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Old 24.09.2011, 07:40
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Is it worth it to move to Lausanne?

Hi everyone,

I'm in a bit of a quandary and I was hoping to get some opinions online. Here's the gist of the issue:

Me: A Canadian substitute teacher who can work in Switzerland without a visa (but with an 'easily' obtainable work permit, due to my French citizenship).

Him: A Canadian student who will be accompanying his professor to Lausanne for six months.

Should I follow him there for the whole six months, work hard to try and find a place for us to live, meanwhile looking for part-time work? I could get a full-time job for 6 months, but then I wouldn't have any time to travel and learn French. I dabbled with the idea of being an au pair or nanny, but I much rather live with my boyfriend and not have split shifts of work for little pay.

From my research I figure that an furnished apartment will make a 2000CHF/month hole in our pockets. Plus, I'd have to pay for any apartment insurance and the mandatory health insurance too, a metro pass, groceries, and other fun stuff on the side.

Is it fair to estimate that I'll spend about 2000 CHF/month to live comfortably? I worry about the strain that may be placed on the relationship if we're living in a studio apartment, or if my bf is too busy (with school) to spend much time exploring with me, while I have ample free time (although I would like to work and take French courses).

My concerns:
- Switzerland seems so damn expensive...
- I need to get a job to help support myself, seeing as how I don't want to eat into all of my savings
-- With a full-time job I won't have time to travel to France to visit relatives, or travel elsewhere for pleasure
- Getting a flexible job is difficult
- Finding a reasonably-priced, 1-bedroom, furnished apartment near EPFL (from what I read) seems to be a formidable task
- Where the heck would I live while I'm looking for this apartment? If I commit to something online before I leave, I might be falling into a scam

The questions:
Should I officially reside in Lausanne for 6 months (find a place to live, a job... etc.) or should I just go visit my boyfriend while he's there?

Which option would put the least amount of strain on us, while still making us individually happy? I've already invested so much research and emotional attachment to the idea of living there with him, experiencing the Swizz lifestyle, improving my French, exploring the country... etc.

Please help by giving me your opinions
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