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I've made this sticky in the Apartments forum; even though it's effectively in "Market Place", I think it makes sense for it to be here.


Ok, I am now on a 4-week countdown to find a rental place in Zurich (as that is when my temporary accomodation runs out). Here are relevant details:

place of work: Opfikon (of course)
residence preferences: none, apartment, flatshare, etc.
age/familial status: 31 male single
hobbies: cycling

I have bought a map and it appears that Oerlikon, Oberstrass, Unterstrass might be a good halfway point between Zurich old town, a nice hill for cycling in Zurichberg, and work, but I thought I would rely on those that have actually lived in Zurich for a while ...

Any help appreciated.

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I have just moved to the Zürich and the S5 and S7 from Glatt/Opf mean you can live almost anywhere. Personally I'd rather not live on the doorstep of work, and parts of Oerlikon - although not pretty by anyones standards - provide better value than in the city itself. Most peolple would suggest somewhere like Seefeld as a good neighbourhood, but it really depends on your priorities. Oh, and its one hell of a hill ...

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Old 28.06.2006, 13:42
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I have just moved to the North of Zürich in a new build near Seebach. I used to work at Opfikon, and the S5 and S7 from Glatt/Opf mean you can live almost anywhere. Personally I'd rather not live on the doorstep of work, and parts of Oerlikon - although not pretty by anyones standards - provide better value than in the city itself. Most peolple would suggest somewhere like Seefeld as a good neighbourhood, but it really depends on your priorities. Oh, and its one hell of a hill ...

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I also live in Seebach, same apart. complex as Dave, we chose this area as my husband was working in Glattbrug/Opfikon and he wanted to be near work, he could walk there within 15 mins, annoyingly his company have just recently moved him to an office in town!! but we live right on the S6 line and he can be in Zurich by train in about 12 mins and by tram in 22 mins. Not the greatest of areas but much cheaper than seefield and the like, also I quite like Oerlikon which is only a 15 min walk away or 2 mins by tram.
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Take a look on homegate.ch and use the map of the kreises and postcode to narrow down your search. I am sure someone will give you a sentence to stereotype for each Kreis , to narrow down your search.

Get accommodation is not easy, especially as you go closer to the city, so unless its new-build or you know someone leaving, don't assume it will be easy and "lists of interesting applicants" are not uncommon for an apartment coming up for rent in a good area.

http://www.ini.unizh.ch/~dylan/zurich-maps/

Postcode and kreis (region) maps for Zürich. Very useful when making sense of the adverts.

Hope this helps
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PS: Just don't let the bank let you languish in Eibenstrasse
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Re: Which Zurich suburb is the best place to rent?

Hi,

It depends on how you spend your time. We chose to live near the city because we wanted to be able to go out 'till late in the night without worrying about finding our way home. We just walk home when we're done. Even if we decide to take a taxi, it's not too much. Of course there are now night buses and trains that go about once every hour on friday and saturday nights after midnight, but we still like our freedom of choice. It's nice to be able to decide for a movie 15mins before it starts and still make it.

This was one of our main priorities when we picked our apartment which is a 10min walk to the Hbf. I've worked in Oerlikon, Schwerzenbach (near the Greifensee) and now Seefeld. It's nice to be central.

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OK Nanda,
give us a summary of Kreis 12 (Seefeld) in 12 words or less:
............


Here is my appraisal of Kreis 2 (Wollishofen) in two words:
quiet, leafy

or
Kreis 3 ( Friesenberg) in 3 :
Uetliberg downhill urbanising

Kreis 4 ( Langstrasse) in 4 :
Buzzing hot lips nightlife

Any others...?

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Re: Which Zurich suburb is the best place to rent?

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Take a look on homegate.ch and use the map of the kreises and postcode to narrow down your search. I am sure someone will give you a sentence to stereotype for each Kreis , to narrow down your search.

Get accommodation is not easy, especially as you go closer to the city, so unless its new-build or you know someone leaving, don't assume it will be easy and "lists of interesting applicants" are not uncommon for an apartment coming up for rent in a good area.

http://www.ini.unizh.ch/~dylan/zurich-maps/

Postcode and kreis (region) maps for Zürich. Very useful when making sense of the adverts.

