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Just arrived yesterday with my wife and 2 kids from Canada. We rented a flat Romanel-Sur-Lausanne, online. Thanfully it seems like we made a god choice. It's a quiet town. Seems like the majority of the 3000 population live in the many apartment buildings all around us but yesterday evening when we were outside we didnt see anybody or hear a sound. We couldn't wait to get to Migros having heard so much about it on this forum. It was only a quick visit for essentiels so need more time to really investigate. First frustration is only being able to buy 1 litre bottles of milk, it's going to mean lot sof trips for milk buying and it's not cheap. Less milk for the kids!
This morning we did IKEA trip....what a zoo. Does everybody go there on saturday? Went across the street to coop for some more shopping and more price comparisons. Wow.....9chf for a small box of raspberries and blueberries....7chf for a romaine lettuce. i guess we'll just get used to what and where is cheaper.
Happy to be here. I start at EPFL on monday so then life will get interesting not just for me but for my wife with 2 kids to entertain all day.
This forum has been the best source of info for me in all my planning for coming here. Now it'll be interesting forming my own opinions.
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Re: life in switzerland...here we go

Welcome, it sounds like you're off to a pretty solid start. Ikea is a Zoo on Saturdays, but it isn't that bad on weeknights and is open pretty late (10pm I think). As for the grocery prices, you should be able to get the 6-packs of 1 litre milk's, and if you have a car it might be worth driving to France once a month to pick up some of the stuff cheaper. Oh and the nice fruite etc are out of season now, I would expect that they be cheaper when they don't all have to be imported from as far away as they are now. Good luck!
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Re: life in switzerland...here we go

I prefer fresh milk myself, but it's not as expensive since I don't drink two glasses a day anymore like I did as a kid. I noticed that a lot of people here drink UHT milk, which doesn't need to be refrigerated until you open it. I've seen the UHT milk come in multiple-bottle packages in some stores.

In terms of grocery shopping in France, a lot of folks in the Geneva area go to the Carrefour in Ségny and the Casino (name of a French hypermarket chain) in Divonne. I don't know if there are other French stores closer to Lausanne.
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Oh and the nice fruits etc are out of season now, I would expect that they be cheaper when they don't all have to be imported from as far away as they are now.
What surprises me is actually the amount of supermarket produce here that isn't imported, marked with the nice, red 'Swiss quality' label. I know I have better things to do while grocery shopping, but I wonder oftentimes if this is more the result of market protections or agricultural subsidies.

This week, I think I saw Swiss tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, Gala apples and pears at Migros. Apples and pears can be left over from the autumn, but tomatoes are definitely meant to be picked in summer. Nevertheless, the Swiss tomatoes looked really good. The pears...not so appealing.
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Just arrived yesterday with my wife and 2 kids from Canada. We rented a flat Romanel-Sur-Lausanne, online. Thanfully it seems like we made a god choice. It's a quiet town. Seems like the majority of the 3000 population live in the many apartment buildings all around us but yesterday evening when we were outside we didnt see anybody or hear a sound. We couldn't wait to get to Migros having heard so much about it on this forum. It was only a quick visit for essentiels so need more time to really investigate. First frustration is only being able to buy 1 litre bottles of milk, it's going to mean lot sof trips for milk buying and it's not cheap. Less milk for the kids!
This morning we did IKEA trip....what a zoo. Does everybody go there on saturday? Went across the street to coop for some more shopping and more price comparisons. Wow.....9chf for a small box of raspberries and blueberries....7chf for a romaine lettuce. i guess we'll just get used to what and where is cheaper.
Happy to be here. I start at EPFL on monday so then life will get interesting not just for me but for my wife with 2 kids to entertain all day.
This forum has been the best source of info for me in all my planning for coming here. Now it'll be interesting forming my own opinions.


Subscribe to the COOP and Migros magazines,they are FREE and come in french german and italian issue depending on the region you live in and your language preferences. ! You'll get them weekly in the mail on Monday/Tuesday and all the special sales of the week are listed in there.For example Migros/Coop etc run frequently sales on Milk 10 liters for 10 francs,well UHT milk obviously and I used to stock up to 80 + liters this way ,lasted well until the next sale and saved money.

You will find that the supermarkets won't carry everything all year round,they are still very much following the seasons,bar some other things such as tomatoes all year round etc. This explains why the raspberries were so expensive NOW,you will see the price of a punnet drop significantly in summer when they are in season

Ikea on a weekend ???? Only if you got nerves of steel. If you got a car and can take a morning off during the week ,then visit the store just when it opens,gives a much more pleasureable shopping experience,but then I think this is my 'prerogative' as a housewive to be able to just do that!
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sounds like you need a blog, Gary?
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Re: life in switzerland...here we go

Looks like we're lucky regarding Ikea. The Burgdorf one isn't too bad, even on a Saturday just before Christmas.
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sounds like you need a blog, Gary?
A blog??? why do you say that? Then I have to keep it up to date.......something else to do
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