Eindhoven is the fifth-largest city and a municipality of the Netherlands, and since it’s not as popular as other major cities in the country, the prices are somewhat lower.
The cost of living in this city directly depends on your own preferences and interests.
As for the city itself, since 2000, it has been transforming rapidly from a provincial village to an important city.
There are still some place still look like a small village, while there are some places that feel like a big city.
Eating out is definitely cheaper in Eindhoven than in other major cities in the Netherlands, but, still, it is recommendable that you check the prices standing in front of restaurants before eating out. Eating a meal for two in a mid-range restaurant could cost you around 65$, while the inexpensive ones don’t go under 16$. You can get a round of good old domestic beer for 6$ per person.
If you’re super smart about your food, shopping for food in markets is a good idea, though the budget depends on whether you’re alone or have a family, and also on the store you’re shopping in. You can always save some money by shopping in stores like Lidl or Aldi. A family of three will probably be able to buy a weekly supply of groceries for less than 100$ in Eindhoven.
Although the cities of Netherlands are excellently organized when it comes to transportation and Eindhoven has plenty of transport links to other areas, most people living here don’t even use public transport and their transport costs are down to zero, because everyone just uses bikes – it’s the norm. You can get a used, cheap bike for less than 200$.
Depending on the size of your apartment, monthly utilities, including heating, cooling, electricity and gas could cost between 150$ and 300$ a month. However, for an apartment of about 85m2, your bills would amount up to 180$. Keep in mind that the gas bill goes up in winter, from November to February. Internet is expensive as well, amounting up to around 40$ a month.
SPORTS & LEISURE
In Eindhoven, attending fitness clubs and classes is much less expensive than in other cities in the Netherlands. If you want to go to a fitness club in Eindhoven and get in shape, the fee will be around 27$ a month, or 17$ for an hour of renting a tennis court, which is really cheap for the Netherlands. If you want to watch a movie here, however, expect it to cost over 13$.
CLOTHING & SHOES
Eindhoven is one of the best shopping cities in the Netherlands. It’s brimming with shops and shopping malls where you can buy anything! It is still pretty expensive in comparison to some other countries in Europe, but relatively reasonable for the Netherlands. Usually, quality jeans cost around 85$, as do quality sneakers, while lighter pieces of clothing are only 30$.
RENT PER MONTH
It is widely known that the most expensive aspect of living in the Netherlands is rent and Eindhoven is no exception! In this city, however, rent is far cheaper than in, for example, Amsterdam. Here, you cannot find an apartment to rent for less than 850$, and if you’re looking for one in the center, than count on giving 1000$.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Eindhoven
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 16.06|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 5.73|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 2.32||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 1.06|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 1.25|
|Eggs (12)||$ 2.75||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 4.24|
|Monthly Pass||$ 63.08|
|Gasoline||$ 1.80||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 176.49|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.09|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 38.65||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 27.95|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 17.66|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 13.76||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 85.33|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 29.25|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 81.49||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 987.50|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 859.19|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 1734.09|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Eindhoven?
So, since rent is so expensive here, the aspect that the average person in Eindhoven spends the most money on, is precisely that – rent.
It is extremely expensive to rent out an apartment in Eindhoven – in comparison to other expenses. However, when compared to other cities’ rent fees, Eindhoven is actually cheap!
In Eindhoven, people spend almost as much money in markets, where they buy their food, as they do on rent, which is not the case in, for instance, Amsterdam.
Transportation and restaurants are next on the list, since they are also pretty costly, given the fact that even the inexpensive restaurants don’t serve food for less than 15$.
Eindhoven: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
People in Eindhoven earn considerable amounts of money, and this is actually their normal standard of living.
With an average wage reaching 3000$, a citizen of Eindhoven has a higher average salary than those in other cities, and lower prices to spend it on.
This means they can live in this country and cover most expenses without any problems.
Of course, those that are renting have a harder time since they’re spending a lot more money.
The minimum wage doesn’t fall far behind the average monthly salary, so citizens of Eindhoven shouldn’t have problems making ends meet.
Cost of Living by City in Netherlands
*Click the name of the city for more information.
|City||Cost of Living Index|
|The Hague (Den Haag)||76.75|