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Moving to Zurich in September and clueless! HELP?

Hi guys, I'm moving to Zurich in September to live with my boyfriend (German) who will be studying there.

I've never been to Zurich, which is making looking for flats somewhat difficult. My bf wants somewhere central, but looking at a map of the different Kreise can't realistically tell me if the outer ones are central or not...

Due to public transport costs, which I've read are exceptionally high (I'm not sure how long it will take for me to get a job!) I'd want somewhere central enough to be able to cycle to the centre without it too much of an effort.

Also, are there any areas which are unsafe/unadvisable to live in?

Any general advice/tips about arriving in Zurich would be appreciated .

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Re: Moving to Zurich in September and clueless! HELP?

There is lots of info on here about areas and finding flats (no time to point you to them atm) but on the public transport issue it's not expensive - cheaper than London/UK as long as you buy a halbtax-abo card when you arrive.
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Re: Moving to Zurich in September and clueless! HELP?

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Hi guys, I'm moving to Zurich in September to live with my boyfriend (German) who will be studying there.
Where will he be studying? ETH? if so you should be looking at apartments around the Kreis 6 area as this will be easy for him to get to his uni + it's not far to walk / cycle to the centre however walking back or cycling might be a problem as you'll be going up hill

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I've never been to Zurich, which is making looking for flats somewhat difficult. My bf wants somewhere central, but looking at a map of the different Kreise can't realistically tell me if the outer ones are central or not...
Out ones likely to be considered non central...
See this map on homegate which will probably be your first point for flat hunting. There are two maps on that page, the top one is of all the Geminde(s) within Zuerich including the central Zuerich. The bottom one breaks down the Geminde of Zuerich itself.
All of the districts closest to the lake on that second map are considered "Central" the further away you get from that the less central it is.
In your situation I would look at places in kreis 6, 7, 1, 8, 10, 11 in that order of priority (assuming your bf is going to be in ETH or the unisversity of Zuerich which happens to be in kreis 6. Concentrate on the areas on the eastern side of the Limmat.

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Due to public transport costs, which I've read are exceptionally high (I'm not sure how long it will take for me to get a job!) I'd want somewhere central enough to be able to cycle to the centre without it too much of an effort.
You will quickly adjust to prices and transport cost is going to be the least of your worries as it's a farily good deal. Zone 10 monthly pass costs CHF75.- which works out at around CHF2.5 a day, if you don't think you gonna use it every day, a halbtax card (CHF165 a year) and a day pass for ~ CHF5 (with halbtax CHF8.- without) might work out better to start off with.
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Also, are there any areas which are unsafe/unadvisable to live in?
Not really, however I would probably avoid living around the langstrasse area (red light district equivalent).

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Any general advice/tips about arriving in Zurich would be appreciated .
Buy the correct ticket before you get on the train from the airport
(Zone 10 day pass so you can look around the city and one zone upgrade so you can get from the airport to the central part)
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Re: Moving to Zurich in September and clueless! HELP?

Thanks so much that info is really useful , especially about in which Kreis to live: it's made looking for somewhere to live a lot easier! Although as I'm not moving until September I doubt that any apartments available for let then will be advertised any time soon
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