Living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Where to live in Eindhoven

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Eindhoven was dubbed the smartest in the world in recent years but also has loads of cultural, sporting and shopping appeal - as many expats have discovered.

Well connected and close to many hi-tech multinationals, Eindhoven has a selective business and design expat community.

Philips and Eindhoven go hand-in-hand but the city and surrounds have a lot more to offer, as many expats have already discovered. In 2011, Eindhoven was dubbed the smartest city in the world by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) in New York, meaning the region makes best use of ICT and broadband internet, and Forbes named it the world’s most inventive city in 2013 (based on patents). The region accounts for around half of the country’s R&D (research and development) investment and is officially known as ‘Brainport’.

Aimed to be among the top 10 regions by 2020 in terms of technology and economy, this southeast area is a hub for start-up companies and employment opportunities. The creation of the collaborative Brainport Talent Centre ( helps place skilled workers in international companies. Eindhoven is well connected with the railway station close to the centre and the airport 3km away has good international access.

Until the arrival of Dr Philips in 1891, Eindhoven was not much more than a collection of villages. Because of 19th-century urban planning decisions, there are no canals, and pre-1940 architecture was destroyed by wartime bombing. But over the years things have changed immensely and for the better.

Now, thanks to hi-tech and multinational employers, there’s a large community of expats. Eindhoven also has a world-class Technical University and the Design Academy Eindhoven. There’s vibrant nightlife along Stratumseind  – the Netherland’s longest café and bar strip – but also strong links to the nearby countryside and extensive sporting facilities.

Phillips has sinced moved several operations to Amsterdam. The renovation of the former Philips terrain, Strijp-S, is adding an extra dimension of cultural, residential and commercial facilities to the city.

The centre of Eindhoven is popular especially for people seeking apartments. Many expat families choose to live in the villages that surround this industrial city. Access to Eindhoven centre is easy through a good road system, and the area is well to other cities via train and plane, with the Eindhoven railway station located close to the centre of the city, and its airport only some 3km away with international low-cost flights.

Living in Eindhoven
Eindhoven centre

Where to live in Eindhoven

Accommodation is mainly in new, pricey apartments, which are popular with single expats and couples without children. People living in the centre have plenty of facilities, including a shopping mall and scores of international restaurants. International schools (attended by children from Den Bosch and Tilburg) and the PSV football stadium are also located here.

North (Woensel)
The area north of the centre is divided by wide, tree-lined boulevards, and is mainly residential in nature. Housing is mostly newbuild with apartments and terraced houses for all budgets. Woensel South is cheaper and there's a great market for ethnic shopping.

Situated around the Karpendonkse Lake and Eckart Forest, the area has a range of housing including some exclusive detached properties.

The Philips High-Tech Campus is situated at Gestel along with the International Primary School, the Open-air Museum and the Tongelreep International Swimming Complex. Expats also gravitate towards Stratum, with its wide range of modestly priced to exclusive housing.

Living in Eindhoven
A symbol of Eindhoven: Evoluon, a conference centre and former science museum, was erected by Philips

 Eindoven's coat of armsThe villages closely surrounding Eindhoven’s centre are popular with expat families. International schools are still within cycling distance and the sense of community is greater.

Nuenen was home to Vincent van Gogh (1883–1885) and the older centre stretches around a leafy village green. There’s some detached housing; outer areas are newer and mid-priced.

Veldhoven is virtually a southwest suburb (the other side of the A2 from Eindhoven). Housing is modern and in a range of price bands.

Best is a contemporary, well-planned village with good access, while more rural retreats can be found in Waalre, which is surrounded by large areas of forest.

The twin towns of Son and Breugel are usually mentioned in a single breath, and popular with expats.

Son has a pleasant old centre but the majority of housing is located in newer, greener (and more expensive) districts.

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4 Comments To This Article

  • Marc posted:

    on 19th November 2014, 09:49:55 - Reply

    If you want to live in Eindhoven but still want to have the feeling of living in a smaller village, then I highly recommend the district "Heesterakker" (north/east corner of Eindhoven). It's close to everything you need and a 5 minute walk away from beautifull quite nature.
  • Heinrich posted:

    on 10th March 2014, 00:12:24 - Reply

    My vote is s'Hitenheusen, a small suburb with many brownstone buildings.
  • Nadine posted:

    on 12th January 2014, 13:59:31 - Reply

  • Hemani posted:

    on 3rd August 2012, 16:52:08 - Reply

    Best should be added to the list of contemporary, well planned villages in the neighbourhood of Eindhoven. We lived there for many years and add easy access to Eindhoven for work and schooling.