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Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

Hello, I wasn't sure if this is the right forum but hopefully it is ok here...

I've been offered an internship in Lausanne for 6 months, which will pay 1800 CHF/month (net). I was wondering if anyone can give me some advice, as to whether this is a reasonable salary to live off (I have some savings, but do not want to be spending too much more than my salary)? I'm looking at apartment listings and am not finding much (even tiny studios) below 1500 CHF/month. Can anyone recommend websites where I might find cheaper apartments or flatshares? Or would I be better served by looking for somewhere a little way outside the city?
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

Crumbs... thats a challenge.

Here is a start:
Google wg lausanne

http://www.wgzimmer.ch/wgzimmer/sear.../lausanne.html

But then, I remember living on 480NZD a month, as a student...

Its entirely do-able.

Also check out "studenten jobs", or nebenjobs to supplement your income should you want to.

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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

Thanks for the info! I should say, that I'll be coming to Lausanne alone so I don't need to provide for anyone else. I'm currently a student so I'm used to living frugally (e.g. not eating out often, buying cheap products in supermarkets), but I don't exactly want to be living in poverty.

And my French is also terrible, will need to work on that I suppose
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

i would say that is almost impossible unless you find a super cheap student house-share. A few things to think about

1. health insurance budget about chf250/month
2. other charges, fees, transport and assorted swiss costs budget about chf 100/month

then you need to eat, which is not cheap.

in fact there may be an issue with paying you that little, i know of one company that was told by the Swiss authorities that such an arrangement was unacceptable as it was below the Swiss national minimum.
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

I dont know about Lausane, but I can tell you that I did my master thesis in Baden, and had 500 CHF/month + rent paid by the company, and managed to live on that just fine.

Health insurance wasnt an issue in my case. I was here just for 6 months, working as a researcher, my national EU-insurance covered me, but if something, you would need to expect around 150 CHF/month (at least thats what I'm paying at Assura currently).

I would say its very much possible.
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

As a family living in Lausanne, I believe you can "live" with CHF 500 without the housing (but only living, don't expect too much entertainment); but the housing makes it complicated, I have seen students who are renting rooms for CHF 500 - 1000 per months, may be you can search Comparis - take a look at the links below:
https://en.comparis.ch/immobilien/ma...immer/11966685

https://en.comparis.ch/immobilien/ma...immer/11965869

https://en.comparis.ch/immobilien/ma...immer/11996412
The last one is CHF 400 (I don't know how reliable though, looked a bit on the too cheap side). As long as you keep your rent + charges lower than CHF 1000 it is very doable.

And last but not least, good luck!
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

Thanks for all the information. It looks like there is hope, at least
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

I think living on 500CHF a month is doable without going on a limb (for food and hygiene products only). The problem is the cost of a room/apartment, being part of a "WG" (Wohngemeinschaft) would probably allow you to live on those 1.8k CHF.

Also, you may want to ask your prospective employer for support, maybe you can even reach an agreement like "housing cost plus 1k CHF".

Subject to your needs and usage habits, using your german mobile phone may be cheaper than getting an additional swiss one.
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

What about tax? Chances are that this salary would bring you below the poverty line, but wouldnt some tax have to be paid?

I would find it difficult to live in Lausanne on this salary, and I am no shopaholic.
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

Sorry, to be clear, that is salary after tax.
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

Surely with an income that lo health insurance would be subsidised?
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

Just had a quick look for shared flats at wg-gesucht.de. Guess you can get a room from 600 CHF. No sure if 1800 would be enough for an own small flat and if you really need one
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

if you live in lausanne center it will be very difficult to find a room for less than 1000. adding up all the other expenses it would be a very tight tight tight budget. personally, i wouldn't want to live here on so little and it would be a real stretch- sorry, but living here and knowing how expensive lausanne is i have to be honest
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

oh oh...maybe it hasn´t be the city center for living?
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

yes but then think about transportation costs as well. i would try to look around and see how feasible it is to rent first here's a facebook page that can give you an idea-

https://www.facebook.com/groups/330486193693264/

and i see student accommodations for about 800+ and rooms for 700+.

good luck- and for what it's worth it's a great place to be
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

It is definitely doable. I am living from 1500 CHF per month, 600 for rent and 900 CHF for the rest and it is not a problem. Just shop in Denner, Lidl, Aldi or in France and you will be fine. Of course you won't be skiing every weekend, but you can certainly have fun with that amount of money.
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

Are you living in lausanne? There is a big difference in price depending on which town you are living in...
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

I am living in Lugano, but he has 1800 CHF salary,300 more so i thought it can be similar.
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

Actually check your status.


As a student from Germany in Switzerland, you might not need Swiss health insurance. Contact KVG/Lamal hq in Solothurn for this info.
Anyway, on 1800 fr you might get cantonal help for health insurance.


Btw. imho difficult to get a work permit on that salary, but keep in mind that in case of a student B you are not allowed to work much.

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You think that on 1800 chuffs he has still enough dough for a boat?


P.S. Very difficult if not impossible to live in Romandie without French outside Geneva.
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Re: Living in Lausanne on 1800 CHF/month

The thing about transport here is that if you have to go EPFL or UNIL then that's in tl zone 12, which means most will have to buy an abonnement for Grand Lausanne (zones 11 and 12) anyway. Which covers a fairly large area to search for accommodation.

The monthly cost is currently CHF 72 for such an abonnement or 12 month pass for the cost of 10 months.

Accommodation will be the biggest challenge. Hard enough for those of us in bona fide employment, either to find something reasonably priced (keeping in mind the 33% of net rule) and not too run down, or to find something at all! As a student you may open up more options than are available to the full-time employed (at least that is what the city of Lausanne tries to give the impression of, that there are accommodation options specifically meant for students and student budgets).

I am on the cheapest health insurance I can find which sets me back about CHF 2500 per year. That's on the highest deductible. Of course if you get moderately hurt during the year or otherwise need to see the doctor often enough you're a bit hosed...... (and so am I, so I'm playing a little bit of Russian roulette with my health here...)

As for stuff outside of the basics required to live - viz. social life or travel - then that's something else to consider which I hope others here would better advise on. If you have a vehicle then the transport situation kind of changes but then you need to keep in mind fuel and vehicle upkeep.

Finally, it is possible to survive more or less without needing proficient French - I am living proof of that - but suffice to say developing your French here will help you a lot (I am learning, no point trying to resist it indefinitely), if but socially (to a degree), and you will need some guidance (translation help, a friend or the like) when dealing with the authorities (commune, gerances, etc.).
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