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Moving to Neuchatel

I am moving to Neuchatel in October from London and i am so happy. Its all new to me and also very confusing.

I have been so glad to find the wealth of information on the forum but there are still a few confusing things.

My new employer is asking for an "office des poursuites" what is that?!

I've been trying to get accomodation, without much success i might add. I'm thinking of a 1 bedroomed apartment somewhere like Saint-Blaise or Marin Epagnier - is that a good area for a single person?

I welcome all information or replies to this thread.

A very confused and stressed Londoner.
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Old 10.08.2011, 10:41
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Re: Moving to Neuchatel

Hi and welcome (almost) to Neuchâtel.

For the 'pousuites' thing it's a document from the authorities to show that you have no debts and and not beingchased for non payment and things like that. You can't get one in Neuchâtel until you are actually resident in Switzerland but maybe you can bet something similar in London.

We live out near Marin and my son will be going to school in Saint Blaise starting on Monday.(can't believe the holidays are finished already)

It's not in the city but there isan excellent bus service into Neuchâtelfor nights out etc and it's very near the biggest shopping centre in the area.(which will be even bigger when Saturn opens and Globus department store relocates from the centre).

There are pléenty of places available to rent out here and it's generally cheaper than the city (if you can call Neuchâtel a city)itself. Most landlords or agencies do require the 'poursuites' thing though.
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Re: Moving to Neuchatel

If you like going out, you may find it a little irritating to live in St Blaise or Marin. It's fine to get INTO Neuch, but a pain in the bum to get back. If you can find somewhere in Neuch itself at a reasonable price (difficult, admittedly), then I would suggest that.
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Hi and welcome to Neuchatel - wow, people are suddenly arriving in droves in my little home town. When I was a kid you could count Brits on the fingers of one hand!

The areas you are planning to move to are nice, quiet, with good beaches and water sports, and all the big shops there, and very quick easy reach of Neuchatel town. Depends where you will be working, I read today many new jobs opening up for Phillip Morris- and if that is where you are heading, then the other side of town would be better (Serrières, Colombier, Boudry).

Maybe you can ask for a flat share in the rental section here. I'd ask your employer to try and provide you with temporary accom for 1 month to allow you to search once here- much better so you can see where and what, etc. Might be helpful to state if you are fe/male if anybody is interested in sharing a flat with you.

Do get in touch if you need a hand with bits and bobs - and I'm sure several of us here will try to help.
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If you like going out, you may find it a little irritating to live in St Blaise or Marin. It's fine to get INTO Neuch, but a pain in the bum to get back. If you can find somewhere in Neuch itself at a reasonable price (difficult, admittedly), then I would suggest that.
Kamarate's right there. It might be a pain in the a**e if your nights out are restricted by the need to catch the last bus (although I think it's quite late). You would have the same problems if you went down to Colombiers or Boudry too.

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The areas you are planning to move to are nice, quiet, with good beaches and water sports, and all the big shops there, and very quick easy reach of Neuchatel town. Depends where you will be working, I read today many new jobs opening up for Phillip Morris- and if that is where you are heading, then the other side of town would be better (Serrières, Colombier, Boudry).


Do get in touch if you need a hand with bits and bobs - and I'm sure several of us here will try to help.

Interesting about Phillip Morris. Totally at odds with what I heard.
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Hi and welcome (almost) to Neuchâtel.

For the 'pousuites' thing it's a document from the authorities to show that you have no debts and and not beingchased for non payment and things like that. You can't get one in Neuchâtel until you are actually resident in Switzerland but maybe you can bet something similar in London.

We live out near Marin and my son will be going to school in Saint Blaise starting on Monday.(can't believe the holidays are finished already)

It's not in the city but there isan excellent bus service into Neuchâtelfor nights out etc and it's very near the biggest shopping centre in the area.(which will be even bigger when Saturn opens and Globus department store relocates from the centre).

There are pléenty of places available to rent out here and it's generally cheaper than the city (if you can call Neuchâtel a city)itself. Most landlords or agencies do require the 'poursuites' thing though.
Wow the school holidays are already over? bummer. Thank you for your recommendations i will look into the Pousuite thing.
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Kamarate's right there. It might be a pain in the a**e if your nights out are restricted by the need to catch the last bus (although I think it's quite late). You would have the same problems if you went down to Colombiers or Boudry too.




Interesting about Phillip Morris. Totally at odds with what I heard.
Hi Kamarate / Odile,

I'll be on Av. Edouard Dubois, and since i dont know the town well maybe somewhere central for now. I'm in Neuchatel in 2 weeks time to check out the town so maybe that will help too.

