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Old 27.11.2018, 15:54
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Re: New in Neuchatel

If you can afford renting a house in Auvernier, then it is a great village - charming village center with nice playground for kids, very well connected with public transportation (tramway close to the lake and train in the heights) and a bit better taxes (but only if you are not taxed at source).

I like as well Colombier, Areuse or Boudry (but only the lower part) nearby - basically for the same as above but slightly less charming village centers.

Always pay attention if you are not within few hundreds of meters from rails - even though trains are not so noisy as I knew in my home country, it can still be a nuisance.
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If OH is going to be working on Western side, then it really makes sense to live that side, for sure. Is the International school a must for you? The village schools are great, small classes, etc- and at the age of your daughter, she would learn French so quickly and so easily, and fit right in. Also a great way to meet other mums and parents and quickly create a network, and be part of the community.

Yes, really liked Nottingham, lived in Leicesteshire for a very long time, and taught in Loughborough.

BTW, if anyone is coming to work for the new Celgene place in Couvet and would like to find out more about the local area- do get in touch. Happy to help - it is my neck of the woods.
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Regarding school - for the kids between 3 and 6, there is a Montessori school in Serrières which is very nice - not too expensive for a private school and most of the time there is 1 English teacher with the group (+ 2 more French-speakers), which could facilitate the integration of English-speaking kids.

They do only first 2 years of mandatory education + they accept kids which are 3 yo (so 1 year before) and it is more or less the same cost as kindergarten.
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Thank you, Belgianmum! Thanks, Odile!

The husband's work will be on the western side, and the international school we are considering is towards the east, I believe. So one of us will have to use public transport or drive. We are keen walkers, and ~30 min walk will be fine to get to work or school. We looked at Auvernier, which was lovely, Peseux seemed convenient. Also drove around Hauterive and Saint-Blaise, but I didn't quite get feel for them.

Glad to hear about little traffic and no smells - I am not a big chocolate eater (yet, but I feel it might change once we move.. ) and don't smoke.

Doing house searches we can see that houses further up from the lake are cheaper, but the views of the lake are spectacular. I can imagine waking up to those views every day - so good. And we would prefer a house with a garden, rather than a flat, which also narrows our options. And we have a little cat.
Auvernier is very pretty but is also very expensive. Colombier, Areuse, Cortaillod and Boudry are a bit cheaper and have the easy tram access into town and stop right outside Philip Morris.
Peseux is also very convenient and has a nice feel to it with lots of little shops.

I actually really like St Blaise and Hauterive and Hauterive has spectacular views if you live in the right place. They would both be convenient for the international school if you really want your daughter to go there and not a bad commute to where I suspect your husband will be working.
The communes in this area are generally the lowest taxed areas of the canton if you are subject to normal taxation.
A house with a garden makes things a bit more difficult to find as there aren’t an abundance of them in Neuchâtel but they aren’t impossible to find, we found one when we moved here 8 years ago with our then 10 year old and a cat. You generally need to be a bit further out of town to find one, though. Will you have a relocation agent to help you?
We are on the east side and hubby found getting to his work on the west side pretty easy.
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Thank you, everyone! You are such a fantastic source of wisdom and generous sharing your insights. We will be discussing this tonight and expanding our house search and school criteria!

In terms of schools: we do not speak French, but will be taking classes from January in preparation to the move. I am worried the child will feel lost/isolated/frustrated if she is not able to understand and communicate freely with her classmates. Especially so in the beginning, when everything will be new and unfamiliar. Breaks my heart to think about this. I am probably exaggerating the situation, but want to make it as smooth as possible for her. My thinking was to do the Montessori school in the beginning, and once she gets a good grasp of French (1-2-3 years?), move her to a local state school.

Great to see such a nice little community of forum members in Neuchatel.
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Regarding school - for the kids between 3 and 6, there is a Montessori school in Serrières which is very nice - not too expensive for a private school and most of the time there is 1 English teacher with the group (+ 2 more French-speakers), which could facilitate the integration of English-speaking kids.

They do only first 2 years of mandatory education + they accept kids which are 3 yo (so 1 year before) and it is more or less the same cost as kindergarten.
This is very useful to know, thank you, elo3! This school didn't come up in any of my searches. Will look it up.
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Re: New in Neuchatel

I had/have both of my kids in that school, so I can recommend as more reasonably priced compared to the International school :-)

Here's the link: Maison des Enfants

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A friend of mine teaches there, and she loves it.
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