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How much can a student earn?

Hi all,

I am from Russia and I really would like to study at ETH. I've done some research about it and what I've found out is it will cost me a lot of money.

After getting my first high degree I was lucky to get a really well paid job here in Russia. So I have a significant sum of money (according to the Russian standards of living) on my account.

I've carefully read most all threads about cost of living and come to the result, that it's OK to survive in Zurich on 1800 CHF/month.

Following my calculations savings I have will cover about one year of living in Zurich excluding a tuition fee.

Next two years are on my family but, to be perfectly honest, they are extremely unhappy to finance my second high degree, especially as 1800 CHF/month is great money for them. So they hope that I will get a job to be able to cover some part of expenses by myself.

I've looked through a lot of job offers on the sites:

http://www.telejob.ch
http://www.marktplatz.ethz.ch
http://www.nebenjob.ch/
http://www.jobs.ch/

And here is what I've got:

-) there is not a lot of student jobs offers in Zurich
-) still no idea, how much can I earn working 15 hours/week.

I've tried the Salarium, and it have given me result, that working 15 hours/week brings me 1000 - 1500 CHF/month.

Now I'm very concern about that. Could anybody be so kind to explain me how much can a student earn working part time during the semester? Is it difficult to find any 15 hours/week job in Zurich?

Thank you very much.
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Re: How much can a student earn?

Think 1800CFH/mo it a bit low, I spent that much in a weekend when there recently! Plus you need decent German to work, have you?
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Old 20.05.2011, 13:10
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Re: How much can a student earn?

there many students jobs, if you search, you will find something for sure.

with 15 hours, you will earn maximum 2000-2100 chf brutto
most probably something around 1600 chf

as student, you can easily survive with 1600-1800 , if you can find a cheap room around 500 chf and eat in the mensa
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Re: How much can a student earn?

What will u be studying at ETH? And what are experiences like so far?
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Re: How much can a student earn?

sorry, I meant what are your experiences in work in Russia
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Re: How much can a student earn?

Hi Shinehead,

I studied in Zurich. You can survive with 1500 CHF per month. But it is tough. I suggest you look for a cheap living situation. As a student you can live in WOKO houses. It is the student housing organization by ETH.
However you have to apply early enough for one of the rooms (you can get them as cheap as 350 CHF per month at ETH Hönggerberg). However you must be physically present to apply for one of the rooms because you usually have to introduce yourself.
Student work is very hard to find, but you can always ask around at the university if a professor is willing to take you (if you e.g. study natural sciences - you can work in a lab).

Hope this helps.
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Re: How much can a student earn?

Thank you very much for you answers!

I'm German and English teacher. I understand that means nothing outside Russia and CIS, so I don't hope my diploma will help me in Switzerland.

SteK, my German is fluent and my English tends to be fluent (due to a lack of practice).

aprilkian, I'm going to study Civil Engineering. I worked as a interpreter (German <- -> Russian) for 3 years. As a journalist on the local TV for 3 month.
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Re: How much can a student earn?

Also would recommend woko for accomodation.
Here is the link for the homepage in English:
http://www.woko.ch/en/angebot_schritte.asp

have a woko room- rent is in my case 530CHF which is quite good concerning standard and location.

woko rooms are also often offered on this homepage, because partly the WG's are allowed to find a new tenant by themselves/but Whiteboard is fine too:
http://www.wgzimmer.ch/home.cfm?land=CH&lang=EN


for jobs you can -additionaly to the links you've already mentioned- have a look at:

http://www.ronorp.ch/zuerich/inserate/jobs-castings.67

and

http://www.students.ch/jobs/?ref=nav-jobs


Even for very simple jobs you can easily earn 20-25 CHF per hour. But it can also be a lot more. It's rather a question of timemanagement/working time/ time for studying. If you are interested in working, it won't be a problem to find sth..
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Thank you very much for you answers!

I'm German and English teacher. I understand that means nothing outside Russia and CIS, so I don't hope my diploma will help me in Switzerland.

SteK, my German is fluent and my English tends to be fluent (due to a lack of practice).

aprilkian, I'm going to study Civil Engineering. I worked as a interpreter (German <- -> Russian) for 3 years. As a journalist on the local TV for 3 month.
Be careful with 'fluent' - the current mrs stek is Russian and an Interpreter in German and English, and she got a shock both in UK and Germany, obviously she adapted (we lived in Germany for a year) but really the standard of teaching in Russia in English and German is quite poor unless you had access to a native speaker.

Also are you aware that in CH they speak some odd weird version of German called that bares little resemblance to Hochdeutsch? Züritüütsch, mental!

As i said my mrs is fluent in High German but Swiss German is very different, she asked in the restaurant for Hähnchen, only to find out the Zurchers use the French word 'Poulet' (pron. Pooley) and she didn't seem to understand 'Hähnchen' at all....

I'm sure you'll be ok, just watch out for it!

Udachi tebe!

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Also are you aware that in CH they speak some odd weird version of German called that bares little resemblance to Hochdeutsch? Züritüütsch, mental!
That's not exactly correct. Zurich German is only one variant of "Swiss German".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss_German

It's possible they just didn't understand your wife's accent.
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Re: How much can a student earn?

