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My boyfriend will start working in Zurich in April and we are looking for somewhere outside of the city to live in. It must be easy to commute (no car for some time) and in a safe area.

I have looked at some already which look close to ZU on the map but when you look at the bus/train options - some take 45 mins with several changes. Ideally, we want one that goes straight there and arrives within 30 mins.

We also have a budget of 1500CHF p/month on rent.

Can anyone recommend any decent and close areas within this price range? Thanks!

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Hi

My boyfriend will start working in Zurich in April and we are looking for somewhere outside of the city to live in. It must be easy to commute (no car for some time) and in a safe area.

I have looked at some already which look close to ZU on the map but when you look at the bus/train options - some take 45 mins with several changes. Ideally, we want one that goes straight there and arrives within 30 mins.

We also have a budget of 1500CHF p/month on rent.

Can anyone recommend any decent and close areas within this price range? Thanks!

Kind regards,
Whereabouts in Zurich will your BF be working? This can have a huge impact on which areas you can commute from.

Practically all areas of Zurich and surroundings are relatively safe, so I wouldn't unduly worry about that.

And welcome to the forum.
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Whereabouts in Zurich will your BF be working? This can have a huge impact on which areas you can commute from.

Practically all areas of Zurich and surroundings are relatively safe, so I wouldn't unduly worry about that.

And welcome to the forum.
He will be working in district 4. I'm not familiar with the areas yet but it seems to be between Werd and Langstrasse on the map? I've attached a screenshot of the area.

That's great news then, and thanks!
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He will be working in district 4. I'm not familiar with the areas yet but it seems to be between Werd and Langstrasse on the map? I've attached a screenshot of the area.

That's great news then, and thanks!
The ditsrict 4, in case you haven't been told already, is a bit special. If you're into a Bohemain or Hipster lifestyle, you may love it, but otherwise, well .. you know. It used to be the druggie and red light district and although a lot of that has been cleared up as it has become increasingly hispter, there are still some grey corners.

Quite a nice area just across the river at Kornhausbrücke is the district 6. Your BF could almost walk from here or otherwise catch the number 32 bus. Its an area with lots of old buildings and trees and bits of green and is generally affordable at that end (especially if you're not too picky and don't mind a building that hasn't been modernised for a while, lots of students like this area) although it get extremely upmarket towards the other end. You could also look at Altstetten, Wiedikon or places along Birmensdorfstrasse. Mileage for your money can vary here, but there are some very nice places. Moving outside the city, you could consider Schlieren (lots of new houses being built) or Birmensdorf.
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The ditsrict 4, in case you haven't been told already, is a bit special. If you're into a Bohemain or Hipster lifestyle, you may love it, but otherwise, well .. you know. It used to be the druggie and red light district and although a lot of that has been cleared up as it has become increasingly hispter, there are still some grey corners.

Quite a nice area just across the river at Kornhausbrücke is the district 6. Your BF could almost walk from here or otherwise catch the number 32 bus. Its an area with lots of old buildings and trees and bits of green and is generally affordable at that end (especially if you're not too picky and don't mind a building that hasn't been modernised for a while, lots of students like this area) although it get extremely upmarket towards the other end. You could also look at Altstetten, Wiedikon or places along Birmensdorfstrasse. Mileage for your money can vary here, but there are some very nice places. Moving outside the city, you could consider Schlieren (lots of new houses being built) or Birmensdorf.
Ah I see, I didn't know that. We've stayed in San Francisco a while so it's nothing new

Thank you for the advice though. We would actually prefer to live just outside the city - somewhere modernised would be a huge advantage because I'm not the biggest fan of dirty and old apartments. I will look into Schlieren & Birmensdorf
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Ah I see, I didn't know that. We've stayed in San Francisco a while so it's nothing new

Thank you for the advice though. We would actually prefer to live just outside the city - somewhere modernised would be a huge advantage because I'm not the biggest fan of dirty and old apartments. I will look into Schlieren & Birmensdorf
Kreis 4 is not really much like San Francisco. At least not the parts of San Francisco that I've seen.

Not all appartments in Kreis 6 are old and ugly. I'm just saying there are some like that. There are also plenty of nice modern ones.

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Good idea. The S4 train takes you straight into Kreis 4 (Selnau station) from where you can walk.

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Kreis 4 is not really much like San Francisco. At least not the parts of San Francisco that I've seen.

Not all appartments in Kreis 6 are old and ugly. I'm just saying there are some like that. There are also plenty of nice modern ones.
I was just referring to the prevalent hipster/drug culture in SF and I don't mind the old style apartments if they're clean. I haven't seen any yet in Kreis 6 - I will take a look.

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Bloody heck I was told the wrong office/address, sorry. It's actually south of Wiedikon. I've attached a screenshot

Not sure if this changes anything but if you can suggest areas around there it would be great.
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I was just referring to the prevalent hipster/drug culture in SF and I don't mind the old style apartments if they're clean. I haven't seen any yet in Kreis 6 - I will take a look.



Thanks!

Bloody heck I was told the wrong office/address, sorry. It's actually south of Wiedikon. I've attached a screenshot

Not sure if this changes anything but if you can suggest areas around there it would be great.
Wiedikon itself is a nice area to live. I'd start by taking a look there.
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He will be working in district 4. I'm not familiar with the areas yet but it seems to be between Werd and Langstrasse on the map? I've attached a screenshot of the area.

That's great news then, and thanks!
Fortunately for you, it is quite close to the Zuerich main station. So what you want to look for is a place with a direct line to Zuerich Hauptbahnhof. Just about every major community has one. For that, I would suggest you look at a train map. See SBB.CH
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Re: Living outside Zurich

I'll try to be a little more helpful.

