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Student & Family in Geneva

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My husband will be a PhD student in Geneva... I have been working part-time and will be staying home with our toddler. So, between the loss of income and the fact that Geneva is very expensive, we're going to have to learn to adjust Any ideas of how to do things cheaply? Free activities for my toddler? Thank you!
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Re: Student & Family in Geneva

I think for a lot of us here in Switzerland it's a bit late (nearly bedtime for me ) but I know there are a few students or teachers in that area who probably will chime in when they "surface" next. MusicChick is one that comes to mind, also with a toddler so probably has some pretty good hints.

Although I live pretty far from Geneva, one thing I can think of that folks mention is that if you can help it, do NOT live right "in" Geneva - the housing situation is horrendous much more demand than supply so the rents are high and if / when something comes available, the choice is extremely limited.

Meanwhile, Switzerland has awesome public transportation, including trains that run regularly between the big cities (and I believe I recall there being discount for students?) and of course bus and / or tram to take you to and from the train stations... so it frees up a few "outlying" options for living quarters.

immoscout.ch and homegate.ch are two sites that some folks use to check out apartments and such, you may want to have a peek to get an idea of what I mean about rents and such.
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Re: Student & Family in Geneva

Welcome to the forum! You save up a bit living out of the city, on the other hand if you are to be home with a toddler, you need to have some life which in Geneva will be easier. Shop food and clothes in France, start nannying while you are already at home with one child, if you speak another language, you could tutor. There is a giant flee market every wednesday and sunday, at Planpalais, you can find a lot of inexpensive home junk. Salvation army, 2nd hand book market once a week at Rive. You will probably have to cook yourself, not much eating out. The parks are wonderful, there is art, fun for kids, it does not have to cost much. Good luck with the move.
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