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thinking about moving to Uster?

I've just relocated to Zurich and my company has put me up in temporary housing until I find my own place. I've been looking around and the rents are, well, I wouldn't say reasonable, but, less obscene in the suburbs or 'villages', as one would expect.

One town that I've been considering is Uster. It seems to have good connections to Oerlikon (where I work) and to Zurich city center. I visited the town last week to try to get a feel for the place. It seemed....quiet.

Anyone out there familiar with Uster, or better yet, actually living there? If so I'd love to hear your thoughts on the place.

Thanks and kind regards,

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Old 21.02.2010, 17:54
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

I really liked Uster. I used to work in the center of Zurich and had no difficulties getting to work on the sbahn line Uster - Greifensee - Zurich (and I was pregnant up to me eyes !!)
Uster is suburbia: quiet and peaceful but you're in the city in no time.
Definitely a good choice
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

Thats good to hear. How long were you living there?


Anyone else living in Uster?
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

I would think twice about moving to Uster, the winter there is cold, long and covered in fog quite a lot. We live over the hill in Uetikon (close to Zurisee) and travel that way quite a bit to visit the parents inlaw and always see the temperarure drop a degree or two on the temperature guage on the car. I am not sure rents are a lot cheaper than the villages along the lake, once you get past Meilen. Stäfa is definately worth a look and someone else can tell you the "official" moving date, I believe it is in March and Sept so a few (more) apartments ect come available at this time. Otherwise look for somewhere slightly elevated and facing south to get what sun you can. Apart from that I can not say it is a good or bad place to live. It is also worth checking http://www.comparis.ch/steuern/steue...vergleich.aspx

to see what tax rates apply to the villages your looking at, it can make a bit of difference at the end of the year. Good luck in your search.
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

I lived in Uster for 4 years, we've since moved to Fehraltorf. I liked Uster a lot and we still go there weekly if not more often. It's the 3rd largest town in kanton ZH I believe, and it IS quiet compared to Zurich, but then as someone else said, you can get into Zurich very quickly when you want to.

There are lots of fast trains to Zurich, but also the S14 straight to Oerlikon. I worked there too when I lived in Uster and the commute was fine. It can get busier in Uster, depends when you go.

It is true that Uster is "in a bit of a dip", and therefore gets a bit of fog. (Now that we live just up the road, we're clear of that). I think Uster is a good compromise if you don't want to live in a really small village (like ours!) but don't want Zurich. It's kind of in the middle.

If you have any particular questions let me know or PM me, I do know Uster quite well.

Good luck!
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

I've lived in Uster for the last 5 years and I find it great.
  • Easy access to Zurich by car and public transport.
  • Directly on the Motorway towards Bern and very easy to get to the Autobahn towards Graubunden.
  • Its between Greifensee and Pfaefikersee with lots of woodland and close to Pfanensteil and Bachtel so there is loads of possibilities for excursions and outdoor activities.
  • Sunday and late opening in the COOP and other shops in the Trainstation and very near to Volketswil for bigger shopping.
  • 15mins from the airport by car.
  • Cheaper rent, you get a lot more for your money then you do in Zurich.
The fog thing in the previous post is not that bad, Its foggy a lot less here then it is in Zurich, and if you want to get sunshine on the days its foggy down in Uster Pfanensteil and Bachtel are perfect excursions.
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

about to hit my 2nd year in Uster and in my 2nd flat here. I've seen a lot when shopping for my second flat and still decided that Uster is hard to beat and has great balance of quiet setting and convinience. I work near airport and it takes me by car 15 mins to get there. The center has it all including all major banks, Migros, Coop and Denner. There is Aldi opening soon. Fog? hardly a reason not to live here.. barely noticed. Happy to help with anything you might need including recommendation for movers/storage. I happen to know the daughter of the family who owns several businesses in town.
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

Hi Friends, Since got to see lots of Uster lovers in this thread, I am posting my query here.

We are going to move to Zurich in May end / June. Since my husband's work place is schwarzenbach, we preferred areas like Dubendorf / Uster, depending upon the availability. Out of this choices, we liked Uster more as we got to read more +ves about it.

