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Living around Zürich

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I'm looking for places to live around Zürich. I'll be moving in May this year and my company is paying for a relocation company to get me a house.
In the meantime I'm looking for houses myself to make an alternative list of places that I like.

My limit is 2000 CHF per month while my girlfriend doesn't find a job and I'm paying for everything myself. When she starts to work I'll look for a better place.

I created this thread because I'm trying to find good places to live around Zürich which have a commute time to Tüffenwies of around 1 hour max.


Since I lived all my life in the city I'm trying to find places that are more surrounded by nature. I don't mind the extra commuting time. Anything from a small traditional town or a place where I can live closer to the mountains would be nice.


I'm asking because I don't know the surrounding area. I already did some Google Maps work but it's hard with so many places.


Any ideas?


My employer is also contributing to my travel pass so something where I can use ZVV Pass or Z-Pass would be nice.
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Old 07.03.2020, 21:24
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Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.

The amount you state is a bit low in CH for a house, a flat is feasible.

Have a look at the SBB (SBB.ch) site to see how the connections are and work your way from there?
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Welcome to the forum and soon to Switzerland.

The amount you state is a bit low in CH for a house, a flat is feasible.

Have a look at the SBB (SBB.ch) site to see how the connections are and work your way from there?

Yes I know that 2000 CHF is not too much but I forgot to mention. My idea is not to live in a private house. This budget won't allow me that. I'm open to live in a apartment.


I'm just looking for places that are less crowded and closer to nature. I like to hike and to ride my bike.
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Re: Living around Zürich

What about quiet wädenswil, it is a 45 min commute , hills for cycling , lake aswell.
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Re: Living around Zürich

Wädenswil looks nice but being so close to the lake makes houses expensive. For 2000 CHF I can’t find any “modern” apartments.

What I noticed is that if I switch to Aargau canton houses get cheaper and I can get 3.5 rooms apartments for this price. I just don’t know the area well enough to know which places are nice.

I saw Brugg and with the river and old town looks really nice. Any other villages with the same feeling?
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Re: Living around Zürich

Welcome. Just in case you don't already have it, here's the public transport website in English, with the route map.
https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/timetable/network-maps.html
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Re: Living around Zürich

You might like to look at the areas around Wetzikon. A small town hub, and more rural surroundings.

Or along the S6 train route from Regensdorf-Watt and further out of the city.
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Re: Living around Zürich

Around Kilchberg/Thalwil/Adliswil there are also many good apartments which fit your budget, and there are many trails through the forest and over/along the mountains and ridges in the area - while public transport will get you to Tüffenwies in about 45 minutes, with frequent connections.
Here's a quick search within 5km of Kilchberg for apartments from 2 rooms and costing up to 2000 francs a month.
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(edit) It appears that some of the apartments are on the far side of the lake, I guess that's because the lake is less than 2km wide ... but maybe that would also be an attractive place, Zollikerberg is also nice.

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Even quite central ZH you can be close to nature for hiking and biking. I have a large 2.5 apartment overlooking the river in Züriwest. 15 minutes walk along the river and I'm in countryside. And I pay 1690.00 a month and I can walk to work in 20 mins (or cycle in less than 5).
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Around Kilchberg/Thalwil/Adliswil there are also many good apartments which fit your budget, and there are many trails through the forest and over/along the mountains and ridges in the area - while public transport will get you to Tüffenwies in about 45 minutes, with frequent connections.
Here's a quick search within 5km of Kilchberg for apartments from 2 rooms and costing up to 2000 francs a month.
Enjoy.

(edit) It appears that some of the apartments are on the far side of the lake, I guess that's because the lake is less than 2km wide ... but maybe that would also be an attractive place, Zollikerberg is also nice.
I was also going to suggest Adliswil area. OP, the idea of cheaper rent outside the city is tempting, but commuting 30 mins or more each way every day soon becomes a chore. I would always pay a little more to be more central (and save money on commuting costs).
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Re: Living around Zürich

take a look at Birmensdorf/Urdorf as well.
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I would suggest looking around Uster, near the Greifensee and very close to Zürich with fast trains every 15 mins, close to walks, nature etc
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I was also going to suggest Adliswil area. OP, the idea of cheaper rent outside the city is tempting, but commuting 30 mins or more each way every day soon becomes a chore. I would always pay a little more to be more central (and save money on commuting costs).

You're right about the commuting costs. I'm trying to weight the cost of the rent with the cost of the travel pass. Even though my employer contributes for my travel pass, Z-Pass costs are much higher than ZVV.



I find that a lot of houses that are closer to Zürich with a max rent of 2000 CHF look a bit old (but maybe they are very well constructed and insulated). I was trying to search for modern buildings, like year 2000 onward.
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You're right about the commuting costs. I'm trying to weight the cost of the rent with the cost of the travel pass. Even though my employer contributes for my travel pass, Z-Pass costs are much higher than ZVV.

