Go Back   English Forum Switzerland > Living in Switzerland > Introductions  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01.04.2012, 17:06
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Panama
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
wichienmaat has no particular reputation at present
New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Hi everyone!

I am new to this forum, though I have read posts for some time now. I am a Mexican diplomat, who might be posted soon to GVA.

I am currently engaged and live in Central America with my soon-to-be wife and our 5 cats.

Now here's where it gets tricky. I have read posts about areas to live and about living with pets. A move to GVA is not yet definite but it is one of the two main options they are talking about for my next posting.

I am quite concerned about the living situation, as I have read many posts here and see that it REALLY is a PITA.

So, considering all the above, I ask for the mercy of the Forum Gods and anyone else who could recommend areas to search on homegate.ch and similar. I would be able to deal with an hour commute to work, especially if it means a better place to live with our cats.

We would be interested in renting and our budget is around 1800 CHF. Maybe a little more if it's worth it but definitely not a huge headroom on that.

I should know for sure my next destination sometime in may/june, and the move for me would be in early august.

Thanks in advance for comments, advice, etc.!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01.04.2012, 17:34
NSchulzi's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Zug
Posts: 2,429
Groaned at 53 Times in 34 Posts
Thanked 2,523 Times in 1,215 Posts
NSchulzi has a reputation beyond reputeNSchulzi has a reputation beyond reputeNSchulzi has a reputation beyond reputeNSchulzi has a reputation beyond reputeNSchulzi has a reputation beyond reputeNSchulzi has a reputation beyond repute
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Welcome to the Forum wichienmaat and I hope that you soon receive some advice as to where to house yourselves and your cats
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01.04.2012, 17:37
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Panama
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
wichienmaat has no particular reputation at present
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Thanks for the welcome and good wishes!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01.04.2012, 18:03
mabern's Avatar
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: V.South West of Zurich
Posts: 1,194
Groaned at 7 Times in 6 Posts
Thanked 417 Times in 285 Posts
mabern has an excellent reputationmabern has an excellent reputationmabern has an excellent reputationmabern has an excellent reputation
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

I've no experience of househunting in Geneva or even within an hour of there. But househunting with 1800 in mind, I know I'd need to be talking two bedroomed appartment in a 40 or 50 yr old block. It would be more low budget than a typical diplomatic style residence.
Are your cats are indoor cats? Then you may need even more space. A garden where they can roam would need a bit more money on top of that.
Are you really sure that is your budget?
Welcome to the forum, you will find loads of info here.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01.04.2012, 18:12
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Panama
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
wichienmaat has no particular reputation at present
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Hi Maben!

Yes, all cats are indoor cats. And that's more or less the idea of home.

Regarding the diplomatic residence, I think what you have in mind are more the chief of mission or deputy chief of mission home. This will be my second posting, so I am barely starting out, no huge residences in mind for me!

A decent 2 bedroom could do the trick. It's more a matter of distribution and available space (cats, as opposed to dogs, have more ability to use vertical space, which means that a few shelves, perches and the like around solve the problem if the apartment isn't very big).

That's precisely the reason why I am thinking an hour commute by public transport. This should get me a bit away from the prices within the GVA district, allowing for a bit bigger space for the same price.

However, I thank you for your information and welcome! I am definitely finding lots of useful information here!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01.04.2012, 18:21
hannah'sauntie's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Baden
Posts: 4,755
Groaned at 24 Times in 22 Posts
Thanked 6,648 Times in 3,007 Posts
hannah'sauntie has a reputation beyond reputehannah'sauntie has a reputation beyond reputehannah'sauntie has a reputation beyond reputehannah'sauntie has a reputation beyond reputehannah'sauntie has a reputation beyond reputehannah'sauntie has a reputation beyond repute
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Welcome to EF!
I hope it is possible for you to find a home soon for you and your family. Sorry, I can't advise you, but just want to wish you well.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01.04.2012, 20:19
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 21,033
Groaned at 364 Times in 279 Posts
Thanked 15,826 Times in 9,018 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Start looking at the following websites to see what you can afford:

www.immostreet.ch
www.homegate.ch
www.immoscout24.ch
www.home.ch

Also might be worth either printing off or buying a good map of Switzerland showing you the areas/towns east of Geneva, assuming you want to live in Switzerland and not over the border in France. It will be a bit easier to find a place within your budget if you're not aiming to live in Geneva itself.

