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Old 06.08.2008, 20:04
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Yverdon les bains

Good evening everyone
Hurrah! the other half did it! He'll now be working in Boudry and I'm still job hunting.

Until I gain employment, Yverdon seems in a good location for commuting. I've heard some really fab things about living in Yverdon les bains and some really dreadful things.

Can anyone shed a little light on the town and the day to day life (quality of)?

Is the somewhere around that area which would be good but I do not know of? (I.e. Orbe?)

Is it better to live in Neuchatel?

Many thanks for any offerings....

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Old 06.08.2008, 21:42
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Re: Yverdon les bains

I live near to Yverdon and what I really like about it is the superb connections by rail and road.
Property is reasonably priced for rental or purchase in Yverdon, it is cheaper than Neuchatel but I think for going out there is more going on in Neuchatel for a younger crowd.
In Yverdon they have spent a great deal of money on sports facilities near the lake if that is your thing.
Neuchatel is a University town so there are lots of students from around the world, Yverdon is more of a traditional Swiss town - there is not a large amount of expats.
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Re: Yverdon les bains

I'm in Neuchatel and my hubby is working in Boudry.

In terms of movement, you'd be nearer if you were staying in Neuchatel/Serrieres/Areuse/Bevaix. Any more out and you could end up paying more for transportation costs (I think). We are still pretty well-connected by train/road - there are trains going to Bern, Basel, Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne, etc every few minutes and the train station is just about 5 to 8 minutes walk from the town plaza (Place Pury)

I don't know much about Yverdon (we only stop by to catch the train to St Croix) but I can tell you about Neuchatel.

The town itself is pretty quiet yet quiant compared to bigger places like Bern/Geneva/etc - so if you're expecting a lot of hustle and bustle, you might just be disappointed. There are a few night spots (but I have yet to find them coz I am not local and not really into clubbing in the first place), shopping centers (big ones are in Marin - 20 minutes by bus) but otherwise, you can find all you need within town itself - restaurants, hotels, groceries, hardware, gardening, pets/pet supply, clothes, and so forth.

There is a hotel & management school so most of the Asians you see (young ones) are commonly students there. There are plenty of American/British expats though - Phillip Morris is just around the corner from Serrieres - and most of them stay around Colombier where the military barracks is as well.

You're still near a lake and there are plenty of things to do - sailing, swimming, or just picnicing. There are facilities provided as well for those...

According to my hubby, Yverdon being in Vaud also means lower taxes, so that could be a factor to consider when deciding where exactly to stay. We chose Neuchatel over other places simply because it would be easier for me to stay, find a job and fit in; I was staying in Areuse for about two months and it was just horrible (for me).

Hope this helps!
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I live near to Yverdon and what I really like about it is the superb connections by rail and road.
Thanks to your post I discovered that there was a direct train every hour between Yverdon and Geneva. And it "only" takes 48 minutes. I'll definitly keep an eye on the Yverdon property market from now one. Strange I never really considered it as a pontential place to live.
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Re: Yverdon les bains

Hi

My husband travels to Yverdon a few times a week. There's an "intercity" train from Lausanne to Yverdon that takes 22 minutes - so Lausanne is also an option

Good luck
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Re: Yverdon les bains

What kind of permit do you have? If you have a B permit, you have in principle to live in the canton where you work. I suggest you to go to the:

Service du délégué aux étrangers
Rue des Beaux-Arts 13
Neuchâtel

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Re: Yverdon les bains

Don't forget the fog-factor.......Yverdon doesn't see the sun for weeks on end in winter. One could say the same for Neuchâtel but at least a quick drive up to Chaumont can usually bring relief, even in one's lunch hour.

