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Advice ( Cost of living question )

Hi,

My husband and I are looking to move to Zurich with our two young children (4 year old and a 7 month old). My husband has a job offer and if he accepts will be working in the east of Zurich near to the zoo.

We are looking for some advice on the following questions, if anyone can help we would really appreciate it.

1, What would you suggest is a reasonable wage to live comfortably in Zurich?

2, What areas of Zurich are good to live in that are child friendly and have good access to schools?

3, Are there any local schools that will provide extra support to British children who are learning German?

4, Is there a specific area of Zurich where British expats tend to reside?

Thank you in advance,

Libby
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Re: Advice ( Cost of living question )

Hi there,

When I first considered moving to Switzerland, I found that 99% of my questions were the same ones that everyone has, and by spending a little time reading this forum I got all the info I needed without having to ask the questions again.

Good luck
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Re: Advice ( Cost of living question )

Hi Libby and welcome to the forum.
Having a family with 2 kids myself, and having lived here for quite some time on various levels of income, I can give you a good figure for a decent life here in the Zurich area:

I recommend 10K per month, with 13th month additional salary paid out in December (a common practice here). Multiply by about 80 percent and that is your take-home pay.

And yes, I will be pummeled by others for quoting such a figure.

With that, you should be comfortable, but count on living in a 4 room apartment for which you will pay 2500-3000 a month.

If you can pick up parttime work, then it starts getting interesting.
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Thank you Karl,
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Hi,

My husband and I are looking to move to Zurich with our two young children (4 year old and a 7 month old). My husband has a job offer and if he accepts will be working in the east of Zurich near to the zoo.

We are looking for some advice on the following questions, if anyone can help we would really appreciate it.

1, What would you suggest is a reasonable wage to live comfortably in Zurich?
It all depends on you expectations, do you want to eat a lot of meat, or travel back home lots. The joke figure here is CHF120.
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2, What areas of Zurich are good to live in that are child friendly and have good access to schools?
Areass of Zurich. Well that would be ALL of them, but specifically, with a little one I would suggest zone 10 so you can get some help in krippe fees, and then you can also work part time and the LO can pick up german.
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3, Are there any local schools that will provide extra support to British children who are learning German?
I think, from what I've heard, most are good. Zurich is nearly 30% foreign so it's a known problem
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4, Is there a specific area of Zurich where British expats tend to reside?
Not really, it's a small city (by anyones but the Swiss standards) and public transport is a dream so.....
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Thank you in advance,

Libby
There is a search function, in the corner, some more detailed info will be got from there. In the meantime, looking forward to you coming and maybe our 4-yr-olds will meet at the Zoo (CHF120 a year)
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Re: Advice ( Cost of living question )

Thank you Abi,

Hopefully we will no more about the move in a few weeks. A trip to the zoo sounds like a good idea.

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Libby
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