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Old 18.06.2009, 12:56
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Geneve with 2 small children

Hello there,
It looks like we might be moving to Geneve in 5-6 weeks.
all very sudden but here I am searching net for advice and tips on living in Geneve.

I have whole list of question but these are just a few:
- where to look for renting flat in geneve, considering that i want to walk everywhere or public transport; I need playparks/tots groups/kindergrden/cafes/shops/other moms.... I have a 3.5 y.o. and another one on the way any day now.
- is it good idea to use relocation company - we will be moving from Glasgow. Company does not offer nay relocation package. if so which one?
- as a contractor he is offered 840 CHF a day before tax. is it good?

Thanks a lot. It is all very sudden scary and exciting. Thanks again for your replies.
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Re: Geneve with 2 small children

Hi

I used to live in Glasgow!! Loved it!

I'm in a similar situation (excl. the kiddies). I'm moving to Geneva mid August and have been looking at websites such as:

http://www.homegate.ch/homegate/index?lang=en
http://www.comparis.ch/immobilien/intro.aspx
http://www.immoscout24.ch/IS24Web/_V...-1&lng=en&wl=1

It might be a good idea to split your questions up into different threads i.e. one on tips regarding living in Geneva another on playparks and things to do for children and another regarding your partners salary and one more regarding relocation companies. This way you will have them catergorised under the correct category and people with the same interest or experience will be able to track your question down. The other thing is to use the search tool at the top to search threads and tags that could help with your questions.

Exciting times!! Good Luck!! :0)
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Old 18.06.2009, 16:18
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Re: Geneve with 2 small children

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Hello there,
It looks like we might be moving to Geneve in 5-6 weeks.
all very sudden but here I am searching net for advice and tips on living in Geneve.

I have whole list of question but these are just a few:
- where to look for renting flat in geneve, considering that i want to walk everywhere or public transport; I need playparks/tots groups/kindergrden/cafes/shops/other moms.... I have a 3.5 y.o. and another one on the way any day now.
- is it good idea to use relocation company - we will be moving from Glasgow. Company does not offer nay relocation package. if so which one?
- as a contractor he is offered 840 CHF a day before tax. is it good?

Thanks a lot. It is all very sudden scary and exciting. Thanks again for your replies.
Please search the forum, you will find a lot of useful information. For example: Any tips on renting in Geneva?

As to your specific questions, every municipality in Geneva has parks, playgrounds and one or more activities for small children, so your choice will depend on whether you prefer to be in the centre or in the countryside.

I think using a relocation company is probably a good idea, especially because you will have two small children to take care of. I know that some of my colleagues used this one and were happy (but they did not have to pay themselves): http://www.pelichet.ch

CHF 840 per day -- that is over 200,000 per year? Don't worry, you'll be fine.
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Re: Geneve with 2 small children

Thanks Flowerose, I think it is a good idea to post a few threads regarding kids/accomodation/and other things.

will do! are you already in geneva? It is raining in Glasgow. As usual :-)

Hi ljm and thanks for info. I searched areas but I cannot figure out yet the list of preferable places. I guess for the beginning definitely town not countryside.

Thanks for tip on relocation company. I think I would definitely want one...
just a thought, how are we supposed to/sleep/etc if it takes 4 weeks before our furniture/things arrive at new place? supposedly we already there...

CHF 840/day before taxes sounds good but for at least 6 months it will be our only income for everyhting. that's why I am asking. I will post at finances/jobs section.

I wonder if there is anyone here who has kids and lives in a nice area where lots English speaking families?

Thanks again for all your help. I feel that my pregnant brain is not working properly so i def need someone elses opionin and advice.
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Re: Geneve with 2 small children

Hi,

It is not very easy to find a house in Geneva, and you will probably need to spend some weeks in furnished temporary accommodation before you settle down in your own flat. There are some options for this (mind you, this list is not exhaustive):

http://www.residence-mont-blanc.ch/h...e/homepage.php
http://www.studiohouse.ch/description_fr.htm
http://www.homesweethome.ch/

Also, check World Radio Switzerland classifieds, there are often people that sublet their flats for a few months: http://www.worldradio.ch/classifieds-v2/

You will soon discover that there is not much on offer here and it is very difficult to find a house if you focus on one area only. Perhaps it is best to try to find a temporary solution first and then look around for something more permanent once you are here.

By the way, English-speaking families are everywhere, perhaps Rive Droite (Petit Saconnex, Grand Saconnex) is somewhat more international and you have an English nursery and a playgroup there (http://www.bell-school.ch/en/OneWorl...hool/index.php, http://www.gymboree.ch/e/index.html).

Don't worry, it will be stressful in the beginning, but you will manage. Remember that once the initial shock is over, life in Geneva is very, very easy (ok, I have never been to Glasgow but compared to London, for example).
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