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Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

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I have recently accepted a job in Univ of Neuchatel and will be starting there beginning January. I will be moving from Ireland!. I have a few practical questions:
if i start January i will move there sometime in middle December. Does that mean that I will have to pay health insurance for December as well?
where people working in the UNI live? My info says that there is excellent public transportation so it might be better i guess to live a bit away from the UNI to get lower rents. What are good areas close to supermarkets for e.g. and good getting to uni? I have budgeted 1000-1200 for a 2-2.5 flat + 100 for internet and electricity.
If i move in middle December will this be a terrible time in terms of settling admin stuff like permits etc? I wanted to get my stuff in temporary accommodation and then disappear on a planned break for 10 days before my new job starts
I am looking forward to meet members of the community there. I used to be a musician and I love rock and blues music. hope i meet some interestign people around...

i forgot to say that my french are almost non-existent but I am kin on getting on with them ( I had two years of french many years ago bu they are all gone now!).
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Welcome (soon) to Neuchâtel.
If you move here in mid December you will technically have to pay health insurance for December too but there are some insurance companies who don't strictly enforce this and you may get away with only paying from January first.
Registering mid December won't really slow things down very much as they only take a couple if days off for Christmas and new year. My husband's permit renewal actually took less time at the end of December than mine did in August.
You have three months after arrival in order to take out health insurance so if you arrive mid December and or going travelling at the end of the month and you are still covered by your current health scheme you could apply for health insurance in January and hope the start date will be January first. You won't be covered in Switzerland for December but if you have alternative cover that wouldn't be a problem.

The Cafe du Cerf would be a good place to start making friends when you first arrive. It's an Irish bar which has live music at the weekend, shows all the major sporting events and has activities such as pub quizzes, language corners etc. It's the meeting place for English speakers in Neuchâtel.

As for accommodation you might want to look along the number 1 bus route( route 101) as that runs past the university and is a very frequent service. Out towards St blaise and Marin is affordable accommodation with good facilities for shopping etc or you may look up in the Vauseyon/peseux area too.

Good luck with the move.
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

Welcome to Neuchatel.
I moved here 2 months ago and I work near the University. So as "Belgianmum" said finding accomodation on the 101 bus line is a great idea.
I live in St Blaise and it takes me 10 minutes with the bus to get to the Uni.
I am sure that the rent is more reasonable in St. Blaise than in the centre of Neuchatel.
So with your budget, I would recommend to get a place a bit outside.

Regarding the health insurance:
I initially moved to Kanton Bern and lived there for a year and a half and I had 3 months to get health insurance , altought I was still covered by my UK one.

I hope you will like it here, I definitely do.
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

many thank Belgianum and Health flake. I just returned from a brief visit and had an idea about the place. I also see that a lot of people live near the university for about the same money so i am not sure if moving further out is necessary. Many Uni people live in la Coudre but to me it seems to be rather high up. I can see also some nice flats around the hospital with decent prices (<1400 chf). house hunting will begin December -early next year. they have already found temporary accommodation for me so i will have sometime to short things out. Neuchatel looks an interestign place (I visited some nice bars in city centre...good atmosphere) but people warned me that fog will soon filling the place!
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

When you get fog in Neuch in winter, just take a train, bus, car or funicular a bit higher up in the mountains at week-ends, and join us in brilliant sunshine and blue skies (and dry very cold weather at times) especially if you like to play in snow. Hurrah! We live in the mountains above Neuchâtel and fog is hardly ever an issue up here, Welcome.
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

I lived in Uk and Ireland for years...I think I will survive the fog. I am reading info about this funicular but cannto understand the network. is it only one route? I found the relevant website but cannot make much out of it. I am very stressed but also excited with the move! i check some prices in the supermarkets.....I will miss the irish beef...
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

You can buy Scottish beef here- one of my nephews raises Aberdeen Angus ans sells it near Fribourg, as well as lots of organic fruit and veg and produce.

There are buses and trains that can take you up in the mountains all over Neuchâtel, as well as funiculars- the one you've heard about is probably the one between the railway station and the uni- and will just not do (eg take you out of the fog).

If you like nature, you will love the area, wild dales, the most amazing limestone circle and its fabulous wildlife and flora, etc. Happy to give you advice when you get here, as I am a local (who lived in the UK for 40 years though).
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I lived in Uk and Ireland for years...I think I will survive the fog. I am reading info about this funicular but cannto understand the network. is it only one route? I found the relevant website but cannot make much out of it. I am very stressed but also excited with the move! i check some prices in the supermarkets.....I will miss the irish beef...
They sell Irish beef in the COOP in the Maladiere centre (near the uni) but the prices will probably give you a heart attack.

As for the funicular it depends which one you're looking at.

There's the one that goes from the uni to the station ( the funambule) which is basically just a shuttle with a stop at the top and the bottom.
Then there's the one from La Coudre up to Chaumont which is also just one stop but with fabulous views from Chaumont at the top.
Then the is the funicular from Ecluse up to Cadolles which has several stops along the way.

