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Finding a place to live in Geneva is ridiculous!

I've been trying to find a place to live in Geneva for the past week or so and have tried so many websites like craigslist, kijiji, University of Geneva, Geneva Tourism, hostels, the radio classifieds and I've been coming up empty!

I've definitely run into more scam artists than those renting their apartment/room in a house! Definitely not the beautiful Geneva that I've been picturing in my mind.

Any tips?
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Have you tried the usual first option: Homegate?
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Re: Finding a place to live in Geneva is ridiculous!

You've been looking for one week and you are already frustrated?

I hope you were informed before you can that finding housing in Geneva is in fact VERY difficult. You need to hunker down and give it a least one month (if not three) before you can get frustrated.

It takes time. Breath deep. Take yoga. But eventually, you'll find something.
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Old 12.05.2011, 07:34
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Re: Finding a place to live in Geneva is ridiculous!

Fact is everybody come in Geneva to work, but they come without their place to live.....
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Re: Finding a place to live in Geneva is ridiculous!

Hello. a week is nothing. I know people who've been looking for several months (and then kept looking). My advice is to get a local agent who knows the market and has connections among regies. It'll certainly cost you, but depending upon how bad you want to get your own place, might be worth it.
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Re: Finding a place to live in Geneva is ridiculous!

As a last resort .... there's always this ....

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If more people did as this, they would have to improve the availability of accommodation.
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Re: Finding a place to live in Geneva is ridiculous!

Hi

Good luck with your house hunting! Geneva is difficult for everyone and I only managed to find places (to rent) when I lived there, through friends or by being on a list for "Commune" owned properties, which work on a first come, first served basis.

Though prices are not as advantageous as they were years ago, you may consider neighbouring France as a place to live and commute from?

Do persevere, it is a beautiful place.
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Re: Finding a place to live in Geneva is ridiculous!

As others have said, 1 week is nothing. I'd say expect 6 months, that is about average, depending on how picky you are or not.

If you haven't tried the local housing papers, definitely look into www.ghi.ch and www.toutimmo.ch
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Geneva is a nightmare. Friend of mine lived in a hostel for over a year before finally finding a (really miserable) flat at a high rental.
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Re: Finding a place to live in Geneva is ridiculous!

Do you have to be in Geneva? Will you have a car?

There are many more possibilities if you are willing to get out of the City itself. Train travel time from Nyon to Geneva center is about 12-14 minutes, 4 times each hour, for example. Nyon is pretty full as well, but if you don't have to live near the station (if you have a car) you can get into some of the outlying villages and have a much more peaceful life than dirty Geneva. You can tell I'm biased.

There are just too many people looking for places in Geneva, and not enough apartments. Some get lucky, some don't, no matter what you will pay through the nose and spend a lot of time looking.
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What is your budget? What size apartment are you after? I have literally just advertised ours.
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Look at the thread 'why so few ads for apartment rents in Geneva' for background info.
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