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Old 20.12.2011, 20:42
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Re: Is Zurich really more expensive than London?

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Not the same price on a Friday night - lol.
Ok, I thought it was lunch we were talking about. Dinner is a whole different thing :-)
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Old 20.12.2011, 22:48
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Nobody has replied to my question though- if the average rent in the UK is now more than 50% of income - what proportion of your income is your rent in ZH?
2% of my monthly income; mortgage interest is rock bottom!
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Old 21.12.2011, 00:00
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Only if you hand around in ex-pat pubs. If you drink Swiss beer in a no-frills normals Swiss place you can get the equivalent of a pint for 6 or 7 CHF. If you know where to go for as little as 5.50.
I guess there's a premium for life and atmosphere
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Old 21.12.2011, 00:03
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Nobody has replied to my question though- if the average rent in the UK is now more than 50% of income - what proportion of your income is your rent in ZH?
where do you get this figure from? i don't believe it.
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Old 21.12.2011, 00:47
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Food + Eating out is double.
A cleaner £20 hour probably at least double
Medical insurance probably double but required by law.
Car repairs double
Speeding fines from 40 chf to 400 days earnings + prison

Parking tickets cheaper
I hope you all take advantage of that
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Old 21.12.2011, 09:45
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I guess there's a premium for life and atmosphere
or a premium maybe for not being able to order in German?

or Serbo-Croatian for that matter.
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where do you get this figure from? i don't believe it.
BBC news documentary a few days ago (BBC1). Please see my later edit - figures are for London, not UK.
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Old 21.12.2011, 10:25
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BBC news documentary a few days ago (BBC1). Please see my later edit - figures are for London, not UK.
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15284892

Figure seems to be based on single income for 2 bedroom home - not clear if house or flat.
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:-) Yes, the Widder Bar Club Sandwich is definitely worth the CHF 32 :-) if you pay also for the nice smile of the very handsome waiter
A sandwich for CHF 32!!!
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2% of my monthly income; mortgage interest is rock bottom!
Interest only - or do you earn a really impressive salary?
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Old 21.12.2011, 11:11
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Interest only - or do you earn a really impressive salary?
or live under a bridge?
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Old 21.12.2011, 11:16
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Interest only - or do you earn a really impressive salary?
2% with repayments with today's interest rates (around .7%) seems achievable. Repayments are usually not a lot (unless you signed up to a bad deal), since they can be done through the 3rd Pillar, so less than 6k a year per person.

We found London really expensive but moved from a tiny house in London to a huge flat here and paid 50% (but in the center of Zug not Zurich).

I would personally never pay 50% of my income in rent. We moved further out in London and found a less expensive place and saved the difference. Friends lived in a studio in Olympia when we rented a house in Wimbledon for a similar price.

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