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Types of residences / dwelling in Switzerland

I can not a complete explanation of types or houses in Switzerland. While searching for apartments I see "colocation", "studio", "apartment", "maison", ...
However I couldn't find what are the difference among them?

Can someone explain? Which ones have shared kitchen, toilet, laudary, ...?
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Re: type os apartments in swiss

In a colocation you rent a room in a flat, and you share the kitchen/bathroom with the others.

A house means just that: an independant house

A studio is a small flat where the bedroom and the kitchen are in the same room, with a small bathroom.

The laundry is normally shared by the whole building and you have a day alloted to you when you can use it.

When counting the rooms in an ad, only the bedrooms count. For instance, a 'deux pièces' is a one bedroom flat (with a kitchen and a bathroom).
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Re: type os apartments in swiss

Welcome to the forum, Mahmood.
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Old 02.05.2012, 14:39
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Re: type os apartments in swiss

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When counting the rooms in an ad, only the bedrooms count. For instance, a 'deux pièces' is a one bedroom flat (with a kitchen and a bathroom).
It is a bit of an odd measurement though. In my case I would have a 2 bedroom apartment (which sounds small), but if look at the other floors in my building, my livingroom includes in the others two bedrooms as they cut two walls out making it one huge livingroom, which I 'split' into a livingroom/diningroom. Effectively it is thus a 4 bed room apartment.

As such, the amount of rooms does not always relate to the amount of space each room gets and thus while looking at eg homegate.ch also set the right range of actual floorspace that you want the whole place to have.
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Re: Types of residences / dwelling in Switzerland

Like most things in Switzerland, it can change from K/Canton to k/C. For instance in Geneva the kitchen is counted as a room, but not in most other k/C. If a flat or house indicates 3 1/2 rooms, it will mean that there is a lounge + 2 other rooms (eg 2 bedrooms, or 1 office and 1 bedroom) and the 1/2 indicates that there is space in the kitchen for a table and chairs to eat.
But in Geneva it would be a kitchen where you can eat, + 2 rooms.


You will find it very difficult to find larger apartments in towns like Geneva and Zurich - the further away you get from large towns, the more spacious accommodation you will find. Where I live there are plenty of larger apartments for instance. Many people who live in Neuchatel or even Bern commute to here to have more space and a garden.
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Re: Types of residences / dwelling in Switzerland

Here, the 1/2 means an extra-large living room (kitchen isn't counted), so our 4 1/2 has three bedrooms, a large living/dining area, a kitchen, a full bath, and a half bath.

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Re: Types of residences / dwelling in Switzerland

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Like most things in Switzerland, it can change from K/Canton to k/C. For instance in Geneva the kitchen is counted as a room, but not in most other k/C. If a flat or house indicates 3 1/2 rooms, it will mean that there is a lounge + 2 other rooms (eg 2 bedrooms, or 1 office and 1 bedroom) and the 1/2 indicates that there is space in the kitchen for a table and chairs to eat.
But in Geneva it would be a kitchen where you can eat, + 2 rooms.


You will find it very difficult to find larger apartments in towns like Geneva and Zurich - the further away you get from large towns, the more spacious accommodation you will find. Where I live there are plenty of larger apartments for instance. Many people who live in Neuchatel or even Bern commute to here to have more space and a garden.
Yes you are right Odile, I gave the 'Vaud' way since his location says Lausanne.
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Re: Types of residences / dwelling in Switzerland

thanks a lot for your valuable discussion?
I wanted to ask the meaning of "pieces" later. But thanks
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Re: Types of residences / dwelling in Switzerland

Sorry I mistyped '?' at the end of first line....
Where is the edit button for posts??
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salon = lounge
salle à manger = dining-room
bureau = office
chambre (à coucher) = bedroom
cuisine = kitchen
cuisine agencée = fitted kitchen
salle de bains = bathroom
douche = shower
WC = WC (séparé = separate)
buanderie = washroom
cave = cellar
grenier = attic
casier = storage locker
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Re: Types of residences / dwelling in Switzerland

When I have looked at property the room that I have seen often andalways makes me smile is a "Rumpus room"

What the hell is that for?
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