Experience of a Resident

It’s time for another resident interview! This month, we spoke to Valentina and Federico about their experience living in a CHF apartment and in the Netherlands. They recently relocated to Eindhoven from Turin, Italy, and have some great advice to make your time with us even more enjoyable!

Before we start, could you please introduce yourself?

  • Hey there! We are Valentina and Federico and we recently moved here from Turin, Italy. Federico is an engineer and he had the chance to join a great research company in Helmond. Valentina is a Designer and she was like “say no more🥹” when she heard about Eindhoven. So we jumped right into it, and we are now experiencing life in this beautiful city.

When staying away from home for business, finding somewhere that is more than just a place to sleep can make all the difference. Why did you choose a serviced apartment of Corporate Housing Factory (instead of a hotel)? What do you see as the main advantages?

  • Our relocating manager picked it! And we are really happy with her choice. Choosing an apartment gives you much more comfort than a hotel room, especially if you need to stay for more than a few days! You can cook your own food and manage your laundry just like you do at home. Moreover CHF provides weekly cleaning and beautiful outdoor (and indoor) spaces. And last but not least, the staff is really nice and always willing to help ✨

I understand you’ve been living in the Netherlands for a little while now. Looking back, what do you wish you knew before you moved to Eindhoven?

  • Umbrellas here are useless☠ when it rains (50% of the time) the rain is either too thin or mixed with mid-strong wind and often your umbrella will be too hard to hold or will even turn inside out!☔ So maybe invest in a raincoat and waterproof clothing.

What are the best things to do in the area, or perhaps to watch out for; anything to recommend to future residents?

  • There are plenty of green areas where you can go for a walk or even a run (if you are that type of person). When it’s sunny the weather is at its best around 6-8 pm, don’t miss the chance to see some ducks🦆 and funny birds on the way!

Do you have any blogs/websites/apps you would recommend to people who are new to the Netherlands?

  • For sure IamExpat is one of the most complete websites about life in the Netherlands, but if you’re looking for something more specific take a look at this subreddit on Reddit: r/eindhoven. You can scroll through old topics and even ask your own questions!