But my next concern is, the bilingual school for my 3 years old son. We are planning to start his schooling from this August. Actually the Internation schools like ISZN are too costly for us to bear now. So, we are planning to put him in some other bilingual schools.

From another thread, I got to know about the Happy Nest Kindergarten, and liked it a lot, as more happy with working hours, fees and all.
http://www.thehappynest.ch/

But so sad, that it is not near to Uster. So, wish to know whether any schools available in Uster area like the one I mentioned (Happy Nest)?

All your inputs are highly appreciated and thanks in advance.
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

You've got a great lake (Greifensee) near to Uster with a rollerblade/cycle path round it and it's great to swim in when the water reaches 25° - about late July...
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

Thank you all for getting back to me on this. I appreciate the input.

@cakerunner & Jaro:
Thanks, I'll send you a PM if I have any more specific questions.

Regards,
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

Here's another Uster fan! For the same reasons as Eire has listed.
I also like the quietness, even with the windows open, there is no noise.

It's such a luxury to have everything nearby: sports clubs, library, shops, schools, townhall, train station, lake and even my office are all within 1km from my home! And if I want to go to Zürich, it takes me less time to get to the centre than my friends who live in outskirts such as Höngg.

As far as the fog is concerned, on a yearly basis the seriously foggy days can probably be counted on 1 hand, it really isn't that bad.

The only downside I think, is that the town itself isn't exactly pretty or exciting. I always tell people that it's practical, nothing else.
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

I've read somewhere that the city of Zurich schools are all brilliant.
Rents are more attractive though around Uster, so I was wondering if anybody knows anything about kindergarden and primary schools, are they equally good over there? I'm referring to state schools...

Many thanks in advance...

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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

Schools are pretty much awesome through Switzerland- they all have good funding, teachers are paid well and all have good German language support for new comers.
I have a hoard of friends who live in Uster and are really happy with their children's schools.
Uster also has the WAC - www.wac.ch - look in search bar as well for a link to more information - been a member for 4 years and my girls have lived the opportunity to make local English speaking friends too!
I love just outside Uster but it really is a fab place for a family!
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

thanks a lot for the info!!!
Don't know if we'll have the luxury to find a flat exactly where we'd like it, sounds like it's very hard to get something....


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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

Hello all!

Interested in moving to Uster too, especially for my stay-home wife and 3 years old son. I want my son to join some playgroup there and also my wife to have a chance to meet with other expats mom there so they will not be lonely there. I heard Uster is a fantastic place for expat family.

If somebody have information about affordable apartment (temporary or long term) for family there I will be very happy. Now I am still searching. We will move to Zurich in October (we are living in Osaka Japan now).
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

For those that know, what area in Uster would you consider to be the nicest to live in? - Closer to the lake or the train station?
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

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For those that know, what area in Uster would you consider to be the nicest to live in? - Closer to the lake or the train station?
North part has a lot of new apartments
East is older apartments
South is newer single family homes on small plots
West is older single family home of larger plots; some new flats and conversions.
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There are older flats also in the Zurich/Acker/Brand triangle. Ultimately where you live in Uster will depend on what your highest priority is - and your budget.
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

Welcome to the forum!

From your profile, I see you have two children. In Switzerland, it is considered normal that the children go to school and extra-curricular activities by themselves, mostly, from Kindergarten onwards. At least during daylight, they will walk and use public transport (and maybe their bicycles, though this is not always considered cool) and you will not need to ferry them around, dropping them off by car.

Many adults commute using public transport, too. Therefore, in looking for accommodation, you need to pay attention to how far each child (and adult) will need to walk to get not only to school, but to the nearest bus stop or train station. Their activities, and social lives, may take place in the next town, and as soon as they are older teenagers, they will need reasonably easy access to the two biggest centres: Zurich city, and Winterthur.
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Re: thinking about moving to Uster?

Welcome to the forum. But why consider moving to Switzerland? Does your spouse/partner have a job offer here? Are you/they also EU nationals?
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Welcome to the forum. But why consider moving to Switzerland? Does your spouse/partner have a job offer here? Are you/they also EU nationals?
I see that she's changed her profile. Now, her location is given as Zurich.
Maybe we've misunderstood and she already lives in Switzerland and is now merely considering moving from Zurich to Uster.
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