you can take the bus to the university.

Quality of life in the Hague

When the city melts into the beach

The Hague is rich in diversity, which makes it a fun, bustling place to live. You can spend an afternoon strolling through the city center and admiring its historical architecture, or you can opt to go into Scheveningen and take in some sun on one of the most popular beaches in all of the Netherlands. But be sure to always check the local weather forecast before making plans, because the Netherlands can be quite windy and cloudy, with a good mix of rain. Sometimes it’s even cool enough in the summer to bring along a jacket and a warm drink. So, it’s always a great idea to check out one or two of the lively cafes along Scheveningen or in the center of the city on these dark, wet days.

The Hague is the type of place where you just never really know who or what you might stumble upon. It’s not unusual to bump into a member of the Royal Family out shopping or going for a stroll. After all, it’s just their type of place, boasting horse-drawn carriages, the House of Orange and a slew of other historically significant monuments and buildings.

Moving to the Hague

International pride mixed with national character

The Hague is proud of its heritage, as well as its title of the International City of Peace, Justice and Security, dubbed so due to the significant number of international organizations centering upon peace and justice with a home base in the area. While you may want to learn to say a few basic phrases in Dutch, due to its international flair, it isn’t necessarily a requirement. Especially in the larger cities in the Netherlands, many people take pride in being able to communicate in the English language.

If you are moving into the Netherlands from another country, or if you are going to relocate there for more than three months at a time, you will need a BSN number. To get the BSN number, you will need to make an appointment at the city hall located conveniently at Hague’s city center (https://www.denhaag.nl/home.htm). Once you have been issued a BSN number, you will have the opportunity to use it for several necessities, such as to open a bank account. Some good options for banking institutions include AMB AMRO, ING or Rabobank.

City Center

Modern with a familiar touch

The Hague in known for its landmarks, like Peace Palace, Binnenhof and Noordeinde Palace. However, that’s not all that the Hague has to offer. It wasn’t named Holland’s Best City for nothing! In fact, it boasts delectable restaurants, museums, shopping, galleries and plenty of nightlife. It definitely has something for everyone!

Schilderswijk

The Hague’s melting pot

Schilderswijk is a painter’s paradise, also very welcoming to anyone who appreciates art and culture. It is also boasts the largest open-air museum, featuring works from the Dutch Master. It is unique in that each street is named after a well-known painter, with a large sign and a piece of work from that particular artist.

If you’re searching for a place that really represents the many cultures that are a part of the Hague, then head over to the Hague Market for a bit of shopping. If you are looking for some relaxation, then drop in at the Hamman, where you can experience the sauna or even enjoy a massage.

Laakkwartier

The University area’s budget-friendly alternative

Many students are residents of this growing, bustling neighborhood. It is also an area very popular for relocations.Of course, this is due in part to the close proximity of two of the Hague’s most esteemed colleges, the University of Applied Sciences and ROC Mondriaan. In the latest count, over half of Laakkwartier’s population is between the ages of 20 and 45 years old. To top things off, the housing in this area is also more affordable than in many other areas of the Hague.

Regentessewijk

Trendy and vibrant living on the outskirts of the center

This vibrant neighborhood has two important things going for it. It is in close proximity to both the city center and the beach. Plus, if you’re looking for a bit of charm in your housing, many of the accommodations are located in remodeled 19th century buildings. This is also a wonderful place to go for a nightly stroll, where you can wander through the picturesque streets and sit for a spell in the lovely squares. If you’re looking for nightlife, Engelenkwartier is an area that offers hip and trendy bars, along with music, art and tempting food.

Now, the only drawback is that Laakkwartier is pretty pricey. However, if you love culture and a historic setting, this may be the ideal place for housing.

Zeeheldenkwartier

Where history meets hip

Popular with young people who are up and coming professionals, Zeeheldenkwartier is a small, bustling area offering a slew of reasons to make this area your new home. With a creative air, this area has real diversity. This is one of the reasons that the area attracts young entrepreneurs. The Zeeheldenkwartier possesses a unique charm, partly due to its Art Nouveau buildings, canals, historical squares and lovely streets. With many houses built before the early 1900s, the district offers a welcoming mix of both budget-friendly and posh accommodations. Expect to see everything from large mansions to humble houses with character. You may even find housing right in the shadow of the Peace Palace.

Archipelbuurt

Desirable 19th century renovations

See the Hague through the eyes of one of its most famous residents, Louis Couperus. The cozy courtyards are both romantic and historic, like the older buildings nestled around Bankaplein and the Prinsevinkenpark. The Archipel neighbourhood is also a great choice for housing, because it is a short walk from the city center, museums and green spaces. Many accommodations are available in the lovingly renovated homes, providing an inspiring and creative atmosphere. Expect pricing to be on the higher side, due to the neighborhood’s historical significance. If you have a car, keep in mind that parking is often difficult to find during peak times.