Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Help & tips > Housing in general  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02.07.2008, 23:22
oohsparkles's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Neuchatel
Posts: 18
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
oohsparkles has no particular reputation at present
Neuchatel

Hola
Other half is just about to have a job offer ( Hurrah) and its in Neuchatel.
Can you pass on any wisdom about living / working there? Such as:
  • Is there a good social life for a non child family?
  • Best areas to live?
  • Can you we live in Lausanne and commute - is it too far by car?
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • or just anything u feel that would be good to know
Many thanks everyone
T
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02.07.2008, 23:33
Polorise's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: about there
Posts: 2,734
Groaned at 25 Times in 25 Posts
Thanked 2,325 Times in 1,259 Posts
Polorise has a reputation beyond reputePolorise has a reputation beyond reputePolorise has a reputation beyond reputePolorise has a reputation beyond reputePolorise has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Neuchatel

Quote:
View Post
Hola
Other half is just about to have a job offer ( Hurrah) and its in Neuchatel.
Can you pass on any wisdom about living / working there? Such as:
  • Is there a good social life for a non child family?
  • Best areas to live?
  • Can you we live in Lausanne and commute - is it too far by car?
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • or just anything u feel that would be good to know
Many thanks everyone
T

am sure there are plenty of people that will be able to answer regards Neuchatel itself.

Bern & Lausanne are both commutable by train, depends on what you are looking for, suggest you have a look at www.sbb.ch/en for train times etc.


Heres some stickies to get you going :

http://www.englishforum.ch/adverts-h...partments.html

Resources for those living in or moving to CH...

enjoy the "light" reading.

Good luck
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03.07.2008, 20:50
Mart's Avatar
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
Mart has no particular reputation at present
Re: Neuchatel

Hey there,
Used to live in Neuch - pretty nice place. Memories of great food, the wine festival (hazy memories...), wonderful, accessible lake and a more...relaxed pace of life.
First thing: to really enjoy it, you'll need to speak French. Hopefully you already do/are planning to learn. You won't get THAT far with English...and not so much further with German
Where to live? If in Neuch, then definitely outside the town center - near the center the quality of accommodation is usually not that great, IMO. Best places tend to be up on the hillside overlooking the lake - if you're lucky you can get a great view.
Try to get something near a bus stop/rail station...if you're planning to err enjoy the bars of an evening. Rail station is better - bus service tends to stop before the bars close...
There're plenty of smaller towns up and down the lakeside - some really pretty places to live. Worth checking out of you're into "pretty village" type areas.
Lausanne is definitely way (way!) more lively, so if you want to live somewhere that keeps you busy, you can live there and commute by train!
I personally prefer Bern to Lausanne - fantastic night life in the center, wide variety and a generally prettier city. Again, fine by train. Oh, and a wider spectrum of languages spoken in Bern.
Neuch town center is pretty small, but what's there is definitely nice in terms of bars, cafes, restaurants and shopping. But, it won't take you long to explore and establish what you like and don't like. Also, it's a University town, so expect the area to be well populated by students.
To keep things interesting, you'll need to travel to the neighbouring towns to kind of "pad out" your list of places. There's some good stuff out there, but you need to go and look for it.
It's a GREAT area for hiking, jogging, cycling - traffic is not too bad, plenty of defined routes and paths.
Reply With Quote
The following 2 users would like to thank Mart for this useful post:
  #4  
Old 06.07.2008, 21:14
oohsparkles's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Neuchatel
Posts: 18
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
oohsparkles has no particular reputation at present
Re: Neuchatel

Good evening Polarise and Mart
Thanks for the information, I really appreciate it. Info's fab and will give me a good starting place!
Thanks again
T
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 15.07.2008, 00:18
Scarfie's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Neuchatel
Posts: 24
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Scarfie has no particular reputation at present
Re: Neuchatel

I can follow up from what Mart has said. Neuchatel is a really nice spot. The Lake is lovely and the people pretty friendly. You started your mail with a "Hola" so I guess you may be coming from Spain. There is a Spanish Club that has fantastic food and may be a good point from where to make contacts. Neuchatel also has a large Portuguese community which may be why the national team was based there for Euro 2008.

