Cost of living in Eindhoven: What you can expect (2021)


Sep 28 • 4 minute read

Nestled in the south part of the Netherlands, Eindhoven is the 5th largest city in the country based on population. Often referred to as the technological capital of the Netherlands, the city attracts students, creatives and business professionals alike.

Offering an ideal blend of business, education, leisure and creativity, Eindhoven is a great choice if you’re looking to stretch your budget.

By the end of this article, you’ll have a good impression of what to expect from the cost of living in Eindhoven when it comes to:

  • Rental expenses
  • Food prices
  • Public transportation
  • Leisure activities

Is it expensive to live in Eindhoven?

The fact that the average purchasing power of Eindhoven’s residents is 3% lower than that of those living in Amsterdam, is compensated by the rent and consumer prices which are 31.5% and 13.2% lower respectively.

Considering the above, you’d need € 700 (excl. rent) per month to lead a comfortable lifestyle. Based on the fact that the median salary in the city is € 1,800, there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to afford Eindhoven’s lifestyle.

So is it safe to say that Eindhoven is a cheap city to live in? Despite the average cost of living in the city being far lower than that in Amsterdam, the ultimate answer to whether or not Eindhoven is expensive depends on your lifestyle.

Let's dive into the expenses that you should take into account when budgetting your stay in Eindhoven.

Rental prices

According to HousingAnywhere’s latest Rent Index, the overall rent prices have increased by 2% from Q1 to Q2 2021.

The following prices should give you a good indication of the average rental expenses per property type:

Type of AccommodationRental price in €
Apartment€ 1334
Studio€ 837
Private Room€ 550

Food prices

Food prices in Eindhoven are in line with the average in the Netherlands.

The following should give you a good basis to plan your budget out:

Food / Beverage ProductPrices in €
Water (1.5-litre bottle)€ 0.75
Wine (1 bottle, mid-range)€ 5.99
Local Beer (0,.5 litre bottle)€ 1.19
Imported beer(0.33-litre bottle)€ 4.00
Milk (1 litre, generic)€ 1.01
White bread (500 g)€ 1.96
Rice (white, 1 kg)€ 1.90
Eggs (medium, 12 pieces)€ 1.89
Local cheese (1 kg)€ 11.13
Beef (1 kg)€ 22.84
Bananas (1 kg)€ 1.19
Oranges (1 kg)€ 1.30
Tomatoes (1 kg)€ 2.08
Potatoes (1 kg)€ 1.13

Prices for leisure time

There is a wide array of leisure options available in Eindhoven. From bars and clubs, through cinemas and all the way to cinemas and restaurants. It’s easy to lose track and spend too much, so be mindful of your budget!

The following numbers should give you a good impression ast o what to expect:

Leisure ActivityPrice in €
A meal in an inexpensive restaurant€ 15.25
Three course meal for two in a middle-class restaurant€ 60.50
Cinema ticket, Hollywood production or comparable€ 12.50
Gym membership fee (monthly)€ 26.63
Rental fee for a tennis court (1 hour on weekends)€ 24.62

Public transport

Despite its smaller size, Eindhoven boasts a comprehensive public transport system. Bus, tram and metro lines connect all of the city’s neighbourhoods, so you can be certain that you’ll be able to get from point A to point B in no time!

As to how your expenses for gettign around in Eindhoven could look like, check out the table below:

Mean of TransportPrice in €
A one-way trip on public transport€ 4.20
Monthly subscription (regular price)€ 99.00
Starting taxi fare (regular fare)€ 3.50
1 kilometre in a taxi (standard fare)€ 2.60
Petrol (1 litre)€ 1.67

Now that you have the information to strat planning your budget out, its time for you to check this item from your relocation chacklist and move onto exploring the neighbourhoods in Eindhoven.

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