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Temporary accommodation in Zürich

I'm moving to Zürich halfway through September, week 37.

I wonder, what people would recommend for cheap temporary accommodation. Are there any relatively affordable hostels one could stay in for a few weeks, while looking for a more permanent place? Or would it be better to rent a room somewhere? The area is 8032 (near the University)
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I'm moving to Zürich halfway through September, week 37.

I wonder, what people would recommend for cheap temporary accommodation. Are there any relatively affordable hostels one could stay in for a few weeks, while looking for a more permanent place? Or would it be better to rent a room somewhere? The area is 8032 (near the University)
Places dedicated to short-term renting are usually classified as what you would refer to as "corporate housing." These are usually expensive compared to the otherwise unfurnished prices for simliar flats. Your best options would be to look for "private" sublets either on EF or on homegate.ch for some more reasonably priced options.

Are you going to be working/studying in the university? If so, the school might also be able to help you secure short-term student housing which is much cheaper than the market rates.

By the way, week 37 is like the beginning of Sep (not exactly the middle), just a small thing I noticed
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Re: Temporary accommodation in Zürich

Thanks very much for the advice. I will be working at the University (and signed a contract for three years).

I guess the position of week 37 is debatable. At least, according to my calendar, it begins Monday 12th and ends Sunday 18th. Monday 12th is a deadline for submitting my licentiate thesis in Helsinki, and teaching at UZH begins on Monday 19th. I aim to move between those two dates, and that's halfway September IMO

What I'm slightly worried about is that if I rent a zimmer, it might be from the beginning of September, and I might have to pay for it for a couple of months before I have actually moved into the country.
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I guess the position of week 37 is debatable. At least, according to my calendar, it begins Monday 12th and ends Sunday 18th.
ha, according to my calendar, week 37 begins the week before the 12th as Saturday Jan. 1 would be week 1, and the Jan. 3 week would already be week 2.

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What I'm slightly worried about is that if I rent a zimmer, it might be from the beginning of September, and I might have to pay for it for a couple of months before I have actually moved into the country.
That depends. If you are taking a private sublet, terms are usually negotiable (well, obvioulsy depending on how many others are looking at that same sublet ). Even for corporate housing, there's always the chance of a start in the middle of the month if the landlord can't otherwise get someone to take their flat from the beginning of the month.

I guess the point is, there's no fixed starting date for renting (sublet or not). It's all based on what the previous tenant, privately landlord, corporate housing would agree with you for the particular case. And this will largely depend on how competitive the flat is. But of course, you might also find someone who would want to sublease out his/her flat starting in the middle of the month, too.
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Re: Temporary accommodation in Zürich

I found this while searching for a WG Zimmer (Room Sublet in a Flat). Mostly for Students.
http://www.wgzimmer.ch/home.cfm?land=CH&lang=D
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Re: Temporary accommodation in Zürich

Furnished apartments exist, and they are typically rented out for a max. of 6 months, maybe 1 year.

They are offered by companies like this:
http://www.apartments-swiss-star.ch/...ex.php?lang=EN

One of their locations is very close to the UZH.
Also, you can find similar stuff on www.homegate.ch

If you want something more basic, try a student home - no, you do not have to be a student to get a room there, I'm talking about privately owned ones.

Like this one:
http://www.studentenhaus-vinzenz.ch/

They have 2 locations + they can sometimes find apartments for you as well. Within the homes they offer single rooms (shared kitchen/shared bathroom) and rooms with private bathrooms. I know many people who live there; more or less everyone is satisfied. Rooms go for about 400-700 CHF (depending on size, amenities, etc.) per month.

When I first got there, my lab found me a temporary apartment through these guys (they had no room at the homes at the time). It was 770 CHF per month (all expenses included) for about a 30 sq. m. flat, one room with kitchen and bathroom, in Altstetten (about 20-30 minutes by public transport to the university district). I could stay there for 4 months.

Since you are going to the university, try to get in touch with some PhD students (via a mailing list or something). What happens often is that people are looking for someone to "take over" their contract, at least to its end, in order to avoid paying contract cancellation charges (e.g. moving out without giving 3 months notice, or whatever). I get such "offers" in my email all the time from random ETH employees/students. This could allow you to get some temporary accommodation (for 3-6 months) or even to get a permanent place. Probably best if you get your future employer to connect you to some other UZH employees who are in the final months of their contract or thesis and who will be leaving soon...
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