You will need some French to survive though as the locals are very "French" in that they start smiling only once you attempt to speak the lingo. The biggest employer is Philip Morris so if your spouse is joining them or the new Cellgene manufacturing Plant there are a lot of international people to mix with. Lausanne is only 50 mins by train and about the same by car as the traffic is pretty thin between Neuchatel and Lausanne.

One thing though, Neuchatel is a small town and if you like night life, shopping and big city atmosphere then Lausanne and Bern would probably suit you better. Neuchatel is more sleepy, relaxing and more like living in the country, particularly in the lovely little villages just outside on the Lake; for example Auvernier and Colombier. There is also some great wine in the area, particularly local Oeil de Perdrix rose style wine - yummy.

Anyway, good luck with your decision making
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 17.07.2008, 10:55
PC_Advisor
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Neuchatel

Quote:
View Post
Hola
Other half is just about to have a job offer ( Hurrah) and its in Neuchatel.
Can you pass on any wisdom about living / working there? Such as:
  • Is there a good social life for a non child family?
  • Best areas to live?
  • Can you we live in Lausanne and commute - is it too far by car?
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • or just anything u feel that would be good to know
Many thanks everyone
T
If you plan on being a full time resident, stay out of Neuchatel and get into the neighboring Vaud or Fribourg. Taxes are higher in NE than the other two. Be prepared for the city to close on Monday mornings until 13:30 and lunch times as well.
The night life ends at 21:00 unless you start your night at 02:00.
English not widely spoken and many don't wish to know you unless you speak French.
Lived in NE for 3 years and happy to leave it. Most shop assistants not too friendly either. Voulez quoi à manger!!!! WTF? rude!
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 17.07.2008, 10:59
Lou's Avatar
Lou Lou is offline
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Zurich
Posts: 3,778
Groaned at 9 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 3,227 Times in 1,474 Posts
Lou has a reputation beyond reputeLou has a reputation beyond reputeLou has a reputation beyond reputeLou has a reputation beyond reputeLou has a reputation beyond reputeLou has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Neuchatel

Since when has the night life stopped at 21:00? We used to go out straight after work on a Friday & get home between 04:00 & 06:00. Stopping at the Boulangerie for a straight out the oven Pain au Chocolat on the stagger home.

I don't think I ever met an unfriendly person either inside the shps or out. I actually had shop assisiants trying really hard to speak to me in English before I learned how to speak French.

I know we lived ther around the same time but our experiences seem to be poles apart.

Quote:
View Post
The night life ends at 21:00 unless you start your night at 02:00.
English not widely spoken and many don't wish to know you unless you speak French.
Lived in NE for 3 years and happy to leave it. Most shop assistants not too friendly either. Voulez quoi à manger!!!! WTF? rude!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 17.07.2008, 11:18
PC_Advisor
 
Posts: n/a
Re: Neuchatel

this was around '99.

I guess people can certainly read differently from the same communities.
Individual experiences will certainly vary depending on the character. I was never a bar hopper. My time of staggering home at 6am was seldom and ended when I was 25.
The few times we went out at night always seemed to be hampered by 18-25 year old people just drunk out their tree.

Last edited by PC_Advisor; 17.07.2008 at 11:20. Reason: text
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 07.08.2008, 08:09
meiteoh's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Neuchatel
Posts: 111
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 20 Times in 10 Posts
meiteoh has made some interesting contributions
Re: Neuchatel

I live in Neuchatel; just moved here in March 08 from M'sia and I'd go with some of the points brought up (especially the tax bit), except for the English-speaking bit.

There are some people who can speak English - pharmacists, and so forth; this is because of the increasing number of non-French speaking tourist that they get AND because of the students coming from the hotel & management school around the corner.

