Below are some of the key findings & facts from the Education and Housing surveys already undertaken by ICAP. In the Fall of 2017 the Heathcare Survey will be conducted. Would you like to contribute to this and future surveys? You can sign up here.


Late in 2016 and early 2017 the ICAP Education survey sought to understand what the international community had to say, and thought about education, international or otherwise. We wanted to know where & how the community found the resources needed to meet the educational needs of their families; and just as importantly which were the challenges they confronted. Some of the key findings included:

  1. The main sources of information about education are friends and family, expat websites and workmates.
  2. Just a tiny fraction used the expat centre.
  3. Closeness to home is the most important factor in choosing a school
  4. Nearly half would go for a Dutch school if there were more teaching in English
  5. Seven in 10 of respondents with children at an international school had no help with fees
  6. Seven in 10 are satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of their children’s education
  7. Seven in 10 plan to stay at least five years in NL

Key findings: housing survey

In early 2017 ICAP undertook a survey on the subject of housing for internationals. The intention was to discover what internationals had to say about housing: availability, costs, accessibility and hurdles faced by the community. The key findings are outlined below.

80% of new arrivals get no help with housing costs
63% had no help from their employer in paying school fees
25% of internationals earn less than €3,000 a month
16% of expats buy a home within one year of arriving
55% have children at a Dutch school,
23% at a private international school
Most want to cycle to work – and a 30-minute cycle ride is the max
Most plan to stay here at least five more years, or have no plans to

These brief highlights raises the question: are the perceptions about the expat/international community accurate?

comments from the survey

Start looking in advance because it might take some time. Possibly compromise on a few things for your first home until you settle down. Then you will have more time and less pressure to find a more suitable/desired home. Take time to understand the type of Dutch houses. They are different from other countries.
the housing market also has changed A LOT. When I first came here I had no issues finding a great place to live, then I was offered (!) an even more amazing place to live because I’m a great tenant. It was all affordable.But I gave up my amazing place to go abroad for a while and when I came back to start playing apartment musical chairs, though things got even worse in the past 2-3 years