As for the fog I wouldn't worry about it. We've been here for five years and everybody said how terrible the fog is in winter but actually in the time we've been here there's not been very much at all.
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

Quite right, the price of Irish beef really will give you a heart attack. My sisters coming out for Christmas with a suitcase of it, along with the standard lamb, sausages, taytos, etc. Thank god.

The weather isn't so bad, especially if you've endured the interminable Ireland winter.

Cafe du Cerf is bizarrely popular, despite having the worst beer in any bar in this city/country and putrid watery Guinness. Cleaning the taps is an Irish tradition they've apparently abandoned.

They're also rubbish during sports, the kind of place where they'll switch off the half-time discussion/analysis so the barman can play some bloody Europop, so I've given up on it in favor of places like Le Bistro du Concert, Brasserie Le Cardinal and Chauffage.

Ecole Club Migros is a good place for French classes.
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

Your sister is aware that she can bring 1 kilo of meat in total, doesn't she- and then it is 20CHF (must check) per kilo to pay in tax. She could not declare and hope to get through- but then she risks the whole lot being confiscated and a large fine on top too.
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

many thanks for all replies....I cannot find the thanks button! last week I went to some places in the centre but not in dafe du surf (only passed outside). I dotn remember the names but they were quite decent. I payed about 5.70 chf for a large beer and 20 chf for a burger. In the island that would be 4.75 to 5.50 euros for a pint and about 10-12 euros for a burger. not cheap but not a killer especially given the high salary. i understand that i need to so a lot of research shopping around and EF is very helpful.
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Quite right, the price of Irish beef really will give you a heart attack. My sisters coming out for Christmas with a suitcase of it, along with the standard lamb, sausages, taytos, etc. Thank god.

The weather isn't so bad, especially if you've endured the interminable Ireland winter.

Cafe du Cerf is bizarrely popular, despite having the worst beer in any bar in this city/country and putrid watery Guinness. Cleaning the taps is an Irish tradition they've apparently abandoned.

They're also rubbish during sports, the kind of place where they'll switch off the half-time discussion/analysis so the barman can play some bloody Europop, so I've given up on it in favor of places like Le Bistro du Concert, Brasserie Le Cardinal and Chauffage.

Ecole Club Migros is a good place for French classes.
We quite like le Charlot too as a bar. Neither that nor the three you mentioned have the sticky table tops like the Cerf does though. My husband only goes there for the draught Leffe and usually only at happy hour.

I have been told the Byblos does a decent pint of Guinness and is 1chf a pint cheaper than the Cerf but as I don't drink the stuff I couldn't really say.

Odile is right to warn you about the meat import restrictions. They are likely to be especially vigilant around Christmas.
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

Great information. I have now found that people go for shopping over to France regularly and specifically to Pontarlier. I am not sure though whether is feasible for people not having a car. I am thinking getting wheels on the long run but people warned me that it does not worth it ( high parking fees), and public transportation is efficient. How about going closer for e,g, to Morteau? I am not aiming to do shopping in France all the time (I need rest over the weekends!) but just trying to find info.
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

There are direct trains from Neuchâtel to Pontarlier- or trains to Fleurier and bus on to Pontarlier. The large hypermarket though are on the outskirts and quite a walk away with heavy bags. However there is quite a large SPAR right in the centre of town, with the back entrance only about 5 mins walk from the station, for either bus or train.

If you ever want to go shopping in Pontarlier, happy to pick you up from Fleurier rail station and return you there later- and go in my car and have lunch there. Maybe could organise a small group. Fish is unlimited btw, only meat is 1 kg max, but you could have my allowance if you wish.
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Great information. I have now found that people go for shopping over to France regularly and specifically to Pontarlier. I am not sure though whether is feasible for people not having a car. I am thinking getting wheels on the long run but people warned me that it does not worth it ( high parking fees), and public transportation is efficient. How about going closer for e,g, to Morteau? I am not aiming to do shopping in France all the time (I need rest over the weekends!) but just trying to find info.
We go to Morteau as it it 20 minutes nearer to us ( by car) and there is a large new(ish) Intermarche on the outskirts of town which has everything we need including a British food section.
There are more options for other shops in Pontarlier but if you're only going for food Morteau is fine. Public transport to either of them is possible but I would probably join mobility car sharing scheme and use one of their cars for an occasional shopping trip across the border and would certainly not buy a car just for that.

Having said that for a single guy with probably not a lot of storage space I'm not sure that it's worth the hassle of going across the border to do shopping very often. By shopping carefully here in Switzerland you can reduce your costs and I'm not sure the savings made in France would be worth giving up your Saturday for.
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

Hi! i will have plenty of storage! I like cooking frequently my meals. So for once per while it might worth it, but i agree I am not willing to give my free time for shopping! howver i foudn it amusing going to a foreign place just to get access to food products! for a foodie like me it will be really interesting experience!
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Re: Moving from Ireland to Neuchatel

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i am looking into health insurance. what seems to be working bets in Neuchatel? or it doens nto depend on the canton? the cheapest quote I have for basic health insurance with the highest deductible of 2.5 K is 256CHF with Assura. good? bad? i have not idea... also what works better for someone who does not speak french or german (yet).
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