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I am gonig to be new student at the Unige this year, and I wondering when should I ask for permit to be there? I am for EU country. I still dont have place to stay. and when applying for permit you need some adress,1.) can I even rent with out permit ? 2.) what changes if I am renting in France ? 3.) Is there a differance in permits if I live in france instead of geneva ? thank you in advance
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Re: Student permit

Yes, you will need an address to apply for a permit here. As you're an EU national it shouldn't be too much of a problem, you just apply for your student permit once you get an address - hotel, room share, etc.

According to this you have 7 days after your arrival to make your application for a residence permit.

http://unige.ch/international/Futuretudiant/etudiantregulier/permis_en.html

Have you contacted the uni's Housing Office for assistance?

I don't think you can study in Switzerland and live in France. That would require you to have a French permit, not a Swiss one and wouldn't allow you to study here.

Don't forget you also need to arrange health insurance cover.
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Re: Student permit

As for health insurance I am getting it in my home country (European Health Insurance Card ) it should be valid in swiss ? And as EU national I dont think I need france permit ? here is mentioned that EU nationals can stay in france http://www.unige.ch/droit/transnatio.../logement.html, I am just wondering if I choose to live in france do I need differnt permit as for now in email from university there was this link: http://www.ge.ch/etrangers-confedere...es-ue-aele.pdf
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Re: Student permit

As an EU citizen, you should not need to apply for your permit until you arrive in Switzerland.

If you live in France, I am not sure as a student if you need a Swiss permit or not. As a worker, you need a cross border commuter permit, but as a student I am not sure. You would need to register as a resident in France, but as France is EU this should be easy.

Your EHIC card is not valid if you are living in Switzerland, you will need Swiss health insurance. If living in France I'm not sure how health care works, maybe there is a frontilier on here that can advise you about French health care.
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Re: Student permit

As for health insurance:

https://www.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz...guidelines.pdf

I am a EU citizen and insured by the state. Do I still need health insurance in Switzerland?


No. If you own a European Health Insurance Card, you can apply for an exemption from the Swiss health insurance
obligation. Please do not forget this application for the exemption! The procedure is described on the reverse side of this
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As for health insurance:

https://www.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz...guidelines.pdf

I am a EU citizen and insured by the state. Do I still need health insurance in Switzerland?


No. If you own a European Health Insurance Card, you can apply for an exemption from the Swiss health insurance
obligation. Please do not forget this application for the exemption! The procedure is described on the reverse side of this
sheet.
Good luck with that.

Also EHIC is not a health insurance, it enables tourists to get care at the same cost as their home country. You would need a private health insurance e equal to Swiss insurance to have a chance of getting an exemption.
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Re: Student permit

Also if you live in France, then I think the EHIC would only cover you for emergency treatment here, and not general medical cover. The exemption you linked to would only apply if you're resident in Switzerland to start with. Note that it's VERY rare for a foreign insurance policy, State or otherwise, to be accepted here. Still, depending on where you end up living, you can try and get the exemption, but I would also check prices before you come in case you need to arrange cover. Don't want a nasty shock if you do need to get it once you arrive.
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