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    (Original post by PeacefulClouds)
    *High Fives* I was aiming to move in February aswell!
    I start work in March so thought I'd move about 10 days before. Do you have any plans for where you're staying? My workplace is in Zuid Amstel but I think I'd want to live nearer the centre (Centrum, De Wallen, OudeKirk etc.)
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    Nice one!
    Haha, I pretty much have no idea. Somewhere near the centre perhaps, as I might stand a better chance of getting work there. Really no idea though, where is cheap and seems nice probably
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    you know you can buy weed in the UK right?
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    (Original post by beefmaster)
    you know you can buy weed in the UK right?
    WOW, no way? ;D
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    Anyways, thanks for all the information people! I'm off now, got some Dutch to learn
    All I have to do now is search for accomodation. If anyone finds any long term stay hostels available let me know! <3
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    (Original post by PeacefulClouds)
    Nice one!
    Haha, I pretty much have no idea. Somewhere near the centre perhaps, as I might stand a better chance of getting work there. Really no idea though, where is cheap and seems nice probably
    The centre will be fairly expensive, as will Oud-Zuid. If you do stay in the centre then it may be that you have to rent just one room. Also, you mentioned that you are 16 - so I'm guessing (without wishing to sound offensive) you might be a little constrained as to the jobs you may be able to get. Do you have employment lined up before you go there? Also, I'm assuming you have what are called 'Level 3' qualificaitons? (I'm not sure what these are exactly - they may be more than just GCSE's - they may be GNVQs/A-Levels).

    Basically, if you don't have those, under Dutch law (given your age) you have to attend school to complete them. Are you being subsidized by your parent(s)/guardian(s)? Obviously if so, then that makes things a little easier regards renting.
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    The centre will be fairly expensive, as will Oud-Zuid. If you do stay in the centre then it may be that you have to rent just one room. Also, you mentioned that you are 16 - so I'm guessing (without wishing to sound offensive) you might be a little constrained as to the jobs you may be able to get. Do you have employment lined up before you go there? Also, I'm assuming you have what are called 'Level 3' qualificaitons? (I'm not sure what these are exactly - they may be more than just GCSE's - they may be GNVQs/A-Levels).

    Basically, if you don't have those, under Dutch law (given your age) you have to attend school to complete them. Are you being subsidized by your parent(s)/guardian(s)? Obviously if so, then that makes things a little easier regards renting.
    Yeah. I think just somewhere that seems suitable, obv not the immediate centre as that would be pretty expensive. One room was what I was planning on. Yeah, kind of, although majority of jobs do accept 16 year olds. Particularly in catering, ect, which is where I picture myself. I don't have anything lined up though ... was going to research and e-mail some places such as cafe's and stuff though stating my interest of living and working there. My qualifications are standard grades. These are similar to GCSE's, (OWLS, if you enjoy Harry Potter, haha,) plus Art and English at a level just below A level but slightly above GCSE. I think I would get helped out a little but by my mom, but not a huge amount.
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    Yeah. I think just somewhere that seems suitable, obv not the immediate centre as that would be pretty expensive. One room was what I was planning on. Yeah, kind of, although majority of jobs do accept 16 year olds. Particularly in catering, ect, which is where I picture myself. I don't have anything lined up though ... was going to research and e-mail some places such as cafe's and stuff though stating my interest of living and working there. My qualifications are standard grades. These are similar to GCSE's, (OWLS, if you enjoy Harry Potter, haha,) plus Art and English at a level just below A level but slightly above GCSE. I think I would get helped out a little but by my mom, but not a huge amount.
    OK cool. I'm not sure if it's compulsory to stay in education until the age of 18 in the Netherlands, so it may be worth finding out if you have sufficient qualifications to keep the authorities there happy. I'm not sure what salaries are like in catering and whether that would cover the cost of your travel, bills, rent and other expenditure. Do you intend to be able to save money whilst you are there? And are you intending to make a permanent move? I'll be there for at least 12 months since that is the length of my contract - but I could be returning to London after depending on how things go.
 
 
 
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