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Uster - What do you think?

Can any one give me any info on what this is like to live in? OH has now started his job and is gathering info on different areas. I'm still in the UK so thought I'd ask you lot

We have 2 dogs, so being close to open space is good. WQhat are the links like into the city, Local shops, restuarants etc.

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Hi there,
I live in Uster and really like it. My husband & I moved here from NYC a couple of years ago. He works in Hinwil & I wanted to be in or close to Zurich so Uster was our choice. We are an 11 minute train ride into the city. Its a pretty big village and has everything we need-within walking distance. We also have a dog and are lucky enough to have a small garden in the back of our flat where he can play but there are loads of places to walk him as well. I would be happy to give you more info. Just let me know!

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Thanks Shannon

My OH works on the other side of the lake - sorry can't remember the name of the area just that its on the No13 tram link.

I'm not too bothered about a large garden, just a large patio for sitting out of an evening and having enough for the dogs to get some fresh air. As long as there is plenty of open space close by. Whats the community like? When I first come out I probably won't be working, but have no kids so need to find ways of making new friends.

Uster does sound lovely. What are the rental costs like for the area? We can be quite flexible but need at least 2 bedrooms and a really nice kitchen.

The links to the city sounds just right as I want us to be able to get in easily for nightlife at the weekends (well places to eat out really). The village feel sounds good too. I am coming out in about 3 weeks so maight have to take a look around.

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Can any one give me any info on what this is like to live in? OH has now started his job and is gathering info on different areas. I'm still in the UK so thought I'd ask you lot

We have 2 dogs, so being close to open space is good. WQhat are the links like into the city, Local shops, restuarants etc.

Any advice gratefully received!
We spent a lot of time looking at different areas to live when we bought a house and settled on Uster, I love it there.

Connectivity
It's about as good as you get IMO given the distance from the City

You have a train direct to Stadelhofen every 15 minutes (during weekdays). These take around 10 minutes. You also have trains that go indirect via Oerlikon and take about 20 minutes.
Buses to the station are pretty good too. They have buses on circular loops (i.e. they continuously loop a 15 minute route starting at the station) so even though I only live 10 minutes walk from the station I end up with a choice of 6 buses per hour to the station.

Ammenities
There are 2 large Migros (Swiss Supermarket) in town one with the Melectronics and Sportixx shops in the same complex. We have 2 Denners (Cheap booze) and 2 small shopping centers one of which is open until 8pm Thursday and Saturday. We have the standard high street clothes shops but if you want anything special you are best heading into Zürich.

The Co-op in the train station is open Sundays and Bank holidays as is the hairdresser.

If you have a car one stop down the motorway (5 minutes) you have Volkiland at Volketswil with a large co-op, several shops and 2 really good DIY shops in the area (Obi and Co-Op Bau and Hobby).

As far as restaurants and bars go I'm still exploring as we have a young baby but there is an Australian bar/restaurant with excellent food but poor beer, a Mexican with pretty god but simple food and good beer, and 2 Chineses one of which is excellent. There is a handful of other bars which are all average to good.

Nature
Uster is between 2 lakes, Greifensee and smaller Pfaffikersee. You can swim in both although they do have a lot of reeds around the edge. Greifensee is pretty popular with cyclists and rollerbladers, you'll see stack of people rollerblading round the lake on a Sunday.

There is also some small forrests to walk in, one near the Greifensee near Wildsbery and one across the Autobahn up the Winterthurstrasse, the latter is perfect for walking your dog.

Check out the area on Google maps, it'll give you a good idea of what the landscape is like.

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A good escape from the queues and prices of the city, plenty of nature and sport in the area whilst not sacrificing decent local amenities.
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We spent a lot of time looking at different areas to live when we bought a house and settled on Uster, I love it there.

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It's about as good as you get IMO given the distance from the City

You have a train direct to Stadelhofen every 15 minutes (during weekdays). These take around 10 minutes. You also have trains that go indirect via Oerlikon and take about 20 minutes.
Buses to the station are pretty good too. They have buses on circular loops (i.e. they continuously loop a 15 minute route starting at the station) so even though I only live 10 minutes walk from the station I end up with a choice of 6 buses per hour to the station.

Ammenities
There are 2 large Migros (Swiss Supermarket) in town one with the Melectronics and Sportixx shops in the same complex. We have 2 Denners (Cheap booze) and 2 small shopping centers one of which is open until 8pm Thursday and Saturday. We have the standard high street clothes shops but if you want anything special you are best heading into Zürich.

