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Where to live? Suggestions for finding accommodation in Geneva region?

Hello all!

I will be arriving in Geneva on May 15 and will be interning for an international organization in Paquis. When looking for a place to live, what regions should I stick too? I was able to find some apartments in Carouge but I was thinking that that might be too far. I'm not sure how effective/quick the transportation system is..

Also, when would be an appropriate time to start looking for an apartment? I was told that I should just wait until I get there and stay in a hostel for a couple of days, but doing that makes me feel very stressed! I will be by myself and do not speak French.

I am new to all of this so ANY advice will be greatly appreciated!! Thanks all
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Old 22.04.2011, 16:58
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Re: Where to live??

Welcome to the Forum.

It appears you haven't done much looking on here beforehand or you would know more about the housing situation in Geneva. The idea that you should live in a hostel 'for a couple of days' until you, presumably, have found a permanent place to live is, shall be say, slightly unrealistic.

Please do a search on here and read a few of the many posts on the subject, to give yourself a vague idea of the problems. Sites, hints on how to find accommodation are in the Sticky Threads at the top of this Sub-Forum, also links to sites for temporary places.

Good luck in your search.
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Old 22.04.2011, 17:08
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Re: Where to live??

Welcome to the forum and good luck with your internship.

There's no harm at all in starting your apartment search in advance of your arrival.

Has your internship company offered any housing advice and assistance to you?

See here for an awesome compilation of threads put together by EF Moderator, Longbyt, concerning housing. There's loads of useful information and resources for you to check out there and which should be a good starting point for your apartment search.

Running searches on EF also brings up lots of related threads such as this and this.

Regarding your more specific location and transportation questions, hopefully other EFers living in and around the Geneva area can offer their valuable help and insights on this.
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Re: Where to live? Suggestions for finding accommodation in Geneva region?

I'm sure you'll be able to find a few leads if you do a search on the forum (it's actually better to do it through google since the basic search function here is pretty useless). I see that Isha has already narrowed it down, so that will make your life easier

In the meantime, here are some more links to get you started:
http://www.unige.ch/dase/bulog/form/bourse.php
http://www.cigue.ch/ (you need to be in Geneva for this)
There's also a UN interns in Geneva facebook group you can join - some rooms are advertised there as well.

I do think that you need to be in Geneva to actually get a place, but it doesn't hurt to get in touch with people now. Make sure that you have a place in a hostel, because they get booked up pretty quickly! I'd also advise you to see if there are any alumni from your university living in Geneva and to let them know you're looking for a place.

Also, here's a link to the Geneva public transport system - so you can calculate potential travel times : www.tpg.ch

Good luck!

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I'm not sure how effective/quick the transportation system is..
Hello and welcome to the forum and soon in my home town

The transportation system is very effective, I use it everyday.
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Re: Where to live? Suggestions for finding accommodation in Geneva region?

Hello,

As many have said, Geneva is a scary place concerning housing. If you want helpful answers you might also want to give more context.

I assume you are young, single, will be here for 6m-1y and don't have too much to spend. If that is the case your best bet would be to find a room in someone's else apartment. Will be cheaper and although still difficult to find, is still realistic since you don't need the paperwork you need for an apartment.

The red light district is in Paquis, so that's actually a pretty good place to look for a reasonable price. I always see places there when I look for apartments. The problem of course, is that some people don't like to have helpful ladies in the background or do not appreciate the hard working suppliers on the corners. That said, it is probably the safest 'bad' neighborhood I have seen in any country outside rich Asia.

The link from unige is quite good, I would start there and I would continue with one of the gazillion threads about housing.

The public transport is great, but there is no need to add a 1 hour roundtrip if you can avoid it. Other nearby places with reasonable prices are Les Grottes (behind the train station) and Servette, a little further up.

Good luck.
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