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Job offer in Lucarne - is it right for me?

Hi all I am new to EF but I am hoping your Swiss expertise can help!

I am a 24 yr old single female currently living in the Uk. I have been offered a job in the education sector in Meggen, Lucerne and I'm not sure if it is right for me?

Originally I planned to find a job in Zurich as I thought the city would be more suitable for making new friends as well as quick and easy connections to the airport should I wish to travel home.

However, the company I interviewed with offered me the Lucerne post instead. I'm worried I would be too far out, especially on my own.

Could I commute from Zurich? Should I live in Zug and be close to both? Should I turn down the offer and look again?

Any advice would be greatly appreiciated!
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Hi all I am new to EF but I am hoping your Swiss expertise can help!

I am a 24 yr old single female currently living in the Uk. I have been offered a job in the education sector in Meggen, Lucerne and I'm not sure if it is right for me?

Originally I planned to find a job in Zurich as I thought the city would be more suitable for making new friends as well as quick and easy connections to the airport should I wish to travel home.

However, the company I interviewed with offered me the Lucerne post instead. I'm worried I would be too far out, especially on my own.

Could I commute from Zurich? Should I live in Zug and be close to both? Should I turn down the offer and look again?

Any advice would be greatly appreiciated!
hi,what i can say,living in Lucerne,is that it is ca.45 minutes by train from Zurich,i guess yes,Zug is in the middle of both,but not quite nice like lucern or Zurich..anyway here the public transports work pretty good,so you don't worry bout train/busses delays or whatever...I suggest you to live here for a while(i mean in luzern) maybe with a 3 months rent or something like that..and maybe see if this town fits you as much as you're looking for...zurich is kinda like the main city in this area,but luzern is also a very nice place to stay(and also a bit cheaper)...hope this is useful to know ,ciao!
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Hi all I am new to EF but I am hoping your Swiss expertise can help!

I am a 24 yr old single female currently living in the Uk. I have been offered a job in the education sector in Meggen, Lucerne and I'm not sure if it is right for me?

Originally I planned to find a job in Zurich as I thought the city would be more suitable for making new friends as well as quick and easy connections to the airport should I wish to travel home.

However, the company I interviewed with offered me the Lucerne post instead. I'm worried I would be too far out, especially on my own.

Could I commute from Zurich? Should I live in Zug and be close to both? Should I turn down the offer and look again?

Any advice would be greatly appreiciated!
First Welcome to the Forum!

Second, congratulations on getting a job offer.

It's not clear what your problem is, as Luzern is a large (by Swiss standards) city in its own right - much larger than Zug, for instance, and the centre of a major commercial area (of about 250000 people, according to wiki). About an hour by rail from Zurich airport, less from the city centre station.

But living in either Luzern or Zug you'd really be wanting to build up a social life locally, rather than in Zurich, I'd have thought. Unless you already have friends there, of course. There's a few EFers in Luzern already who I'm sure will be along shortly to give you more detail.
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Re: Job offer in Lucarne - is it right for me?

Although Zurich is the big city, Luzern has plenty of ex-pats and it's not too small a town.

Do you know what your weekly hours will be ? My husband's a primary school teacher and he does long hours during the week, so living close to school is a good idea. On the weekend, from Luzern you can go anywhere as it's a good public transport hub for the train system, and in the winter you are much closer to the ski slopes...

I'd be more inclined to suggest that you find an apartment within a close to distance to the school and in the hub of the city of Luzern, maybe in an area that you know has expats (maybe some of our forum members can make suggestions) - and then make the effort to find friends around the area.

I'd also suggest finding something basic, and cheap, and close, to save your money for getting out and socialising - having a night on the town here in Switzerland can be quite expensive! - and you want to afford to do fun stuff all year round and travel during your school vacations!
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Re: Job offer in Lucarne - is it right for me?

Wow what fantastic advice! Thank you.

I think I what I wanted to know is if there are many people my age who move to Lucerne. How easy is it to meet new people?

Do you think I should consider a flat share?
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Wow what fantastic advice! Thank you.

I think I what I wanted to know is if there are many people my age who move to Lucerne. How easy is it to meet new people?

Do you think I should consider a flat share?
This seems to be a wonderful opportunity for a Life Coach...

However, and on a more serious note, have you been to Lucerne before, is it possible for you to come over and scope the place out a bit?

There will be a few EF members that live there and I am sure you can meet up if that is what you want. Zürich is not quite the grand metropolis that it is sometimes taken to be so if you were coming over from a large UK city then you may find that even it can be a bit on the slow side.

But to give you more accurate advice we would need to know what you are interested in, how outgoing you are, what you look for in flatmates etc There are people your age in Lucerne, but do you want a large expat community of people your age?
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This seems to be a wonderful opportunity for a Life Coach...

However, and on a more serious note, have you been to Lucerne before, is it possible for you to come over and scope the place out a bit?

There will be a few EF members that live there and I am sure you can meet up if that is what you want. Zürich is not quite the grand metropolis that it is sometimes taken to be so if you were coming over from a large UK city then you may find that even it can be a bit on the slow side.

But to give you more accurate advice we would need to know what you are interested in, how outgoing you are, what you look for in flatmates etc There are people your age in Lucerne, but do you want a large expat community of people your age?
I am flying out next week to have a look around.
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Re: Job offer in Lucarne - is it right for me?

Good luck.

As a young person I would write Zug off (I live in Kanton Zug). Lucern is a nice little city but its little. Im sure you would still find enough friends to have a social group. The dating pool might be a little small ;-). Zurich is a bit bigger but still not big like London. I dont think Zurich is so much bigger that I would commute to Luzern. Personally Id just live in Luzern, its a beautiful city btw.

Switzerland is great for outdoor activities, skiing, hiking, cycling but its slower than London for night life, restaurants etc.

Hope you find what you are looking for.
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Re: Job offer in Lucarne - is it right for me?

I agree with Brian. Zug can be rather quiet.
Luzern: I think living near your workplace is important, but if you're moving from London, an hour-long commute from Zürich will seem a breeze. Public transport is so efficient.
Zürich is certainly livelier and with a young arts scene.
I suggest you subscribe to Ron Orp's update. Always useful for the latest cultural events, clubs, cafés, and fun.
http://www.ronorp.net/
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Re: Job offer in Lucarne - is it right for me?

Awesome website. Thank you! I am a massive fan of the arts.
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Re: Job offer in Lucarne - is it right for me?

My son is 23 and has just finished his studies in Lucerne. He has an apartment in the centre of the city and is fighting tooth and nail to stay in Lucerne. He has told us that even if he gets a job in Zurich he will commute every day. He really loves it there and has tons of friends.
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Re: Job offer in Lucarne - is it right for me?

Zug is great for a slower pace of life. During the week, you
can relax in Zug and take the train 30 minutes either direction
for Zürich or Luzern.

Honestly, it depends on what stage of life you are in. If
you are a swinging single, then Zürich or Luzern is better.
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Re: Job offer in Lucarne - is it right for me?

Also depends whether you prefer to use public transport or a car to get to work. Zug or Zürich to Meggen by public transport is a bit of a pain - plenty of connections but it takes a long time for a short distance.

No problem at all from Luzern, there are multiple direct train or bus connections to Meggen every hour. Nine minutes on the train, about 20 on the bus.
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Luzern is a great place, cheaper than zurich and plenty to do, you should make friends easy enough, there's a good social scene and plenty of english speakers.
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Re: Job offer in Lucarne - is it right for me?

Thank you all for such useful information.

Next step - find a flat mate!
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