The Co-op in the train station is open Sundays and Bank holidays as is the hairdresser.

If you have a car one stop down the motorway (5 minutes) you have Volkiland at Volketswil with a large co-op, several shops and 2 really good DIY shops in the area (Obi and Co-Op Bau and Hobby).

As far as restaurants and bars go I'm still exploring as we have a young baby but there is an Australian bar/restaurant with excellent food but poor beer, a Mexican with pretty god but simple food and good beer, and 2 Chineses one of which is excellent. There is a handful of other bars which are all average to good.

Nature
Uster is between 2 lakes, Greifensee and smaller Pfaffikersee. You can swim in both although they do have a lot of reeds around the edge. Greifensee is pretty popular with cyclists and rollerbladers, you'll see stack of people rollerblading round the lake on a Sunday.

There is also some small forrests to walk in, one near the Greifensee near Wildsbery and one across the Autobahn up the Winterthurstrasse, the latter is perfect for walking your dog.

Check out the area on Google maps, it'll give you a good idea of what the landscape is like.

Summary
A good escape from the queues and prices of the city, plenty of nature and sport in the area whilst not sacrificing decent local amenities.
Peachy pretty much summed it up. We don't have kids and I didn't work when we first moved here either. Its a little tough at the beginning but you just have to plow through and find your way. I started German classes as soon as we got here and that kept me busy. I definitely recommend looking into an intensive class when you get here. I would be happy to show you around Uster when you're here for a visit. Send me a PM with your email address & I will send you back my contact details.
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Uster is sounding better and better I think I'll get the OH to have a look round this weekend.
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Can any one give me any info on what this is like to live in? OH has now started his job and is gathering info on different areas. I'm still in the UK so thought I'd ask you lot

We have 2 dogs, so being close to open space is good. WQhat are the links like into the city, Local shops, restuarants etc.

Any advice gratefully received!
I too live in Uster and find it great. There is a train connection to Zurich every few minutes during busy times and you will never be more then 30 minutes from the next train. There connections to other places in Switzerland and surroundings are also fairly reasonable from Uster.

The shops in the train station stay open on Sunday, which is very handy if you are used to coming from somewhere that the shops are open 7 days a week.

There is lots to do in the area, you are nestled nicely between two lakes (Greifensee and Pfafikersee) where you can walk, bike, rollerblade, sunbathe or swim. There is also many facilities like swimming pools and sports grounds in the area. There are quite a few restaurants etc in an around the town, something to cater for most tastes.

You have very close access to two Motorways from Uster. Will take you around Zurich and anywhere in Western Switzerland you want to go with the minimum of hastle, the other will take you East or south. Basically you can get to almost anywhere in Switzerland with little trouble (providing you avoid peak traffic times!).


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Thanks Shannon

My OH works on the other side of the lake - sorry can't remember the name of the area just that its on the No13 tram link.

I'm not too bothered about a large garden, just a large patio for sitting out of an evening and having enough for the dogs to get some fresh air. As long as there is plenty of open space close by. Whats the community like? When I first come out I probably won't be working, but have no kids so need to find ways of making new friends.

Uster does sound lovely. What are the rental costs like for the area? We can be quite flexible but need at least 2 bedrooms and a really nice kitchen.

The links to the city sounds just right as I want us to be able to get in easily for nightlife at the weekends (well places to eat out really). The village feel sounds good too. I am coming out in about 3 weeks so maight have to take a look around.

Anita
As for rental prices you will get much more for your money in Uster then you will in Zurich itself. We have a three bedroom apartment (I think they call it a 4 room apartment here) for about the same price as you would pay for a one bedroom place somewhere in the area around Seefeld in Zurich. We can wake up in the morning and see open fields and woods from our apartment on one side, but still have all the amenities we need right on our doorstep.

As far as I know the night trains also run through Uster so if you feel the need to go into Zurich for the nightlife it shouldn't be a problem.

Hope this helps a little.

EDIT: crossed posts with Peachy's post. Sorry for repeating some of what he said... but he said it better then I could have anyway.
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Peachy pretty much summed it up. We don't have kids and I didn't work when we first moved here either. Its a little tough at the beginning but you just have to plow through and find your way. I started German classes as soon as we got here and that kept me busy. I definitely recommend looking into an intensive class when you get here. I would be happy to show you around Uster when you're here for a visit. Send me a PM with your email address & I will send you back my contact details.

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Thanks Shannon

My OH works on the other side of the lake - sorry can't remember the name of the area just that its on the No13 tram link.

