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Old 21.07.2009, 04:52
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Panicking! Short term lease for students at EPFL doesn't seem easy to find!

Hi,

I'm a UCLA graduate student, coming to EPFL for 4 months starting Nov 1st. In U.S. I have used Craigslist.com many times for finding a place, especially for short term, it's a website for classified ads for everything, from garage sales to roommate ads, etc.

I wanted to find something like that in switzerland, that's popular, easy to understand, and puts people in touch (not rental agencies). I haven't had much success! Craigslist has a Switzerland site but it's not popular.

I found expatriates.com to be the closest to what I'm talking about but still not very popular. Alle-Immobilien.CH hasn't been too bad either. But still, I'm panicking a bit, seems like the language (peices?? I don't know how many peices I need!) is confusing and prices are very all over the place. I put an ad in expatriates and got offers of 300CHF and 1200CHF for laussane.
Any ideas for a popular site? And should I start looking now for Nov 1st or is it too early?
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Old 21.07.2009, 05:22
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Re: Panicking! Short term lease for students at EPFL doesn't seem easy to find!

I'd say that wgzimmer.ch is probably more useful than anything else I've seen. Otherwise students.ch also has a section but I'm not sure if that's available in English.
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Old 21.07.2009, 05:49
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Thanks! This one isn't bad either, need to use google translate for the site, but it works pretty well:

anibis.ch
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Re: Panicking! Short term lease for students at EPFL doesn't seem easy to find!

Hi all,

I am going to spend one term in University of St. Gallen for my Bechalor program from Feb 2010 to June 2010, I am currently studying in Singapore and have no idea about how to rent a room in St. Gallen. My budget for rental is about 300-500 per month. Do you have some information about it, any good website I can source for rooms? Thank you!
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Re: Panicking! Short term lease for students at EPFL doesn't seem easy to find!

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I'd say that wgzimmer.ch is probably more useful than anything else I've seen. Otherwise students.ch also has a section but I'm not sure if that's available in English.
This reminds me of one site http://etudiants.ch (which translates to students.ch ).......well, you'll need to register here first in order to place an ad or see ads by other people.....

some tips to get you out of your panic state
s'inscrire - register
logements - places for accommodation
chambre - room
colocation - share the apartment with someone else

wherever you see "cherche une chambre" or "cherche appartement" or "cherche location" - you do not want to see these ads as these are from other people looking for accommodation

you shall find some ads in english too; but then we always have google translate for some help with the languages

hope this was helpful....good luck
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Re: Panicking! Short term lease for students at EPFL doesn't seem easy to find!

I have found anibis.ch to be the most useful and similar to craigslist. But it's all in french. And as for the "pièces", it is all the rooms the in apartment. So a 1 BR is a 2 pièce, a 2 BR a 3 pièce, etc.

Good luck!
Still in apartment hunting nightmare myself...and housing for students at EPFL is not easy to find, I'm a doctoral student at EPFL and I can attest to that...
 

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