Hope this helps
Dave

PS: Just don't let the bank let you languish in Eibenstrasse
Can I ask you why Eibenstrasse is a bad choice?
I was proposed thise accomodation by .B. and don't know Zurich at all.
So I am wondering if it is a good choice to stay there.
Is it ok to get to Opfikon from Eibenstrasse?
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Re: Best place to live in Zurich city?

Hello, I am moving to Zurich next month and I will need to start looking for an apartment.
I would like to receive some advices about where to look and what to expect.

I am 28 years old and I will work at Dietikon. I am surely not looking to leave in a pub, but I would like to be in a lively area. I know prices in the centre are really expensive, but some people advice me to look in the centre since is very hard to establish relations if you are outside the area.

I surely expect to go out and know people since I am alone and must start my life from cero.

Any comment advice will be more than appreciated.

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Re: Which Zurich suburb is the best place to rent?

Hi lalalalalililia,

This reply comes rather late but I only saw your post now. Hope it still helps.

I lived in Eibenstrasse for almost a year before I was able to find a decent accomodation in Zurich (yeap! being a foreigner does not help to get a flat!!)

Eibenstrasse is in an ok area: not too far from the center and with good S-bahn connections to Opfikon. However, it is not very lifely and you will find that S-bahns do not run at the times you want and you'll end up waiting at the station for 20 mins for just a few minutes ride to the center. My advice is to get a second-hand bike and become less dependent on S-bahns!

All in all, it is great for a short accomodation since finding a flat in Zurich can be a real pain in the ass. But it is not the place you want to stay very long.

Enjoy Zurich! It is a great city!!
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Old 28.06.2006, 17:05
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Re: Which Zurich suburb is the best place to rent?

I have lived in the area for nearly 5 years. I started in Opfikon and then went to Wallisellen. Opfikon os good for taxes. Both Opfikon and Walliesellen have great connections into the city.

Both Opfikon and Wallisellen suffer from plane noise in the morning though...
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Re: Which Zurich suburb is the best place to rent?

I think you need to consider a few things before choosing a place to live rather than doing it on one or two criteria. For example if you want the night life and then to be able to walk home the decision is more or less made for you. If you want to be able to ride your bike from your house door then you really need to think a bit outside of city Zürich. If you earn enough to have to make a tax return then you should consider your tax bill as Mark mentioned. If you like eating out then you should maybe move out towards Zollikon.

But when all is said and done you seem to have missed the point that finding something in 4 weeks in Kanton ZH is like running a marathon being a fat slob with the same notice - kind of tough...

Just my thoughts and you will probably find the answer on homegate. I hope you get lucky...

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If you like eating out then you should maybe move out towards Zollikon.

Oohh.. tell me where. Or better, add it to the restaurants thread.

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Oohh.. tell me where. Or better, add it to the restaurants thread.

Yeah I was going to say the same thing. I live in Zollikon, and despite being packed full of rich people, the eating options are very limited, and usually very unexciting (as in boring). Same old paradox in Switzerland, loads of money, limited options for spending it.

If I wanted to live somewhere with the best eating out I'd probably head somewhere like Kreis 4 or 5, but then there would be other disadvantages...

I guess maybe what Richard was referrring to is that Zollikon is right on the doorstep of Seefeld where one can find a better selection of restaurants.
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Zollikon has a 912 bus, many large gated houses and cheap tax. With the possible exception of the latter, I can't imagine wanting to live there. I used to walk into town from there many days, and if you're after that kind of sedate life, I would move down the lake a bit further to Kusnacht or Erlenbach.

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Which Zurich suburb is the best place to rent?

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My husband grew up in the Bern/Solothurn area, so doesn't have a lot of familiarity with Zurich. Plus he's been gone from Switzerland for the past 10 years. Now it looks like he'll be getting a position in the Zurich area (currently looks like Opfikon). Initially he'll be renting a studio flat or possibly a flat share until we can get the whole family move organised (house sold etc.).

I am assuming that with Zurich, as with most (all?) cities, there are areas that are best avoided in terms of crime/drugs/safety. Are there any particular areas that we should be aware of when he's looking for a place? He has one friend who lives in Zurich, but he hasn't heard back from him yet on this, and besides, I always think it's a good idea to get input from multiple people on questions like this. Said friend lives in central Zurich near the train station and works on the opposite side of the city so not sure how much help he could be on this anyway, if that's where my husband does end up with a position.

Thanks for any input you might have.

