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Moving from London to Switzerland - Advice on housing and school

Hi everyone.

I have just joined the forum, having decided to take a job offer and move to Switzerland in June. The office will be in Zug (no surprise). I have 4.5 years old who currently is in very costly private nursery in London.

I have been reading different threads in this forum, which have helped me a lot to have a better understanding of what to expect (and not) in Switzerland.

However, some of the threads are very old, or at best, goes back to mid/late 2018 – so I thought to ask the questions which have been bugging me and see if I can use the experience of members here.

My first concern is where should we look for place to live. Wife is insisting to live in Zurich, as she is concerned about access to shopping centres, restaurants, and the buzz. But we both know that unlikely we will get a value for money on housing, and commute will be an issue too. My initial thoughts are somewhere (preferably a house) between Zurich and Zug, so we (especially wife) can visit Zurich being around shops/brands and restaurants, and I would be close to office. I understand that we can more or less expect the same green lands in Switzerland as we see in North West London. However, it seems in some areas you will need to drive to another town to have dinner in a restaurant. Also, some areas seem to be in higher grounds, making it difficult to commute during winter. I would prefer to avoid too high hills as I cycle few days a week to work, and ideally would want to do that all week, weather permitting, on a more or less flat grounds!

Then another concern will be school. From what I have understood so far, my son should start sometime in August (compared to September in UK), so I am a bit worried if we will manage to find a bilingual school in close proximity, to allow as smoothly transition as reasonably possible for him, to communicate in English and start learning German. Should I consider private school in the beginning for smooth transition, or I am just being too worried about him?

Many thanks
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