City of Utrecht Living in Utrecht

Over 330,000 people - including 170 nationalities - call Utrecht their home. With the completion of the new Leidsche Rijn residential and business district, this will rise to some 370,000, an unprecedented expansion in the history of the city.

In 2011 Utrecht was voted Holland's 'most vibrant city' and, once again, it earned second place for living, bringing up children, studying and working.

"City of Utrecht, good morning, how can I help you?"
For any question about living in Utrecht, please contact the municipal callcenter by phone: +31 (0)30 286 00 00. For English: please hold the line for an operator.

Useful links

Information for refugees

Settling in:

  • Expat Center Utrecht
    A one-stop shop for international people living in Utrecht. We offer services in 2 areas: 
    government formalities and practical information and referrals to reliable service providers.
  • International School Utrecht
    International School Utrecht provides an accessible, high-quality international learning environment for primary as well as secondary students from diverse international backgrounds.


  • Museums in Utrecht
    There are many unique museums in Utrecht with a broad range of collections. You're sure to be pleasantly surprised!
  • Cultural Sundays
    'Cultural Sundays' is a series of monthly festivals and events. Local art establishments and venues work together to prepare a festival based on a theme, which is chosen for its relevance to the City of Utrecht.
  • TivoliVredenburg Music Centre
    TivoliVredenburg has five concert halls, several other facilities and a grand café. At about 18 feet above street level on de Lange Viestraat, directly above the Ronda hall, the central foyersquare can be found, with an amazing view of the city.

For more information on culture in Utrecht, please see


  • Utrecht and sports
    Utrecht is a dynamic sporting city, where everyone can exercise at his or her own level. Utrecht focuses on youth and developing talent and is the perfect city to host international sports events.