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Finding an appartment from abroad

Hi Everyone,

I am currently residing in Vienna, Austria (being an EU citizen) and starting with my new role from 1 March 2019 in Zürich. Already holding a permanent work contract and would like to find prior my arrival an appartment (I know it will be tough). I am searching north of Zürich (Bülach, Eglisau) since I will be working in Opfikon.

My question: can I already arrange my B permit (I got all the necessary documents) so that it could support my chances finding an appartment or only when I am arriving to CH? Is it possible to get the permit via online maybe or only in person?

Any hints, advice would be a lot appreciated.

Thank you
Zoltan
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Old 01.12.2018, 20:52
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Re: Finding an appartment from abroad

You won‘t be able to get your permit now but you can start looking? Also consider Wallisellen, Dübendorf or Dietlikon? Near Zürich and Opfikon as well
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Re: Finding an appartment from abroad

Thanks but is it possible to find an apartment prior starting with work and without holding a residence permit?
Will check the other towns as well, thank you.
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Old 01.12.2018, 21:30
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Re: Finding an appartment from abroad

Yes, you can rent an apartment without the permit (the permit makes it easier though).

Also another thing to consider: there is a lot of traffic from Eglisau/Bülach to Zürich so you will be hitting that every morning and on the way back the same (lived in Neuhausen and worked in Zürich and moved because of that).

Unless you travel by public transport
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Old 01.12.2018, 21:59
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Re: Finding an appartment from abroad

We found a short term rental place (1 year) via sabbatical homes. I am not sure if it's geared mostly towards academics, though, but that's how we did it a few years ago.
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Re: Finding an appartment from abroad

thanks both for inputs
@ roegner: I will take s-bahn since I also read about the road traffic issues elsewhere and it is anyways max 30 mins to work (which I have almost the same in Vienna)
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it is anyways max 30 mins to work (which I have almost the same in Vienna)
Have a closer look into that. If you work in Opfikon where I would guess you will work, you will have a longer commuting time from f.e. eglisau
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Re: Finding an appartment from abroad

google maps says with S9 28-30 mins from Bahnhof Eglisau and Glattburg (only 6 stops). I would choose an appartment close to Bahnhof and my work is alike close Bahnhof Glattburg.
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Re: Finding an appartment from abroad

A word of caution - Don't rent anything sight-unseen, unless it's a short-term Air BnB or similar from a person with a solid reputation on that site. There are plenty of scams out there.

The most common scam is an owner who is supposedly abroad due to some sort of emergency, therefore can't let you in to see the flat. They want you to transfer the first month of rent + the deposit (usually 3 months) to their account, and then they will mail you the key.

I'd recommend coming for a short visit to see what areas you like, visit some flats, etc.
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Re: Finding an appartment from abroad

Thanks 3Wishes. Yes, I saw similar scams back when I was searching in Vienna. I plan to take a flight next week for 2-3 days, check out the vicinity for an impression and schedule as many appointments for visits as possible.
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Re: Finding an appartment from abroad

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Hi Everyone,

I am currently residing in Vienna, Austria (being an EU citizen) and starting with my new role from 1 March 2019 in Zürich. Already holding a permanent work contract and would like to find prior my arrival an appartment (I know it will be tough). I am searching north of Zürich (Bülach, Eglisau) since I will be working in Opfikon.

My question: can I already arrange my B permit (I got all the necessary documents) so that it could support my chances finding an appartment or only when I am arriving to CH? Is it possible to get the permit via online maybe or only in person?

Any hints, advice would be a lot appreciated.

Thank you
Zoltan
I'm pretty sure you can sublet and this will give you right to get the permit.

At least, if you want my place, I can arrange it as I'm looking for someone that will take it for some time. I can provide link in private to avoid advertising here. Cheers, S.
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At least, if you want my place, I can arrange it as I'm looking for someone that will take it for some time. I can provide link in private to avoid advertising here. Cheers, S.



This doesn't smell right to start with !
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Re: Finding an appartment from abroad

My 2 cents after skimming this thread. As na EU citizen you don't have to worry about your permit. You can come here and legally start working wether you stay in a hotel, serviced apartment or you have already rented your place.
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