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 important 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 eating out in Eindhoven

Eindhoven has a plethora of eateries, so there will likely be something to suit everyone’s budget. On special occasions, expats can dine in style at one of the city’s high-end establishments. It’s also possible to get some wholesome comfort food at a local pub while catching a football game without breaking the bank.


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 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, extra-curricular 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 into the 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 or no cost.


Cost of living in Eindhoven chart

Prices may vary depending on product and service provider. The list below shows average prices for Eindhoven in September 2022.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

EUR 1,155

One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

EUR 959

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

EUR 1,699

Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

EUR 1,443

Groceries

Milk (1 litre)

EUR 1

Loaf of white bread

EUR 1.92

Rice (1kg)

EUR 1.72

Dozen eggs

EUR 2.17

Chicken breasts (1kg)

EUR 7.98

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)

EUR 8.20

Household

Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

EUR 0.15

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

EUR 39

Utilities (monthly for average size home)

EUR 182

Eating out

Three-course meal at mid-range restaurant for two

EUR 60

Big Mac Meal

EUR 10

Cappuccino

EUR 3

Local beer (500ml)

EUR 5.25

Coca-Cola (330ml)

EUR 2.60

Transport

Taxi rate (per km)

EUR 2.50

City centre public transport

EUR 4.50

Petrol/gasoline

EUR 2.13

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