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Where to live in Zurich

Hi all,

My husband just accepted a position near Zurich, in Opfikon. I will myself most likely be getting a job in Zurich. We have a daughter who is less than 2 months and we are not looking for nightlife... more nice scenery, access to outdoor activities, low taxes, and an overall good place for families. Any suggestions on where to look for a house/apartment to rent?

Any help will be greatly appreciated!!!
Thanks!
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Re: Where to live in Zurich

Look at Horgen.....easy commute and good outdoor access
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Re: Where to live in Zurich

you might want to check out some options for daycare for your little one first - a lot of places have long waiting lists unless you are going to be able to pay for a nanny who will come to your place. Might make the location of where you want to live change a bit depending on where you can find a spot for an infant...

might be a worthwhile investment to hire a relocation agent to help a bit as it's not the easiest thing to find either an infant spot or an apartment in Zurich! All things are possible, but having some local knowledge working just for you might make things a whole lot easier, especially for sleep deprived brains with a newborn
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Re: Where to live in Zurich

How far is your husband willing to commute?

My hubby wanted a 10min bike ride. Luckily he didn't work in the city.

I live in Stäfa which is down the lake from the city. On the opposite side of the lake from Horgen. It is a fantastic place for kids. Safe, easy to get around. Great english speaking mothers group to make new friends. The commute to the city will be the big question mark though. Stäfa has one train every 30 mins to zurich. There is a bus near our house that connects to the train. But a couple of stations closer has another train service, so about every 15 mins to Zurich. We have a forest behind us which is excellent for jogging or family walks. The lake is also wonderful.

How long are you planning to live in Switzerland? If it is more than 5 years then think about how far your house will be from the local Kindergarten.

Also, regardless of where you live be aware that there are a couple of nuances with regards to swiss living. Well I call them nuances. I guess it depends where you come from...
(1) Do you want to live on a 5th floor apartment with no lift and the laundry in the cellar? You might think that is OK, until you have to carry one child, the laundry, shopping, and you are pregnant again.
(2) Do you want to share a washing machine with your neighbours and be on a weekly roster? I have used laundromats before but this is special. One machine, one specific time to use it, no one will clean up your laundry dust, and neighbours bear grudges.
(3) Do you want a car? Then where are you going to park it? There is no street parking. You have to pay for a parking space. Do you want to dig your car out of the snow in winter or drive into your underground secured garage?

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Re: Where to live in Zurich

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How far is your husband willing to commute?

My hubby wanted a 10min bike ride. Luckily he didn't work in the city.

I live in Stäfa which is down the lake from the city. On the opposite side of the lake from Horgen. It is a fantastic place for kids. Safe, easy to get around. Great english speaking mothers group to make new friends. The commute to the city will be the big question mark though. Stäfa has one train every 30 mins to zurich. There is a bus near our house that connects to the train. But a couple of stations closer has another train service, so about every 15 mins to Zurich. We have a forest behind us which is excellent for jogging or family walks. The lake is also wonderful.

How long are you planning to live in Switzerland? If it is more than 5 years then think about how far your house will be from the local Kindergarten.

Also, regardless of where you live be aware that there are a couple of nuances with regards to swiss living. Well I call them nuances. I guess it depends where you come from...
(1) Do you want to live on a 5th floor apartment with no lift and the laundry in the cellar? You might think that is OK, until you have to carry one child, the laundry, shopping, and you are pregnant again.
(2) Do you want to share a washing machine with your neighbours and be on a weekly roster? I have used laundromats before but this is special. One machine, one specific time to use it, no one will clean up your laundry dust, and neighbours bear grudges.
(3) Do you want a car? Then where are you going to park it? There is no street parking. You have to pay for a parking space. Do you want to dig your car out of the snow in winter or drive into your underground secured garage?

gotta go

Oddly enough, for you maybe, I look upon points 2 and 3 as positive.

There's nothing worse than having to wash in the flat and then tumble all that stuff dry which could be out-of-sight for a while. There is also the added advantage of getting to know your neighbours down in the washing room instead of 'noticing' that 'the Swiss aren't friendly'. I've never had any trouble.

We are all happy that parking in the road here is an exception. England, as an example, is frustrating, dangerous, and is a sight for sore eyes. Roads are meant for driving on, not for parking.

Opfikon is a nice place, there are many English speakers living there; within a radius of say 5 kilometres there is a wide choice of various homes. But note that the centre of Opfikon is under the flight path from the airport in Kloten so avoid that. The nearer your husband is to his work the more time he'll have for everything else. Daycare will be a problem wherever you are.
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Re: Where to live in Zurich?

Hello

I am planning to move to Zurich with family.

I am looking to move to family friendly areas with good state schools. I would be looking for a 4 Zimmer apartment upto CHF 2000 per month.

Please suggest which areas should I be looking at.

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Re: Where to live in Zurich?

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Hello

I am planning to move to Zurich with family.

I am looking to move to family friendly areas with good state schools. I would be looking for a 4 Zimmer apartment upto CHF 2000 per month.

Please suggest which areas should I be looking at.