Also ask what help your Human Resources department can give you to find accommodation as well as getting you registered with your local commune once you decide on where you'll be living.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01.04.2012, 20:38
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Panama
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
wichienmaat has no particular reputation at present
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Thanks to both on you for the wishes and the advice.

One thing I could use help with is locating what areas are about an hour away in public transportation from Geneva, so I can look to see what is realistically available from there on.

Don't know much about them, I hear things from across the border, as well as places in Switzerland but don't know which are within the hour range!
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01.04.2012, 20:41
Cris1973's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Richterswil
Posts: 330
Groaned at 10 Times in 10 Posts
Thanked 354 Times in 154 Posts
Cris1973 has an excellent reputationCris1973 has an excellent reputationCris1973 has an excellent reputationCris1973 has an excellent reputation
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Welcome to the forum and perhaps soon to Geneva.

I live in Zurich but I think it would be great if you post pictures of your 5 cats in order to get the best advise from the forum members in Geneva area

Just kidding, I wonder if is only me who would love to see your cat family...
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01.04.2012, 20:44
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Panama
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
wichienmaat has no particular reputation at present
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Will post pictures of the cats!
Reply With Quote
This user would like to thank wichienmaat for this useful post:
  #11  
Old 01.04.2012, 21:05
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 21,033
Groaned at 364 Times in 279 Posts
Thanked 15,826 Times in 9,018 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Well, that depends on where you're aiming to live to a certain extent. Yes, I know that doesn't seem to help a lot but, Lausanne which is the next big city east of Geneva is 45 minutes away by Swiss high speed train. However, many of the places inbetween may have longer journey times because they're serviced by slower trains and you may need to change trains as well. That's why the suggestion of a map so you can get some idea of where places are. I believe some of the house hunt websites can give you some help to see where a possible rental is in relation to Geneva, but you could also use www.sbb.ch which is the Swiss rail service to get more info on how long train journeys will be. If you find a place that looks reasonable then enter its name and Geneva to get train times up and any changes that need to be made. The site is in English, as are most of the house hunt ones.
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 01.04.2012, 21:09
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Panama
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
wichienmaat has no particular reputation at present
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

No, trust me, it DOES help!

I am looking right now. Basing my choices on the short address provided I am putting it through google maps. Don't know how reliable that is, but now I have that option of sbb.ch!

Thanks, will keep looking, and to any who might have a suggestion, please feel free to post. I will keep thanking, using and updating as time goes by on my situation!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 01.04.2012, 22:20
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 21,033
Groaned at 364 Times in 279 Posts
Thanked 15,826 Times in 9,018 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Using the sbb site will also, obviously, tell you whether a village has a rail connection. I think most larger villages/small towns do, but our small village doesn't for instance so the nearest station is about 10 minutes drive away. Another thing to factor into your calculations.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02.04.2012, 08:52
grynch's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Geneva/Vaud
Posts: 4,976
Groaned at 51 Times in 47 Posts
Thanked 5,199 Times in 2,354 Posts
grynch has a reputation beyond reputegrynch has a reputation beyond reputegrynch has a reputation beyond reputegrynch has a reputation beyond reputegrynch has a reputation beyond reputegrynch has a reputation beyond repute
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

welcome, perhaps, to GE and good luck with your apartment search
( sorry, but I do have to say you're going to need luck finding a two bed aptm. on that budget )

Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02.04.2012, 09:00
Nixi's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: GR & ZH
Posts: 377
Groaned at 1 Time in 1 Post
Thanked 260 Times in 148 Posts
Nixi is considered knowledgeableNixi is considered knowledgeableNixi is considered knowledgeable
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

I don't want to be depressing, but with your stated rent things will be difficult and with 5 cats, indoor or not, you are certainly going to need a lot of luck.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 02.04.2012, 18:27
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Panama
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
wichienmaat has no particular reputation at present
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Thanks all for the comments. I know it won't be easy, that's why I am concerned.

