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Living in Switzerland

So I'm leaving the UK on Tuesday 11th August to arrive and work in Bern. I start work on 17th August and am trying to get all the bureaucratic stuff sorted out before I start work. Given I've never moved country before I'm very apprehensive and could use some second opinions about my plans for the first few days.


I'm staying with a very lovely Swiss couple for the first seven days in order to go apartment viewing and to let me set up a Swiss bank account and register with the cantonal authorities. I have my work contract already -- is this sufficient when combined with my temporary address to open a bank account and register with the cantonal authorities while I search for more permanent residence? The only reason I ask is I really need to open a bank account so I can pay for a flat deposit once I find a suitable place.


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Since you're an EU citizen this is fine. Do you know if you'll be in the city proper or in a village? Rough area of where you want to live? It may help to do some searching online in advance so you can figure out where you'd like to be. I'd say finding a flat in a week is not impossible but it would go faster if you have a bit of an idea before you start.

You'll register at the municipality where you're living (take your work contract) before you start your job. They will give you a paper saying your permit is in progress and you can take that plus your work contract to the landlord and the bank. The permit will come a few weeks later, usually 4-8 weeks. You might want to tell them that you're flat-hunting and ask them for any advice to make sure the permit follows you to your new location.
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Since you're an EU citizen this is fine. Do you know if you'll be in the city proper or in a village? Rough area of where you want to live? It may help to do some searching online in advance so you can figure out where you'd like to be. I'd say finding a flat in a week is not impossible but it would go faster if you have a bit of an idea before you start.

You'll register at the municipality where you're living (take your work contract) before you start your job. They will give you a paper saying your permit is in progress and you can take that plus your work contract to the landlord and the bank. The permit will come a few weeks later, usually 4-8 weeks. You might want to tell them that you're flat-hunting and ask them for any advice to make sure the permit follows you to your new location.

I'd prefer to live in Bern itself because I enjoy walking in to work (helps me keep fit ^^); I already have some flat viewings lined up for the first few days that I'm in CH so that hopefully I can find a place before I start work. Your advice/comments were very helpful thank you!
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Re: Living in Switzerland

No problem.

Here's the contact page for the city, so you know the office hours and whatnot:
http://www.bern.ch/en/en/service/contact

And here's the main page - take a look at the FAQs:
http://www.bern.ch/en/

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You'll need your passport and some passport sized photos too for the application.
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You'll need your passport and some passport sized photos too for the application.


Got that covered but thanks for the heads up
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Re: Living in Switzerland

Make sure that your rental deposit is put into a special rental deposit account which is locked until you and the landlord terminate your contract.

Yoy may also need a debt collection extract. More on renting here:

https://www.ch.ch/en/rent/
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You'll need your passport and some passport sized photos too for the application.
And don't forget to have some cash on you to pay - you will find that unlike in the UK you need to have cash on you !

Wishing you much happiness in your new life - Bern is Fantastic!!!!
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Re: Living in Switzerland

Well done!
Bern Stadt is much better than Muri - I have to wait 5-6 weeks for mine!
How is the flat hunting going? Well I hope ?
Don't forget the next major thing to sort is health insurance..
Enjoy Bern, I am liking it so far...
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Well done!
Bern Stadt is much better than Muri - I have to wait 5-6 weeks for mine!
How is the flat hunting going? Well I hope ?
Don't forget the next major thing to sort is health insurance..
Enjoy Bern, I am liking it so far...


Yep I have my flat agreement signed just waiting for the deposit to go through and should move in this weekend or early next week Looking forward to starting work at the university as well and forgetting all this beaurocracy!! Health insurance is the least of my worries actually - I have 3 months to sort this and it looks relatively quick and easy (I hope!) once you decide on your policy.
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Yep I have my flat agreement signed just waiting for the deposit to go through and should move in this weekend or early next week Looking forward to starting work at the university as well and forgetting all this beaurocracy!! Health insurance is the least of my worries actually - I have 3 months to sort this and it looks relatively quick and easy (I hope!) once you decide on your policy.
Remember you can't make noise on a Sunday so moving then could be awkward.

And also remember that the health insurance will be backdated to the date you registered as a resident here so leaving it too long means you'll end up with a bigger bill for the initial premium payment.
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Re: Living in Switzerland

Damn! That was quick. Are you sure you didn't move to Sweden or Swaziland‽‽‽

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Damn! That was quick. Are you sure you didn't move to Sweden or Swaziland‽‽‽



Let's hope not or I'm fkd XD
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Hey, warm welcome to Switzerland and EF
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