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Of course. I can show that I have the money. That won't be a problem. But that doesn't mean I have to spend it all if there is opportunity of saving. Basically, what I wanted to know is whether or not 1500 is an absolutely necessary amount or with proper planning, I can actually manage to live with a smaller budget. Thanks to everyone for your contributions.
That's great, I just wanted to be sure you were aware of the requirement to show a certain minimum figure and not just considering whether you could live on less or not.

And as far as the CCS insurance not being in English, well get used to it. Most things aren't.
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Old 23.05.2015, 13:51
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MarKanLu:
Thanks a lot. I don't even drink alcohol, so I don't think I'll have to be bothered bothered about price of beer!
Beer is sometimes cheaper than Coke. Though I think you get the point.

You should plan for 1500. Then if you can save, great! If not, you have the extra buffer.

In Switzerland the things that get you are always the unknow one off expenses like admin costs, permits are around 70f I think, need a certificate of some kind? More money. fines, forgot your ticket on the bus? 40f. TV license, 400f a year, forget to turn off roaming on your phone, oops! etc.

Those kinds of things add up. So you don't want to be squeezed too tightly financially.

Living on less takes a lot of care and planning. But it can be done.
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The insurance link you provided does not support english
English is not an official language.
More often than not, you'll find that there are only German or French versions available.
In Zurich, English is becoming more prevalent and the city, health-insurance etc. are putting out more information in English. Big companies like Google probably play a part in that.
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Re: living cost in switzerland

don't forget the cost of german lessons!
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Re: living cost in switzerland

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Thanks a lot. I don't even drink alcohol, so I don't think I'll have to be bothered bothered about price of beer!
You should try Beer in Europe is legendary In fact, if you dont try beer, you couldnt get the most out of your experience You should definitely try beer
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Re: living cost in switzerland

The minimum living costs here are Sfr 1'000 per month, plus the cost of the room where you sleep, plus the cost of your health insurance.

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existenzminimum#Schweiz

http://www.gef.be.ch/gef/de/index/so...zialhilfe.html
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Re: living cost in switzerland

If you have an unlocked mobile handset you can get a sunrise SIM card which is 1CHF a day for unlimited internet. That's all I use as facetime or whatsapp everyone rather than call mobile numbers. Occasionally I'll call someone but I can easily manage on 35CHF of credit a month without getting into a contract
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Thanks a lot. I don't even drink alcohol, so I don't think I'll have to be bothered bothered about price of beer!
Doesn`t drink Alcohol, methinks you are missing the point of being a student.
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Thanks a lot. I don't even drink alcohol, so I don't think I'll have to be bothered bothered about price of beer!
While alcohol is popular, there are many students who do not drink and your social life will be fine without it. I.e., no one really cares.

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Ohh..totally forgot about cell phone. Thanks.
Look at Salt's (previously Orange) university-related deals. This one was offered at the beginning of the 2014/15 academic year and might still be available: http://www.projektneptun.ch/en/orange-offer

Basically, Orange deposited CHF 200 into your mobile account after activation of a two-year contract. With at least one plan priced under CHF 8.33/month, it was/is a decent deal: https://shop.salt.ch/en/plans/surf/
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Re: living cost in switzerland

Hi downtoearth


I'm a bit late to the conversation, but to reassure you: I'm a student in Zurich and I get by with around 1000.- per month.
This includes a room in a shared apartment (450fr), food, personal items, household items, public transport, cost of university, mobile, going out and some unnecessary stuff :P
The only thing I don't pay myself is health insurance, but I do pay for the doctor bills until I reach my franchise.


If you have any questions, feel free to PM me.

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Re: living cost in switzerland

The sunrise deal sounds pretty good. Btw, I use a local brand's GSM phone (android). Will that work in switzerland?
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Re: living cost in switzerland

I guess shared accommodation will be much cheaper compared to the student lodge. However, I'm not very sure about shared apartment availability in Bern.
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I guess shared accommodation will be much cheaper compared to the student lodge. However, I'm not very sure about shared apartment availability in Bern.
Check out www.wgzimmer.ch for rooms in shared apartments.
It's only in German, but it's simple to navigate. Click on 'Ich suche ein WG Zimmer' and from then on it's pretty straight forward.

But don't forget that you'll have to get your own furniture if you move into a shared apartment (unless stated otherwise). But there's lots of cheap furniture available here on EF in the 'Items for Sale' section
In my opinion (as a student) it's not worth buying new furniture, except for a mattress.
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