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Struggling with finding a place within budget to stay in Fribourg

Hi everyone,

I will be studying in Fribourg Uni from mid September and so far I have yet to find any place to stay, so I hope to find some advice from the community. I have been looking around on http://www.unifr.ch/ or homegate.ch but to my surprise, most of my emails got side-eyed since I don't speak French or German A very few landlords that replied flat-out told me they preferred someone who can speak the languages, or at least, is staying in Fribourg right now [which is impossible for me since I can only acquire my visa by the at least mid August]

Some places with an English-speaking owner tend to charge too high for my budget [>550chf]. I was lucky enough last week to score a deal with a nice couple but then they required me to have a native who at least stayed and paid the bill in Switzerland for 3 months. Again, which is impossible for me because I literally know no one there. I am still maintaining a full-time job and the process of looking for accommodations really tires me out. I would extremely appreciate some pointers, thank you so much
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Re: Struggling with finding a place within budget to stay in Fribourg

Hi Vnmai92,

I totally understand your hardship. I live in Bern now but am trying to move to Lausanne, and I'm finding it very hard to find a flat. Are you in Fribourg at the moment or are you looking from a distance?

There are a few other good websites to look at that could be helpful, www.comparis.ch and anibis.ch are quite good.

Good luck!
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Re: Struggling with finding a place within budget to stay in Fribourg

There are a lot of links for those looking for accomodation under this:

http://www.englishforum.ch/property-...partments.html

Probably some of them no longer work but the others might widen your field a bit.

There are also tips about renting in the same sticky. Check them out.
It's brutal, but I can well understand the preference of a landlord for French or German speaking applicants. Just makes his life easier.
Happy hunting. Hope you find something.
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Re: Struggling with finding a place within budget to stay in Fribourg

It's probably worth your time checking on Facebook for flatshare & p2p flat offers for Fribourg too.
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Re: Struggling with finding a place within budget to stay in Fribourg

Perhaps if you could tell us a little about yourself (post an intro) someone might be able to help....

I'm currently trying to find accommodation for a foreign student we have starting in September (Unifr also - Dept of Medicine) and facing exactly the same problem.
All the official uni accommodation is full already and all of the other student residence blocks. So few options.
Perhaps we can help each other.
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Re: Struggling with finding a place within budget to stay in Fribourg

1) The budget is not realistic. Even quite probably for a room in a flat share.

2) It will be hard to find something remotely. Usually it's come in a temporary accommodation (backpackers, youth hostels), and try to find locally. Might take 2 weeks, probably up to a month.

3) If you're "tired" already of looking for accommodation then you have the wrong attitude. Especially that you'll need plenty of energy and efforts if your budget is so low.

4) Have you approached student association? I would imagine that they have some kind of internal portal where student can group for those type of things. But then again, I never found those type of people to be very proactive or actually helpful.

5) Are you sure you got side tracked because of language? What exactly did you mention in your emails/applications (I don't want to know). They are pretty used to foreign languages here in Fribourg. And surely, if you target "student flats/rooms" then the owners should expect that you might not be a native... But yeah, be prepare, locals have a strong taste for the concept of "locals" and a less acquired taste for anything foreigner. That's how it is here, surely you can fit, many are doing it.
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Re: Struggling with finding a place within budget to stay in Fribourg

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Hi Vnmai92,

I totally understand your hardship. I live in Bern now but am trying to move to Lausanne, and I'm finding it very hard to find a flat. Are you in Fribourg at the moment or are you looking from a distance?

There are a few other good websites to look at that could be helpful, www.comparis.ch and anibis.ch are quite good.

Good luck!
Thank you Mikos. I am still in my country. I am afraid I can only be at Fribourg by the end of August or even later depending on the status of my visa and accommodations.

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There are a lot of links for those looking for accomodation under this:

http://www.englishforum.ch/property-...partments.html

Probably some of them no longer work but the others might widen your field a bit.