It would be nice to be in the centre so i get to know the town before i move to the burbs, but you said beaches, water sport - whats not to love about that?
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Hi Kamarate / Odile,

I'll be on Av. Edouard Dubois, and since i dont know the town well maybe somewhere central for now. I'm in Neuchatel in 2 weeks time to check out the town so maybe that will help too.
You might want to see if there are any listings for Rue des Parcs (quite a cheap road and probably within walking distance for work, plus pretty handy location for nights out) as it's generally not too expensive. I've also seen properties advertised for Rue de Maillefer (although that will involve an uphill trek to work) and Charmettes. Peseux would also be relatively close and a little cheaper than Neuchâtel itself.

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It would be nice to be in the centre so i get to know the town before i move to the burbs, but you said beaches, water sport - whats not to love about that?
Yes, if only we had the weather for it! It's been quite nice today, but rumour has it that it'll be getting worse again soon.
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Re: Moving to Neuchatel

I'll do some searches around those areas you mentioned. Thank you
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You might want to see if there are any listings for Rue des Parcs (quite a cheap road and probably within walking distance for work, plus pretty handy location for nights out) (
Rue des Parcs is indeed cheap and convenient for everything. I have lived there for the last 8 years and like it - others will tell you that it's a dodgy area, but I have never experienced that. The downside is that a very busy railway line runs along the back of the houses on the south side of the street, so if you visit any flats there make sure they have good double glazing.

There is a bus from Rue des Parcs to Av. Edouard Dubois - only runs every half an hour but it's a good option on rainy days. Takes about four to five minutes.
On foot... worst case from the "town" end of Parcs is 25 minutes, best case is 10 minutes (it's a long road!).

Edit: when I say "others will tell you that it's a dodgy area", I didn't mean people on this forum, but rather relocation agents, people in the office and so on. It's a very multicultural street and definitely not posh, and its reputation suffers accordingly.
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Re: Moving to Neuchatel

Thank you, all my searches seem to have brought up that road so its definitely one to see while i'm out and about.
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Re: Moving to Neuchatel

You should try these sites if you haven't already:

Immostreet

Anibis

Immoscout

Enter in your own details (price range, size, number of rooms etc).
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5 weeks to go to Neuchatel day

Hi EFers,

So i'm finding apartment searches to be rather tricky, no agents seem to want to let me come round to view in advance, i can't rent anyway without my permit B (its not ready yet) and dont have a swiss bank account yet.

How did all the other expats get this to work? is there a process to renting an apartment other than find nice apartment, arrange to view and voila move in?
Any guidelines on how to do this? Desperately seeking a roof over ones head.
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Re: 5 weeks to go to Neuchatel day

tell them you have a b permit and have a work contract available. bank let me open an account with work address so get that sorted first. if you're black, then expect a lot of discrimination.
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Re: 5 weeks to go to Neuchatel day

I had a similar problem when moving. Someone at work wanted to move out and sub letted her apartment to me for 3 months. Then when I was here it was much easier with permit and letter from pour suites to find something I like.
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Hi EFers,

So i'm finding apartment searches to be rather tricky, no agents seem to want to let me come round to view in advance, i can't rent anyway without my permit B (its not ready yet) and dont have a swiss bank account yet.

How did all the other expats get this to work? is there a process to renting an apartment other than find nice apartment, arrange to view and voila move in?
Any guidelines on how to do this? Desperately seeking a roof over ones head.
When my husband and I moved to Lausanne, 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).

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 the sketchy town of Renens instead --for the same price. 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.

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.

Are you already in Switzerland or still abroad? I don't think that you need your permit in hand to rent. We were able to simply show a work contract and a letter from the employer that the permit has been applied for.
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Re: 5 weeks to go to Neuchatel day

Yes I am black, i have already had interesting problems - the things you take for granted in London!!! I do have all those things the Permit B and contract so once i've opened my bank account we'll take it from there.
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Re: Moving to Neuchatel

I've spoiled things for you a bit by merging your housing Thread and your 'Introduction' but the latter was really all about housing too - you don't want replies in two places.

There is a Thread in the Housing in General section (along with several other useful ones) which gives tips about how to increase your chances of being the new tenant the owner/landlord/agency chooses.

If you have time, you could write another Intro just telling us a little about yourself, but without questions. If you're lucky, you'll get a few welcoming messages which is nice!
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