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Old 13.04.2009, 16:04
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Re: Best place to live in Zurich city?

I currently live in Altstetten and I really like it. There is a train twice an hour that goes from the Altstetten station to the Airport (without having to change at the HB) and stops in Oerlikon on the way. The rents in Altstetten are much lower also! We have a great 3 room place with a balcony and lots of sunshine for 1710 CHF. There are tons of shops near Lindenplatz and a farmers market too. Sadly, we may be giving up our apartment at the end of June though so we have a better location for work.
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Re: Best place to live in Zurich city?

Hi there, I've been living in Zuerich since mid of 2007 and I've moved three times since I joined this clean city. Right now I'm living in Albisrieden and I find this place really nice. It takes 20 min by tram to get to HB, it's really close to Uetliberg if you like hiking and people are very nice over here.

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Re: Best place to live in Zurich city?

Hi, can anyone advise on the 2 addresses for temporary apartment I'm looking at, provided by www.visionag.ch

Cramerstrasse postcode 8004 - am told by that this is near to the red-light district and not advisable for a single lady?

Rotachstrasse 33 postcode 8003

Thanks !
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Old 16.04.2009, 18:41
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Re: Best place to live in Zurich city?

Hi Bluetulip,

About the red-light area, I would advise that you have a look for yourself. There're pros and cons. I live alone on the langstrasse and what I love the most is that I'm able to walk home at any time during the night and there are people about. To me it's more comfortable than a 5am walk down a quiet street where it's my footsteps and someone else's.

I've lived there for 2 years and nothing's ever happened - or stolen or otherwise.

The most annoying thing about the street is on friday and saturday nights when it's filled with people who live out of the quarter that come to mis-behave. And here, the worse that has happened is someone on the street asking me "how much?". So it's not much to worry about although it does get annoying. But there's never been and grabbing or handling and I just walk with my headphones in and not even make eye-contact.

It's a great going-out area. Many people I know come there for bars and food and it's nice and handy when I'm just a quick walk home. Apart from that the location is great - a 10min walk to the main station and Bahnhofstrasse. Near to the Hardbruecke going out areas, Stauffacher cinemas.

I'm only saying that you can live there but you should check it out first. I know I'm not the only single female who lives on the street. It also makes a difference on which part of the street you are. So I would check out the area of your possible apartment on friday and saturday nights around 11am and if you would consider walking back alone on that street, try a 3am trial walk.

PM me know if you'd like to speak more about this.

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Old 16.04.2009, 19:47
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Re: Best place to live in Zurich city?

I lived at Rotachstrasse 20 for a while when I first came here in 2007. Plenty of shops, and the tram stop is next door!
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Re: Best place to live in Zurich city?

Thanks a tonne for your advice !!

I have decided against signing the contract with Vision AG without a viewing for now. Seems Vision AG has annoyed quite a number of expats ...
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I am surprised Hongg is not really mentioned in this thread!

Having lived here (between Hongg and Wipkingen) for the past 3-4 months, I am loving every minute of it. Tram 13 or Bus 46 takes you directly into Zurich HB in approx 15 minutes. Escherweissplatz (loads of restaurants, bars and huge cinema) is just 3 stops down, Käferberg forest is just up the hill and if you live high up enough, the view of Zurich City is stunning. Oh yes, the people are friendly.
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Newbie from UK moving to Zurich

Hey everyone,

glad I found this forum

I'm just about to accept an offer from a Swiss company in Zurich and would probably be moving over from London (well, actually Greenhithe in Kent) to Zurich in August.

I've moved from Germany to the UK about 4.5 years ago and am now planning on moving to Switzerland thanks to a good job offer. Well, we'll see if it was all that good once I'm there, but here we go. I'll give it a try.

Now, as you probably have heard this question in this section many times before, I don't know Zurich very well yet, have only been there once a few weeks back and am looking for probably a room or small apartment to start my new life in for a few months to start with.

I'm working in the City-West, Hardturmstrasse and the only thing that came to mind was the area around Tiefenbrunnen, so I could take the tram 4 to work and S16 to the airport, as I will be travelling back to the UK very regularly.

So I thought maybe there are some nice people in here who can help me Maybe there are other areas that are very much recommended?

Area: somewhere quiet or near the lake (I love water, am currently living overlooking the Thames, mind you, not the greatest of all views )
It has to be easy to get to work and the airport (both within 30 min).

Size: doesn't matter in this case... something bigger than a shoebox would be nice, in a professional flatshare (no students if possibly, only if they have a regular sleeping pattern with that of normal people) or a small apartment. A garage or underground parking would be an absolute bonus as I will be bringing my motorbike and car and don't want to leave it on the street.

Price: I guess anything up to about 1000 or even 1500CHF (depending on the area/size) including the bills (Internet, parking and central heating would be nice... and double glazing but I think that's standard in Switzerland? ) Hope that's realistic?


Any ideas / suggestions would be much appreciated?
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Old 29.05.2009, 12:44
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Re: Newbie from UK moving to Zurich

Hey, I hope this was the right section to post it in, or is it deemed as rather rude not having said hello in the newbie section?

If that's the case, maybe someone can 'move' it there...
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Old 29.05.2009, 13:13
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Re: Newbie from UK moving to Zurich

Hmm. The airport and Hardturm are both about 12-15 minutes away from the main station, so as long as you live somewhere within 10-15 minutes of that, you'll be fine. Basically that means anywhere reasonably central, as long as it's got a tram connection instead of a bus. Or you could live near any of the smaller train stations (Wiedikon, Enge, Tiefenbrunnen, etc.) which are all within 8 minutes of the main station by S-Bahn.