If living in town isn't strictly necessary, there are often reasonable and interesting properties in the villages around Yverdon and the higher you go, the less the fog....
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Re: Yverdon les bains

Yes, Yverdon itself has the climate of the Plaine de l'Orbe, which was originally only water (the lake was there at the period of the Roman Empire) and is till rather humid, but for example Yvonand (10 km from Yverdon) where I live has a very different microclimate and we even have 2 happy palm trees in our garden...Cheseaux-Noréaz, Chamblon, Montagny are a bit higher than Yverdon (therefore less fog) and still very close.
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Is it better to live in Neuchatel?

Many thanks for any offerings....

Very much better!!!
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Re: Yverdon les bains

Thanks everyone
You've confirmed what I've been heard already. Many thanks again.
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Utterly off topic - but I love your username!

Er... you may continue about your business...
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Thank you - I will!
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Re: Yverdon les bains

so where did you move in the end??
I live in Yverdon but commute to Neuchatel every day...but miss lausanne terribly!!! fancy a pint? let me know!!
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Re: Yverdon les bains

Hi Everyone,
I'm interested in moving to Yverdon soon, I have a job offer, but I don't really know much about swiss living... except that is really expensive.
We are a young family, my wife and a 8 month baby, and the offer is for 4,300chf brutto. Is this reasonable for a living here or not?? I appreciate any comments. thanks
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Hi Everyone,
I'm interested in moving to Yverdon soon, I have a job offer, but I don't really know much about swiss living... except that is really expensive.
We are a young family, my wife and a 8 month baby, and the offer is for 4,300chf brutto. Is this reasonable for a living here or not?? I appreciate any comments. thanks
You won't starve, but it is very low pay, you won't afford to run a car.

You will pick up an extra Fr 200 per month for the child, and the taxes are not very high, but expect no luxuries.

Salaries in Switzerland - These and other questions answered before you ask!
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Hi Everyone,
I'm interested in moving to Yverdon soon, I have a job offer, but I don't really know much about swiss living... except that is really expensive.
We are a young family, my wife and a 8 month baby, and the offer is for 4,300chf brutto. Is this reasonable for a living here or not?? I appreciate any comments. thanks
Seems low to me for a veterinary. This is what I came up with using one of the salary calculators from the thread Sbrinz provided:

http://www.lohnrechner.bfs.admin.ch/...d.aspx?lang=fr

So that reckons around CHF6,800 per month gross if you are going to be paid on a 13 month basis. Of course the figures I used were guesses, but you should be able to get a good idea yourself putting in your details.

Bear in mind too, that if you hold a US green card, you'll still have to file and possibly pay US taxes.

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Don't forget the fog-factor.......Yverdon doesn't see the sun for weeks on end in winter. One could say the same for Neuchâtel but at least a quick drive up to Chaumont can usually bring relief, even in one's lunch hour.

If living in town isn't strictly necessary, there are often reasonable and interesting properties in the villages around Yverdon and the higher you go, the less the fog....
From Yverdon you can drive out of the fog to St Croix/Les Rasses (a nice small ski resort) or Mauborget if it gets foggy in winter. Yverdon also has a nice spa with hot thermal pools outdoors and indoor + sauna/hammam etc, a nice sandy beach, great access for cycling,walking, other beaches, etc. and closer to Lausanne and Geneva by road or train. I do prefer Boudry though - it is a lovely part of the world, with village like Bevaix, Gorgier, St Aubin, etc and tram access to Neuchatel town?
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Re: Yverdon les bains

Ohh! thank you I didn't know that you have to live in the same canton! By the way Now I also moved to Yverdon and I love it here!
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Sorry I do not quite understand your post.. can you explain.

And welcome, bienvenue, of course. I was at Yvonand beach the other day, and I love that side of the lake and its sandy beaches. I live up in the mountains above - but come to Yverdon fairly regularly. Enjoy There are many more expats in Neuchatel though. Did you see that Kamarate is organising a meal in Neuchatel for 5th October?
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Re: Yverdon les bains

Anyone know what the childcare situation is like in Yverdon? Options, waiting lists etc. Are there places south of Yverdon you'd suggest living to avoid the doom and gloom and fog?
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