Re: Schwarmendigen - Place to live ??
first of all, it's Schwamendingen, not Schwarmendingen, that's something else in German.
I work in Schwamendingen, close to tram station 9 Luegisland. I would say that it is not the nicest are in Zurich, it's suburb but it is still ok, and the connection with the city is very fast and efficient. from Schwamendingenplatz, two trams run, 7 and 9. It's definitely cheaper that Zurich center and a good place to start, I think. Also it is close to the airport and the highway.
If the place you have been offered is nice, I would consider it.
hope this helps, Kristine