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Hi Nick and Dave
My husband and I may be moving to Fribourg. Just a couple of quicky questions - what is it like?? And is it easy to rent a single house as we have 3 bouncy boxer dogs??
What areas do you recommend we look at to live?? And by your thread is it that difficult to make friends?
Cheers from ozzie and english
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Hi Ozzie, and welcome to Fribourg maybe?
To answer your questions, 1) what’s it like? Well we personally find it fine but then perhaps we don’t ask or look for to much, it has good restaurants, bars, cinema’s (films in English) Theatre productions (in French) a yearly carnival, a yearly Jazz festival, and a fair amount of other stuff going on throughout the year. The ski slopes are half an hour away, lakes the same.
Shopping is the same everywhere and you can get just about everything.
As to housing, well that depends on how much you plan to use public transport or not. If you want to rent a house then these tend to be in the surrounding villages and towns usually about 10 – 20 mins from Fribourg, houses with gardens are not difficult to find and price depends on size I would say CHF 2000-3000 /month.
We live in Marly about 10 mins from the centre of Fribourg by bus (15min cycle) it is quite self sufficient having most facilities (Badminton , tennis indoor/outdoor, football fields, baseball triangle, ice skating rink, athletics track, basketball court etc. I think a lot of towns around have most of these facilities as well. There is also a great golf course 20 mins away with stunning views and two others 30 mins away. Villars sur Glane is a popular place to live but it is mostly new appartments. Do a search on this forum for housing and you will find plenty of links to online estate agents.
Of course there are people who are bored stiff with Fribourg and find it a small town with not much going on so it really all depends on what you want and expect.
As to making Friends, well that also depends on how much effort you are prepared to put in like everywhere.
Below are some links to give you a feel of Fribourg. http://www.expats-fribourg.ch/ http://www.fribourgtourisme.ch/en/welcome.cfm?
All the best
PS Dave has left and gone back to the States (something about not liking the beer as I remember!)