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What to bring to Zurich? Moving

Hello! We are very excited to move to Zurich (from London) and we are a bit "alarmed" about the prices of certain items.

Not knowing yet what to expect and having been promised a relocation package (container and 1 month of housing whilst we look for a "home") we wonder if:

- Would it be worth it that we buy things we might need or want to replace so that we save money? (dinnerware, appliances (few small ones) clothes, toiletries -almost wholesale ) any other ideas of what we should store/buy in advance so we can send it in the container?

- Any tips on what to take with us or not from any other experience person who moved from UK to Zurich?

- Would a month be enough to find an apartment where to live?

Thank you a lot!
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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

Don;t forget to bring an open mind. So many people forget to bring one of those and it's been so useful for me.
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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

Hi Kreeeee,

Thank you for your reply. Which is a wise advise.

I would like to think we are quite open mind, we come from different countries and we have also moved to new places. I am training myself to be able to remember once in Zurich that the sooner I understand and learn from Swiss people and their culture the sooner I feel more comfortable. Sacrifices will need to be done but they will come with a reward. I guess sit is the story of any expat Thanks again, we will put even more emphasis in that.

In addition, we are looking forward to be practical in "our own little household" and save some money and/or take advantage of the fact that we have the "container"shipped for us, so we can save perhaps few pounds buying things before hand that might be expensive in Zurich.

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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

Well moving season is coming up,


Best bet is to wait as a lot of people will be selling furniture etc and majority of it you can get for free.


I wouldn't worry to much about household equipment. There always stuff going in the free and for sale section...
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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

One thing that I found annoying is that the measurements of bed linnen are different, so Swiss bed linnen does not fit.
Bring some food/sauces/ingredients that you like as it will take you a while to find what you want/need?

I´d also check with the moving company how big the container is and what they reckon would fit in. Work your way from there.

And if you take electrical appliances, make sure you have an adapter as the plugs will not fit.

Stock up on your favorite body lotions etc as these kind of products are horribly expensive here.
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Don't forget loads of cheddar cheese...
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Coop sells it.
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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

Be aware that we live in small spaces here - storage is at a premium. Chances are that you will have far less room than you are used to. Honestly - don't start packing until you have secured a flat and understand what kind of space you have.

OH's company provided a container so I brought half a US household here. Then paid a fortune to get rid of half of that when I realized some of the furniture wouldn't even fit through the doorway. As for stockpiling... Closets? What's a closet?

Getting rid of the things you have no space or need for is a pain in the proverbial here - and expensive.

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Don;t forget to bring an open mind. So many people forget to bring one of those and it's been so useful for me.
In case of a Container you pay for the volume. So fill up the empty spaces
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Hello! We are very excited to move to Zurich (from London) and we are a bit "alarmed" about the prices of certain items.

Not knowing yet what to expect and having been promised a relocation package (container and 1 month of housing whilst we look for a "home") we wonder if:

- Would it be worth it that we buy things we might need or want to replace so that we save money? (dinnerware, appliances (few small ones) clothes, toiletries -almost wholesale ) any other ideas of what we should store/buy in advance so we can send it in the container?

- Any tips on what to take with us or not from any other experience person who moved from UK to Zurich?

- Would a month be enough to find an apartment where to live?

Thank you a lot!
The two items I've found most expensive are clothes (for decent quality) and medicines.

If you take any sort of medicine regularly that is available as an own brand in a supermarket (for example anti-histamine) bring a load, same applies to paracetamol/ibuprofen. Also suncream!

Clothes here - a good quality business shirt = 80-90 CHF, vs 30 quid in M&S. We have H&M etc - fine for casual stuff, but I wouldn't buy a suit there

Dinnerware, appliances and so on aren't actually too bad in the big supermarkets. And of course there's Ikea.

For home search - a month is probably too short. Do you have a relocation agent? In either case, start looking on www.homegate.ch for things, and I'd recommend a weekend here to look properly if you still have time before you move.
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Be aware that we live in small spaces here - storage is at a premium. Chances are that you will have far less room than you are used to.
Not necessarily - OP is coming from the UK, where tiny flats are all too common. Chances are you'll find a more spacious apartment here in CH than what you are leaving behind (except perhaps if OP has a lovely Victorian flat). Our current 3-bed apartment in CH is 25% bigger than what we had back in the UK (3-bed house)!
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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

A Sky box and some English pillows. The pillows here, like in Germany and many parts of Europe, are these big sacks, they're like half a duvet.
I find I have to fold them numerous times to get a good hard head rest, though doing that throughout the night when it 'melts' back to it's initial form.
I've converted my wife to English pillows....
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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

Welcome! I made the move over a month ago but as a single woman. Key question, is the package in cash or in services? The quotes I had for shipping were pretty high, so this might influence your decision for items that aren't of sentimental value. The trade I made on my items was, could I sell the old and buy the new for a difference that totalled less than shipping?

With the above caveat, here are my thoughts.

