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Arriving in the new year

Hi,

Myself and my partner are planning on moving over early in 2019 and was wondering if there is any good recommendations on nice places to live.

I will be working in Solothurn (town) and my partner doesn't have a job yet however it will most likely be Zurich, or maybe Basel.

Neither of us will be driving (at least for a month or two if required but would prefer not to) so will be using public transport for commuting to and from work. We both only speak English at the moment however we are trying to learn German.

Just looking for recommendations of nice towns to live in that would be an easy enough commute and also with a favorable tax rate / cost of living / nice vibe.

We wouldn't mind living in most places once the transport links are ok, however it would be great to find a nice town/city that we could enjoy and call home with shops/bars/restaurants and things to do so we don't feel we have to hop on a train necessarily to go out and enjoy ourselves either in the evenings or at the weekend.

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Old 25.09.2018, 22:11
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Re: Arriving in the new year

I think it depends what you're looking for specifically i.e. what you mean by go out and enjoy yourselves! I only know one person living in Solothurn town who describes as quiet but nice. Trying to find somewhere that is a good compromise between Solothurn and Zurich as you said may be a challenge. Again depending on if you want somewhere a bit more lively and particularly if you want to be near a town centre / evening entertainment (which you seemed to mention).

Bern, Basel and Zurich are all +/- 1 hour commute depending on where your place of work and residence is in each place. If your partner gets work in Basel then if you're willing to accept the commute you could live both near the SBB (main train station) for work and the city centre e.g. in somewhere like Gundelingen. I'm guessing you'll be working for Biogen so you shouldn't be far from a connecting train station there.

Everywhere has favourable tax compared to Ireland!T rust me, it would kill me to go back to Ireland paying ~50% on everything above 34k! I'd focus more on finding the best place to live for the type of lifestyle you want here while finding the right balance on your commute. Keep in mind that usually the places with lower tax have higher rents or are smaller, less well connected towns.

I'd also join some of the Facebook groups for the areas you're considering to live in. They're often a good source of information as well. Best of luck with your move.
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Re: Arriving in the new year

Luzern is a great little city.
On the lake, Close to the mountains, lovely old city area, nice size, reasonable tax.

It is over an hour by train from Solothurn however. Best of luck with your move. Go n’eirì...
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Olten has great train connections to both Solothurn , Basel and Zurich. Some people say Olten is boring, but I quite like it. There is a lovely old town with bars and restaurants.
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Re: Arriving in the new year

Thanks for your responses guys.

I suppose we're looking for a nice town in the middle between Solothurn and Zurich more than likely. We'd be hoping for probably an hour commute from home to work max and not much more if possible.

Yeah I think you're right regarding the tax MFS, it isn't something that will be a deal breaker anyway, I'd happily pay more tax to live somewhere I liked than to not.

Luzern looks lovely alright but the distance is too far.

I have come across Olten while searching a few times. Have you lived there yourself swisscanom? It seems like the best possible commute for both of us and quite probably lively enough with the old town. Do you think it would be hard to settle in and get set up due to it being a relatively small town and us being purely English speaking foreigners?
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Maybe Bern? It's also not far away from Solothurn, Zurich or Basel. And there is a lot of activities for English speaking people.
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Thanks for your responses guys.

I suppose we're looking for a nice town in the middle between Solothurn and Zurich more than likely. We'd be hoping for probably an hour commute from home to work max and not much more if possible.

Yeah I think you're right regarding the tax MFS, it isn't something that will be a deal breaker anyway, I'd happily pay more tax to live somewhere I liked than to not.

Luzern looks lovely alright but the distance is too far.

I have come across Olten while searching a few times. Have you lived there yourself swisscanom? It seems like the best possible commute for both of us and quite probably lively enough with the old town. Do you think it would be hard to settle in and get set up due to it being a relatively small town and us being purely English speaking foreigners?
I live about 25 minutes from Olten in a very small village, so Olten is my go to place for entertainment, lol. Being English speaking in Olten is not a problem, it is very multicultural. It is a main hub for trains to everywhere, so really ideal as far as connections go. I'd say being English speaking is easier in Olten than Solothurn.
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Maybe Bern? It's also not far away from Solothurn, Zurich or Basel.
I wouln´t recommend a daily commute from Bern to Zurich. Crowded trains and depending on where you live in Bern and work in Basel you will spend a lot of time commuting.

