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Old 28.07.2009, 13:18
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Re: Any first time entrant succeeded in renting an apartment through general viewing?

In my opinion it's better than not going, but it will almost always be a frustrating and fruitless process. Housing in Zurich is incredibly tight and Swiss nationals generally receive preference in applications. Because an apartment might receive 20-100 applicants (one I applied to received 250), it is very hard too distinguish yourself in general, and not being Swiss just makes it more difficult.

Try to do what you can to avoid being part of the general pool. Be sure to speak directly to the owner/agent, send flowers (I know people for whom this has worked), drop your application off in person.

It is tough and frustrating, but you will get through it. It just takes persistence!
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