- Dinnerware, appliances (few small ones) clothes, toiletries

I would not bother with dinnerware, or toiletries. Marginally more expensive, not worth the cost of shipping or the space. You will always find good deals on offer for toiletries. Appliances are generally cheaper and you won't need to reply permanently on travel adaptors either. Clothes, depends. I find high end much more expensive. Cheap basics (H&M quality T shirts, skirts) are everywhere and around the same price. With a few exceptions: basic staples like ladies stockings and (ahem) underwear? Not going to get my 3 pairs of stockings for £3 Primark deal anywhere. Not even close.

- Any tips on what to take with us or not from any other experience person who moved from UK to Zurich?

If shipping were't a cost, I wish I took my basic level bike (I've not seen cheaper than £250 equiv here), more bed linen (I had Wilko 400 count sheets for £40... I can buy a polycotton sheet for that price here) and the aforementioned clothing staples.

- Would a month be enough to find an apartment where to live?

I found mine in a few days without a relocation agent. Then again, I had no desire to live in the city itself, I speak German, and I was very flexible. I have heard some absolute horror stories from others. If you are a family and looking to live centrally, it may be tougher.
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Although some of these threads mention the U.S. you might get ideas for items to bring from London as well: Good luck with the move!

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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

We did the same move in February from UK to Zug. My advice is that if your company is paying for the move, then bring everything that you can. Here's a few tips we found helpful:

Ask a few companies to quote for the move within the capacity your company move allows. They will visit your home and you can point out everything that you want to bring. They are experienced and well-used to estimating the overall cubic metres of space you will need. If you go over, then you can cut some of the items out. There is no point buying new or having to have second hand if you don't have to and it cuts down on the stress. Having our own stuff from home made our new place more inviting for us.

Bring more foodstuffs as when you first arrive you will find things like meat extortionate. We bought tinned meats and are just running out now, we have now settled and accept the prices, but it will be a complete shock to you at first.

Plugs can be changed, we bought some from coop at the airport for 1 chf each, so really cheap. Bring plenty of uk to swiss adaptors with you whilst you adjust.

Don't forget light fittings, it is more common for none to be fitted already and they again are expensive here and really cheap in the UK by comparison.
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Don't forget light fittings, it is more common for none to be fitted already and they again are expensive here and really cheap in the UK by comparison.
But make sure you do not fall foul of customs regulations re the amount of meat you could bring in. But I know it's a question of taste, but tinned meat?!!?

As for light fittings, true, we found that there are no bayonets here, so if you are bringing over table lamps, etc with those bulbs, then do bring bayonet bulbs with you.
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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

Hi we did the move from UK to Ch a couple of years ago.
Of course it depends on who is paying for the move but here are my recommendations:
Paracetamol, ibuprofen. If you have kids then their medicines. It nice to have your favourite shampoos and shower gels. I still get people to bring them over from UK!
Any random bits from Boots. Cheaper and I love Boots!
Appartments here do not come with lights - the connections yes but nothing to plug bulbs into just the bare cables. I don't like the light shades here. My taste is more Laura Ashley. So if you have favourites bring them with you. Then you buy the connectors from the DIY store.
Don't bother bringing curtains as the connectors to fasten the curtains are different. In our flat they hang from the ceiling.

I agree with the comments above about pillows.
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Re: What to bring to Zurich? Moving

Can I clarify re plugs- adaptors are needed from Uk 3 pin to Swiss. There is no voltage difference? In the long term plugs have to be changed. Am I correct In my assumption. Moving to Switzerland next month!!
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Can I clarify re plugs- adaptors are needed from Uk 3 pin to Swiss. There is no voltage difference? In the long term plugs have to be changed. Am I correct In my assumption. Moving to Switzerland next month!!
No info on plugs - but bring some non-perishable food which reminds you of home after scouring the EF on existence of said products in CH stores.

Things like Cadbury's, some British sweets and other foods can be very expensive and hard to find here. Spices are also a good thing to have as a reminder of home because you can dump them in everything. For British cheeses, Grumpy's (EF user grumpygrapefruit) cheese stand in Zürich is a valuable source.

Depending on how often you return to the UK, you won't have to bring too much - but bringing stuff over after trips probably is more hassle than bringing it over now (since you probably have more space for foods in your moving van/whatever than in your luggage which you carry on a return flight to CH).
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No info on plugs - but bring some non-perishable food which reminds you of home after scouring the EF on existence of said products in CH stores.

Things like Cadbury's, some British sweets and other foods can be very expensive and hard to find here. Spices are also a good thing to have as a reminder of home because you can dump them in everything. For British cheeses, Grumpy's (EF user grumpygrapefruit) cheese stand in Zürich is a valuable source.

Depending on how often you return to the UK, you won't have to bring too much - but bringing stuff over after trips probably is more hassle than bringing it over now (since you probably have more space for foods in your moving van/whatever than in your luggage which you carry on a return flight to CH).
forget about fresh meat because the import of fresh meat is prohibited
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