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Zurich - cheapest studio possible? (not an ad)

Hello all.

I am living in a WG at the moment and getting along great with my flatmates. But I think that soon enough (3-4 months) I would like to move out and live alone for the first time in my life. As I am not working a well-paid job, I can only afford cheapest option possible. So that would be my question actually. What would be the cheapest studio in Zurich (not outside of the city)?

I am very flexible when it comes to the location and especially when it comes to flat quality. Any tips where to search for it? Anything published in well-known web-portals also means I have a very slim chance to get it.
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cheapest i found was ~400 per month and was basically just a room with a bed in it near the HB. keep your eye open and you might find something.
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cheapest i found was ~400 per month and was basically just a room with a bed in it near the HB. keep your eye open and you might find something.
Wow, that's quite a good price. Please, how did you find it?
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Wow, that's quite a good price. Please, how did you find it?
search every day until the right one comes up.
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cheapest i found was ~400 per month and was basically just a room with a bed in it near the HB. keep your eye open and you might find something.
Was there also some kind of a kitchen and a toilet? That sounds very cheap even for many poorer cities, but I am in a search for a truly liveable place.
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Re: Zurich - cheapest studio possible? (not an ad)

You can do a search on homegate.ch by plugging in your criteria* and then sign up, with your email address, to receive email notifications whenever something with your criteria becomes available on that site.

*By criteria, I mean things such as city (Zurich), min and max rent that you're willing to play, min and max # of rooms, etc.

Perhaps you also might want to consider moving outside of central Zurich a bit, where the rent is often cheaper.
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cheapest i found was ~400 per month and was basically just a room with a bed in it near the HB. keep your eye open and you might find something.
When was this? That is also relevant to this question.

To the OP: your best bet is to go for places that are for a limited time only (e.g. a place that is up for being refurbished) and/or sublets. But I would still count on spending at least 900 Francs per month and look in Affoltern, Schwamendingen or Oerlikon. For more central locations, you will be looking at a minimum of 1200 Francs.

Remember, this is a university city and what you want is something that a lot of people are after, so you have to put in a lot of work. The key to landing a really cheap and actually livable place is having contacts and being able to move at pretty much the drop of a hat. This may mean paying double rent for a few weeks but consider it an investment. You sometimes find cheap places on the notice boards of Migros and Coop, which would require you to physically go there and check.

Tell everyone you know about your plan and if there is particular area that you really like, you could even put up your own notice on the board to say that you are looking for a place. But be realistic with your budget. Phil's 400 Franc job reminds me of what some friends paid in the early Noughties but not something I've heard of in the past five to ten years...
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Are you looking for like the cheapest independent unit with still sort of a full kitchen possible, or just a room with a toilet and shower, and a cooler and a small spot to put a small electric cooking element.

If so, Prices start around 900,- for very small units https://www.homegate.ch/mieten/3000458238
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Re: Zurich - cheapest studio possible? (not an ad)

Actually it may be better to set up a comparis alarm, it gives results from multiple websites.

Another option is to check lots of baugenossenschafts. Many are overbooked, but for smaller ones you may simply get lucky of applying at the right time. Most of such places are not usually advertised via mainstream methods.

But the second option is quite time consuming vs the first one.
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When was this? That is also relevant to this question.

To the OP: your best bet is to go for places that are for a limited time only (e.g. a place that is up for being refurbished) and/or sublets. But I would still count on spending at least 900 Francs per month and look in Affoltern, Schwamendingen or Oerlikon. For more central locations, you will be looking at a minimum of 1200 Francs.

Remember, this is a university city and what you want is something that a lot of people are after, so you have to put in a lot of work. The key to landing a really cheap and actually livable place is having contacts and being able to move at pretty much the drop of a hat. This may mean paying double rent for a few weeks but consider it an investment. You sometimes find cheap places on the notice boards of Migros and Coop, which would require you to physically go there and check.

Tell everyone you know about your plan and if there is particular area that you really like, you could even put up your own notice on the board to say that you are looking for a place. But be realistic with your budget. Phil's 400 Franc job reminds me of what some friends paid in the early Noughties but not something I've heard of in the past five to ten years...
it was probably around 2015/2016 when i was looking for a pied a terre near zurich hb while living/working in basel. but it was a room which was just big enough for a double bed. no kitchen. and bathroom/shower was outside in a separate room.

i also found a room in basel for 400 per month and that one did have a bathroom. if you look long enough, something will come up.
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In 2015/16 my OH was paying 1650chf for a sublet studio in Basel that was furnished. It was 30m2 and had a bathroom in the hall, small fully equipped galley kitchen with a sliding door off the living area. The sleeping area was divided off from the livingroom area by floor to ceiling sliding door wardrobes. It was nicely thought out to maximise the space. He traded up to a 2 bed flat as I was moving here from Scotland.
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Was there also some kind of a kitchen and a toilet? That sounds very cheap even for many poorer cities, but I am in a search for a truly liveable place.
I think it's better to live in a nice shared apartment with good flatmates than a super cheap and terrible place by yourself.
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Re: Zurich - cheapest studio possible? (not an ad)

try Ronorp.

https://www.ronorp.net/zuerich/immob...search%255D%3D

not sure about your budget but around 1000chf you can get something like that not too hard.
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I think it's better to live in a nice shared apartment with good flatmates than a super cheap and terrible place by yourself.
Usually, I would agree. I actually lived back in the days all alone for 6 months, and it was a terrible little studio (not in CH tho, I am sure it wouldn't even be legal). But I am at the point where I need to change my life and decisions a bit and I feel I would need my own place for this. It's a bit complicated. Thx for your comment anyways
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