Eindhoven was dubbed the smartest in the world in recent years but also has loads of cultural, sporting, shopping, and housing appeal for expats that want to live in Eindhoven.
Well connected and close to many high-tech multinationals, Eindhoven has a selective business and design expat community, explains housing specialist Stoit Group.
Living in Eindhoven
Philips and Eindhoven go hand-in-hand but the city and surrounds have a lot more to offer, as many expats have already discovered. The region accounts for around half of the country’s research and development investment. In fact, the city dubs itself 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 (www.talentbox.nl) helps place skilled workers in international companies. Eindhoven has great connections with the railway station close to the center and the airport three kilometers away has good international access and serviced by low-cost airlines.
Expats in Eindhoven
Today, thanks to a few high-tech and multinational employers, there’s a large community of expats in Eindhoven. Eindhoven also has a world-class Technical University and the Design Academy Eindhoven which attract many international students.
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 since moved several operations to Amsterdam. The renovation of the former Philips terrain, Strijp-S, is adding an extra dimension of cultural, residential, as well as commercial areas to the city.
Housing in Eindhoven
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. Pre-1940 buildings were largely destroyed by wartime bombing. But over the years things have changed immensely and for the better.
The center of Eindhoven is popular especially for people seeking apartment housing in Eindhoven. Many expat families choose to live in the villages that surround this industrial city, where housing tends to be larger and with more green space.
Access to Eindhoven’s center is easy through a good road system. The area has good connections to other cities via train and plane, so looking at housing surrounding Eindhoven is a viable option.
Where to live in Eindhoven
Living in Eindhoven Center
People living in the center have plenty of facilities, including a shopping mall and scores of international restaurants. Accommodation is mainly in new, pricey apartments, which are popular with single expats as well as couples without children. International schools (attended by children from Den Bosch and Tilburg) and the PSV football stadium are also located here.
North Eindhoven (Woensel)
The area north of the center is divided by wide, tree-lined boulevards, and is mainly residential in nature. Housing is generally newbuild with apartments and terraced houses for all budgets. Woensel South is a bit cheaper and there’s also 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 as well as the Tongelreep International Swimming Complex. Expats also gravitate towards Stratum, with its wide range of modestly priced to exclusive housing.
Eindhoven real estate in surrounding villages
The villages closely surrounding Eindhoven’s centre are popular with expat families. Some international schools in the Netherlands are still within cycling distance and the sense of community is greater.
Nuenen was home to Vincent van Gogh (1883–1885) and the older center stretches around a leafy village green. There’s some detached housing; on the other hand, outer areas are newer and mid-priced.
Veldhoven is virtually a southwest suburb (the other side of the A2 from Eindhoven). Housing is generally modern and in a range of price bands.
Best is a contemporary 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.
Eindhoven population and links
- Eindhoven population: 221,402 (eindhoven.buurtmonitor.nl) (The region has some 745,000 inhabitants.)
- International Eindhoven population: 29.5 percent
- Link: www.eindhoven.nl
- International schools: International School Eindhoven, www.isecampus.nl.
- 7,100: the number of students enrolled at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
- 1982: the year the archaeological open-air Eindhoven Museum started focusing on relics found in the country from the Iron Age and Middle Ages.
- 1,000: the square meters of the Parktheater stage in Eindhoven, one of the largest stages in the country for music and performing arts.
- 33.3: the highest percentage of public green areas in the country is in Eindhoven.
- 26: the date in February 2017 when the traditional Dutch Carnival celebrations take over the city.
- 2011: the year 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.
- 2013: the year Forbes named Eindhoven the world’s most inventive city (based on patents issued).
Get an idea about Eindhoven tourism from the tourism board‘s promotional video on Eindhoven.
Buying a home in Eindhoven
If Eindhoven sounds like your type of place, then you may be considering buying a home in the city. Generally speaking, expats are able to easily buy a Dutch property. However, when it comes to getting a mortgage in the Netherlands, many will use a mortgage advisor to help them through the process. This is especially helpful if you don’t speak Dutch and are new to the local housing market. Expat-friendly mortgage advisors operating in Eindhoven include:
For more information on buying homes in Eindhoven and the Netherlands in general, read our expert guide.