When you arrive in Nijmegen or the surrounding area and you are not receiving any assistance from a relocation service when settling in, please take note of the following important issues you must take care of.
Settling in - Utilities
Having found a place to live, the provision of gas, water, electricity and TV/Internet are of importance next. Most houses come with a meter for g/w/e installed. The reading is important when moving in and when leaving.
Settling in - Garbage
Nijmegen has a special garbage disposal system. Where many cities in the Netherlands use either a system of wheelie bins for garbage, paper and bio-waste, or single garbage bags for all garbage, the city of Nijmegen aims to make its inhabitants aware of recycling options.
Settling in - Biking
The Netherlands are a country of biking, plain and simple. Using an average 1.3 bikes per citizen, we undertake 4.5 billion trips per years (give or take a few), adding up to 15 billion kilometer – an average of 880km per year for each individual.
Settling in - Public Transportation
The Netherlands have a well-established network of public transport. Trains, busses, underground, trams, it is all there. A widely used way of planning your journey with public transport (“openbaar vervoer”, or “OV”) is through the website www.9292ov.nl.
Settling in - Driving a car
In the Netherlands, cars drive on the right side and speed limits are in place both within (30 or 50 km/h) and outside (80/100/120/130 km/h) of urban areas.
Settling in - Parking
When you are living in an area where you pay for parking, you can request a permit from the local authorities. For this to work, you need to be registered at the address for which you are requesting the permit. The request takes about five working days to go through and the permit costs around € 20,- per month.