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Apartment difficulties

Hi everyone,

Is it just me or is it extremely difficult to find an apartment in Zürich? All the viewing we have been to have 50 people +! I've been told by people the best chances of getting an apartment is by knowing someone who is giving theirs up rather than competing against all of Zürich.

I'm looking for an apartment anywhere in Zürich Canton.
I'm looking for a 1-2 bedroom with a decent bathroom. Hopefully the kitchen isn't to bad either.
Obviously close public transport access would be fantastic.
I'm looking at a 1300 budget (low i know -_-)
We would like to move in to a place by november.

Thanks!
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Old 24.07.2012, 22:30
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Re: Apartment difficulties

You might have luck if someone in the forum is moving.... Sorry I can't help too much (I don't live near Zürich)... We also had a horrible time finding a cheap place in Chur... you can have ours here, we are moving soon A lot of people who work in Zürich live in Chur because it is cheaper. Other than that, be very persistant (almost aggressive) searching every night in comparis.ch and eventually you will find something.
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Re: Apartment difficulties

Firstly, I'll be surprised if you have any problems with kitchens/bathrooms anywhere you look, because normally the standard here is extremely high compared to the old 'slum landlord' places that I certainly have seen in Sydney.

Are you single or a couple ? Where are you working ? How many connections can you make to find your apartment ?

I can tell you that we found something similar in Adliswil for a colleague. Try also Leimbach, Sihlau, Langnau Am Albis, on the S4 rail line. Adliswil is postcode 8134. Definitely cheaper in our little valley We are just out side zone 10, which makes a psychological barrier... but we have good shops, and an excellent peak-time connection to Zurich.

Also, you need to know that there is an official moving date twice a year in Zurich. You'll find heaps on the market to change in September. Maybe October you'll get a few that their arrangements have fallen through, but from November and over the winter (when there is snow on the ground) people are far less likely to move house.

Right now there are 11 apartments in homegate that are located in Adliswil, which all meet your price range...
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Re: Apartment difficulties

Thanks for your help,

Haha well i hope we don't encounter any "slum landlords".

We are a couple. Im working in a day school and he is a chef. What do you mean by connections?

We have looked on every area around zurich....the problem seems to be the amount of people we are competing against.

Thanks for the advice on the office moving dates. We would be happy any time really but ideally not later then november.

Thanks again
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Firstly, I'll be surprised if you have any problems with kitchens/bathrooms anywhere you look, because normally the standard here is extremely high compared to the old 'slum landlord' places that I certainly have seen in Sydney.

Are you single or a couple ? Where are you working ? How many connections can you make to find your apartment ?

I can tell you that we found something similar in Adliswil for a colleague. Try also Leimbach, Sihlau, Langnau Am Albis, on the S4 rail line. Adliswil is postcode 8134. Definitely cheaper in our little valley We are just out side zone 10, which makes a psychological barrier... but we have good shops, and an excellent peak-time connection to Zurich.

Also, you need to know that there is an official moving date twice a year in Zurich. You'll find heaps on the market to change in September. Maybe October you'll get a few that their arrangements have fallen through, but from November and over the winter (when there is snow on the ground) people are far less likely to move house.

Right now there are 11 apartments in homegate that are located in Adliswil, which all meet your price range...
Hi Swisspea,

I'm going to be moving to Switzerland soon, and have never heard of something called "an official moving date". What is that? Is it the same for apartment hunting in Geneva?

Greengrass
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Re: Apartment difficulties

You've got more chance from a private advert than the ones one the big internet agencies like homegate.

If you have time, head to the areas you like and have a look at noticeboards in the local Coop/Migros, or in the back of the local free newspaper. Or just walk around and see if you see any signs on the windows or walls of apartments.

But as said before, the best method is getting a personal tip-off that somebody wants to move - that way you get in before it's ever advertised. Make sure all your friends and people at work know that you're looking for something and are ready to move. It's amazing how quickly word spreads.

Good luck!
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Re: Apartment difficulties

I'm moving out of my place at the end of September. I could put in a word for you if you'd be interested. Send me a message and I'll get your information and tell you about the apartment.

I will be back online tomorrow.
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Re: Apartment difficulties

homegate.ch is good. Also when applying for a flat-turn your application in ASAP! VERY important-
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Re: Apartment difficulties

homegate.ch is not really good, but almost single source. All the others pages are pointing to homegate...

"We would like to move in to a place by November." You have no idea how much we would Looking for so many months already. Now I have an apartment that is nice and cosy, and we really like it. But it is single only. To small they say... but I know ppl in Paris, Rome, Warsaw, Berlin, that are living in half smaller places. At the end 30 sqm for newly married is not so bad.. it really s%^&*

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Re: Apartment difficulties

exactly! we don't want a really big place....gah..
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exactly! we don't want a really big place....gah..
Yes, but the cheaper the apartment, the more difficult it will be to find one. You are up against more people for the apartment. I am surprised you will find more than one room in Switzerland for 1300chf....Good Luck
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