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Moving to Bern - tips?

Hello everyone, I am moving to Bern in October and I am currently trying to figure out costs, rent prices etc. I've accepted a postdoc position, which I understand offers a reasonably good salary (mine would be something around 4900CHF), however my partner will be moving with me to find a job, so I will have to support both of us (plus our two cats!).



With that in mind, I am concerned as to what my price range for rent should be. I am looking for 2.5-3 rooms maximum at 1500CHF, but I am worried it might be too pricey for what we can afford with one salary. For a moderate lifestyle, does anyone have some advice as to whether this price range sounds reasonable to them? Many thanks in advance! :-)
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Re: Moving to Bern - tips?

Welcome to the forum.

You can look at the following sites to get an idea of what's available in your price range. Bear in mind that usually property adverts don't count, kitchens, bathrooms, etc, only living/dining and bedrooms. So you're 2.5 is going to be a living/dining room combined and a bedroom while the 3 is a living room and 2 bedrooms.

www.immoscout24.ch
www.immostreet.ch
www.homegate.ch
www.home.ch

For private rentals, i.e. not through an agency:

www.petitesannonces.ch
www.anibis.ch

Is that 4,900 before or after tax? Rent shouldn't really be more than a 3rd of your salary.

You'll also have health insurance to pay for. To get an idea of that use www.comparis.ch to compare prices.

Have you/your partner applied for family reunification? If UK national that makes them non-EU and they can't just turn up here and expect to register. You'll need to show you have sufficient funds and suitable accommodation for a family reunification permit to be granted. If you're not married it may be more difficult because then you'd need a concubine permit which is for unmarried heterosexual couples and no all cantons issue this type of permit.
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Re: Moving to Bern - tips?

Finding an apartment in Bern is a real challenge, especially the less expensive it is. The market is highly competitive, so I suggest you start looking ASAP. 1500 is high for your salary and for supporting your partner.

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Re: Moving to Bern - tips?

Unfortunately in Switzerland 5K a month is a pretty rock bottom salary for a single earner at least, and you will have to watch the pennies - might make it a bit harder to get that flat. Bear in mind that health insurance alone will be 600 or 700 a month...

I'd imagine you would be looking at a 2 room rather than a 2.5-3 at that budget. Unless its run down.
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Unfortunately in Switzerland 5K a month is a pretty rock bottom salary for a single earner at least, and you will have to watch the pennies - might make it a bit harder to get that flat. Bear in mind that health insurance alone will be 600 or 700 a month...

I'd imagine you would be looking at a 2 room rather than a 2.5-3 at that budget. Unless its run down.
OP only needs to look a bit out of downtown, with decent connections via tram-train-bus. A quick search shows 77 flats within 5 kms of bern that are at least 2 rooms and cost 1300 or less. This one in Hinterkappelen is not bad: https://www.immoscout24.ch/en/d/flat...ppelen/6359672
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Re: Moving to Bern - tips?

Here is Bernmobil the public transport system website covering a large part of the region near Bern. Zones 300 & 301 are also easily to commute from, as well as zones 310&311 where prices should be lower.



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Hello everyone, I am moving to Bern in October and I am currently trying to figure out costs, rent prices etc. I've accepted a postdoc position, which I understand offers a reasonably good salary (mine would be something around 4900CHF), however my partner will be moving with me to find a job, so I will have to support both of us (plus our two cats!).



With that in mind, I am concerned as to what my price range for rent should be. I am looking for 2.5-3 rooms maximum at 1500CHF, but I am worried it might be too pricey for what we can afford with one salary. For a moderate lifestyle, does anyone have some advice as to whether this price range sounds reasonable to them? Many thanks in advance! :-)
that budget is reasonable.

Until your partner also has an income, and considering the cats and lack of references, you might need to be open to living in a village outside of the city to increase your chances. It can be quite cheaper and you can find more stuff in that price range.

E.g. Gürbe valley, the aare valley down to münsingen, worb, burgdorf, niederwangen, schliern, zollikofen, schönbühl etc.

Set a large search range and use sbb.ch to check out the train links from the locations you find. Some villages have very good connections.

I pay ~950 a month for 40m2 (2 rooms) in a village 15 min by train from the central station, heating, water, parking included.
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Try the uni website - often reasonable offers there

https://www.unibe.ch/forschung/berat...index_ger.html
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Re: Moving to Bern - tips?

Hi Avva,

Welcome to Bern.

I am also from the UK, the transiation moving from the UK to Bern is easy. I am not sure you have done the research for living in Switzelrand. It is very expensive compared to the UK. CH 4900 is not enough for two people with this budget. Unless you have funds/savings to survive until your boyfriend gets a job (getting a job here is hard) My personal suggestion to you is to look for a smaller 1 room apartment nearer to the workplace so that you don't have to pay for commuting(unless you have your own car) Medical insurance is also one off the higher side of monthly expenses need to consider, grocery and foods are very expensive. If you are going to rely on CH4900 for two then it is a challenging situation to survive. All the best for your move.
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Re: Moving to Bern - tips?

A quick search at comparis.ch and I calculated our health insurance to 700CHF for both of us, getting the GP only which is the cheapest option from what I gathered. Does that sound about right? Cheers :-)
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Re: Moving to Bern - tips?

Thank you everyone so much for the tips. I was hoping to hear that this sounds doable, but it's better to know ahead! We do not have a lot of savings to survive for a long period unfortunately, maybe 4-6 months. The salary I mentioned is with everything deducted, which in my mind sounded ok-ish, but maybe I have underestimated how much expensive life will be there. I will definitely look into the areas you mentioned, thanks a lot. Stay tuned for more questions probably!
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Re: Moving to Bern - tips?

Don't give up a good post-doc because of all this...Just come alone and he will come when he finds a job. And he can bring your two cats. Post-doc is short term, and you succeeded in getting it. You can share a place with roomates, it will fly fast and you'll be able to save. Cheers and congrats!

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A quick search at comparis.ch and I calculated our health insurance to 700CHF for both of us, getting the GP only which is the cheapest option from what I gathered. Does that sound about right? Cheers :-)
Normally some form of telemed is the cheapest but yes it sounds in the right ballpark.
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Thank you everyone so much for the tips. I was hoping to hear that this sounds doable, .....
hey, for sure is doable. ATM I am studying and working 60%, my salary is way lower than yours, but I am living alone and I still live quite well. I just cut down my stupid luxury spending.

By far the biggest expense is apartment. Food is not cheap but you can find ways to enjoy it still, like eating self cooked meals etc. Just drop going to restaurants and bars, they are way to expensive for what you get anyway. Another expensive thing can be traveling around Switzerland (even with public transport) and free time activities. So, just go hiking somewhere close to you (and Bern is close to mountains) instead of wake-boarding on lake Zug.
Switzerland is not necessary expensive and can still be nice. Don't forget that comparing to many other countries your buying power is very high. You should still be able have enough money left for few trips around the Europe etc and for something stupid from time to time.
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