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Hello all

We are moving as a family (me, wife, 2 daughters aged 3&6) in the early summer.

My office is in the Opfikon area of Zurich.

We are going to go down the local schooling option as opposed to international or private school.

We are looking for an area with enough infrastructure and activities to ensure we are happy, but with none of us currently speaking Any German, we would prefer an area with a good expat community, that would also make the integration for our oldest daughter easiest at school.

We love Seefeld, but with two kids and a dog, we might not be able to afford it! We have been looking at Uster as somewhere that might meet our needs. It appears that there is plenty going on, good access to its own lake and great public transport links for Zurich etc.

We felt that Meilen, Thalwil and other villages on the lake might be a little too isolated (wife will not work initially).

Would love to hear people’s thoughts on the expat community in Uster and the thoughts on school integration in Uster?

Thanks for your time!

Matt
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Old 15.02.2018, 13:48
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Re: Uster as an expat

I can't speak as an Uster resident, but from being nearby and having worked in Opfikon.

- good location for trains to work S15, S5 and S9
- nice spot for outdoor stuff - lake, badi, rollerblading/biking, generally loads of space
- also has a very good indoor pool with a decent slide, diving boards
- climbing wall etc
- accessible for the mountains etc
- reasonable size for shopping, you'll not need to go into Zurich for most things
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Re: Uster as an expat

Thanks Newtoswitz

That sounds great.

Would be really keen to hear what you, or others, think about the expat community in Uster.

Thanks for being so helpful!


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Re: Opinions on Uster

Matt, if you have lived in other countries where expats tend to congregate in specific areas, where one can expect to find a ready-made welcome, you might be disappointed in your search for 'expat community' here.

There really isn't such a thing.

Look for a town with the infrastructure you need, worry less about how many fellow foreigners might live there.

Given the dearth of available housing, people live wherever they can find a roof over their heads that meets their family's needs. Thus we foreigners will be scattered all over the Zürich metro area.

You'll find an English speaker or three pretty much anywhere. But whether that would mean you'd find 'community' is a roll of the dice. Neither location nor shared mother tongue can guarantee friendship.

The good news is that living in an 'expat community' really isn't necessary. If you are open and welcoming yourselves you and your family will be on friendly terms with your neighbors fairly soon, whatever language you all speak.

The trains are good, distances are small - your wife can arrange a coffee afternoon easily with fellow English speakers from all over. 'Community' is far less dependent on geography here than it is in other places.

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Since you mentioned the right side of the lake:

We moved to Männedorf when we first arrived here, back before the dawn of time. No 'expat community' in the sense of what I had experienced in Asia, but I found lots of warm and wonderful friendships nonetheless. Good infrastructure, very convenient to the city, a nice 'soft landing' for a newby to Switzerland. I recommend the area.
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Re: Opinions on Uster

Dear Meloncollie

Thank you so much for your warm insights.

It’s all helpful and your advice is welcomed.

I guess the main thing we are looking for is to ensure as smooth as possible integration into the local schooling for our 6 year old. From what others are telling me, is that regardless of the area in and around central Zurich - the public schools are pretty experienced at doing this, which brings your other points more into focus.

Thanks again for taking the time to comment and help us.

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Lots of expat families live in and around Uster.

Call and have a chat with the WAC. It's a good place for playgroups and meet-ups with other english speaking Mums/Dads. They have activities for older kids too and for parents; will help to settle you in to life here.

In Uster, you're very close to the Geifensee (lake) and it is fab.
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Thanks Swisstree

That sounds like great advise!

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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Personally, I think the Antrim coast is spectacular and the beaches of Doneghal are just beautiful, if a little windy.


Oh, Uster


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In that case SOP apply: Ask.

I'm very positive that's the same where you come from.
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In that case SOP apply: Ask.

I'm very positive that's the same where you come from.
Give it a rest! They're just trying to find out as much info as they can.. no need to get your knickers in a twist, eh?
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Give it a rest! They're just trying to find out as much info as they can.. no need to get your knickers in a twist, eh?
It may come as a surprise to you but without your post I would have let it rest. Now however there's number three. I can go on if you like.
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Appreciate all the time and input from everyone - it’s already very helpful!
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