I'm not too bothered about a large garden, just a large patio for sitting out of an evening and having enough for the dogs to get some fresh air. As long as there is plenty of open space close by. Whats the community like? When I first come out I probably won't be working, but have no kids so need to find ways of making new friends.

Uster does sound lovely. What are the rental costs like for the area? We can be quite flexible but need at least 2 bedrooms and a really nice kitchen.

The links to the city sounds just right as I want us to be able to get in easily for nightlife at the weekends (well places to eat out really). The village feel sounds good too. I am coming out in about 3 weeks so maight have to take a look around.

Anita
Additionally the trains run throughout the night at weekends

Checkout Homegate for rental prices. I've only casually glanced at it in terms of renting but I think generally you pay around the 2000/month mark 2 people would expect to pay in Zürich but get a great deal more space for it. Prices will go up in the near future though, Uster is getting popular and within 1km of where I live there are probably over 100 apartments under construction.

I'd describe it more as a small town than a village. I'm not sure how many expats live in Uster, maybe I'll organise drinks in the next few weeks and see if we get any takers. One thing you should know is that far fewer people speak English than in the city, so you will find things much easier if you take a few weeks intensive German.

Please let us know if you have any questions and we can answer them here so everybody can benefit.

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Hey Tom,
I think the drinks idea in Uster is great. Would love to get to know some people that live in town. I would definitely be up for it.

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We can wake up in the morning and see open fields and woods from our apartment on one side, but still have all the amenities we need right on our doorstep.
Ah, excellent point! The views!

From both the lakes and many of the apartments you will get a fantastic mountain view! Waiting for the bus this morning I was staring at snow capped mountains! Magic!
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Ah, excellent point! The views!

From both the lakes and many of the apartments you will get a fantastic mountain view! Waiting for the bus this morning I was staring at snow capped mountains! Magic!
Peachy - thats not fair. Those mountain views were lovely last week when I helped OH to move. He's going to have a look round this weekend. I've already started looking on homegate too.

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Peachy - thats not fair. Those mountain views were lovely last week when I helped OH to move. He's going to have a look round this weekend. I've already started looking on homegate too.

Thanks everyone
You have to be very quick with apartments, in Uster they seem to go especially quickly in the better locations. Have search on the forum, there is lots of info on renting.
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Checkout Homegate for rental prices. I've only casually glanced at it in terms of renting but I think generally you pay around the 2000/month mark 2 people would expect to pay in Zürich but get a great deal more space for it. Prices will go up in the near future though, Uster is getting popular and within 1km of where I live there are probably over 100 apartments under construction.

I'd describe it more as a small town than a village. I'm not sure how many expats live in Uster, maybe I'll organise drinks in the next few weeks and see if we get any takers. One thing you should know is that far fewer people speak English than in the city, so you will find things much easier if you take a few weeks intensive German.

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I would say that you can pay substantially less then 2000CHF/month in Uster. We have a 4 room apartment right at a bus stop, just down the street from the autobahn, with green fields on one side of the apartment, with 2 parking spaces and "nebenkosten" included for a good deal under that.

I just looked at homegate very quickly and it seems that you can still get reasonable places for 1600/1700CHF in nice areas. But peachy is right there has been and still is quite al of of building going on in the area. I just hope it stays green behind us.

Another thing that hasn't been mentioned is that due to the proximity of farms, you can easily get fresh farm produce in the area. I find the local freshly pressed apple juice taaaaaasty!
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We have a 4 room apartment right at a bus stop, just down the street from the autobahn, with green fields on one side of the apartment, with 2 parking spaces and "nebenkosten" included for a good deal under that.
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As far as restaurants and bars go I'm still exploring as we have a young baby but there is an Australian bar/restaurant with excellent food but poor beer, a Mexican with pretty god but simple food and good beer, and 2 Chineses one of which is excellent.
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Can you let us know which of the two you'd recommend?

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Can you let us know which of the two you'd recommend?

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Hi Barabara,
The Suan Long (Poststrasse 13) They have a canteen side and a restaurant side, the restaurant is very good but slightly more expensive.

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I have no idea how I ended up in this topic, as I was not searching for 'Uster' at all, but anyways: here's another foreigner happily living in Uster.

The benefits have already been summed up, I totally agree with everything that has been said. However, it is not a pretty town, just practical. I like the fact that everything is so close: whether you need a supermarket, library, gym, town hall or police station: it's all on your doorstep. Oh and there are no traffic lights! Only roundabouts...

If anyone would like to have more info, or wants to meet up: just drop me a line.
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