If you're wondering about the commute from a specific tram stop, you can check it here.

Höngg might be another nice area for you to consider. Quiet, green and leafy, and not too far from the Limmat. (You probably won't have a view of either the Limmat or the lake unless you're quite lucky or willing to splash out for it.)
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Old 29.05.2009, 14:15
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Re: Newbie from UK moving to Zurich

Yeah, but I didn't want having to change ideally

I'm reading a lot about the City-West to becoming quite trendy... how true is that? Coming over from busy London, some hip and cheap area with lots of artists, creative people, etc. would be nice too. You know, the kind of Shoreditch of Zurich... if that exists?
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Re: Newbie from UK moving to Zurich

Well, if you don't want to change for Hardturm, you've got to live somewhere on the number 4 tram line, no other options - but you probably already know that.
And a direct connection to the airport would mean living either on the number 10 line or near a train station.

So as far as that goes, your ideal locations are, roughly: the top of the Niederdorf (close to Central and the number 10), bottom of the Niederdorf (close to Stadelhofen) or, as you said, Tiefenbrunnen.

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I'm probably not the best judge of neighborhoods. Coming over from rural Indiana, it's all hip and urban to me.

There are no cornfields in any of the places I've mentioned, if that helps.
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Old 17.06.2009, 16:05
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Re: Best place to live in Zurich city?

This Table from the Zürcher Kantonal Bank gives a good impression of the prices and ratings of the various city parts in Zürich. [ German text ]. It's a pretty good evaluation if you ask me (been living in Zürich since ca. 4 years)
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Re: Best place to live in Zurich city?

Thanks, that's pretty good!!! Seems like Seefeld is the second most expensive place to live. Typical

There's gotta be some cool/hip/urban living in Zurich? Any ideas?
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living in Old Town Zurich

Hi,
We moved here from NYC and are looking to move apartments. After walking the city, we like the quaint, old European, and urban feel of the Old Town in Zurich. Does anyone have experience living there? If so, would you be willing to share some of your insights. Also, does anyone know what are the possibilities of finding a fairly nice 2 bed and bathroom unit? Is outdoor space possible (just enough space for a grill and table)? Our relocation agent didn't seem to have much and seemed to only want to show us the same 4 apartments over and over, but that was in an very different economic climate, over 18 months ago. Thanks in advance.
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Re: living in Old Town Zurich

One of my mates had a place just off the Niederdorf. 4.5 rooms with a rooftop terrace for bbqs. Gorgeous views and quite central etc. The only problem was that rent was over CHF 6K per month, and the church bells were pervasive and unbelievably loud. Then again, if one chooses to live beside a church...

I would suggest looking at eg homegate.ch or remax.ch or some company like that.
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Re: living in Old Town Zurich

A friend of mine lives in the Römergasse, just underneath the Grossmünster, right in the middle of the old part of Zurich.

She has a really cute (but rather small) apartment with a nice large terrace. BUT: beware - you'd be slap bang in the middle of everything that goes on in Zurich, summer and winter! That means extremely loud days (and nights) whenever there's a "do" on, with drunks peeing and vomiting on your doorstep, broken beer bottles in your mailbox, Japanese tourists taking pictures of you having breakfast on Sundays, so on ad nauseum. If you value peace and quiet occasionally, then it's probably not the best place to be.

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Re: living in Old Town Zurich

I have a flat in Niederdorf, love it but expensive for what it is.
Really difficult to find something spaceous, but 1-2.5 apts should still be available with a bit of luck. Just calcuate a few hundred chf extra just for the location.
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Re: Best place to live in Zurich city?

I've noticed on Homegate a new complex which recently went up on Albulastrasse in, and I'm guessing here, Kreis 5? The nearest train stop is Altstetten, I think.

The complex looks really nice (online, of course), the apartment floor plans are appealing as are the potential city/mountain views, but I'm wondering about the area. For someone who's not necessarily wanting to be in the middle of everything -- like Old Town -- but also doesn't want to be stuck out in the boondocks with no cafes or shops or anything, could this area be a good choice?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. (^~^)
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Old 22.10.2009, 15:51
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I've noticed on Homegate a new complex which recently went up on Albulastrasse in, and I'm guessing here, Kreis 5? The nearest train stop is Altstetten, I think.

The complex looks really nice (online, of course), the apartment floor plans are appealing as are the potential city/mountain views, but I'm wondering about the area. For someone who's not necessarily wanting to be in the middle of everything -- like Old Town -- but also doesn't want to be stuck out in the boondocks with no cafes or shops or anything, could this area be a good choice?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. (^~^)
The border between Aussersihl and Altsetten is Letigraben /Herderstrasse as far as I am aware so this would put that address in Altstetten which is Kreis 9. I think there are a fair number of shops within walking distance of that location (especially the Letzigrund shopping centre) which should be fine. Also you've got the number 2 tram and the 31 trolleybus which are both fequent and get you to the town centre in a whisk. Altstetten station is not just an S-Bahn stop but also gets a number of fast trains and they want to increase that so from the point of view of getting around the location is fairly good. I don't think it's too noisy although there are a fair number of popular clubs along the Hohlstrasse but don't know if you notice any of that on Albulastrasse (especially in terms of parking), so maybe it's worth going there on a Saturday night to see how it feels and is.
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