But this doesn't mean that you don't need to have a basic command of the language. You ought to! It'll make the transition easier.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 07.08.2008, 10:16
swissotter's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: ZH
Posts: 2,303
Groaned at 10 Times in 9 Posts
Thanked 3,431 Times in 1,408 Posts
swissotter has a reputation beyond reputeswissotter has a reputation beyond reputeswissotter has a reputation beyond reputeswissotter has a reputation beyond reputeswissotter has a reputation beyond reputeswissotter has a reputation beyond repute
Re: Neuchatel

Quote:
View Post
Hola
Other half is just about to have a job offer ( Hurrah) and its in Neuchatel.
Can you pass on any wisdom about living / working there? Such as:
  • Is there a good social life for a non child family?
  • Best areas to live?
  • Can you we live in Lausanne and commute - is it too far by car?
  • Pros
  • Cons
  • or just anything u feel that would be good to know
Many thanks everyone
T
hi T, was in Neuchatel for a year a few years ago (also got married there!)
I love it, I also like Lausanne alot.the annual Fete de Vendange is awesome

"The Neuchâtel vintage festival is no doubt a unique experience. The festivities last three days and three nights, and all the merrymaking has been regularly going on since 1902... The highlight of the festival is the large parade with its beautifully decorated flower floats on Sunday afternoon. During the weekend, there is also an election of Miss Vintage Festival"


i love the lake - and in the nearby town of auvernier there is a lovely restaurant
Restaurant du Poisson rue des Epancheurs 1
2012 Auvernier. I always go there when back in Neuchatel, it has the best "tarte au citron" (something we can't get here in Zurich!)

another place is Creux du Van, gorgeous area for hiking and walking. you should go there (but pls avoid here...or not

i am sure you will enjoy "la suisse romande" i don't go back often enough...pity.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 07.08.2008, 14:29
meiteoh's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Neuchatel
Posts: 111
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 20 Times in 10 Posts
meiteoh has made some interesting contributions
Re: Neuchatel

I just have to say this: Creux du Van was fantastic!!!! Hubby and I went there for one of our weekend walks with his dad & stepmum (from France) during spring and it was utterly fabulous. And mind you, I was never a hiking fan. I got hooked since then.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 11.08.2008, 23:52
oohsparkles's Avatar
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Neuchatel
Posts: 18
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
oohsparkles has no particular reputation at present
Re: Neuchatel

Thanks everyone
Thoughts and memories have been useful - its brought up things I hadn't thought about yet ( taxes) and very happy thoughts of fresh Pain au Chocolat!
many thanks again
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 25.02.2009, 20:46
CK7 CK7 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Aeugst am Albis (Zurich)
Posts: 174
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 35 Times in 21 Posts
CK7 has earned some respectCK7 has earned some respect
Re: Neuchatel

hi

I have a friend looking to move to Neuchatel in the summer. She is looking to try and find a house to rent for the family, however so far no luck in finding any houses. Can any of you who live in Neuchatel give me any insider info on where to look? Do the local newspapers advertise houses for rent? Thanks in advance.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 26.02.2009, 11:36
Mart's Avatar
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Zürich
Posts: 6
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
Mart has no particular reputation at present
Re: Neuchatel

To be honest, finding an apartment in Neuch should be really quite easy.
You should definitely try the "standard-issue" Swiss websites i.e.:
http://www.immoscout24.ch
http://www.homegate.ch
plus others (Google time!). For example, I just found 115 apartments advertised in central Neuchatel on Homegate, so you'll find something
Sure, newspapers are another way, but generally that's slower and a bit out of date compared to going on-line.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 26.02.2009, 15:10
CK7 CK7 is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Aeugst am Albis (Zurich)
Posts: 174
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 35 Times in 21 Posts
CK7 has earned some respectCK7 has earned some respect
Re: Neuchatel

Yes - apartments no problem, however they are looking for a house and when I looked on homegate there were none.
But thanks for your reply anyway.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
neuchatel living in




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New in Neuchatel hearlis Introductions 18 14.07.2008 20:07
new to neuchatel Guest Introductions 2 19.05.2008 13:02
living in neuchatel dayamax Introductions 3 27.04.2008 16:47
Paddie in Neuchatel JohnC Introductions 5 11.12.2006 18:58


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 05:48.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0