I have arrived in Eindhoven. I am trying to find a double room to stay but I am finding it a nightmare with all the language barriers. Is there anyone from Eindhoven able to provide assistance with finding the right place to stay? Something in the city center ideally.
If you can then please email me at simplyolaf at hotmail.co.uk
Thanks in advance,
I am amazed, that the folks of Eindhoven dont speak excellent English. Dutch people usually do.
But Eindhoven is not even listed, in my travel book. Looks like not many foreigners go there.
All major hotel chains have branches in Eindhoven; it shouldn't be that hard, as their staff is supposed to speak English. But, is there any particular reason why you should want to stay in Eindhoven at all? Of all Dutch cities, it must be the most ugly and boring...
Better move to nearby Den Bosch or Tilburg, both of which are much nicer.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 3, 2007, at 1:42 AM by bentivogli ]
I am working down at Philips. I guess I have no choice other than to stay in Eindhoven.
It is easy to stay in hotel... but i am looking for long term.
I think there must be a particular newspaper, which advertises rooms for let.
Also, check the notice boards, of colleges and universities. They ofen have rooms to let, for people who dont want to rent whole appartments.
U could also put up and advertisement of your own. Maybe somebody would appreciated sharing with an English speaker, so they can practice.
Also, ask the other employees, at Philips. Maybe they are looking for house mates, or can tell u where to look.
If u want to put up your own advertisement, I can ask my boyfriend, to translate it, into Dutch.
I have been in contact with other people down here... It might be that they will be able to help me.
I would love to put an ad somewhere... what are the best websites?
I think u could just put one up, at the notice boards, at work and in the universities and colleges.
I see... don't know how much you have to spend, but here's a few options:
- Try the Eindhoven social housing service; this is their website; ask a Dutch colleague to help you out, since they don't provide English translation, and getting a cheap social rent is complex, and subject to a large number of regulations
- If you're just looking for a room, try Kamernet. They're a non-commercial message board, but beware of the many fraudulous offers that are around. From the same company, Woonblok
provides a similar service for rental appartments
- I reckon that a big company like Philips has someone in their HRM department to help expats find housing? That may be your best bet; in any case, it will relieve you of the communication problems you apparently experienced.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 3, 2007, at 6:17 AM by bentivogli ]
... on second thought, better forget about the social housing bit. Waiting times far exceed the 6 months you'll be here, and NO WAY that you'll be given some kind of preferential treatment (just checked their conditions for you).
Thanks for your help.
You right, i probably should contact HR and see what they say.
Thanks for the links, I will see if I can find something.