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Moving from Hong Kong to Lausanne

Hi All,

This is Mel, I currently live in Hong Kong with my husband. My husband has just got a offer in Lausanne.

Both of us like Switzerland this country, therefore we were very happy when he got the offer. However I have few concerns which i would like to ask for advise.

1. How much will we left for a gross 200K pa salary for a family of 3 after pension, tax, health insurance in Lausanne?
I will not be working with an baby just born.
I tried so many calculator but still not sure if the calculator is correct.

2. Will we be able to have a decent life here with gross 200K salary for a family? currently my husband and I earned 300K USD p.a in HK together, if move to switzerland i have to quit my job.
HK has much lower living cost compare to swiss except the rental (rental is 30% higher than Swiss)
I am not expecting i can maintain the same life style with lower total family income, however wondering if 200K gross salary can still allow us to eat out once a week, go on a good vacation twice a year etc...
(my husband and I do not have any luxury habits etc..)

3. I heard finding apartment is tough, in general how long does it take to find an apartment in Lausanne area with a budget of 2500CHF per month? will one month be enough?

Thanks
Mel
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Old 29.10.2017, 12:49
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Re: Moving from Hong Kong to Lausanne

Have a look here:

https://www.englishforum.ch/daily-li...st-living.html

and here:

https://www.englishforum.ch/finance-banking-taxation/
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Re: Moving from Hong Kong to Lausanne

Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.

Don't worry, you'll be fine with that salary. Most people who live here do quite well on salaries much lower than that. There's a lot of info here:

https://www.englishforum.ch/daily-li...st-living.html

re cost of living though I don't know how much applies to Lausanne.

Finding an apartment in a month is more problematic. There's fierce competition for any place available so you'll be up against many other applicants. It might be easier to look at the areas surrounding Lausanne and for your husband to have a short commute instead. Check these websites to see what's available in your budget.

www.immoscout24.ch
www.immostreet.ch
www.homegate.ch
www.home.ch

For private, i.e not through a rental agency:

www.petitesannonces.ch
www.anibis.ch

Bear in mind a few things. First, kitchens/bathrooms don't get included in the room count in adverts so if you're looking for a one-bedroom place you need to be looking at 2 or 2.5 (combined living/dining room). If a 2-bed then 3 or 3.5. Second, many rental contracts here are tied to "official" cantonal moving dates which vary from canton to canton. These dates are 31st March, 30th June and 30th September so that's when a lot of people will be moving. You can find properties outside these dates, but the choice may be a bit more limited. Third, contracts will be in French so you need to either understand that language or have someone to translate for you before you sign anything. Fourth, most apartment blocks have communal laundry facilities where you may be allocated a day and time when you can do your laundry and that's it. So with a new baby that may not suit so look for apartments in newer blocks which may have their own washer/dryers installed in each apartment - or look for a house to rent.

Can your husband's new employer help with finding accommodation?
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Re: Moving from Hong Kong to Lausanne

Thank you so much Medea for your quick and detailed reply. this is very helpful.
The only thing I am worried about living areas outsold Lausanne is whether I need a car or not? We do not want to get a car immediately after we move in, therefore has to find in the area where public transport is available.

My husband's company provide the accommodation for first month only. I will check again whether they can provide any kind of help in finding apartment. We are Asians, and I have seen a lot of post saying Asians may find it more difficulty to find apartments.
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Re: Moving from Hong Kong to Lausanne

Public transport is pretty good here, but can depend on where you're living. You can use www.sbb.ch to check trains and if you enter a journey with to/from destinations it'll also tell you about buses/boats and any walking that needs to be done. There's also the Lausanne Transport website which will give you more info.

http://www.t-l.ch/en/

If your employer can provide someone to help with setting up viewing appointments, translating, etc, it would probably help as appointments could be arranged before you arrive so you hit the ground running.
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Re: Moving from Hong Kong to Lausanne

200k put you in the 1% (or maybe 2%) of top earners in Switzerland. Just for comparison..

You cant have full time nannies etc - we dont want our city centers be jammed by phillipinas every sunday

Basically goods are cheap but service is expensive.
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