The dutch technological city
Eindhoven is a good city to do your Erasmus if you want to party and study. You'll party on thursday, friday and saturday, maybe meet in someone's house on sunday to play poker or go to ice-skating or to the cinema on tuesday. You can visit the city in 3 hours, it isn't a touristic city so if your friends are planning to visit you'll have to go to Amsterdam (1 hour and 20 minutes by train). The weather is awful, it rains a lot (my advise to you is to buy a waterproof jacket) and in winter is quite cold (we had temperatures about -15ºC). You'll have to buy a bike in order to move around the city and in winter you have to be very careful with the ice. The good thing is that there are lots of bike paths and you can easily go to anywhere by bike. The city is famous for the Philips factory and the PSV football team. You can find party in the Stratum, near the centre, it is a street with lots of bars (it is said that it is the longest pub street in the Netherlands). All the people speak a good English and they are nice (when they are not drunk). The gastronomy in the Netherlands is horrible, but if you know how to cook you can impress your friends and flatmates by cooking your own specialities (the food is not really expensive). The prices in general are quite affordable, I recommend you to go to the Albert Heijn to buy. One of the best things of the city is its location, near Belgium (you can visit Gent, Antwerpen, Brugge or Bruxelles), Germany (Koln is really near and my advise to you is to go to the Oktoberfest in München) and by train you can visit the most important cities in the Netherlands (buying a day ticket in Kruidvaat or Blokkers when there is an offer available you can travel the whole day for 13 €), like Amsterdam, Utrecht, Delft, Den Haag, Rotterdam or Maastricht. It has its own airport with some low-cost airlines like Ryanair (you can travel to Milan, London, Stockholm, Spain, Oslo,...) and Wizzair (Budapest, Prague, Belgrade, Sofia,...) so if you want to travel it is a great opportunity to go there! The best thing of the Erasmus is meeting all the people that are exchange students like you, meeting people of different countries and planning different activities together.
If you want more information about my experience there, please visit my blog: http://tuerasmus.blogspot.com/