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Old 27.03.2021, 10:23
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Advice and guidance required

Hello,
Guten Morgen Schweiz.
I am a world citizen ( World-citizen - Having moved out of my country of origin for past 20 years - YET having it's passport - A NON-EU country).

We might have an opportunity to move to Basel. If this comes through I will be moving there along with my Wifey and a 11 year old son. I need some guidance /advice on "AREA TO LIVE" considering following factors.

1. My place of work will be Euro-airport (I am aware that the geographical location of this Airport is in France but has 3 stake holders i.e Switzerland, France and Germany). Initially with 'NO CAR', I will have to rely on public transport / hitch hiking / car-pool for my daily commutation to work, hence looking for some place to live bit close-by (within Swiss border).

2. Secondary school for my son. We are looking for a PUBLIC SCHOOL and not private school (can't bleed with the amount of school fee). At present he is in Year-6 with British schooling system and by the time we could move, it could be by June/July, hence he will move to Year-7. I saw various post on Swiss schooling system and got basic idea of the schools.

3. As a non-German speaker, we (all 3 of us) have started taking some basic (A1) classes. Hence looking for some place where travel, shopping (groceries and other basic needs) and wife’s social interaction could ease.

Sincere appreciate any feedback / guidance / advise. A guide to monthly cost of living (2021 updated) with rent + insurance + groceries + others (non-luxurious ) would be a great help.

Warn regards,

Ajay.
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Old 27.03.2021, 10:55
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Re: Advice and guidance required

I can answer the school question for you. You won’t get to choose, when you register at your home address one will get chosen for you. If you move, the school may change too.
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Re: Advice and guidance required

All the best for your future move. Perhaps I can give a generic answer to the first question.

Even if you don't have a car initially, I guess you can buy a bicycle or a motorbike to commute short distances (i.e. <10kms on a flat surface). I have read posts on EF where they discuss about biking to the airport.

https://www.englishforum.ch/transpor...l-airport.html

Otherwise if you rely on public transport, then I would suggest staying near a train or tram station e.g. Basel St. Johann.
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Otherwise if you rely on public transport, then I would suggest staying near a train or tram station e.g. Basel St. Johann.
As there is no train or tram service to the airport I don't think this is a particularly useful idea. The closest tram stop at St Louis railway station is still several kilometres away.

It's worth looking at exactly where the work would be located. Quite a lot of the peripheral businesses are located a long way from the passenger complex, so even the airport bus might not get you to the workplace, and of course it takes you to the Swiss side of the terminal, whereas most of the businesses are in France, adding further complications (although you can freely cross between countries once inside).

Of course, if you'll actually be working at or close to the terminal buildings then it's much simpler - simply make sure you're close enough to the #50 bus line.
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Old 27.03.2021, 14:49
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Re: Advice and guidance required

Will you have a Swiss employement contract and permit?
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Re: Advice and guidance required

Your son is 11. Depending on when you move, he will likely go into 6th grade of primary or 1st grade of secondary school.

If your heart is set on public schools, keep in mind that 6th grade is the selection year for streaming in secondary schools, and it's the GPA that decides which of the three tracks your kid is streamed into. Kids can move tracks, but it is not super easy, it again depends on the GPA at the end of each semester of secondary school. Non-native speakers are at a serious disadvantage (my daughter's 1st class of secondary school has several kids who have moved here recently, and they are excellent in other subjects so can compensate the failing grades they get in German).


In Basel-Stadt, the grades that determine the stream are weighted: German, Math, Social Sciences&Science 3x, English and French 1.5x, the other subjects count once. So if your son were to start in 6th grade here, you would do well to make sure he has some basics of French as well as German (they learn French from 3th grade on, but most teachers and parents are dissatisfied with the textbooks and results in this subject).


Kids attend primary school depending on where they live; secondary school, anywhere in the Kanton (they list their three desired schools in sixth grade and are assigned to one to attend; if you're moving here in the middle of the year, I assume the child is assigned a secondary school place based on availability).



I agree with the others that the area around the airport is not particularly well served by public transport. Living in Basel without a car is perfectly feasible, and we've never had a car, but if I were to work at the airport, I would most probably decide to commute by car, while my family has an easy public transport commute.
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Old 28.03.2021, 22:48
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Re: Advice and guidance required

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Will you have a Swiss employement contract and permit?
I think this can be the only reason why he would want to live in Basel when he's working at euroairport, he got a permit for residing in the canton.

>A guide to monthly cost of living (2021 updated) with rent + insurance + groceries + others (non-luxurious ) would be a great help.

Everybody's lifestyle is different and has a different price.

>2. Secondary school for my son. We are looking for a PUBLIC SCHOOL and not private school (can't bleed with the amount of school fee). At present he is in Year-6 with British schooling system and by the time we could move, it could be by June/July, hence he will move to Year-7. I saw various post on Swiss schooling system and got basic idea of the schools.

idk about basel but in general the difference between school districts within a city is not big enough to have it influence your choice of address.

>Hence looking for some place where travel, shopping (groceries and other basic needs) and wife’s social interaction could ease.

anywhere which has a public transport stop that is served in the evening will do really.
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Re: Advice and guidance required

Anywhere within walking distance to a Bus 50 (the airport express bus) stop is a good idea, it's fast and runs often. That gives you essentially the areas near the train station (Gundeli), near Brausebad or near Kannenfeld. I fly quite often for work (or used to, before covid....), and live in Iselin, behind Kannenfeldpark; it's less than 20 minutes from my bedroom door to the check-in counter at the airport — 10 minutes walk to Kannendeldplatz and 8 minutes bus ride. Some of those places also put you close to the border which is a great advantage if you want to go buy groceries and general shopping in France or Germany and save tons of money. I highly recommend Sankt Johann and the area around Kannenfeld, I find it's the perfect balance of being close enough to everything. Then you're 10-15 minutes bike from the train station but also from the farmer's markets in St-Louis and Huningue and the Rheincenter in Weil (there's a bike path with no traffic lights or annoying tram tracks along the Rhine on the Grossbasel/French side from Sankt Johann right up to the pedestrian-bicycle bridge to Rheincenter).

It's also possible to cycle to the airport, by the way. Especially if you're close to the border. Slightly longer than with the bus but still very reasonable, and saves you the comparatively pricey bus tickets (they're 3-zone tickets, not basic local tickets).
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