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Don't know about the schools here, but you could look in Adliswil/Thalwil. The rents are a little lower than in Zurich proper. The commute to central Zurich is usually 20 mins or less from where we are in Adliswil.
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Re: Where to live in Zurich? Uitikon ?

Hi all

Any feedback about schools in Uitikon.

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Re: Where to live in Zurich?

Hi Dietiker,

My husband's goddaughter lives in Uitikon, and her parents are very happy with the school there. That said, it is an expensive area and it will be difficult to find a flat within your budget. Good luck with your search!
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Re: Where to live in Zurich? Urdorf

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Any feedback on schools in Urdorf.

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Re: Where to live in Zurich? Birmensdorf ZH

Am looking for the same feedback on Birmensdorf ZH.
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Any feedback on schools in Urdorf.

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Excellent primary schools in Urdorf, and the regions premier Gymnasium.
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Re: Where to live in Zurich?

We live in Neuaffoltern (belongs to Oerlikon). I also work in Opfikon and it's reasonably close to the centre. We are moving flats withing Oerlikon. Private Message me if you are interested in details.
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Re: Where to live in Zurich?

Hi guys,

Reviving an old thread in order to keep the forum tidy.

I am going to move to Zurich in the next couple of weeks. Therefore my question is: What is the most convenient place to live when working in Maagplatz?

Here my requirements:

Reasonable quality.
Office hours: 9-17 (Monday to Friday).
Living just with my girlfriend.
No special requirment for space: 40 m2 is enough for us.
Max rent (including bills): CHF 3000.
No special requirement for night life.
No requirement for car park space.
Not owning any pets.
Not afraid of living among foreigners.

I currently live 5 minutes of walking from the office and I am looking for a similar arrangement in Zurich. I got used to eating lunch at home however I would consider commuting if it makes more sense over there.

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Re: Where to live in Zurich?

I am new to the forum too so hopefully this is the appropriate place to also pose a similar question. All of the above information is very helpful, especially the tax tip.


We are moving to Zurich in 2 months. We have a budget of 3,000/mo CHF. We like to live close (walking distance) to café, bars, restaurants and be able to walk to the grocery store if possible. We do not have kids but have a small dog. I will have to travel to Schaffhausen for work so I would like to live close to the train station. Any recommendations on an area that would be good for our lifestyle? Thanks much!
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Re: Where to live in Zurich?

Greetings everyone,
As the saying, what is dead may never die, but rises harder and stronger, so will this topic! (fingers crossed)
I am new to the Zürich canton and, as a PhD, will work in Rüschlikon. Therefore the search for a place to live permanently. And I was looking for a place with a supermarket within walking distance and with which would yield a maximum travelling time of 25 min to my work place.
I thought about adliswil, since close to the station there are two supermarkets. But would like to know whether or not there are some activities there (although shy, I am not socially dead). Any other suggestion would be gladly accepted.
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Re: Which Zurich suburb is the best place to rent?

Glattpark is nice, there is an artificial lake, bbq places, basketball/ volley ball/ table tennis all over the place. There is a Spar supermarket and Migros just opened. Our apartment is 110m2/ 4 rooms and costs just a bit less then 2000CHF. Pretty much unbeatable price for Zurich area. The tram 10/12 and 11 are there and Bhf Oerlikon/ airport both just 4/5 tram stations away.
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Re: Where to live in Zurich?

Looks like a nice thread to revive.
I've trawled a bit through the numerous pages, but I'm afraid the information might have become slightly outdated.

Anyway, first disclaimer: I don't know the area at all, I've never been to Zurich, so I ask in advance for your indulgence.

The family (wife, 2 children 3 & 1, and I obviously) is moving to Zurich.
I will be working in Kreis 2 (I think).
It looks like the company I will be working for will provide a temporary accommodation while we look for something more permanent.

What are we looking for:
Well, we're moving from a spacious house in leafy Wiltshire. So we're looking for a house, in a country setting, within commutable distance of work (45 mins door to door is really the max I'm prepared to do nowadays), with a nice community around, ideally playgroups and activities for the kids. And if there was an English or French speaking network, it wouldn't hurt, as my wife won't be working, at least to start with.
Now, budget, I'd say 3.5k max.

Thanks in advance for your input!
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Re: Where to live in Zurich?

Why not just get the trams and explore for yourself and choose an area. Don't rush, extend your temp apt lease and take your time.

Don't make my mistake of taking a place under pressure and then finding you hate it from the moment you move in. I just broke a lease and it was tough having to live in a place i hated and doing viewings and ending up with furniture etc. Now i m in a temp apt, starting again and doing things properly.

Everyone has views on where to live but you need to see the area and apt decide if it feels like a place you want to spend time in. You will find a place but take your time...
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Re: Where to live in Zurich?

Hi OliverH,
We are in the very same predicament, its like your wrote my first post for me!!! Moving from Ireland to Zurich in the next two months with wife and two kids, both 3 and 1.


My wife and I were in Zurich for the weekend and like Sofia suggested, we hopped on and off trams and trains all weekend & walked around the city and lake area. We fell in love with Thalwil but we're concerned about the prices for accommodation there. I will be working in Opfikon area and I'm budgeting 3.5k max for 3 bedroom apt.
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