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Old 07.10.2011, 15:58
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No go areas in and around Geneva

Hi,

I am looking for some information on areas to stear clear of when looking for rental accommodation in and around Geneva.

Any information will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07.10.2011, 16:23
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Re: No go areas in and around Geneva

Personally i wouldnt go to Paquis area. Other people love it though. Just stay out of parks at night
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Old 07.10.2011, 16:50
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Re: No go areas in and around Geneva

Sadly because there is such a shortage of accomodation you might not have a choice.
Paquis like Gata said is not that good - but I have a friend who loves it.
Try to get somewhere on a good bus route - it makes all the difference.
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Re: No go areas in and around Geneva

It rather depends on what you want to steer clear of. There are some noisy/lively areas (Paquis and the studenty parts at the southern end of Plan Palais) but as far as I know, there's nowhere like New Cross, Peckham or Deptford*, you might avoid during the day, let alone at night. You read about muggings round Cornavin (the railway station) and Paquis but while I've seen unsavoury characters lurking, I've never had any trouble. Perhaps, that muggings are actually reported in the papers, means that there are very few of them.

Generally Geneva is a very peaceful place.

* I'm recalling my younger days in the '80s. These places have probably all been gentryfied by now.
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Re: No go areas in and around Geneva

Hi,

This seemed like a good thread to post this question. My finace and I have just had our offer accepted on a lovely place on Rue De Saint Jean.

Since then, I have passed by a couple of times to check out the vibe around there and I have noticed that there always seem to be lurkers on Quai De Seujet and in the park at the end of Pont De La Coulouvreniere. Whilst nobody has bothered me, I do find them a littlle disconcerting. Are they drug dealing? Is mugging a possiblity? Does the area have a rep?


Thanks in advance for your replies
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Hi,

This seemed like a good thread to post this question. My finace and I have just had our offer accepted on a lovely place on Rue De Saint Jean.

Since then, I have passed by a couple of times to check out the vibe around there and I have noticed that there always seem to be lurkers on Quai De Seujet and in the park at the end of Pont De La Coulouvreniere. Whilst nobody has bothered me, I do find them a littlle disconcerting. Are they drug dealing? Is mugging a possiblity? Does the area have a rep?


Thanks in advance for your replies

Yes, yes and yes

Stay out of the park at night and ignore them if they talk to you. You will be fine
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Re: No go areas in and around Geneva

Thanks for the reply, even if it was not the one I was really hoping for
We'll avoid the quai and the park. Whatever happened to 'City of peace'?!
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Hi,

This seemed like a good thread to post this question. My finace and I have just had our offer accepted on a lovely place on Rue De Saint Jean.

Since then, I have passed by a couple of times to check out the vibe around there and I have noticed that there always seem to be lurkers on Quai De Seujet and in the park at the end of Pont De La Coulouvreniere. Whilst nobody has bothered me, I do find them a littlle disconcerting. Are they drug dealing? Is mugging a possiblity? Does the area have a rep?


Thanks in advance for your replies
how near the city centre are you? further out, that street is fine. keep out of all parks at nightime
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It rather depends on what you want to steer clear of. There are some noisy/lively areas (Paquis and the studenty parts at the southern end of Plan Palais) but as far as I know, there's nowhere like New Cross, Peckham or Deptford*, you might avoid during the day, let alone at night. You read about muggings round Cornavin (the railway station) and Paquis but while I've seen unsavoury characters lurking, I've never had any trouble. Perhaps, that muggings are actually reported in the papers, means that there are very few of them.

Generally Geneva is a very peaceful place.

* I'm recalling my younger days in the '80s. These places have probably all been gentryfied by now.
didn't Del Boy and Rodney live in Peckham?
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My finace and I have just had our offer accepted on a lovely place on Rue De Saint Jean.
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Re: No go areas in and around Geneva

Avoid Paquis if you can, and not just after dark. I've lived here for 2 years and it gets worse everytime I step out of the door - dealers, prostitutes, aggressive nutters and 9am alcoholics staggering around the streets ... But I don't think it's necessarily the worst area of Geneva, my friend claims Servette is just as bad, if not worse, and had two bikes stolen in one month ( one was actually stolen by the police for being chained to the wrong fence ... the second one was taken by someone in his apartment building with an identifiable key but the police won't do anything since they can't "prove" who went into the lockup, even though only 3 people went in that night - one person went in at 3am and two people at 8am the next morning... )

The police in Geneva are absolutely useless - maybe it's funding, whatever, but the end result is the same. Useless. They seem more interested in catching bike criminals and parking fines than cleaning up the streets of druggie scum.

I absolutely cannot wait to move out !
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Avoid Paquis if you can, and not just after dark. I've lived here for 2 years and it gets worse everytime I step out of the door - dealers, prostitutes, aggressive nutters and 9am alcoholics staggering around the streets ... But I don't think it's necessarily the worst area of Geneva, my friend claims Servette is just as bad, if not worse, and had two bikes stolen in one month ( one was actually stolen by the police for being chained to the wrong fence ... the second one was taken by someone in his apartment building with an identifiable key but the police won't do anything since they can't "prove" who went into the lockup, even though only 3 people went in that night - one person went in at 3am and two people at 8am the next morning... )

The police in Geneva are absolutely useless - maybe it's funding, whatever, but the end result is the same. Useless. They seem more interested in catching bike criminals and parking fines than cleaning up the streets of druggie scum.

I absolutely cannot wait to move out !
I heard Paquis is not so bad if you are away from the rue du berne
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