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New EPFL students housing problem!!

Let's discuss the housing issue for new coming students...how many guys are still in trouble on finding place to live in Lausanne? and if u hav already found lovely house or if u are a current uni student, could you share some experience on getting over this issue?help please...any useful information would be appreciated~

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Old 31.05.2011, 19:39
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Re: New EPFL studnets housing prblem!!

I do believe that students go home in June. Be patient, there should be a few on the market soon.

Be careful, there are many scammers about! Don't hand any money over! When you have the keys and the rental contract, pay the rent and any deposit into the owner's bank account and keep the receipts.
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Old 31.05.2011, 22:07
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Re: New EPFL studnets housing prblem!!

It's tough to find somewhere, there is no doubt. ZappaJr is hoping to go there in 2012 and he's already signed up for a student flat. Once on the list you have to renew your request every month, so that you don't lose your place in the queue. So if you're even thinking of going, join the queue now!

My just-departed intern said that she knew some students who had rented in Renens, a bit away from the centre, and that it was nice & much cheaper, but you'd need local experts to confirm that.
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Old 31.05.2011, 22:33
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Re: New EPFL students housing problem!!

As a 'local' person...

Renens would be a good place to look, the M1 (metro) goes from Renens station to EPFL, takes about 10 minutes.

Or there are the villages on the 701 bus route (http://www.mbc.ch/reseaux.php), which goes between Ecublens and Echichens - St Sulpice, Denges, Préverenges, Morges...

Renens is the cheaper option, I think. Also there are more connections to other places via the train station, and there are shops etc locally. Morges has the same advantages, but it's a bit further away from EPFL (about 20 mins by bus). The villages in between (St Sulpice, Denges, Préverenges) only have the buses, and smaller (i.e. more expensive) shops.

Apart from that, the public transport in the area generally is good, services are on time and run frequently during most of the day and evening. The M1 has additional services during term time. The only problem I have found is that the 701 bus and the M1 don't connect very well... I think technically there is one (or possibly two) minutes allowed to transfer from the bus to the metro... but what usually happens to me is I get off the bus and get onto the platform just as the metro drives off! But as the connection point is EPFL, which would be your end destination, I wouldn't think that would pose too much of a problem for you.

Hope that helps!
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Old 31.05.2011, 22:42
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Re: New EPFL students housing problem!!

Two links from their own Homepage.
What they say about Housing (English)

Links shown on the French Page.
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Re: New EPFL students housing problem!!

Renens, Chavannes (près- Renens),Malley, Prilly, Crissier (depending on which part - some are closer to Renens station than others), Ecublens, as well as the other communes close to the lake that the others mentioned worth searching for!
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Re: New EPFL students housing problem!!

Finding a home for a not-so-rich family of five is even a greater problem. We had to go out from Lausanne and found a flat (with garden, big bonus) in Chavornay, on the train line between Yverdon and Lausanne. When I was still working at the EPFL, it took me about 45 min to go from home to work.

When I was looking for an appartment, I used to have mapsearch open all the time to check the public transportation travelling time between the advertised flat and the EPFL.

This housing problem is a real pain. I've had to fight with it since I was a student, in the old 90's. I hope in return that it will make it easier for me to subrent our flat this winter, when we will travelling through Australia!
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Re: New EPFL students housing problem!!

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So I really don't know what to do now. Really don't want to land in Lausanne without a clue what to do! If you have any ideas, or if someone has been in a similar situation, please share.
Well just thought I'd share my experience from last year, even though I moved to Zurich not Lausanne.

I also found it very difficult when looking for somewhere to live as everyone wanted to see you in person, pretty difficult from almost 1,000 miles away. The closer it got to the start of the semester the more worried I was getting. I was pretty desperate so just booked my flight without having anywhere to live and only a few days booked in the youth hostel. I spent a month being 'homeless.' It was difficult living out of a suitcase, and my studying had to take a back seat as my main focus was finding a house. It was difficult but I eventually found a great house with great housemates.

There were points when I thought the whole thing had been pointless and I wish I hadn't bothered moving to Zurich, but now I'm so glad I did. I wouldn't change a thing. I love this country, and all the messing about was definitely worth it. I think I also grew a lot from this experience. I had lived away from home before, but nothing on the same level as moving to a new country with just a suitcase, a few hundred pound and no friends.

I would advise that you just keep at it. And don't be scared to step out of your comfort zone, it might actually do you good
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Re: New EPFL students housing problem!!

Finding an apt. near the EPFL/Lausanne area is really, really hard.

When my husband and I moved for him to start work at EPFL, we rented a temporary furnished apt for the first period. More expensive, but less hassle, we thought (they essentially just wanted you to sign and pay). We thought we'd stay there three months while we looked for a permanent place.

But not even that turned out to be hassle-free. We saw and paid for an apartment in downtown Lausanne near the desirable Delice metro stop (and paid for 2 months in advance plus a deposit). Then, three days before arriving we called them to ask how to get our key and they said that there was "problems with the water" and they were giving us an apt in Renens instead --for the same price (btw, I know a lot of students live in Renens but I would go see the place before you get sold on it). Then, a week later we were strolling along the street near that original apt at night and all the lights were on and someone was having a party; they'd actually rented it to someone else. (Like Ittigen says, scams abound!)

What is the point of this story? That a short-termed furnished could seem like a good idea, but you even have to be careful with that. Furnished apts are the wild, wild west of an already under-regulated housing market in Switzerland.

If we had it to do all over again, we would have just showed up and gotten the least expensive hotel/bed and breakfast room possible and hunt for an apt. from there. That's not "ideal" either, but you really have to be there to find a place to live. Really.

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Re: New EPFL students housing problem!!

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Finding an apt. near the EPFL/Lausanne area is really, really hard.

Furnished apts are the wild, wild west of an already under-regulated housing market in Switzerland.

If we had it to do all over again, we would have just showed up and gotten the least expensive hotel/bed and breakfast room possible and hunt for an apt. from there. That's not "ideal" either, but you really have to be there to find a place to live. Really.
Usually the company pays for these furnished apartments, from what I hear. So the employer should deal with the wild, wild west of an already tough housing market no ?
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Re: New EPFL students housing problem!!

Right upon your arrival, check out all the campuses of Unil and EPFL. They have lively message boards, with flat sharing ads. You should be able to collect a few phone numbers, call them right away. Don't forget your dictionary, most of them will probably be in French. Students here will be able to speak decent English, though. Good luck!
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