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Looking for a flat beginning February 1, 2012-help and advice

Hello,

I'm an American and I've been in Zurich for 3 weeks now. I've had very little luck finding a place. I work about 5 minutes away from the Zurich HB and I'm looking for a flat between 1500-2000 Franks that is about 20 minutes away from my work. I think at a minimum the flat should be about 50 m^2 but besides that I have no other major criterion.

It's quite competitive out there so I welcome any advice you might have during this stressful time.

Thank you for your time in advance,

John
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Hello,

I'm an American and I've been in Zurich for 3 weeks now. I've had very little luck finding a place. I work about 5 minutes away from the Zurich HB and I'm looking for a flat between 1500-2000 Franks that is about 20 minutes away from my work. I think at a minimum the flat should be about 50 m^2 but besides that I have no other major criterion.

It's quite competitive out there so I welcome any advice you might have during this stressful time.

Thank you for your time in advance,

John
where abouts are you looking? Just in Zurich? You'll find things more in your price range a bit outside - maybe closer to Oerlikon ? Check out listings on here and other expat sites, and check with your coworkers - in that price range, it's hard to find something unless you get at it before it goes up on homegate.

As far as your application, make sure you have a letter from your company saying what your salary is and that you are a full-time employee (I forget the term for this letter). Other things might also help - there's a thread on here listing all the things that help with your apartment application.

Good luck!
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Re: Looking for a flat/apartment beginning February 1, 2012-help and advice

Oerlikon would definitely work, Altstetten, Hongg, would also be reasonable distances. I'm not expecting a place in the city by any means but something within 20 minutes commute (tram, train, bus...) to my work.
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Re: Looking for a flat beginning February 1, 2012-help and advice

We used to live in Witikon and it was a very reliable public transport run down to the HB. In the morning the buses run about every 4 minutes to Klusplatz and from there the tram 3 to the HB.

We then move around the other side of the lake - to Adliswil. From Adliswil there is a train every 10 minutes during morning and afternoon peak times and it's 16 minutes to the HB. You can certainly be at the HB absolutely reliably in under 30 minutes...including your transfer time...

Witikon is just inside zone 10, Adliswil is just outside. Rents in Witikon are generally higher than Adliswil...
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Re: Looking for a flat beginning February 1, 2012-help and advice

Try reading the tips in the sticky at the top of this forum concerning the 'logic' by which agents choose their new tenants. There is some excellent advice in there.
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Re: Looking for a flat beginning February 1, 2012-help and advice

Hi John,

When I was looking, I checked the websites daily. I found Comparis to be the best for me, since it covers most of the housing websites here.

Also, like Anowheels mentioned, it's good to have all the paperwork together before applying. I also wrote a personal "cover letter" to the rental company, and told them a bit about myself, which I think helped me get my apartment. Also, if you rented a place back in the States, if you can get a letter from them, stating that you were a good tenant (quiet, neat and tidy), that also helps. And/or if you could get something from your old city hall stating that you don't have any outstanding debts to the city, that helps, as well (I basically told my city hall what they had to write, and I had a nice letter on city letterhead within a week).

I was told that these were normal things to have, when moving house in Switzerland, so I managed to get them before coming across the pond.


Good luck with the search and the move, and welcome to the forum and to Switzerland!

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Re: Looking for a flat beginning February 1, 2012-help and advice

Hi John,

I've been looking for a place too and its not easy. I finally found a 6 month sub-let through http://www.marktplatz.uzh.ch/wohnungen/
So now I have 6 months to find something else!

Good luck with your search,
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Re: Looking for a flat beginning February 1, 2012-help and advice

When I first lived in Zurich many moon ago, we had a hard time looking because we were focused on living "in town."

I found my current place within a week and moved in the next month because I was willing to live away from Zurich. For example, I live 15 minutes from HB via train or 15 minutes from Wiedikon via bus in Birmensdorf, which is within your 20 minutes. I have four trains and four buses an hour from in front of my house.

I'm much happier in the woods than I would be in Oerlikon or something. And I have an 80m2 for the same price we paid in 2005 for a 27m2 in Kreis 4.

So I definitely suggest somewhere off the beaten path like Birmi, or Urdorf, or Dietikon (ok kinda dodgy but not any more than some parts of Zurich), even as far as Bonstetten.

Of course I wouldn't say no to a place in Zurich if it was handed to me, but was worth it to me not to have drama fighting for an apartment and have a place that met my living criteria even if it made my commute slightly complicated- after living in Lausanne I was prepared to do anything not to have to hustle just to get a roof over my head.
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Re: Looking for a flat beginning February 1, 2012-help and advice

Comparis also has the (pretty standard by now) feature whereby you receive daily morning e-mails with any new offers that fit your criteria - found that very helpful.

Google maps is useful for calculating public tarnsport travel times (including the walk to the station/bus or tram stop!), and street view will give you an idea of the place before you visit (and see if there any pesky churches with their 'blessed' bells too close).

I live in (transport) zone 21, and am still kicking myself every commute (30-60 minutes each way) for not living in Zurich itself, but the family is happy so I suppose that is what counts.

p.s. it took me about 2 months to get a place; I reckon 1-3 months is the norm, so you need to get your skates on. In addition to a letter from your employee (very useful), you will need a copy of your permit (or application) and also an 'Auszug von dem Betreibungsamt' showing that you have no outstanding (Swiss) debts in your name. It's a good idea to prepare a 'dossier' (several) that you can leave behind immediately if you like a place and want to apply.

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Re: Looking for a flat beginning February 1, 2012-help and advice

Just subscribe to the notifications on www.homegate.ch. Give your criteria and you will get all the new flats posted in your email.

You can also check www.ronorp.ch, which is where the Swiss insert their private ads. If you are lucky you can find very good deals there.
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