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First time renting a flat ! Help pls !

Hello everyone !

Given that this can be a long post I will write first a couple of questions I have and then I will explain my current situation. Any advice or opinion will be highly appreciated.

Questions:

How much should I spent on rent if I make 85k a year?( considering I live in Zurich)
Which cities/towns with good connections do you recommend for a mid 20s not party calm person ?


My situation:

I move to Zurich a year ago as I got a job offer ( 85k a year). Iím legally Swiss ( I have the passport etc) but I have never lived here before and I donít speak German ( Iím learning though). When I move I got a room in Alstetten ( I love the zone) but I think Iím ready to :

a) move to another room
b) get one for myself

I have lived all my life In a big city. So Iím a little bit worry about moving to a town, Zurich itself is not huge. On the other hand rents in Zurich are super high and I donít know if itís a good idea to compete with thousands of people for a 2.6k 2.5 rooms apartment. I donít know either if I can afford it my salary as is my first time renting an apartment.

I have been traveling around Zurich too see which places I like. So far I have been in:

Uster
DŁbendorf
Wallisellen
Oerlikon
Schlieren
Dietikon
Addliswill

From the above I wonít live in schlieren or DŁbendorf. uster seems nice but Iím afraid of not being able to interact with young people. I like Wallisellen and Oerlikon, but what is available is 2k +.

Also I have an expat friend that move to Stallikon and is quite convinced that living in the town can be done and that you get used to the commute and to the Sunday trips to Zurich if you want to do something out of the ordinary( though he is 38 with a wife and a daughter).

On the other hand I have a German friend that is convince I should pursue the wg life as with my salary affording something nice will be to much.

Also Wettingen and Baden seem to be nice but far away.

What do you think? Any advice ?

Thanks a lot in advance !!
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Old 31.07.2019, 19:18
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Re: First time renting a flat ! Help pls !

Welcome to the forum.

Websites to look at:

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

You can set place, rent, number of rooms, etc.

For private rentals, i.e. not through an agency:

www.petitesannonces.ch
www.anibis.ch

For rooms:
www.wgzimmer.ch
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Re: First time renting a flat ! Help pls !

Hello and welcome to the forum.

Wettingen & Baden are a 15m train ride away, however chances of meeting like minded youngsters is limited.

Live where you can afford & what suits your lifrstyle.
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Re: First time renting a flat ! Help pls !

Make a budget. Write down your monthly net income. Deduct all your fixed payments like health insurance, transportation, phone, etc. Also write down how much you spend on hobbies, food, etc. Put money in your budget for taxes, clothes, savings, expenses like dentist, glasses. Whatever is left over is what you can spend on rent.
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Re: First time renting a flat ! Help pls !

That's a very good exercise recommended by swisscanmom!

When you've done it, you might like to compare your monthly expenditure with some of the standard budgets set out here:
http://www.budgetberatung.ch/Budgetbeispiele.19.0.html
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Re: First time renting a flat ! Help pls !

The is a guideline for renting a flat, that says the amount of money for the rent should not be higher then 25 % of your net income , to be on the safe side.
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