I survive on much less than 1800CHF a month, probably half that, and don't find it that difficult. The main thing is trying to get cheap accommodation. As already mentioned try woko and wgzimmer. There's also http://www.marktplatz.uzh.ch/ and http://juwo.ch/ (if you're under 25)

However, to get your student visa you must prove you have 'enough' money to live here, for Zurich you need 21,000 CHF per year http://www.rektorat.ethz.ch/students..._master_EN.pdf.
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Re: How much can a student earn?

First of all, thank you very much for everyone has posted on this topic. There is a lot of helpful information.

Spasibo, SteK


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I survive on much less than 1800CHF a month, probably half that, and don't find it that difficult. The main thing is trying to get cheap accommodation. As already mentioned try woko and wgzimmer. There's also http://www.marktplatz.uzh.ch/ and http://juwo.ch/ (if you're under 25)

However, to get your student visa you must prove you have 'enough' money to live here, for Zurich you need 21,000 CHF per year http://www.rektorat.ethz.ch/students..._master_EN.pdf.
I have about 20,000 EUR. What is your opinion, is it enough to get a visa?
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As i said my mrs is fluent in High German but Swiss German is very different, she asked in the restaurant for Hähnchen, only to find out the Zurchers use the French word 'Poulet' (pron. Pooley) and she didn't seem to understand 'Hähnchen' at all....
That's the French pronunciation. It's pronounced with a hard T round these parts.
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there many students jobs, if you search, you will find something for sure.

with 15 hours, you will earn maximum 2000-2100 chf brutto
most probably something around 1600 chf

as student, you can easily survive with 1600-1800 , if you can find a cheap room around 500 chf and eat in the mensa
Thank you very much for your kindness as detailed reply.It is Appreciated very much.
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Re: How much can a student earn?

Note that non-EU students are not allowed to work for the first 6 months of their course.
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I survive on much less than 1800CHF a month, probably half that, and don't find it that difficult. The main thing is trying to get cheap accommodation. As already mentioned try woko and wgzimmer. There's also http://www.marktplatz.uzh.ch/ and http://juwo.ch/ (if you're under 25)

However, to get your student visa you must prove you have 'enough' money to live here, for Zurich you need 21,000 CHF per year http://www.rektorat.ethz.ch/students..._master_EN.pdf.
This is a quite old thread but I would like to quicky reply. I am writing this for those who might read it for some future decisions. It's absolutely possible to live well under 1800 CHF, especially for EU students (because of the health-insurance being mostly free); that is of course if you are ready to save money, not eat in restaurants (cook for yourself), not going to Pollyballs ...

Yes it's difficult, all around you are spending at least 2000 Chf, or less but then living with their parents, having apartments etc. But that's something you have to deal with. So, living in woko house, eating in mensa and cooking for yourself (buying on discounts ofc!), if possible, walk to the Uni (public transport is around 70 chf, depending on age), use cheap mobile provider (easily under 20chf)... So, forget glamorous living, forget parties and cinemas, and it can be even under 1000 chf.

If you want to work, it's possible but not really that easy. You have to be very good in German to find a job that is well payed. Otherwise, you can work in kitchens or find small student jobs such as psychological studies and similar.

If there is anyone needing help with this, please pm me, I would be happy to help.
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This is a quite old thread but I would like to quicky reply. I am writing this for those who might read it for some future decisions. It's absolutely possible to live well under 1800 CHF, especially for EU students (because of the health-insurance being mostly free); that is of course if you are ready to save money, not eat in restaurants (cook for yourself), not going to Pollyballs ...

Yes it's difficult, all around you are spending at least 2000 Chf, or less but then living with their parents, having apartments etc. But that's something you have to deal with. So, living in woko house, eating in mensa and cooking for yourself (buying on discounts ofc!), if possible, walk to the Uni (public transport is around 70 chf, depending on age), use cheap mobile provider (easily under 20chf)... So, forget glamorous living, forget parties and cinemas, and it can be even under 1000 chf.

If you want to work, it's possible but not really that easy. You have to be very good in German to find a job that is well payed. Otherwise, you can work in kitchens or find small student jobs such as psychological studies and similar.

If there is anyone needing help with this, please pm me, I would be happy to help.
If it wasn't possible to live that cheaply a lot of students I know couldn't have studied in CH, so it's good that you offer a different picture from the usual "unless you earn at least 120k per year your life is gonna be miserable"...
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If it wasn't possible to live that cheaply a lot of students I know couldn't have studied in CH, so it's good that you offer a different picture from the usual "unless you earn at least 120k per year your life is gonna be miserable"...
Gerne!

Living humble in cheap house (again: Woko) and if possible and needed, working on free days (in limits in which it doesn't affect the studying) means actually many can do it.

There are another money saving tips, some of which I would more prefer to share via pm. Nothing illegal thought
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Re: How much can a student earn?

Based on how much work I saw highly intelligent, very organised people put into their ETH degrees, I would caution anyone from assuming they can manage an ETH degree and working more than about a day per week. This is especially true for the first two years of any of the Bachelors' degrees, where there is a selection process at work, meaning that you will not only have to be bright, but also put in a lot of work hours. The very tightly scheduled timetable and attendance requirements would make you unable to take on a job during normal office hours, so that leaves working evenings/nights/weekends.

Still, there are some incredibly bright and driven people who manage it somehow, so it is not impossible, but you have to be very honest with yourself about what you can do.
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