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Considering moving to Zurich

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Just a short introduction- im a guy, aged 25, and from the UK. I am going through interviews with a UK company with (small) offices in Zurich. Initially I was very excited about moving abroad and especially to a clean orderly city like Zurich but now im beginning to get cold feet! I visited the city two weeks ago and am wondering if I will be able to fit in moving abroad alone. I have travelled loads alone before, but never moved permanently abroad! And especially where English is not the primary language!

Can anyone offer any personal experiences on moving to Zurich/Switzerland alone and how they integrated? When I visited, Zurich seemed very quiet so I am also wondering how much fun can be had there?

I found your forum brilliant with lots of useful information- thanks!

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Old 30.01.2011, 21:09
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Re: Considering moving to Zurich

Hi and welcome to the forum and to CH whenever you land here.
Switzerland is a very lovely place, with a very friendly population. You need not speak a national language to survive here as all Swiss speak fluent English and have no problem speaking to you in your native language be it English, Spanish and even Chinese etc... They can even speak to you in your accent, some even go as far as speaking fluent cockney -all to please you.
You technically started integrating here before setting foot here; thats how easy it is.

Sorry I couldn't help but to be sarcastic...
On a more serious note, it is a nice country...it has its pros and cons of course.

Once again, Welcome to the forum!
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Hi all

Just a short introduction- im a guy, aged 25, and from the UK. I am going through interviews with a UK company with (small) offices in Zurich. Initially I was very excited about moving abroad and especially to a clean orderly city like Zurich but now im beginning to get cold feet! I visited the city two weeks ago and am wondering if I will be able to fit in moving abroad alone. I have travelled loads alone before, but never moved permanently abroad! And especially where English is not the primary language!

Can anyone offer any personal experiences on moving to Zurich/Switzerland alone and how they integrated? When I visited, Zurich seemed very quiet so I am also wondering how much fun can be had there?

I found your forum brilliant with lots of useful information- thanks!

P
Hello and welcome to the forum

Given your travels, you sound like a pretty intrepid person and should not be put off moving here if you get the chance.

There are plenty of young, single expats in Zurich / Switzerland, many of whom are either native English speakers or speak English fluently.

Life here, as with pretty much anywhere really, is quite simply what you make it. Granted Zurich is pretty quiet compared to London (I'm from there) but you only have to check out the Social Events section of this forum to see there are lots of different activities and events happening all the time. If you are a sporting type, then definitely you will be off to a good start!

Although there are many Swiss people who speak fluent English, especially in and around downtown Zurich and other, larger cities, it is always worth investing in learning German to a certain level, even if you are not planning on staying long . . . Many have come with that intention and then ended up being here years later . Being able to speak the local language to a greater or lesser degree certainly facilitates faster overall integration.

Don't be put off by others negative comments, what hasn't turned out to be paradise for one person, can be nirvana for another. No two experiences or perspectives will be the same so it's up to you to find out for yourself.

Have fun and carry on using the forum as much as you can to source information on all manner of topics.

Cheers and all the best.
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Re: Considering moving to Zurich

Hello! I am Swiss and grew up in Ticino (italian speaking region), lived in the UK and AUS for several years and decided to live in Zürich area ... although I speak a little German, you can easily get by here with English only. My wife is from Japan and doesn't speak a word of German, but happily interacts with anybody it has been now 3 years ... Zürich is a "big international town" that offers all you need in a city.
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Hello and welcome to the forum

Given your travels, you sound like a pretty intrepid person and should not be put off moving here if you get the chance.

There are plenty of young, single expats in Zurich / Switzerland, many of whom are either native English speakers or speak English fluently.

Life here, as with pretty much anywhere really, is quite simply what you make it. Granted Zurich is pretty quiet compared to London (I'm from there) but you only have to check out the Social Events section of this forum to see there are lots of different activities and events happening all the time. If you are a sporting type, then definitely you will be off to a good start!

Although there are many Swiss people who speak fluent English, especially in and around downtown Zurich and other, larger cities, it is always worth investing in learning German to a certain level, even if you are not planning on staying long . . . Many have come with that intention and then ended up being here years later . Being able to speak the local language to a greater or lesser degree certainly facilitates faster overall integration.

Don't be put off by others negative comments, what hasn't turned out to be paradise for one person, can be nirvana for another. No two experiences or perspectives will be the same so it's up to you to find out for yourself.

Have fun and carry on using the forum as much as you can to source information on all manner of topics.

Cheers and all the best.
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Re: Considering moving to Zurich

Hey and welcome!

At least you've startes in the right place by being on this forum, has been a great use to me no end!
I was in the same position as you - am 21, from the uk and moved out here not knowing anyone a few months ago. At first it was a bit scary, but everyone iv met, even just around town is so nice and helpful. Pretty much everyone speaks english, but there are lots of german corses you can take, and you soak up the language pretty quick just being exposed to it every day!
the friends you make are the ones that will help you get through it at the end of the day, I've met a lovely group of people from this forum and we usually meet up at weekends to make it all a bit more bearable! Just throw yourself in, meet some new people, failing that just come out with us haha
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