Originally built around the Dommel, Gender and Tongelreep rivers, Eindhoven lies in the south of the Netherlands, in the province of North Brabant. As a driving force for innovation and art, expats constantly move to Eindhoven for its excellent quality of life and cultural offerings.
Living in Eindhoven as an expat
Nicknamed 'Lichtstad' (the City of Light), Eindhoven has been home to electronics giant, Philips, since 1891. This modern city has become known as a centre for technology and design, showcased in its many museums, art galleries and events. For example, the annual GLOW Festival is a top-rated event where artistic light installations illuminate various buildings and structures.
Eindhoven is a popular destination for expats working in the high-tech sector, as well as those in the art and design industries. The district of Strijp-S exemplifies this atmosphere, where technology meets art and old meets new. As a former industrial district, Strijp-S has transformed into a trendy neighbourhood, attracting a hipster culture.
Of course, expats from all walks of life relocate to the Netherlands' fifth-largest city. Eindhoven is also a university city that hosts many international students looking to study at one of the city's prestigious institutions, including the Eindhoven University of Technology or the Fontys University of Applied Sciences.
Eindhoven's excellent infrastructure, efficient transport system and high-quality healthcare all contribute to the city's fantastic quality of life. Despite being an industrial city, expats may be surprised to learn that there are plenty of lush green spaces and recreational areas to enjoy. Thanks to the many students who call Eindhoven home, the city also has a lively social scene.
Cost of living in Eindhoven
Living in Eindhoven does come at a hefty price, as the cost of living is high but lower than Amsterdam's. Expats looking for accommodation in the city centre will need to budget accordingly or find a flatshare option to split the rental costs. The alternative option is to live in a surrounding area or suburb and commute into the centre. Fortunately, Eindhoven has a robust cycling culture, so expats can save on transport costs.
Expat families and children in Eindhoven
With a focus on education, expat parents moving to Eindhoven with children will find that the learning facilities in public schools are of a high standard. That said, schooling options for children who cannot speak Dutch are limited, as there is only one English-speaking international school in Eindhoven.
Owing to the abundance of parks and museums in Eindhoven, expat parents will also have plenty to keep their little ones entertained.
Climate in Eindhoven
The climate in Eindhoven is oceanic. The weather in the summer is mild and comfortable, while the winters are frosty. Expats moving to Eindhoven will need to keep an umbrella on hand, as the city is generally wet.
New arrivals may need to overcome the initial hurdles, such as finding a home or the best school for their children. Luckily for most, integration into this Dutch city is smooth thanks to the vibrant and welcoming lifestyle.
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