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help planing to move to Zurich

Hi everyone , hope you can help and answer some of my questions .
I am British citizen and want to move in Zurich area around April/May and start looking for jobs there rather than applying for jobs from UK.
My German is very basic almost to none so i know that jobs offers will be very limited.
I want to know roughly how much money i will need for basic living expense p/m for rent (sharing accommodation in house) , bills , basic health insurance , weekly public transport and food . I expect to struggle to find job in the first few months without language but hopeful that will get job so i don't spend my savings. planing to move by my self than girlfriend to follow next year.

please correct me if i am wrong ,my understanding is that as British citizen i can stay up to 3 months and look for jobs with no restrictions but if i want to stay longer i need to register for residence permit in the canton i will be staying. how easy is to extend my stay after 3 months if i have not been able to find a job and what type of visa i will be given if i apply for residence extension and this is granted? will this visa extension be to stay up to a year or less? will 20k francs worth of savings will be enough to support me for e.g 6 months assuming that i might struggle to find job. if 20k is not enough what amount should i be looking at to support basic living for year?

i am confused and anxious and your advise will be very much appreciated so i can get an idea of what to expect when i make the move and prepare well prior to moving to Zurich. Many thanks in advance , looking forward to hear your advise.
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Re: help planing to move to Zurich

Firstly, why make the move? You admit you have no language skills to help your job search so why choose Switzerland?

Yes, you're basically right. What you need to do is register as a job seeker with the canton when you arrive. That will give you 3 months to job hunt. If you don't find a job by then you can ask for an L permit which will give you another 3 months to search, providing you have sufficient funds to support yourself while you do so. The L permit can be extended in 3 monthly increments for up to a year, funds permitting. Work to a figure of CHF100 per day and that'll give you an idea of how long your funds may last.

These threads might help:

[Swiss Job market] English-Speaking Companies

English speaking companies + Web Sites for job searchers in Switzerland

I also suggest you get hold of a copy of "Living and Working in Switzerland" by David Hampshire. It's full of useful info for both before and after you move. You can order it from your local bookshop or via the Internet.
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Re: help planing to move to Zurich

You will also be able to read up a lot about how things work here on the Swiss government website, large parts of which are already translated into English, and which refers to the applicable laws.
https://www.ch.ch/en/foreign-nationals-in-switzerland/

In my opinion, these are most effective five things you could do to make a move to Switzerlandn work out well:
a) get all your documentation in order
b) improve your German
c) look up things about the cost of living in Switzerland
d) improve your German
e) improve your German.

Here you can find sample Budgets for a single Person
http://www.budgetberatung.ch/Einzelpersonen.116.0.html
and on that same site for families, young people, seniors, etc.
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Re: help planing to move to Zurich

Why? Just Why? …….. would you want to do this?
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Re: help planing to move to Zurich

Island Monkey, do you mean why learn German? Or why move to Switzerland?

For one thing, kaymac is interested in cycling, and if one is fit, Switzerland is wonderful for that!
For more serious aspects, oh, I think Switzerland has many advantages, not the least of which is the attitude of hard work and helpfulness, mixed with time-saving pragmatism, which can produce a phenomenal resource like www.ch.ch and a public transport System which runs according the the time-table! Yeah!
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Re: help planing to move to Zurich

thank you all for the info and the links. I started private German classes to improve my German i had to. why i want to move to Switzerland ?? i guess i had enough of busy London and up for a new challenge .i think Switzerland does have better living standard than UK and better healthcare. Also the country is in middle of Europe easy to visit neighboring countries on weekends by car ,you have the mountains , lakes ... and yes you are right about the transport, on time unlike in London- nightmare.
I've been in Switzerland couple of times ,life there looks much more relaxed and looks safer than London.
Thank you all again for the info ,if you can think of any other info and links please let me know , every little help is much appreciated so i can do research and plan ahead. useful gov websites, agencies to sign up for work , websites for renting , cheap German classes, website for buying second hand car.....

enjoy the weekend everyone !
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Island Monkey, do you mean why learn German? Or why move to Switzerland?
Haha… well both

No… I mean… why move to Switzerland, with little chance of getting a job (due to language)… and spend all your savings on living? Better to stay in the UK, until you either find a job or have a better grasp of German/French/Italian … then move here! It's is expensive enough and hard enough living here, when you do have a job etc!!
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Re: help planing to move to Zurich

I agree. Frankly, learning German should be your main priority first before thinking of moving. A quick look on jobs.ch shows lots of positions in Admin, but they're all advertised in German. So while they may want English as a bonus language German speakers is what they're going to want.

Also how will you understand the various contracts you're going to have to sign? Insurances, rental contracts, car leasing, etc. Some may be available in English, but most will be in German.

There are plenty of threads here about cost of living, etc. Simply do a search using the search button in the top right of the forum page.

You may think it looks relaxed here, but it's much more rule bound than in the UK. Sundays/Bank Holidays are days of rest so no DIY that the Brits are so fond of, regs about what you need planning permission for, dog ownership is much more regulated, etc.
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