Check out the sbb.ch website to see how much time it would take by train to get from one place to another?
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Re: Arriving in the new year

Olten provides by far the most flexibility commute-wise by train, as this is where the two main lines (north-south across the Alps by the Gotthard pass and east-west from Geneva via Bern to Zürich, and on to St.Gallen and the Lake of Constance region) cross. The main train stations of Bern, Basel, Solothurn, and Zürich, are all less than half an hour away.
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Hi,

Myself and my partner are planning on moving over early in 2019 and was wondering if there is any good recommendations on nice places to live.

I will be working in Solothurn (town) and my partner doesn't have a job yet however it will most likely be Zurich, or maybe Basel.

Neither of us will be driving (at least for a month or two if required but would prefer not to) so will be using public transport for commuting to and from work. We both only speak English at the moment however we are trying to learn German.

Just looking for recommendations of nice towns to live in that would be an easy enough commute and also with a favorable tax rate / cost of living / nice vibe.

We wouldn't mind living in most places once the transport links are ok, however it would be great to find a nice town/city that we could enjoy and call home with shops/bars/restaurants and things to do so we don't feel we have to hop on a train necessarily to go out and enjoy ourselves either in the evenings or at the weekend.

Thanks for your help
zurich and basel-stadt..i recommend you stay away from. not really nice cities, a lot of "refugees" and crime. very degenerate atmosphere..

basel-land on the other hand is a great place to live, cheap, great community, local food from farmers, beautiful scenery, what more can one want.

best of luck to you
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zurich and basel-stadt..i recommend you stay away from. not really nice cities, a lot of "refugees" and crime. very degenerate atmosphere..

basel-land on the other hand is a great place to live, cheap, great community, local food from farmers, beautiful scenery, what more can one want.

best of luck to you
Zürich......refugees,crime,degenerate......ha hahaha. Its the banks and the bankers ( mostly off their heads on cocaine ) that you should be worrying about.
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zurich and basel-stadt..i recommend you stay away from. not really nice cities, a lot of "refugees" and crime. very degenerate atmosphere..

basel-land on the other hand is a great place to live, cheap, great community, local food from farmers, beautiful scenery, what more can one want.

best of luck to you
Basel Stadt full of crime? Compared to a sleepy village in Wales, perhaps.
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Basel Stadt full of crime? Compared to a sleepy village in Wales, perhaps.
Actually Basel does have a very bad reputation for violent crime.

https://bazonline.ch/basel/stadt/bas...story/13181014

Its in German and I am sure not going to translate for you
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Actually Basel does have a very bad reputation for violent crime.

https://bazonline.ch/basel/stadt/bas...story/13181014

Its in German and I am sure not going to translate for you

its like every other week you seem to read in the papers of women being raped or molested, hmm I do wonder why, wasn't like this when I first visited BS. im sure its those pesky bankers
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zurich and basel-stadt..i recommend you stay away from. not really nice cities, a lot of "refugees" and crime. very degenerate atmosphere..
Yeah they are indeed Benghazi and Johannesburg of Europe.
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Yeah they are indeed Benghazi and Johannesburg of Europe.
i crossed the bridge once to klein-basel, pretty shocked, thought i entered a different country, although it's to be expected, basel-stadt being a stronghold of the left.
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Re: Arriving in the new year

Keep in mind the Taxes !!
What you save in rents (for example in basel) , will be evaporated from the tax burden .
Bern and Basel (Basel land is not much better off) are far worse then zurich.
I like more Zurich then Basel (even when the locals think , all of them are vip),
but that´s my opinion, lived there for around 2 years, complete waste of time.

Klein Basel is more like a no man´s land......(it doesn´t feel like the rest of switzerland )

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