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Your tips for new arrival on accommodation?

Belated Happy New Year everyone!

My first post; but have been reading on the Forum extensively for the past month. I would appreciate some tips/advice on:

How does one arrange a temporary accommodation before arriving in Switzerland (Geneva, more specifically)?

I have read up on forums (Glocals, from this Forum, ExpatArrial etc), as well as frequented rental sites such as Comparis, JustImmo, ImmoScout, HomeGate, and those specializing in short-term rentals, e.g. UMS, HomeSweetHome, Nettilac. I became pretty familiar to the rental process and documents required. However, it always comes back to the same two questions:

- If I'm not yet in Switzerland, how will I be able to provide a legitimation card?
- If I have to apply to a rental after my arrival with all necessary documentation, then I can only secure a rental a few months after. How do people manage upon arrival, before they secure a more long term rental?

If you can share your experience or give some tips, I would greatly appreciate.

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Re: Your tips for new arrival on accommodation?

Have you asked the same questions to the HR department of your employer? Don’t try and do it all yourself, those people are there to help you.
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Re: Your tips for new arrival on accommodation?

I actually did ask the HR/mgr.; was sent a bunch of links of the rental websites.
My arrival will be in two months; so not desperate yet. But will become so soon if I don't figure out the conundrum.

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Re: Your tips for new arrival on accommodation?

You likely won't be able to secure long term permanent housing until you get here, and if you are looking in Geneva city, it will take a good while with many visits and applications, so plan accordingly. Best to secure hotel, Airbnb, short term accommodation or residence hotel for your arrival for a period of three months or more. You may be able to do this in France for lower cost if your nationality, permit status allows. This will give you time to settle in and start to search long term accommodation. You may well be looking at six months or more temp accommodation depending on location, budget, etc.
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Re: Your tips for new arrival on accommodation?

Work-contract and a nice letter from a decent employer can also do wonders.
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Re: Your tips for new arrival on accommodation?

Yes, ask for a letter from your employer that states you have been employed as of whatever date and that you will have a CDL. And a name/number for them to double check.

Two months is not a long time, Start looking now, and don’t avoid Vaud. Rental availability much better in Gland or Rolle, than in Geneva. Not certain of current rules for cdl holders to live in neighbouring France, but ask your HR department.

Geneva is VERY difficult for rental accommodation. VERY
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Re: Your tips for new arrival on accommodation?

thanks @EdwinNL and @runningdeer

comforting to know my conclusion was on the right track. although discouraged that i will have to go through a period of uncertainty.

will also try to get the employer's support as much as possible.
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Re: Your tips for new arrival on accommodation?

Without being in Geneva, and if you dont have buddies there to help, it will be quite difficult to find a long term rental place. You will need something to get you going to start, and when in town you can look and apply.

Depending when you plan to move in, when I moved there many moons a go, I got temp accommodation at the uni. I have included the details I used at the time below. You may have luck there. Then of course there are the obvious routes to take, like air BnB or if the company that employs you, will provide temp accomodation.

You can try WWW.WGZimmer.CH they may have temp rooms/flats to rent, Glocals, and of course facebook accomodation groups in Geneva. As digs are quite pricey, people if they go away for periods do tend to sub let to help thm manage the costs, so a sub let would be a good option for you to get going.

Heres the uni contacts

Cité Universitaire de Genève
Avenue de Miremont 46
CH - 1206 Genève
Tél. : + 41 22 839 22 22
Fax : + 41 22 839 22 23
Courriel : guest@unige.ch
Internet : www.unige.ch/cite-uni
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