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Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Hi,

Does anyone know where I can look for temporary accommodation in Basel? We're arriving from the US in mid-June and will need somewhere temporary until we can find a rental. It seems that finding a permanent rental from abroad isn't possible: the one landlord I contacted via e-mail ignored me once she heard that we hadn't arrived yet.

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EDIT. I've found http://www.wgzimmer.ch and http://www.ums.ch Any others I should be looking at?

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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

For temp housing, try www.ums.ch
Getting permanent rental from US is possible, depends upon the landlord and having local work contract, references, etc. Good if you have a friend or future work colleague call or fill out forms for you in German. Suggest you make the lease conditional on getting valid Swiss resident and work permits if you don't already have them in-hand.
To find a place, try www.alle-immobilien.ch or www.homegate.ch[
If you haven't lived in foreign country before or like running into other English speakers, suggest Riehen or Bettingen - both really nice towns and easy to get into Basel on public transport.
Good luck, Basel is a great town!
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Some websites for furnished temporary apartments in Basel:

http://wohnungen-basel.ch/

http://www.saphyro-ag.ch/

http://glandon-apartments.ch/basel/st_johann

http://www.apaliving.ch/en/

http://www.mim-apartments.com/index....ttlerestrasse/

http://www.altravia.ch/home.cfm

http://www.bridgestreet.com/AEBH_Steinentor.htm

http://www.madiba.ch/index.php?id=33

We have stayed in apartments in the first 2 websites in the past-- highly recommend!
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Thanks for all the links, will check them out.

I might reconsider going back to look at permanent rentals. I don't have a contract yet, though. I need to insist on getting it before I arrive. At the moment it's "sign on arrival", which is daft.
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Given the housing market is low in supply and high in demand in cities including Basel (though not as bad as Zurich), you are unlikely to find a permanent rental before you arrive - there's often dozens of people who apply for an apartment and someone who isn't even here won't be first priority.

wgzimmer.ch is really more for people looking to find someone to share an apartment with, even though there might be the odd apartment available to sublet for a certain period of time.

ums.ch is a good address, but I think you need to pay if you're an apartment seeker.

Maybe you can also ask your company if they have a recommendation; if it's a large corporation, they should have at least some idea or contacts.

Other than that, homegate.ch may have temporary apartments available as well (even though most are more permanent rentals)
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Certainly the impression I get is that landlords don't have time to waste with people who aren't physically present. Besides, it would be nicer for us too to see what we're getting into before signing anything. We're ok with sharing an apartment as it's temporary and it'll be way, way, cheaper. Not really up for paying >2k a month if we can help it.
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Honestly, the quality of apartments in Basel (and other cities) varies massively, so it's probably in your best interest too to wait until you're here to have the opportunity to actually look at apartments before deciding on one.

How many people are we speaking of here? I think it might be difficult to find an apartment to share if there's more than you and your partner; even if it's just the two of you it's not easy - but of course not impossible.

You may also want to look into towns near Basel, quite a few are literally adjoining to Basel and it's easy and not time-consuming to get to the city center. Look into e.g. Binningen, Bottmingen, Muttenz, Allschwil, Riehen. A bit further out Kaiseraugst or Rheinfelden (both about 15mins by train).

Another comment when looking for apartments (maybe you know that already) - 3/3.5 rooms for instance refers to 2 BR plus 1 living room (i.e. not 3/3.5 BR).
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Yep, cheers. It's me, partner and dog. So admittedly a share may be tough. I've still sent out some feelers, though. Have also found a furnished apt at under 2k on homegate, so I'll try that one too.
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Just thought of something else - AirBnb might be an alternative too. I did a quick search, there's a few apartments available that go for around 2k/month or less, like here for instance https://www.airbnb.ch/rooms/2349743?s=OrEJ

(is it allowed to post direct links in this forum? It's not my apartment of course and I don't know the person who sublets it.)

Pets are generally allowed (almost) everywhere, but of course if you sublet or share, it's up to the tenant.
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

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Pets are generally allowed (almost) everywhere, but of course if you sublet or share, it's up to the tenant.
This is absolute rubbish. There are many properties where pets (dogs in particular) are not allowed.
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

This is particularly true for furnished apartments. Just search comparis then click "allows pets". 90% of the adverts vanish. I've found some apartments at under $2 that allow pets. They are through a company called Swiss Star. Has anyone experience with these people?
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Swiss star is a hotel chain that has rooms with a kitchenette.

Havung stayed in some its not somewhere I would want to stay for long
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Can you elaborate, please? What I've seen advertised are not rooms, but flats. They don't look unpleasant: https://en.comparis.ch/immobilien/ma...ohnung/8964169
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Then they obviously have different rooms in different places
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

You may also need to consider looking over the border in France (Maybe Saint Louis) or Germany (Maybe Weil am Rhein).

I'm an EU citizen so I really don't know how that would work for an American citizen. . . . for me its a G permit (gives me permission to work in Switzerland and live in Europe)

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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Actually, I'm a UK citizen, but I need to live near the centre of Basel.
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Actually, I'm a UK citizen, but I need to live near the centre of Basel.
Just to give you an idea on where I live (Currently Saint Louis in France... center of the town)

It takes me 10 minutes to walk to the Basel border & an additional 10 minutes on the tram and then I'm right in the center of Basel City.
Or I could drive to the border in a couple minutes!
Keep in mind there is plenty accommodation right on the border itself should you prefer. thus knocking a few minutes off your journey and its beside Novartis!

Sorry, I don't want you to feel like I'm pushing France on you, its just an option should you be unable to find accommodation in Basel. Its a bit easier in France and that would give you some time to look in Basel.

But I don't understand when you come to a new city you like to be in the middle of it
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

France is indeed a good idea. My reason for wanting to move to the centre isn't my desire to be in the centre per se. Instead, it's because I have to leave the dog at home when I'm at work and I want to be able to pop home in under 10 minutes at lunch time in order to walk her. Eventually, as circumstances change, moving further out of town will hopefully be possible. It would be nice to have a bigger place and all that. To begin with, however, I'm looking at the centre.
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

Don't know if this will help you since you have a pet. We stayed long term in two places in Muttenz - www.cottage-muttenz.ch and the Basletor Hotel, both are furnished apts. The cottage is owned by a nice family with teens, perhaps if they allow pets they will have some deal to help with the dog.
Muttenz has a tram and is on the train link into town, also possible to bike.
Depends on where you work. Your employer should provide you with accommodations while you get settled.
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Re: Finding temporary accomodation in Basel

As a US and as such non-EU citizen, you can't just move to France or Germany. If your employer (or yourself) is applying for a B permit (which I assume), you need to be resident in Switzerland. If you don't want to live in Switzerland, but only work there, you need a G permit plus residence status in the French or German border zone (this would be different if you were an EU citizen). Non-EU citizens can usually only border commute if they've already lived in the border zone for a certain amount of time. This is obviously not the case.

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