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Re: 3500 CHF salary in Zurich

With a family? No way. It will also be very hard for your wife to get a job unless she is fluent in German (and hopefully also Swiss German). Otherwise it can be close to impossible depending on the industry.

Also some of the comments here assume you can actually find a flat for less than 1200 (would be difficult), more likely 1200-1800 more doable...

I'd say if they're not paying for flat and insurance for the whole family, don't accept anything less than 5k.

Otherwise you'll really suffer in Zurich.
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Re: 3500 CHF salary in Zurich

have you considered living somewhere else where the rent is cheaper and take the train daily to Zurich? Rent could be half the price if you go half an hour far .. which is not that terrible and might give you the chance of a bigger and more family like apartment... Just an idea
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I'd say if they're not paying for flat and insurance for the whole family, don't accept anything less than 5k.

Otherwise you'll really suffer in Zurich.
How about reading the thread before you post

OP is on a SCHOLARSHIP FOR FRICKING SAKE
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Re: 3500 CHF salary in Zurich

When we first arrived in Switzerland we (family of 3) lived on CHF 3'400 for 6 months.

Yes, we were not able to go to movies or eat out etc but we learned to live within our budget by spending weekends out in the forests, exploring the rivers, lakes etc. We learnt where to do our grocery shopping (Lidal, Aldi etc) and generally kept spenditure to a minimum and we did more than just fine! It can be done!
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GrŁetzi mittenant.

I am going to study in ZR for 1 year and I will be paid 3500 CHF salary (including insurance and halffare travelcard) monthly.

I would like to bring my wife and our 9-year-old son, as well.

Is the salary enough for living?

Can we survive with this salary in Zurich?
OP, knowing what this amount can buy in CH and given the fact that you won't be alone on this budget, I'd definitely say no. Well, let's put it this way: surviving, as in not dying from starvation it is doable. Living on the other hand, as enjoying your life - no.
Years ago I had to survive on a much smaller budget (relatively) as a young student in a foreign country. Although young and very determined, it was a bit of a nerve wracking. I take it that some of those who have written it is doable have a very romantic idea of having to manage on a few francs a day per person, which is basically what you're going to do after you pay your rent and utilities, daily meals at the school canteen.
If you're very young and single, share a student accommodation with a few unpretentious chaps and literally share every bit of food and other stuff that could be shared, it is a different story. But as a family with a 9 year old, who'll see and want things? No, no way.
My advice for you is to come alone and see how it goes before making any decision.
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Re: 3500 CHF salary in Zurich

He may not get a visa for his wife, on that pay.
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Still that amount makes you wonder if they ever consider a family coming along with one of the scholarship recipients.
Probably not:
"The FCS does not have the authority to decide on the possibility of bringing the family of the scholarship holder to Switzerland. This is left to the
Federal Migration Office, which at present deals with requests very restrictively. As a rule, the FCS does not provide any family allowance"
(Section 2.5 in this document)
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Re: 3500 CHF salary in Zurich

I'd think that regardless of what everybody writes in this post you'd still want to give it a go, if you don't do it you'll regret it ... there is nothing worse than making a decision based on other people's oppinion! (which is proven to be quite diverse)

...so i'd say you should try to come to CH by yourslef first, see what would really mean to live with CHF3.5k a month, usually there is a prob period on the contract which in average is around 3 months, after you can still decide on whether to stay and bring along your family or to go back home.
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Waiting for the first one to not read last posts and give OP advice on the 3.500,-
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Re: 3500 CHF salary in Zurich

I would say that it's possible but not a good idea.


Maybe back in the past, around 2015 would have been perfect time to make the decision, but now I think it's not a good idea.




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GrŁetzi mittenant.

I am going to study in ZR for 1 year and I will be paid 3500 CHF salary (including insurance and halffare travelcard) monthly.

I would like to bring my wife and our 9-year-old son, as well.

Is the salary enough for living?

Can we survive with this salary in Zurich?
It seems very low for a family. Maybe for one person and living cheaply. I am moving in myself and I have been looking at prices for housing, insurance, furniture, etc. I found that there are many options for certain levels of income (living far from city, living with 3 other people, or an apart that is a shoe box). I would recommend that you negotiate a big more with your future employer. If he does want you, he could accommodate. I heard story from our HR person of someone who said the entire time that he was coming alone and his party was 4! wife and 2 kids. He was afraid of not getting the job so he did not disclose the real deal. At the end, it worked out but I do not recommend that anyone (assumption not saying you did) hides that fact because it helps your compensation.
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It seems very low for a family. Maybe for one person and living cheaply. I am moving in myself and I have been looking at prices for housing, insurance, furniture, etc. I found that there are many options for certain levels of income (living far from city, living with 3 other people, or an apart that is a shoe box). I would recommend that you negotiate a big more with your future employer. If he does want you, he could accommodate. I heard story from our HR person of someone who said the entire time that he was coming alone and his party was 4! wife and 2 kids. He was afraid of not getting the job so he did not disclose the real deal. At the end, it worked out but I do not recommend that anyone (assumption not saying you did) hides that fact because it helps your compensation.
Gren, it was a scholarship. No room for negotiation and also hardly intended to be enough for a whole family. The thread is also a few years old and OP hasn't been active in over three years.
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And here you go...



Gren, it was a scholarship. No room for negotiation and also hardly intended to be enough for a whole family. The thread is also a few years old and OP hasn't been active in over three years.
Oops. Thanks,
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Re: 3500 CHF salary in Zurich

I would also like to know how did he manage... But no activity for looong time, maybe he died of hunger ?
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Re: 3500 CHF salary in Zurich

1800 for apartment
1000 for food (cook at home)
700 for other things
I think you can manage it
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Thank you for the reply.

Insurance will be paid only for me, not for my family members.

Is it imperative to have insurance for my family?
Insurance is compulsory but your wife and child would get a reduction in the monthly payments.
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