Expats often choose Eindhoven for its low cost of living compared to the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. It is also considerably cheaper than many other major European cities.

Besides accommodation, which will likely be the highest expense when relocating, expats will have to factor in lifestyle costs. Fortunately, these tend to be quite reasonable in Eindhoven – there is an abundance of budget-friendly dining, leisure and entertainment options for residents to take advantage of.

Those moving with children may need to consider the cost of school fees if they intend on sending their children to an international school.


Cost of accommodation in Eindhoven

Finding the right home in the right neighbourhood is essential to any expat experience. Most expats rent rather than buy accommodation in the Netherlands, and rental prices in Eindhoven are generally cheaper than those in Amsterdam or The Hague.

It is also essential to factor in the cost of utilities when setting a budget for housing. These are not always included in the rental price and can quickly add up. Expats should be sure to read their rental agreement carefully.


Cost of transport in Eindhoven

The cost of public transport in Eindhoven is reasonable, and it makes more sense to get around using the local bus system, which is comprehensive and covers the whole city. Owning a car in Eindhoven can be expensive, and parking is particularly pricey, so most of the city’s residents avoid driving whenever possible.

In fact, the most popular way to get around in Eindhoven is on two wheels. The city has fantastic facilities to accommodate cyclists. Cycling will not only allow expats to get some exercise, but is also largely free.


Cost of groceries in Eindhoven

The price of groceries in Eindhoven is quite reasonable, especially when compared to bigger cities in the Netherlands. Large supermarket chains offer a broad range of products, from fresh produce to household items, at competitive prices. Expats can save money by purchasing locally sourced goods and taking advantage of weekly deals and promotions.

For those looking for a more authentic Dutch shopping experience, there are local markets offering a variety of fresh produce, meat, dairy and bakery products. While these may come with a slightly higher price tag, the quality is often superior. It's worth noting that shopping at these markets also provides a chance to engage with the local community and culture.


Cost of entertainment and eating out in Eindhoven

Eindhoven is home to a vibrant food and entertainment scene that caters to various budgets. From high-end gourmet restaurants to cosy bistros and food trucks, eating out in the city can be as affordable or as extravagant as one's budget allows. The city also boasts a multitude of coffee shops and bars where expats can socialise and unwind without breaking the bank.

When it comes to entertainment, Eindhoven offers a wealth of options. Museums, galleries, music festivals and sports events are regularly held throughout the year. While ticket prices can vary, there are usually budget-friendly or even free options available, especially during public holidays and city events. Expats can also enjoy the city’s many parks and public spaces at no cost, contributing to a balanced and economical lifestyle.


Cost of education in Eindhoven

There are currently only two international schools in Eindhoven, and, as one would expect, competition for places is high, as are the fees. Expats who are planning to send their children to an international school in Eindhoven should budget for fees as well as additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, extracurricular activities and school excursions. Those who have secured work in Eindhoven may be able to negotiate an allowance to cover their child’s school fees as part of their expat employment package.

Expats looking to settle in the Netherlands should consider sending their child to a public school. Eindhoven has plenty of good primary and secondary school options, and expats have legal entitlements to send their children to local schools at little to no cost.


Cost of healthcare in Eindhoven

While the quality of healthcare in the Netherlands is excellent, costs are high compared to other Western European countries. Once an expat starts working in the Netherlands and registers at their local municipality, they will be obligated to take out a Dutch health insurance policy. Monthly payments vary based on the package expats choose.


Cost of living in Eindhoven chart

Prices may vary depending on the product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Eindhoven in July 2023.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

EUR 1,750

Three-bedroom apartment outside the city centre

EUR 1,490

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

EUR 1,250

One-bedroom apartment outside the city centre

EUR 990

Food and drink

Dozen eggs

EUR 3.53

Milk (1 litre)

EUR 1.13

Rice (1kg)

EUR 1.80

Loaf of white bread

EUR 1.67

Chicken breasts (1kg)

EUR 6

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

EUR 7

Eating out

Three-course meal for two at a mid-range restaurant

EUR 65

Big Mac meal

EUR 9

Coca-Cola (330ml)

EUR 2.63

Cappuccino

EUR 2.98

Bottle of beer (local)

EUR 1.09

Utilities/household

Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

EUR 0.11

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

EUR 23

Basic utilities (average per month for a standard household)

EUR 177

Transportation

Taxi rate/km

EUR 2.40

City-centre public transport fare

EUR 4

Gasoline (per litre)

EUR 2.02

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