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New to Zurich, Switzerland

Hello, everybody. I'm excited about our move to Switzerland mid September! This is an area we hoped to live in for a couple of years and are excited to finally make the move.

My husband and I are transferring from America, I think Zurich will be a great fit for us. I plan to step outside the boundaries of teaching to work from home and will be structuring an Internet- based business.

I enjoy fine cuisine and home cooked meals, as well as arts, history, theatre, and music.

We are interested in living in an area, close to other expats, if possible, and in an area where we can use and walk to public transport, on the outskirts or even outside of Zurich in a town such as Thalwil. Any recommendations for housing or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for any feedback or information you can provide to us and for your time.

Kindest Regards!

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Re: New to Zurich, Siwtzerland

Welcome!

There are expats of various stripes living pretty much anywhere you go around Zurich, but in my experience organized expat gatherings tend to be in the city proper.

Does you know where he will be working? With a bit of care you can often end up with a very nice commute. Just about anything in canton ZH will have OK (or better) public transit, but it is still nice to not need to transfer every day.
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Re: New to Zurich, Siwtzerland

Welcome!

im sure you will settle in. My wife is also a college professor, but for now she handle online classes for her university. We landed in Oberrieden, basically Thalwil. i would say there are plenty of expats on this side of the lake.
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Re: New to Zurich, Siwtzerland

Thank you for the information. I'm finding that we'll have many great places from which to choose to live!
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Hello, everybody. I'm excited about our move to Switzerland mid September! This is an area we hoped to live in for a couple of years and are excited to finally make the move.

My husband and I are transferring from America, I think Zurich will be a great fit for us. I plan to step outside the boundaries of teaching to work from home and will be structuring an Internet- based business.

I enjoy fine cuisine and home cooked meals, as well as arts, history, theatre, and music.

We are interested in living in an area, close to other expats, if possible, and in an area where we can use and walk to public transport, on the outskirts or even outside of Zurich in a town such as Thalwil. Any recommendations for housing or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for any feedback or information you can provide to us and for your time.

Kindest Regards!


Good luck opening a bank account lol

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Re: New to Zurich, Siwtzerland

An area where Brits and USAers live in Zurich city is Seefeld:

http://blog.tagesanzeiger.ch/datenbl...laender-wohnen
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LOL... Oh, yes. I know, so I've heard! We're lucky to have a little help with this issue.

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An area where Brits and USAers live in Zurich city is Seefeld:

http://blog.tagesanzeiger.ch/datenbl...laender-wohnen
Thank you much!!! I'll be sure to check out this area.

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Welcome!

There are expats of various stripes living pretty much anywhere you go around Zurich, but in my experience organized expat gatherings tend to be in the city proper.

Does you know where he will be working? With a bit of care you can often end up with a very nice commute. Just about anything in canton ZH will have OK (or better) public transit, but it is still nice to not need to transfer every day.
Thank you!!! Yes. We hope for a nice commute, probably transit at first. I don't know the location, yet.

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Re: New to Zurich, Siwtzerland

Just FYI, we had no trouble opening a bank account - I'm sure you will be fine also.

Are you planning on driving or only using public transport? If you are using public transport, which is fabulous, I'd suggest looking in Thalwil as it has the best connections on this side of the lake. 9 min to Zurich HB.

If you don't have kids, a great place to meet other expats (as well as some local Swiss people) is one of the Women's Organisations in Zurich. You can google it or feel free to PM me if you want my opinion.

You'll find lots of answers to questions here on the forum!

Welcome!
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Re: New to Zurich, Siwtzerland

Hi,

My husband, 8 year old daughter & I have just relocated here from UK 3 weeks ago.

We have taken an apartment on the 'Gold Coast' in Zumikon & we are loving it. So many expats & locals all together. The commute for my husband into the city is 25 mins & the local school seems to be good for my non-German speaking daughter.

Everyone is so helpful. We have Americans, Indians, Germans etc as our neighbours.

Give me a shout when you arrive & we could meet for coffee...there are loads of Starbucks although its very expensive


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Re: New to Zurich, Siwtzerland

Hello,

Enge is also a good neighborhood for Expats. It is very close to SihlCity, a shopping mall that reminds me of what you see in the U.S. They have a Coop, which is a local grocery store, that has a lot of U.S. products. I think I have heard almost as many English-speaking people there as German-speaking.

As for opening a bank account, I did not have any issues whatsoever, nor have any of my colleagues. Most of them have gone either with UBS or SwissPost. You need to follow protocol to do it, which means that you must first have your residence permit in hand. Once you receive this, go into the bank with your all of your official docs: residence, passport, an employment contract, and proof of domicile. I even brought my rental contract just in case. I have walked several people through this process and it works every time.

The only people I know who have had issues tried to open the account without the proper docs.

Best of luck!

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Thank you for all of this information, as it will be very helpful when we arrive! This definitely gives me a good idea of where to look and in what direction to head. I appreciate your feedback!

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Hi,

My husband, 8 year old daughter & I have just relocated here from UK 3 weeks ago.

We have taken an apartment on the 'Gold Coast' in Zumikon & we are loving it. So many expats & locals all together. The commute for my husband into the city is 25 mins & the local school seems to be good for my non-German speaking daughter.

Everyone is so helpful. We have Americans, Indians, Germans etc as our neighbours.

Give me a shout when you arrive & we could meet for coffee...there are loads of Starbucks although its very expensive


Gill
Thank for your reply. I'm looking forward to getting there and finding a good location and assimilating into the culture. It will be lovely to make new friends!

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Hi,

My husband, 8 year old daughter & I have just relocated here from UK 3 weeks ago.

We have taken an apartment on the 'Gold Coast' in Zumikon & we are loving it. So many expats & locals all together. The commute for my husband into the city is 25 mins & the local school seems to be good for my non-German speaking daughter.

Everyone is so helpful. We have Americans, Indians, Germans etc as our neighbours.

Give me a shout when you arrive & we could meet for coffee...there are loads of Starbucks although its very expensive


Gill
Thank you, Gill. That would be great!

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Thank you for all of this information, as it will be very helpful when we arrive! This definitely gives me a good idea of where to look and in what direction to head. I appreciate your feedback!



Thank for your reply. I'm looking forward to getting there and finding a good location and assimilating into the culture. It will be lovely to make new friends!



Thank you, Gill. That would be great!

Just a piece of warning.


Central Europe, I mean the area between Lyon and Budapest and between München and Milano is most exceedingly narrow by American standards.
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Thank you for sharing this information! In what context do you mean that it is "narrow?"
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