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Studying in St Gallen : where should I live ?

Hello everyone,

I'm a new forumer here.
I live in France and from September 2012 to June 2013 I will study to the university in St Gallen.
I read some things of the cost of living in Switzerland so I'm asking if I should live in CH or if Germany or Austria could be good choice - as a student, money is one big concern.
I don't know (almost) anything about CH unfortunately, that's why I'm asking some advices from your part.

I don't speak German so maybe a "big" city (St Gallen) is better than small town of borders.
Maybe I'll buy a car but let's start with the worst hypothesis : is it practical to live in DE/A and study in CH with public transports ?

Sorry if the topic was already discussed but I read some things on borders but usually people talked about insurance and taxes but as a student, I'm not sure it's very relevant.

If you have any other recommendation, don't hesitate !

Thank you!
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Old 30.08.2011, 02:28
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Re: Studying in St Gallen : where should I live ?

You should definitely live in St Gallen. It's a great city and you can spend your time enjoying it instead of travelling to/from your lectures.
Live in a shared house, that's much cheaper (and much more fun!) than renting alone. There are lots of students so it shouldn't be too hard to find somewhere. Especially if you have more than a year to look!
Don't get a car. The public transport in and around the city is excellent, buses go everywhere and are very affordable. Commuting by public transport from Germany will quickly get annoying and time-consuming though.
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Re: Studying in St Gallen : where should I live ?

Hey,

I just moved to SG a few weeks ago.. will be completing the MBF degree. You can find shared housing starting around 400CHF/month - rent is reasonable here in my opinion. The biggest expense is probably food.. which seems very expensive so far compared to the USA. I have a nice room, furnished in a 3 bedroom flat for 600CHF... walking distance to the university, though it's a tough uphill walk (~20min).
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Re: Studying in St Gallen : where should I live ?

Yes, I agree with others that you should live in St. Gallen if you study here. I did consider to commute from Zürich initially but it would be just too tiring. Give me a shout when you are here then maybe we can organise something for other EF members in St. Gallen too?
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Re: Studying in St Gallen : where should I live ?

Hi,
I'm looking into the mbf degree as well. Was wondering if i can get some 'insider' info abt the program from you... for example how well are the students placed (especially for those who don't know german...). have most of your classmates already found an summer internship?
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Re: Studying in St Gallen : where should I live ?

Hey guys,

I'll be doing MiQEF at St. Gallen starting in Fall 2012. Also will be looking for a place to live, doing the visa stuff, etc.
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I'll be doing MiQEF at St. Gallen starting in Fall 2012. Also will be looking for a place to live, doing the visa stuff, etc.
get a shared place at wgzimmer.ch . St. Gallen is one of the cheapest towns to live in in Switzerland. Food is cheap(er) if you can make the local speciality Bratwurst a large part of your diet. You may need to spend some extra money on winter clothes though, as it gets pretty chilly there. Commuting makes no sense as you will spend on transport what you make on rent and the choice of shared flats is better in St. Gallen.
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get a shared place at wgzimmer.ch . St. Gallen is one of the cheapest towns to live in in Switzerland. Food is cheap(er) if you can make the local speciality Bratwurst a large part of your diet. You may need to spend some extra money on winter clothes though, as it gets pretty chilly there. Commuting makes no sense as you will spend on transport what you make on rent and the choice of shared flats is better in St. Gallen.
Any other advice for food besides eating Bratwurst? I mean I don't want to get a heart attack at the age of 30, seems pretty healthy to eat Bratwurst all the time (even though right now in Germany I ear Döner EVERY SINGLE DAY so kind of being a hypocrite here, heh)...I was thinking of getting a car to make trips to Germany for groceries, but what if I just took a train instead to Konstanz to stock up groceries up to the limit?
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Re: Studying in St Gallen : where should I live ?

as a single person it is not worth it to go grocery shopping in Konstanz. Maybe some students getting together to buy groceries there would be a good idea - no doubt some enterprising HSG folk already have such a scheme going. You can eat German style Doner Kebab at Dedi. Not eating meat will also save you a lot of $.
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Re: Studying in St Gallen : where should I live ?

I've been living in St.Gallen for a few years now and when I first got here I was regularly told to shop over the border. I juggled the maths over a few times and the cost of getting there by public transport and the extra time needed never justified shopping there regularly. Similarly to afford a car in St.Gallen with shopping in AU/DE being one of the main reasons definitely doesn't add up financially.

Konstanz is 1 hour away and Bregenz is 30 minutes, but you can never be entirely sure that you will get through the border unstopped, so you need behave yourself and to stick within the limits of what you bring. And this is whether or not you go as a group or an individual.

The best solution is to get a friend who already has a car and hitch a lift when they go shopping :-)

Or more a serious solution would be to forget the hassle of trying to make a small cost saving shopping over the border and focus on finding the bargains that do exist in St.Gallen supermarkets, save your money by living within walking/cycling distance of the university, and then you'll realise that you'll also have far more time to relax, study and socialise without really being out of pocket.
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Re: Studying in St Gallen : where should I live ?

Coop & Manor are the most expensive stores to go grocery shopping at.

Migros is the one most of Swiss people go to, not as expensive as Coop.

Then there's Denner, cheaper than Migros.

Right downtown of St. Gallen is a "mall" or "Migros MMM Neumarkt St.Gallen" would be the correct name plus a Denner right next to it.

Otherwise there's always LIDL and ALDI, but there not anywhere close to the centre of the city.

Hope that helps out a little!
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I've been living in St.Gallen for a few years now and when I first got here I was regularly told to shop over the border. I juggled the maths over a few times and the cost of getting there by public transport and the extra time needed never justified shopping there regularly. Similarly to afford a car in St.Gallen with shopping in AU/DE being one of the main reasons definitely doesn't add up financially.

Konstanz is 1 hour away and Bregenz is 30 minutes, but you can never be entirely sure that you will get through the border unstopped, so you need behave yourself and to stick within the limits of what you bring. And this is whether or not you go as a group or an individual.

The best solution is to get a friend who already has a car and hitch a lift when they go shopping :-)

Or more a serious solution would be to forget the hassle of trying to make a small cost saving shopping over the border and focus on finding the bargains that do exist in St.Gallen supermarkets, save your money by living within walking/cycling distance of the university, and then you'll realise that you'll also have far more time to relax, study and socialise without really being out of pocket.
I totally agree on that one! I do shop in Konstanz sometimes though, but I have to go there once a week anyways so it would seem the thing to do.
Goods up to 300€ per person are customs-free. And then of course you can't by milk, cheese, raw meat, only a certain amount of alcohol & cigarettes et cetera et cetera ....
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Re: Studying in St Gallen : where should I live ?

I would suggest that you stay in St. Gallen. I think you gonna find it difficult to commute every day to go to school. You can find good deals in shared flats. I was in St. Gallen last year and I paid CHF550/month in a house of 9. My house was at Rotmonten (up the hill and near the campus).
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