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Re: Areas to Avoid in Zurich (when looking for place to live)

Not sure there are any 'bad' areas in Zurich well not bad in UK terms anyway (I am probably going to be pulled up on this and told of loads of places).

We live in Seebach and spent the first 6 weeks or so in nearby Oerlikon, everyone we spoke to turned their noses up at us living here, said it was a back water place, no life, full of immigrants (typical racist comment we heard from a lot of Swiss about living here) but as far as we are concerned its fine, my parents recently visited and we went for a drink in Oerlikon, I told them that this area was generally classed as a bad area, they were amazed, they said if this is a bad area they can't imagine how amazing the good areas are!!

Basically what I am trying to say is that I am not sure you can end up in a truely bad area like in the UK but you can probably end up in some really expensive nice areas - to me the beauty of Zurich is that it doesn't matter where you'll live as everywhere seems safe and clean (even in the so called 'bad' areas)

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My husband grew up in the Bern/Solothurn area, so doesn't have a lot of familiarity with Zurich. Plus he's been gone from Switzerland for the past 10 years. Now it looks like he'll be getting a position in the Zurich area (currently looks like Opfikon). Initially he'll be renting a studio flat or possibly a flat share until we can get the whole family move organised (house sold etc.).

I am assuming that with Zurich, as with most (all?) cities, there are areas that are best avoided in terms of crime/drugs/safety. Are there any particular areas that we should be aware of when he's looking for a place? He has one friend who lives in Zurich, but he hasn't heard back from him yet on this, and besides, I always think it's a good idea to get input from multiple people on questions like this. Said friend lives in central Zurich near the train station and works on the opposite side of the city so not sure how much help he could be on this anyway, if that's where my husband does end up with a position.

Thanks for any input you might have.
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Re: Areas to Avoid in Zurich (when looking for place to live)

Nicky - nice to get a post from someone who understands my concerns, coming from the UK. With a small child, our definition of "acceptable" in terms of safety altered a bit from when we only had ourselves and the dogs to think about, and the UK has posed quite a challenge for us in terms of finding areas that combine affordability and safety.

I've been looking at things online and a few of the options I've found are in your area, so it's nice to have that specific feedback. Is it feasible for biking to Opfikon? He used to bike 12 miles to school every day so distance doesn't matter to him as much as rider safety - the main reason he never tried biking to work when we lived in London .
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Yeah i would say you could bike to Opfikon from here, my husband used to work near by in Glattbrugg and he walked every morning, only took him 15 mins

When I lived in Oerlikon briefly i used to be amazed seeing kindergarten kids of about 4 - 5 years old walking home on their own, this would never happen in the UK, i was actually shocked seeing it at first and thought maybe they're lost!! then I realised we were in Switzerland


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Nicky - nice to get a post from someone who understands my concerns, coming from the UK. With a small child, our definition of "acceptable" in terms of safety altered a bit from when we only had ourselves and the dogs to think about, and the UK has posed quite a challenge for us in terms of finding areas that combine affordability and safety.

I've been looking at things online and a few of the options I've found are in your area, so it's nice to have that specific feedback. Is it feasible for biking to Opfikon? He used to bike 12 miles to school every day so distance doesn't matter to him as much as rider safety - the main reason he never tried biking to work when we lived in London .
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When I lived in Oerlikon briefly i used to be amazed seeing kindergarten kids of about 4 - 5 years old walking home on their own, this would never happen in the UK, i was actually shocked seeing it at first and thought maybe they're lost!! then I realised we were in Switzerland
I had the same reaction the first time I saw that. I am trying to prepare myself mentally for that, because my maternal instincts have been programmed by life in the US and the UK never to let my child out of my sight and certainly not at such a young age. My husband explained that it's almost frowned upon for a parent to walk their child to school because it's viewed as teaching the child independence and self-reliance.
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Re: Areas to Avoid in Zurich (when looking for place to live)

There are no such places in Zurich HONESTLY! Sure you will find crazy people here and there but there are no rough areas like in English cities. I used to work in Kensington and the amount of muggings I witnessed on the Hammersmith road were shocking (a non rough area). Daylight robbing of occupants in expensive cars at traffic lights and traffic jams.

CH is really heaven when it comes to safety, don't let your guard down as dodgy things like rape in the train toilets have occured before. Mostly common sense stuff will keep you in good shape.
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