There are also tips about renting in the same sticky. Check them out.
It's brutal, but I can well understand the preference of a landlord for French or German speaking applicants. Just makes his life easier.
Happy hunting. Hope you find something.
Yeah. I never blame them actually. Even I will prefer having someone who can decently hold a conversations as my tenants . Everything will be solved more smoothly that way

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It's probably worth your time checking on Facebook for flatshare & p2p flat offers for Fribourg too.
Would you mind providing the link? I tried search Fribourg on FB but it only brought up some random pages for posting images and stuffs. Much appreciated

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Perhaps if you could tell us a little about yourself (post an intro) someone might be able to help....

I'm currently trying to find accommodation for a foreign student we have starting in September (Unifr also - Dept of Medicine) and facing exactly the same problem.
All the official uni accommodation is full already and all of the other student residence blocks. So few options.
Perhaps we can help each other.
Hi kiwigeek, I will shoot you a private message soon. Hopefully we can work sth out. To have a Medicinal roommate sounds rad to me.

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1) The budget is not realistic. Even quite probably for a room in a flat share.

2) It will be hard to find something remotely. Usually it's come in a temporary accommodation (backpackers, youth hostels), and try to find locally. Might take 2 weeks, probably up to a month.

3) If you're "tired" already of looking for accommodation then you have the wrong attitude. Especially that you'll need plenty of energy and efforts if your budget is so low.

4) Have you approached student association? I would imagine that they have some kind of internal portal where student can group for those type of things. But then again, I never found those type of people to be very proactive or actually helpful.

5) Are you sure you got side tracked because of language? What exactly did you mention in your emails/applications (I don't want to know). They are pretty used to foreign languages here in Fribourg. And surely, if you target "student flats/rooms" then the owners should expect that you might not be a native... But yeah, be prepare, locals have a strong taste for the concept of "locals" and a less acquired taste for anything foreigner. That's how it is here, surely you can fit, many are doing it.
Hi Corsebou,

First and foremost, thank you a bunch for a long and detailed reply. I do think my accommodation is tad bit impractical. I considered renting a place on my own before but couldn't find any decent places under 600CHF so I decided to go flatshare or even share a room with someone else. With that in mind, I lowered my budget to below 550CHF. I am on a tight budget so I really do not want to spend too much on renting considering I am a easy-going person. I would be fine with almost everything that has a bed, Wifi, and WC.

Regarding the language barrier, it is at best my presumption from people who replied to me. I am sorry if it sounds arrogant to you or any locals. I got landlords that told me that I should at least speak a little French if I am to rent a place over there. Nonetheless, I was freaked out completely because there is no way I can get my limited French now to a level of communicating with natives in just 1-2 months. Not going to lie, I am pretty bad at learning new languages

And then when I finally found something, the owner required me to have a native "sponsor" [for the lack of better words] to ensure my credibility; which is impossible since I know no one in Fribourg.

Again, thank you all for replying.
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Re: Struggling with finding a place within budget to stay in Fribourg

so, how about an intro then?

tell us a bit about yourself..... makes it feel feel more human and less machine like, inaccurately speaking.
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so, how about an intro then?

tell us a bit about yourself..... makes it feel feel more human and less machine like, inaccurately speaking.
"An intro"? Sorry, I am not really familiar with forum etiquette so I do not have a clue what to do. Do you mean a quick intro about me and my circumstance or do you mean opening a topic in introduction session? In case you meant the former, below is my self-introduction, of course, is submitted to bias and subjectivity.

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I am really just a 23-yo student from Vietnam who is going to come to Fribourg this September for my Master in Business. My standards for a room are considerably normal. I would be fine with a adequately furnished place [bed, kitchen,desk, and bathroom] with Wifi [my part-time job requires me to have decent connection], and of course affordable. My budget as of now is =< 550chf. I am a laid-back person, in addition, I tend to not pry too much into others' business. I can live well without many rules since I have good grasp of common senses while hating being too emotionally and physically dependent.
THat is pretty much I can tell now.
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