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Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

Hi,
My husband and I are moving to Zurich in October. My husband is German, he will be working for a big IT company. I am French, and I am planning to start taking intensive German lessons while I will be looking for a job.
We have been looking for an apartment for more than 10 days, and sent hundreds of requests for viewings but we had only one reply so far! And it didn't work out. Looking for an apartment in Zurich seems very complex and challenging....! I would like to know what are the rules? What was your experience when you first arrived in Zurich? Do you have any leads that you could share with me? Thank you in advance!
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

Start early, look at a lot of places (look in the surrounding villages- many have lower taxes and rents ), and be prepared for some disappointments. Look up open viewings and you might want to look for a relocation agent to help you.
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

Yes, I definitely suggest starting your search as early as possible. It took my husband and I eight months to finally find a new place (though I was being very picky ).

Maybe you've already searched these sites, but here are two of the more popular sites to search:

www.homegate.ch
www.immostreet.ch (this one is in English)

I agree with the above post that you might want to consider moving just outside of central Zurich (especially if you like quiet surroundings). The rent is usually lower there, and you often get more space for your money. The public transport system here is VERY efficient.

Good luck with your search!
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

The yahoo expat forums are normally good for advice on areas and sometimes have places on them to rent.
wwwFamilies-in-Zurich@yahoogroups.com <Families-in-Zurich@yahoogroups.com>;
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

Hi!
Our experience with homegate was not very positive. Most of our written request didn't work, so I would say: call the contact, show up for scheduled visitations and be quick in submitting the application. And, like someone else said, be prepared for disappointment
We chose a temporary rental in our first weeks in Zurich.
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

Took me six months to find good apartment in Zurich. Show up for viewings, apply immediately and provide more information than they ask for on the application. Every visitation has at least 20-40 people so you have to move quickly and be persistant.
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

We recently moved here and had the help of a relocation agent who was great. She found us our apartment and she helped us settle in for 3 months. I can truly recommend the services.

www.executive-relocation.ch

Good luck!
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Old 18.09.2012, 18:59
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

Things are looking up: the number of free apartments* in the city of zurich rose from 125 to 206...
...which still is only 0,10 percent of all appartments.

http://www.statistik.zh.ch/internet/...aehlungen.html

*i.e. such appartments that have been on the market for some time and not immediately been absorbed/rented.
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

Thank you Mica, not sure if that's supposed to sheer me up though, ha ha ha! I start looking for forums and websites for expats, and things are moving. We keep fingers crossed!
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

Hi!

Just wanted to let you know from our experience on homegate, most often the contact form doesn`t take you anywhere. Calling them up will do the trick

Wish you luck!
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

If it's a big firm, the HR department often help staff find a place they can rent for a few months while they sort themselves out with more permanent accommodaiton. Have you talked with his HR department about this? My husband had a couple of apartments for the 3 months before our move here that the company helped him find. They also helped with getting the bank accounts set up and registering with the commune when we finally found a house to rent.

Another couple of sites to try:

www.immoscout24.ch
www.home.ch

Both these and the other two mentioned earlier have some of their sites in English.

Other possibilites for private rentals are:

www.anibis.ch
www.petites-annonces.ch

They won't have English though so you'll need to wade through them in either German or French.
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

Hi, yes, looking for a place can be challenging and frustrating. But you only need one positive response, so don't give up. Homegate is a good place to check for ads. We are moving. Private Message me if you are interested in details.
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Re: Any tips to find an apartment in Zurich?

Hi, this website could be also useful: http://www.marktplatz.uzh.ch/.
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