Move to Switzerland: Accommodation

Premise: Rents in Switzerland are the most expensive in Europe and finding a good place can be very difficult. Having an accommodation is however a prerequisite to get a permit. In this post you will get useful advises and inputs on how to find an accommodation in Switzerland.

Good to know: In this post I will focus on renting just because buying a flat/house in Switzerland is very uncommon and extremely expensive.

Despite my bunnies have an much bigger wooden house they prefer to chill in this small and destroyed one. My bunnies pay the rent with cuteness.

Accommodation: As I already wrote in my previous post “How much money” getting an own apartment can be very expensive. It is very common that you have to pay the first month rent AND a deposit of 3 months rent, before you can move in your new apartment. This can be easily a thousands of francs. I will show you that there are other ways to get an accommodation for less money. Here is a list of possible accommodations:

  • Own (furnished) apartment
  • Shared apartment with family/friends
  • Shared apartment with others
  • Student’s home
  • Single (furnished) room

On these websites you can search for accommodations:

Advice 1: Many websites and/or offers are in German/French/Italian. This is another reason why you should learn the language(s). As a small help, you can check here a post with some important accommodation vocabulary translated in German, French and Italian.

Advice 2: If you are a student, ask your university for help: Usually they have rooms for foreign students for a very good price.

Advice 3: If you cannot travel to Switzerland to search for apartments, search for a room. This is usually easier and less expensive. After a couple of months you can search for an own apartment.

Advice 4: Switzerland has really good public transport, so you don’t need to live right next to your future working place. Consider also offers that are a bit more far away, sometimes you can save a lot of money.

Conclusion: Finding an accommodation in Switzerland is not easy. It will be easier if you are flexible with the type of accommodation, you increase the radius of research and consider also offers in German/French/Italian.

Suggestion: Define the region you would like to live and make a first research about the average accommodation’s costs. Plan a lot of time to find a good accommodation. Write on your list the potential places, accommodation types and websites. Check regularly for new offers. Don’t give up!

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