These stations are about 30 minutes away from Zuerich Hauptbahnhof:
Meilen
Uster
Winterthur
Buelach
Baden
Lenzburg
Aarau
Zug

A typical bus connection to a train station is 15 minutes.

You will likely find the most expensive rentals in Zug, and the least expensive west of Zuerich.

Hope that helps. Good luck!



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Bloody heck I was told the wrong office/address, sorry. It's actually south of Wiedikon. I've attached a screenshot

Not sure if this changes anything but if you can suggest areas around there it would be great.

Oh, that adds another 15-20 minutes to your commute from ZBH.

But at least the homeless in SF are friendly and have a sense of humor. Here, ehhh...

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I'll try to be a little more helpful.

These stations are about 30 minutes away from Zuerich Hauptbahnhof:
Meilen
Uster
Winterthur
Buelach
Baden
Lenzburg
Aarau
Zug

A typical bus connection to a train station is 15 minutes.

You will likely find the most expensive rentals in Zug, and the least expensive west of Zuerich.

Hope that helps. Good luck!






Oh, that adds another 15-20 minutes to your commute from ZBH.

But at least the homeless in SF are friendly and have a sense of humor. Here, ehhh...
The homeless in SF have some creativity for sure!

Thank you so much for the advice! Hopefully we can get somewhere decent for our budget.
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We live in Adliswil and it would be a very easy commute.

If you are used to the 'big' city' then you will find Zurich tiny.

As for 'old and dirty apartments' you will find looks are deceiving - there is an artform here about having a completely ordinary apartment on the outside and the inside being clean, neat and with all the fittings and fixtures...ours is pretty 'ordinary' and it has marble benchtops in the kitchen...

Do you want to be on the lake or with a view ? Near the cows and forest ?

The closest tram/train connections for where your boyfriend will be working would be Triemli/Albisrieden, Adliswil, Binz, or central Zurich.

Also, how will you get a permit ? Unless you are Swiss, you will have no permanent right to a visa unless you have a lot of cash, a job, or are married - unless you are in a same-sex relationship and go through the hoops of proving permanency...
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We live in Adliswil and it would be a very easy commute.

If you are used to the 'big' city' then you will find Zurich tiny.

As for 'old and dirty apartments' you will find looks are deceiving - there is an artform here about having a completely ordinary apartment on the outside and the inside being clean, neat and with all the fittings and fixtures...ours is pretty 'ordinary' and it has marble benchtops in the kitchen...

Do you want to be on the lake or with a view ? Near the cows and forest ?

The closest tram/train connections for where your boyfriend will be working would be Triemli/Albisrieden, Adliswil, Binz, or central Zurich.

Also, how will you get a permit ? Unless you are Swiss, you will have no permanent right to a visa unless you have a lot of cash, a job, or are married - unless you are in a same-sex relationship and go through the hoops of proving permanency...
To be honest, as long as its clean and tidy, neither of us are fussy. If it's modernised that's even better but its not a prerequisite. As for the views we're not fussy either - it's the easy access to commuting which is the biggest issue for us since we don't have a car yet

My boyfriend already has a job sorted there so he's OK. I received advice on here regarding application for a concubine permit, so we will more than likely end up going down that route.
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I'll try to be a little more helpful.

These stations are about 30 minutes away from Zuerich Hauptbahnhof:
Meilen
Uster
Winterthur
Buelach
Baden
Lenzburg
Aarau
Zug
Really? but your've listed nothing down the same side of the Lake, there is from Enge all the way down to Pfaffikon (Horgen,Wadenswil,Richterswil etc.)
Trains S2 or S8 that's 4 trains an hour all within 30minutes.
I also would look at Adiswil as well.

Great area to live, as with most of CH good public transport and safe to live.
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Another vote for the 'silver coast' side of the lake (Horgen, Au, Wadi, Lachen etc), especially as the S2/S8 trains stop at Wiedikon station before getting to HB. If you're on the other side of the city, you'll probably have to change at HB to get to Wiedikon which is a hassle and takes time.

1500 CHFs a month isn't a big budget but you will get something for that, though probably not with a lake view. In general, rents get a little cheaper the further down the lake you go. Homegate.ch will give you a good idea.
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Really? but your've listed nothing down the same side of the Lake, there is from Enge all the way down to Pfaffikon (Horgen,Wadenswil,Richterswil etc.)
Trains S2 or S8 that's 4 trains an hour all within 30minutes.
I also would look at Adiswil as well.

Great area to live, as with most of CH good public transport and safe to live.
Well, she did say around CHF1500. It seems to me that would be easier to find in the direction of Aargau. I heard the same space can be twice the amount along the lakeside. But I haven't been looking around for an apartment to know.
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1500 will be tough to find with the City of Zurich. Not unheard of, but competitive when they are available---and commonly small. Just a couple S-bahns stops outside the city and the options open up. Look to Bahnhof Wiedikon connections to get something with an ideal commute.

As for cleanliness, Switzerland has very high standards for rental apartments, especially when there's a hand over, the flat must be in "new" condition. Commonly even having spots left on the wall are unacceptable to get a full deposit back.

In comparison to Canada (from my experiences) even apartments here in 'poor' condition would be considered excellent and 'nice' back home.
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Thanks a million for all of the useful advice guys, I will be sure to check out all of the suggestions. Hopefully we can get somewhere pleasant for our budget!
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Re: Living outside Zurich

Hi Vanderford


Your BF will be working practically on our doorstep (Credit Suisse anyone??) Wiedikon is a great area to live, lots of shops, restaurants, mixed cultures, just a hop-skip-jump away from Paradeplatz. For places further outside of town, check out anywhere along the S4 or S8 train lines:


http://www.zvv.ch/en/routes-and-zone...work-plan.html
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