I have seen however some things in the 1:25 hour range, that seem within my budget and desired space. I don't know whether the timeframe posted by google is real, however (I asked for times on public transport, not car, by car it appears below the hour mark, but considering what I have heard of traffic in Switzerland around the Geneva area, it seems unlikely it is 50 minutes away!). Does anyone know how valid these transport times are? (I am going to check on sbb anyway, but just wanted to know thoughts on google's time references).
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 10.04.2012, 17:55
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Panama
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
wichienmaat has no particular reputation at present
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

For those that were interested, you may see some of the cat pictures in two places: www.diplomaatsiamese.com and www.flickr.com/diplomaat.

I continue to check places and services while my next posting is decided. I have read a couple of things on SBB that mention Very High Occupancy Expected. Does this mean that I won't get a ticket or that I will have to stand for the trip?

Thanks in advance!
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 10.04.2012, 19:59
Medea Fleecestealer's Avatar
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Switzerland
Posts: 21,033
Groaned at 364 Times in 279 Posts
Thanked 15,826 Times in 9,018 Posts
Medea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond reputeMedea Fleecestealer has a reputation beyond repute
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

I think it's you'll probably have to stand up. Your ticket won't indicate a particular train, just the day/date of travel.
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 10.04.2012, 20:06
Newbie 1st class
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Panama
Posts: 12
Groaned at 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
wichienmaat has no particular reputation at present
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Thanks! (BTW - I need to see how to thank posts!)

If its just standing I can very well deal with it! I was afraid it meant, I might not be able to board the train!
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 10.04.2012, 20:13
Forum Veteran
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: basel
Posts: 2,362
Groaned at 24 Times in 16 Posts
Thanked 2,426 Times in 1,164 Posts
biff has a reputation beyond reputebiff has a reputation beyond reputebiff has a reputation beyond reputebiff has a reputation beyond reputebiff has a reputation beyond reputebiff has a reputation beyond repute
Re: New to forums, I may be new to Switzerland soon!

Quote:
View Post
I continue to check places and services while my next posting is decided. I have read a couple of things on SBB that mention Very High Occupancy Expected. Does this mean that I won't get a ticket or that I will have to stand for the trip?
Thanks in advance!
If you are going to be using a train on a daily basis, you will find that the cheapest way to do it, is to actually buy at least an annual pass ( halbtax) that will give you half price travel. I suspect that if you are looking at places that involve an hour each way on the train, you will actually be best to buy an annual pass that gives unlimited public transport in Switzerland.

"High expectancy" can sometimes mean that you may be standing. However, Swiss trains are never really crowded, so you will not be standing packed in close to other people. I have actually found that generally, the trains with high expectancy of occupants, actually means that people need to not have their bags taking up seats, and that most people can actually get a seat so long as they are happy to sit next to someone else. (the personal space comfort zone seems to be higher here than in any other country I have lived in.)
Reply With Quote
Reply




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New to forums, hopefully new to Switzerland soon arsis Introductions 1 01.12.2011 23:33
Soon to be new to Basel LiquidPaper Introductions 8 20.12.2009 13:24
Soon to be new to Zurich Jane E G Introductions 8 09.05.2009 18:51
Soon to be new to Zurich Blakey Introductions 3 28.07.2008 23:05
Soon to be in Bern and new to forum eniale Introductions 0 23.12.2006 02:30


All times are GMT +2. The time now is 01:03.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.1.0