I find that a lot of houses that are closer to Zürich with a max rent of 2000 CHF look a bit old (but maybe they are very well constructed and insulated). I was trying to search for modern buildings, like year 2000 onward.
Just up the hill from me (and further west along the river) is Höngg. You can get the 13 tram into the city in 20 minutes and it's really on the edge of contryside. And being close to the ETH I guess there is some cheaper accomodation for all the students. Certainly my flat which is pretty big and has a balcony overlooking the rive is 6 or 700 cheaper per month than if it was 2km further east towards the city.

But it's not just the price of commuting, the time will certainly start to get on your nerves. I know that when I'm out late in town, knowing I can be home in 15 mins by tram is a nice feeling!

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Just up the hill from me (and further west along the river) is Höngg. You can get the 13 tram into the city in 20 minutes and it's really on the edge of contryside. And being close to the ETH I guess there is some cheaper accomodation for all the students. Certainly my flat which is pretty big and has a balcony overlooking the rive is 6 or 700 cheaper per month than if it was 2km further east towards the city.

But it's not just the price of commuting, the time will certainly start to get on your nerves. I know that when I'm out late in town, knowing I can be home in 15 mins by tram is a nice feeling!

That looks nice indeed! I still have a lot of work to do. Lots of place to "study".

I honestly don't know what kind of help or certainty in getting a house the relocation company hired by my employer can provide.

Also, I was wondering, is Kloten bad to live because of the proximity to the airport? I saw some really nice apartments there.

I have another question. I have a cat. I've been searching for houses not having that in consideration. Can I assume that a lot of houses being rent don't state pets allowed to avoid people moving over with 100 Kg dogs? Or should I just search for "pets allowed" houses? Are renters flexible with this?

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For cheaper accomodation, I'd recommend Küsnacht. Well connected to Zürich, by the lake (great for summer weekends). I have friends there, it looks nice...
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That looks nice indeed! I still have a lot of work to do. Lots of place to "study".

I honestly don't know what kind of help or certainty in getting a house the relocation company hired by my employer can provide.

Also, I was wondering, is Kloten bad to live because of the proximity to the airport? I saw some really nice apartments there.

I have another question. I have a cat. I've been searching for houses not having that in consideration. Can I assume that a lot of houses being rent don't state pets allowed to avoid people moving over with 100 Kg dogs? Or should I just search for "pets allowed" houses? Are renters flexible with this?
Kloten (like Oerlikon) is a bit of a concrete jungle IMO, and not much going in the evenings or weekends. And yes, being close to the airport it's noisy, not just from the planes but also the main roads and motorways around it.
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Welcome. Just in case you don't already have it, here's the public transport website in English, with the route map.
https://www.zvv.ch/zvv/en/timetable/network-maps.html
Indeed the train network matters and what matters the most is the night one https://www.zvv.ch/zvv-assets/fahrpl.../nachtnetz.pdf

It sucks to leave early just because you have to catch the last train home. The night trains are indicated as SN*.
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That looks nice indeed! I still have a lot of work to do. Lots of place to "study".

I honestly don't know what kind of help or certainty in getting a house the relocation company hired by my employer can provide.

Also, I was wondering, is Kloten bad to live because of the proximity to the airport? I saw some really nice apartments there.

I have another question. I have a cat. I've been searching for houses not having that in consideration. Can I assume that a lot of houses being rent don't state pets allowed to avoid people moving over with 100 Kg dogs? Or should I just search for "pets allowed" houses? Are renters flexible with this?
If you have pets you should really look for "pets allowed" houses, nothing is not pre-discussed here. Kids too, as some places are child friendly and others are more senior/pensioners oriented..an agent would know things you can't get simply from visiting a place, trust me. If your company provides the services of a relocation company, your relocation agent will help you with finding a house but you'll have to give them a hint - you're into urban places, or more country side etc. Also indicating an area would be helpful, so they won't waste your time and theirs.
They'll come up with a list of apartments/houses and their description and take you to visit them. (at least our relocation agent did that for us when we moved to CH) They'll also help you with your registration to the municipality and also with other stuff that might come up. I wouldn't be so worried if I were you, it is more difficult for people who have absolutely no help with relocation. You might have to compromise in some areas, but a home...you'll find. (they'll find it for you)
Oh, and Kloten...Kloten is in a high noise area, there is a site where you can check that out, I might add it here a bit later.

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Villages in the Albis are good value and quite a quick commute into Zurich, eg Wettswil, Bonstetten, Hedingen.

https://www.homegate.ch/mieten/3000119790
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