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Hi everyone. I've just joined the forum so thought I should introduce myself!

I'm Clare, am 27, and have recently moved to Zurich from Scotland for a research position here at the university hospital. As I'm new here I thought I'd join the forum to look for advice and tips on how to make friends / settle in, and search for the answers to any other issues as and when they come up

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Clare
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Hi Clare, hope you're settling in well.

How's your German? Working in a hospital, I guess that there'll be a good level of English, since keeping up on your medical journals will require a significant understanding, but to really tap into the culture, you should at least attempt to speak German to people. I find that Swiss-German speakers really appreciate you attempting to chat with them at least in High German, and then open up and switch to English.

Assuming you don't have a car, and that you're here for a year or more, my initial advice would be to invest in a halbtax (half-price) card so you can get around on the trains, trams and buses cheap.

I've been here a while, but have been based around Basel, Luzern and Aargau, so haven't really done more than wander around the tourist areas of Zurich. However, if you join a club or sports team or something, you'll be able to tap into the local knowledge.

If you need any assistance, you're welcome to send me a message for support, although I can't promise to be able to assist. Even after over a year here, I still often struggle with things!
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Welcome Clare

I would be interested to hear about your new position. I'm from the US and finishing up my master's in health science. I also live in Zurich, let me know if you have questions or want to meet for a coffee or something.
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Hi everyone. I've just joined the forum so thought I should introduce myself!

I'm Clare, am 27, and have recently moved to Zurich from Scotland for a research position here at the university hospital. As I'm new here I thought I'd join the forum to look for advice and tips on how to make friends / settle in, and search for the answers to any other issues as and when they come up

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
Clare

Welcome to Zürich. As a person who in 1988 survived cancer with flying colours I really appreciate the research done. And this includes experts of the Imperial Cancer Research. Which to me meant, on visits to the Channel Islands and to Britain . to give a donation always, into those nice small boxes in pubs. And as a favourite uncle had Parkinsons that was the second box
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Thanks for all the welcomes and advice! 😊 I guess my issue is that my german is basically non-existant! I will try and start learning some while I'm here, but there is no exposure to german in work. English is the universal language in science and most people I work with here actually aren't native german speakers.

Swissaupair - that sounds interesting! I'd be more than happy to meet up for a coffee and discuss! You could pick my brain about work and fill me in in your general advice for living in Zurich! 😊
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Hi Clare
Welcome to Zürich. I've been here 6 years now & also from the UK. I totally understand how daunting it can be moving to another country but it didn't take me long to settle. But I have my mum & nan here so that helps!! You'll be surprised just how quick you'll pick German up. I'm fluent in Swiss German so if you ever need advice or a hand with the language just drop me a msg 😄😄
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Hi Clare

I have just moved to Zurich from New Zealand with really no German language ability. Seeing that you were in the same boat, I'm interested in how/any tricks to settling into Swiss life?

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I would be interested to hear about your new position. I'm from the US and finishing up my master's in health science. I also live in Zurich, let me know if you have questions or want to meet for a coffee or something.

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I have just moved to Zurich from New Zealand with really no German language ability. Seeing that you were in the same boat, I'm interested in how/any tricks to settling into Swiss life?

Ruth
Hi Ruth! I hope you're enjoying Zurich! 😊

To be honest I may not be the best person to ask! All the advice on this forum says to avoid looking for ways to stay in your comfort zone and just speak English... But that's exactly what I've done 😕 I looked for exercise classes that were in English, and joined a girls jogging group to try and meet people outside of work. If you want any more info (or someone to talk to that's also pretty new here), just send me a message 😊

Clare
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Hello Claire

Maybe you could test the 'Rote Fabrik' for some musical events or drinking some coffe, and the norwegian rowing-club Nordiska nearby on saturdays, or whenever they have their sometimes completely brained-off parties. You will be fully able to have friends there without knowing german yet.

Wish you luck and fun, J.
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