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U.S to Geneva Area / suburbs

Dear Friends,

I may be taking a position in the Geneva for at least a year.

Any recommendations on a suburb of Geneva with good integration schools.
( Primary/ Elementary ), and somewhat affordable housing.

We are a family of three so looking for a place with 2 bedrooms.


Thank you all

GR.
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Dear Friends,

I may be taking a position in the Geneva for at least a year.

Any recommendations on a suburb of Geneva with good integration schools.
( Primary/ Elementary ), and somewhat affordable housing.

We are a family of three so looking for a place with 2 bedrooms.


Thank you all

GR.
First thing ask your employer if your permits will allow you to live in neighbouring France (doubtful) or in Vaud (possible).
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Re: U.S to Geneva Area / suburbs

Hello and welcome to Geneva!

Your question is not easy to answer

So first of all, if you want to send your kids to the Swiss public schools (most of people, expats included, do so) you get the school the government gives you based on where you live. If you want to send them to private/international schools you can see on google where the main ones (Florimont, ECOLINT, etc) are.

In terms of where to live: the north side of the city (everything on the right bank of the river/lake A.K.A. the Airport side) is quite tricky. Now with COVID and less airplanes some places might seem very nice and quiet (like Bellevue) but when the airport will be back to full capacity you will regret it. Essentially look at the map and anything between Versoix and Satigny and going south until you get to Petit/Grand Sacconnex is quite airplane-noise bad. So avoid Vernier, Meyrin, etc...

The second thing to consider: where will you work? Living on the south bank of the lake and work in the north bank means a lot of traffic to consider. Again, with covid now things are better but traffic is quite intense during rush hour.

Regarding house prices, Geneva is very expensive. In the West part of the canton there is a countryside area with many villages, but please consider that if you live there you'll need to take the car to just to go to have a cup of coffee.

Less expensive "suburbs" are the villages in Vaud between Geneva and Nyon or even a bit further east Nyon.

Main issue is that then you need to commute from those villages to your place of work in Geneva. Traffic on the road there is the worst (it's the highway with most traffic in Europe IIRC) and if you take the train you need to consider the cost of the train ticket and then if your place of work is close to a train station or you need to change to a bus or even multiple buses.

With all that said, I would suggest you to look in the Petit Lancy, Onex, Plain les Outes, Cressy, Bernex, Confignon... Quite suburb, not the prettiest, lots of schools, close to Florimont international school and the Lancy international school, lots of public transport, no airplanes on your head.

In any case remember that in Geneva the housing market is quite crazy so you don't always have a lot of choice where to live.
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Now with COVID and less airplanes some places might seem very nice and quiet (like Bellevue) but when the airport will be back to full capacity you will regret it.
No regrets here and I've lived in Bellevue for a decade.

Not everywhere is under a flight path.

In my experience, a dog barking makes a more intrusive sound.
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No regrets here and I've lived in Bellevue for a decade.

Not everywhere is under a flight path.

In my experience, a dog barking makes a more intrusive sound.
Yes. Plus hearing planes makes me less phobic of flying.
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No regrets here and I've lived in Bellevue for a decade.

Not everywhere is under a flight path.

In my experience, a dog barking makes a more intrusive sound.
I've been to the "zoo" there and I was worried for the poor animals there. You could see the white in the eyes of the plane pilots
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I appreciate the response
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Thank you very much for all the details. Much appreciated
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