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Old 05.01.2012, 21:05
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Sep 2012 Refugee Worker cum MBA Student

Hello all!

First, what an excellent site for all things Anglo in Suisse. A thank you to the Administrators but more importantly to all of you for providing so much valuable info. I have been creepin I MEAN trolling the site for quite a while now and have found lots of goodies.

Anyway, the reason I am writing. I am a 29 year old Canadian moving to Geneva in mid August to start an International Organizations MBA program at the University of Geneva. That is, if I can get the funds together in time (it's an expensive one!).

I have just moved back to Canada from India where I was living for 7 months working for the UNHCR (weee!). I found it fairly easy to adjust, so am thinking (read: hoping) that it will be just as easy if not easier to adjust into the Swiss lifestyle.

A few things I'd love help with include:

- Tips on finding recreational futbol (soccer) teams I can join
- Website or broker contacts for finding accommodation (I've searched this site and checked quite a few, but it seems as though there may not be one extensive go-to site for this... unless its in a language other than my solo/ignorant English language!
- Advice on living in France and commuting vs in Geneva vs outside Geneva and commuting. I would love to buy a motorcycle for commuting, but don't know how feasible it would be (especially in the winters). Also, I am going to be a poor student

I don't expect you all to answer on here, as I still have a lot to read in the forums. Any help, however, would be great. Or even links to posts I may miss.

I am pretty excited!

Oh, and always, I would love to meet people as well. I think I will wait until closer to the big move for this, though.

Thank you again, and it is a pleasure to meet all of you!

Greg
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Old 05.01.2012, 21:18
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Re: Sep 2012 Refugee Worker cum MBA Student

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A few things I'd love help with include:

- Tips on finding recreational futbol (soccer) teams I can join
I'm sure you won't have any difficulty finding a club. Sports are also a wonderful way to meet locals and integrate.

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- Website or broker contacts for finding accommodation (I've searched this site and checked quite a few, but it seems as though there may not be one extensive go-to site for this... unless its in a language other than my solo/ignorant English language!
Start with the university or student organisation. Most universities (or the attached student organsiations) run some form of service for advertising and finding budget accomodation. Seeing you'll be a student, student accomodation will probably be more suitable for you than the high end stuff brokers will get you interested in. Alos, in terms of socialising with other students, it helps to live in student accomodation.

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- Advice on living in France and commuting vs in Geneva vs outside Geneva and commuting. I would love to buy a motorcycle for commuting, but don't know how feasible it would be (especially in the winters). Also, I am going to be a poor student
There might also be issues with your permit if you do that, so check carefully before committing.
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Old 05.01.2012, 21:54
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Re: Sep 2012 Refugee Worker cum MBA Student

Thanks for that Amogles. I think a lot of this stuff I will be fine with, just super excited so can't help but talk about it!

And the University contact is an excellent point. Merci!
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Amogles gave you all the answers so I don't know what else we can talk about!

Welcome to the forum & soon Switzerland. Good luck with your course.
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Thanks Mia
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