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Reasonable housing budget for small town?

Hi,

What would you consider to be a reasonable budget for a small furnished apartment/studio in a small town?

My boyfriend and I will be moving to Altendorf, around lake Zurich for 3 months starting in May. Unfortunately, it's been incredibly difficult to find a place to stay.
He's been given a CHF 1500 allowance, which I thought was enough, but apparently 2500 to 3000 CHF seems to be the minimum.

We've looked on AirBnb as well as 'regular' rental websites and apartment hotels, but it's either not available or expensive.

We are looking for somewhere small with a kitchen. And that's about it. We're flexible on the rest.

So has anyone had difficult experiences with this kind of thing too? Are we going to have to double the budget to find something suitable?

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Re: Reasonable housing budget for small town?

When you look at all the usual flat rental websites, such as
http://www.alle-immobilien.ch/
and
https://www.homegate.ch/de
try adding the search criterion "befristet". It means "for a limited duration only". Those rentals are typically lower, since less attractive for most of the marked, which are people wanting to settle.
Try googling this: wohnung mieten befristet site:.ch

It will lead you, amongst other things, to
https://www.ums.ch/welcome/
which specialises in sub-lets of limited duration.

Also, you might have a good look at the public transport to and from your (or sounds more like his) place of employment or study, and see if you could choose a place a bit further away. The more rural, the lower the rent is likely to be.

Since you'll be here for three months in Spring/Summer, you could also look at flats not so very close to a bus or train route, and get yourself bicycled to get to the public transport.
http://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/timetable/network-maps.html

Also, especially if you're young, you might consider looking for shared accommodation, i.e. renting one or two rooms in a shared flat. Many young people do this here, both as students and during their early working years.
https://www.wgzimmer.ch/en/

Lastly, be aware that in general, to rent anything you will have to be here, in Switzerland. Therefore, I'd recommend you come in advance, if geography and your purse allow it. If not, then you could start out in AirBnB or with couchsurfing, especially if you take the trouble to build your profile well and in some detail, and connect to potential hosts thoughtfully.

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Re: Reasonable housing budget for small town?

Thanks very much for all that info!

I believe I've already looked into those websites but will definitely try a different search as you suggested.

We've got a car and I've looked at everything around 30 minutes distance but still nothing.

We are in our very early 20s and are used to couchsurfing and airbnb when travelling but when we're somewhere for work we need our own place since I'm at home all day. This is also why we can't be too rural because I need to be able to get out and do things.

I might just have to come to terms with having to give up on a kitchen.

Anyway, thank you for your help, it's much appreciated!
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Re: Reasonable housing budget for small town?

Welcome to the forum.

Sorry, but I'm a bit confused. You say he's only going to be working here for 3 months? Then doesn't it make more sense for you to stay where you are and visit him at weekends or he comes home at weekends?

Is he being sent here by his EU employer? You say he's been given an allowance and I assume for that short a time he may be registering under the short term working rules

https://www.sem.admin.ch/sem/en/home...verfahren.html

but even so if he wants you to come with him he's going to have to show that the accommodation is big enough for both of you - couchsurfing isn't going to cut it.

https://www.ch.ch/en/family-reunification-eu-efta/
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Re: Reasonable housing budget for small town?

Thank you

I apologise for the confusion - he's a contractor, basically self employed by his own business based in the UK. The 'employer' is more like a client paying him an hourly rate but also providing some sort of an allowance for accommodation. It's quite common in his field.

We are currently in Belgium for another contract so it wouldn't make sense for me to stay here. We don't have a 'home', as we're young and his job allows him to work in so many places, we kind of jump from one short term rental to the next. So far we've been incredibly lucky and it's worked out great!
It's a bit more challenging this time though.

I was actually considering something silly - like renting out or buying an RV/Motor Home since we dont plan on staying in 1 place for very long, but after some research it seems some of the laws regarding this type of vehicle might not allow us to do that easily.

Thanks for the links and the ideas!
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Re: Reasonable housing budget for small town?

Um, yes, I think you need to be a resident somewhere to be able to register the vehicle.

Other websites to try:

www.immoscout24.ch
www.immostreet.ch
www.home.ch

For private rentals:

www.petitesannonces.ch
www.anibis.ch
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Re: Reasonable housing budget for small town?

The need/wish for a furnished apartment is part of what's driving cost up and availability down. Overall they're quite uncommon here and mostly targeted at business or academic visitors with expansive budgets.

To give you an idea, usual rates up in the back of canton Glarus where I live should be about 800-1100/mo for a 1-2 bedroom apartment. But of course those are typically unfurnished, and preference tends to be given to tenants who will stay longer. They're also a bit farther out from Altendorf than your current search parameters, 25-45 minutes by car depending on how far back the valley you are. Still, as an indicator that it might well be worthwhile broadening your search....


