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Old 14.11.2016, 17:54
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Re: Apartment size

HOWEVER to make a note, that as most things here, there are wide difference between Cantons- this is particularly relevant to you as the area you are looking at could be in GE or in VD - and the kitchen is counted in one, and not the other!

What is included?

Older apartment buildings have communal washing machines and driers in the basement area and washing is organised according to a roster. Newer buildings generally have private facilities. There is usually extra storage space in the basement. Freestanding houses have more available space. Unfurnished accommodation includes light fittings in the bathroom and kitchen only, and built in wardrobes are rare. Curtain rails are usually built in and use the Swiss runners. Cold water is included in the rent. Other utilities are extras, such as hot water, heating, and electricity, and are usually payable above the monthly rent. Utilities usually amount to around 10% of the rent. Parking space will cost extra.
Description of housing

Room count varies depending on the canton, but in Geneva the number of rooms advertised includes the kitchen and not the bathroom. Apartments in the Canton of Geneva are classified as follows:

1 ‘pièce' = studio

2 ‘pièces' = 1 living room and 1 kitchen

2.5 ‘pièces' = 1 big living room and 1 kitchen

3 ‘pièces' = 1 living room, 1 bedroom and 1 kitchen

4 ‘pièces' = 1 living room, 2 bedrooms and 1 kitchen

In the Canton of Vaud and in neighbouring France the description does not include the kitchen; a 1 bedroom apartment is therefore referred to as a 2 "pieces" (or T2 in France) and a 2 bedroom apartment is referred to as a 3 "pieces" (or T3 in France).
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