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St Gallen or Rorschach

Hello all!

I'm moving to Switzerland to work in Arbon.

I have only visited the area for the interview. This involved getting a train from Zurich to Arbon, walking to the office and then getting the train back. No time for sightseeing.

Since I don't know the area I was hoping people could tell me something about St Gallen, Rorschach and Arbon, where to live and where to avoid.

I am thinking to live in St. Gallen. It's easy enough to travel to Arbon with or without a car and it's a bigger place with more people. I thought that would be easier for meeting people.

All thoughts are welcome!
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Old 20.02.2020, 17:43
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Re: St Gallen or Rorschach

I understand that Rorschach has varying perceptions depending on your state of mind.

In honesty I've only been to St. Gallen on the weekend, it's a pretty little city/big town though. I prefer living somewhere where there are people about so I'd say St. Gallen is a better bet than Rorschach with 7 times the people.

You'll need to wait for somebody else to tell you how it is living there though.
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Re: St Gallen or Rorschach

The problem is, in ST.Gallen Stadt the taxes are really high, compared to small
towns like tübach, mörschwil or horn.
The public transport here in this area is ok, it has night connections (friday/saturday), so if you are on your own ,you don't need a car.
St.Gallen is about 30-40 mins by bus from Arbon, from Horn (where i live, it is 4 mins to arbon and 33 mins to st.gallen).
The rents is St.Gallen are the same, when you are looking from something modern, so the difference are the taxes.
Have a look at comparis to calculate the taxes
https://www.comparis.ch/steuern/steuervergleich/default

Even here in horn, there is fiber internet connection , own washing machine/dryer, minergie standard, underground car park.
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Re: St Gallen or Rorschach

Thanks for the responses. I'll have a look at smaller villages in the surrounding area.

I am planning to visit the area and have a look around.

I think I'll consider looking around the area. I was thinking of St Gallen, only to make it easier to meet people.

I plan on buying car when I get to Switzerland, but the 30 - 40 min bus journey to Arbon for work is ok in my book. If not done every day. I even plan to cycle to work and back every now and then.
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Re: St Gallen or Rorschach

If you are being taxed at source then you will pay the same tax in St. Gallen as in Rorschach. Source tax is based on the canton, not the town - see lohncomputer.ch. I have lived in St. Gallen which is a much livelier place than Rorschach. Easier to get to Zurich and airport from St. Gallen also.
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Re: St Gallen or Rorschach

Thank you Mr Rambo, that's some helpful info.
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