Expats often choose Eindhoven for the fact that its cost of living is significantly lower than that in the Dutch capital, Amsterdam. It's also considerably cheaper than many other major European cities.

Besides accommodation, which is likely to be the biggest expense when relocating, expats will have to factor in lifestyle costs. Fortunately, these tend to be quite reasonable in Eindhoven – there are plenty of budget-friendly dining, leisure and entertainment options in the city that residents can 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 an essential element of any expat experience. The vast majority of 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’s also important to factor in the cost of utilities when setting a budget for housing. They're not always included in the price of rent and can quickly add up. Expats should be sure to read their rental agreement carefully and budget accordingly.

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. Having 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, by far the most popular way to get around in Eindhoven is on two wheels. The city has great facilities to accommodate cyclists. Cycling will not only allow expats to get some exercise but it’ll also save money.

Cost of eating out in Eindhoven

There's a range of eateries in Eindhoven, so there is likely to be something to suit everyone’s budget. On special occasions, expats can dine in style at one of the city’s fine-dining establishments. It’s also possible to get some wholesome comfort food at a local pub while catching a game of football 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 itself and how comprehensive it is.

Cost of education in Eindhoven

At present there is only one international school in Eindhoven and, as one would expect, competition for places is high, as are fees. Expats who intend on sending their children to International School Eindhoven should budget for fees as well as additional expenses such as textbooks, uniforms, extra-curricular activities and school excursions. Those that have been hired to 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. There are plenty of good primary and secondary school options in Eindhoven and expats are entitled 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 May 2021.

Accommodation (monthly rent)

One-bedroom apartment in the city centre

EUR 1,200 

One-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

EUR 970

Three-bedroom apartment in the city centre

EUR 1,600

Three-bedroom apartment outside of the city centre

EUR 1,300


Milk (1 litre)


Loaf of white bread

EUR 1.50

Rice (1kg)


Dozen eggs

EUR 2.30

Chicken breasts (1kg)

EUR 7.80

Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro)



Mobile call rate (per minute – mobile to mobile)

EUR 0.17

Internet (uncapped ADSL or cable – average per month)

EUR 42

Utilities (monthly for average size home)

EUR 170

Eating out

Three-course meal at mid-range restaurant for two

EUR 60.50

Big Mac Meal




Local beer (500ml)


Coca-Cola (330ml)

EUR 2.80


Taxi rate (per km)

EUR 2.50

City centre public transport

EUR 4.12


EUR 1.66

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