In Altendorf itself there's these guys:
http://www.zimmer-plus.ch/
Not all the units have a kitchen, but even those which do seem more or less in line with your budget... or have you been in touch with them already and they've got no availability?
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Re: Reasonable housing budget for small town?

Thank you for the links, I have checked the websites again but no luck.

Thanks for the info, we'll definitely look into it. Proximity to work is a major plus for us as we get to spend more time together and the fuel bill isn't as high but we might have to look further out.

Zimmer plus is what the company was supposed to sort out for us but they didn't seem to be in a rush so we called ourselves and there is only 1 room available but without a kitchen and for only part of our dates.
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Zimmer plus is what the company was supposed to sort out for us but they didn't seem to be in a rush so we called ourselves....
Oh, in that case.... how definite is the company's promise to sort out a room or flat for your partner? Is that offer in writing?

It might be that it feels to you like they are doing nothing, but they are already working on it. Perhaps your partner should ask the company directly whether or not they have already organised something, and in particular who the contact person is, for accommodation, in the company.
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Thank you for the links, I have checked the websites again but no luck.
There a many things listed. You are looking for a furnished room? Like this:

https://www.newhome.ch/de/mieten/imm...pc=new&id=QW3J
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Also have a look on

www.wgzimmer.ch
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I apologise for the confusion - he's a contractor, basically self employed by his own business based in the UK. The 'employer' is more like a client paying him an hourly rate but also providing some sort of an allowance for accommodation. It's quite common in his field.

We are currently in Belgium for another contract so it wouldn't make sense for me to stay here. We don't have a 'home', as we're young and his job allows him to work in so many places, we kind of jump from one short term rental to the next. So far we've been incredibly lucky and it's worked out great!
It's a bit more challenging this time though.

I was actually considering something silly - like renting out or buying an RV/Motor Home since we dont plan on staying in 1 place for very long, but after some research it seems some of the laws regarding this type of vehicle might not allow us to do that easily.

Thanks for the links and the ideas!
You'll have a difficult time finding a place to park your camper van. But you may want to look to rent a mobile home for the time. If you are coming in summer it might be difficult but an owner might be willing to rent for three months. It would save them trying to find a new tenant every week.
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There a many things listed. You are looking for a furnished room? Like this:

https://www.newhome.ch/de/mieten/imm...pc=new&id=QW3J
Furnished flat - they want a kitchen.

If they're willing to budge on that, I agree that furnished rooms within their budget should be (relatively) a piece of cake to find. Saw some advertised up here in Betschwanden the other day for 550/mo. That'd be a 45 minute commute to Altendorf by car, but with rent so far under budget you'd probably still come out ahead.

The Siebnen flat you posted looks just about perfect - even the availability date - except it says the agency wants "max 1 person" as tenant. Still it's probably worth emailing them to see if they're flexible on that.
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Re: Reasonable housing budget for small town?

Hi - sorry for the delay in replying!

The company hasn't sorted anything out for us. They could, but would only be able to get a hotel room.

Unfortunately, a room (in a hotel or private apartment) won't do it for us - I'm home for most of the day and I need something where I can perform my cooking and bread making experiments and it'd also be difficult to not have our full privacy.

The furnished room mentioned earlier is okay as it's got a kitchen (although basic), but they are about 2200 CHF for 2 people which is a little bit ridiculous for something without a separate bedroom or even parking included.

We have managed to negotiate an apartment for 5500 CHF for 2,5 months, but the landlord wants the full amount up front which is unpractical at the moment. We can afford that, but I asked a couple of locals and they think the price is somewhat outrageous. They are currently asking around for us just in case.

Anyway, thanks very much everyone, you have definitely made things a little clearer!
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Re: Reasonable housing budget for small town?

There is a chalet for long term stay at Oberiberg.
https://www.homegate.ch/mieten/106382752?7
If you are into hiking and mountain biking it is perfect. It also has a decent kitchen for baking.

And, if you go over Etzelpass/St.Mainrad and Schwändistrasse (40 minutes drive) you dodge the Pfäffikon traffic.
And, if your BF has a motorbike he will also love the alternate route via Sattelegg or may do a detour an come home from the Ibergeregg.

The Ybrig tourist board may have other offers:
http://www.ybrig.ch/de/unterkunft-ga...nungen-chalets

Or the Einsiedlen Tourist Board:
http://www.einsiedeln-tourismus.ch/d...erienwohnungen

Some more from the Schwyz Tourist Board:
http://www.schwyz-tourismus.ch/de/un...-suchen-buchen
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