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Experience living in Onex?

Dear all,

Does anyone have any experience living in Onex, Geneva? We are looking at south of the Rue de Chancy (house) and have an eight year old. In terms of overall situation it suits but I can't find much on what is is really like to live there from an atmosphere / sense of community / good for kids perspective. Really grateful if anyone can share their views. Many thanks.

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Hi GVAbound

I lived in Onex 2 years, from 2019 to 2020. Now I've moved away to Geneva city as I needed a bigger house and we found it there.

Onex is very family friendy: lots of families living there, lots of shops and lots of schools. There is a ton of green spaces around, chiefly the Les Evaux parc and all the forest on the bank of the Rhone. I really miss the chance to do walks there.

The city is very multicultural, biggest group are the Portuguese/Brazilians. There are very nice markets, especially the Marche du Monde on sundays near the curches.

The Commune is really aware of having a city where most of the people are immigrants, so they offer a lot of social events to favour integration. The Maison Onesienne is a great place to go to meet people, do classess and they do a lot of stuff for kids (unfortunately now all is stopped due to covid). As an example, they offer classes of French for 150 CHF for the entire year (a real deal in Geneve).

Public transport is good, lots of buses and trams that gets you to the centre or the other side of town.

Not a lot of restaurants or bars, very quite at night as it's mostly a place for families to live.

Safety: you'll read the usual horror stories on Onex, but it's all the usual Swiss overreaction. The city is very safe. Me and my wife we walked alone at night several times (for example when returning from the airport) and never had an issue. Never heard of someone robbed in their apartment where I lived. Postman left a lot of packages in front of my door, never stolen (and my building had no lock or code at the entrance, so anyone could get to any apartment door.

Let me know if you have other Qs

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Re: Experience living in Onex?

#1 son's in-laws have a house in Onex, they've been there 40+ years, raised three children there and love it.
As Capitan Harlock says, it's fairly quiet and generally safe. Good shops (Migros, Coop, Aldi, Lidl, etc.), great transport links, decent schools.
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Dear Anjela, dear Capitan Harlock

Many, many thanks for your insights. This is exactly the sort of information that it is impossible to get elsewhere, and impossible to go and experience due to most things being cancelled due to COVID. I really like the fact that there is an active community. Parc des Evaux is indeed wonderful, as is the Rhone. I've realised as well how close the Parc des Gavottes.

There are quite a few derogatory comments online about Onex Cité - although I must say that I see similar observations about the area of Geneva I currently live in and it does not resonate with my experience.

Capitan Harlock - I see that there are a couple of cantonal routes running through (Rue de Chancy and Rue de Grand Lancy). What was your experience of traffic (traffic jams) and noise?
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