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Need advice surrounding apartments in Zurich/Zug

Hello everyone,

I am a 30-something Spanish woman moving from Brussels to Switzerland at the beginning of August to work in a new company. I have read how difficult it seems to find suitable accommodation so I am starting to look around the different options. My work will be based in Zug (5 min walk from the train station), however my first thought was to live in Zurich as I am a total urbanite and also thinking that Zurich is probably the most "lively" option. I will be moving on my own.

However I am aware that taxes inside the Zurich urban area are higher than in other places so I could consider to live somewhere else well connected. By priority order I would value that the area is safe (which I reckon it is not that difficult), supermarkets, shops and restaurants around and well connected with the highway/airport. I will be commuting by car to work.

Having said that I would very much appreciate everyones' suggestion on the following points:

1. would it be better to live in Zug or in the greater Zurich area rather than in Zurich, financially speaking?
2. if in Zurich, which areas would be better to live for a single young urbanite?
3. What is the average monthly rent for a one-person appartment (1-2 rooms)? Are there real differences depending on the area?

I haven't yet mentioned that my employer will provide me with temporary accommodation as well as with the help of an agency. However my previous experience has tought me that these agencies may charge you with additional commissions so I would prefer to have some idea of the market beforehand.

Many thanks in advance for any orientation you can give me! So far this blog has already helped me a lot!

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Old 17.06.2009, 06:53
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Re: Need advice surrounding apartments in Zurich/Zug

Commuting by car every day ? - you know, cars here in Zurich are a pain...there's not much convenient parking and you might find you end up using the public transport anyway because it gets you conveniently from A to B with no parking hassles...

There is a big expat community in Zug and it's not the smallest town...definitely has plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes...in some ways making connections with people (if you make a big effort) is easier in a smaller place than in the big city...

Is your work actually in Zug, or Zug area ?

you can check the public transport links on www.SBB.ch The travel routes on Google maps, and www.homegate.ch for apartment options.

Rent is highly variable depending on the age of the apartment, whether it is first/second/third floor, if there is a lift, laundry, dishwasher, and the location, vicinity to public transport etc...
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Re: Need advice surrounding apartments in Zurich/Zug

Hello Swisspea,

Many thanks for your reply. I will actually be working in Zug, 5 min walk from the train station. As my company will provide me with temporary accommodation I guess it makes sense for me to definitely explore well both areas (Zurich and Zug) and value all different variables.

I am just a bit concerned of ended up in a small city very family-oriented as I will be living alone and I do like to have some "action" around, specially during the weekends. However tax considerations are definitely worth taken into account.

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Re: Need advice surrounding apartments in Zurich/Zug

Zurich is definitely more "lively", but Zug is still quite an upbeat place - there's not so much variety for sure, but there is still usually something going on most nights.

Commuting by car will be a hassle - there's no direct motorway joining Zurich to Zug so you'd need to allow about an hour for the drive. Alternatively the train would take 25 minutes.

Personally I like a "lively" social life myself and have no problems living in Baar (sleepy village outside of Zug) and getting trains to and from Zurich / Zug as and when I'm out and about - if I were in your shoes I'd at least give Zug a try for the temp accomodation, and if it's not for you then you can always widen your search to Zurich afterwards.
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Re: Need advice surrounding apartments in Zurich/Zug

Hi Spanish Mover! Even Zurich is a small city, but as there are many, many foreigners living here now it is more lively than most of the country! When you say you want a lively social scene is that a bit like Madrid style or more like Brussels style? Zug has a nice feel to it on a Saturday afternoon, but on long winter evenings, perhaps Zurich would have more to offer?
I live somewhere between the two, but if I could have a better social life I would pay to live in Zurich and somewhere central, in residential areas everybody is indoors and even in bed long before 10pm.
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I toyed over the idea for a long long time, and i work in Opfikon . Alwasy lived in the City, but the tax difference was pretty big compared to Zurich centre. They way i saw it, Zug is better than living in say meilen and kushnacht ( other popular Zurich lower tax areas - but not as low as Zug) . Plenty of shops and restaurants here, although havent tried them out as dont know anyone yet and pretty hard to get zurich people to come here . At the end of it, the tax saving pays my rent , and its an easy commute to zurich, 24 minutes on the train . and the sunsets here are pretty amazing . i have no regrets yet..week 2
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I toyed over the idea for a long long time, and i work in Opfikon . Alwasy lived in the City, but the tax difference was pretty big compared to Zurich centre. They way i saw it, Zug is better than living in say meilen and kushnacht ( other popular Zurich lower tax areas - but not as low as Zug) . Plenty of shops and restaurants here, although havent tried them out as dont know anyone yet and pretty hard to get zurich people to come here . At the end of it, the tax saving pays my rent , and its an easy commute to zurich, 24 minutes on the train . and the sunsets here are pretty amazing . i have no regrets yet..week 2
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My other half does the commute in from Zug into Glattbrugg, so does a neighbour. We have convinced a couple of friends to move from Zürich to Zug. Just seeing what you get for your money property wise compared to Zürich Gold coast was enough for me. Less income tax was an added bonus (we don't need to work as much as we used to ) although Zug has slightly higher wealth taxes.

Most of the Zug hill gets lovely mountain views and there are no tw*ts hanging out in suits on weekends like in Zürich. Central Zug has only a few good restaurants, but slightly out of town there are some excellent ones.
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