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Hi,

I have applied for a 1 year contact at CERN, I will be moving from the UK, working in Geneva and most likely living in France.

I wondered if anyone had any experience of this, Iím mainly interested in day-to-day life. And how the changes in currency affect this. Iíve heard itís hard to get a Swiss bank account. But I will be getting paid in CHF and paying rent in EURO and still have bills to pay in GBP at home. Does anyone have any experience with this and can suggest the best way to deal with all 3 currencies without paying large exchange fees.

Thanks
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Re: UK >>> Geneva

Welcome to rainy Geneva! It does get better, honest! Can't help too much with the currency question but banks in Geneva, if I understand well from colleagues who live in France and work in Geneva, can organise accounts in Euros as well as Swiss Francs. I'm sure I will be corrected in a flash and with great brutality if I'm wrong!
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Welcome to rainy Geneva! It does get better, honest! Can't help too much with the currency question but banks in Geneva, if I understand well from colleagues who live in France and work in Geneva, can organise accounts in Euros as well as Swiss Francs. I'm sure I will be corrected in a flash and with great brutality if I'm wrong!
Thanks, I had heard it can be quite hard to open a Swiss bank account but I donít know how true this is?
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Re: UK >>> Geneva

It's not very difficult providing you qualify (resident) and are not Amercain nor have a Greencard.


Takes about 1 week total
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Revolut.
Taxes could be cheaper if you live in Switzerland.
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Taxes could be cheaper if you live in Switzerland.
I would love to but unfortunately I donít think I can afford the rent in Switzerland, itís so much cheaper just over the border.
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Re: UK >>> Geneva

The account in Switzerland is optional.



Salaries can be paid in any SEPA account (Single Euro Payments Area). At least I got told that in my job.
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Hi,

I have applied for a 1 year contact at CERN, I will be moving from the UK, working in Geneva and most likely living in France.

I wondered if anyone had any experience of this, Iím mainly interested in day-to-day life. And how the changes in currency affect this. Iíve heard itís hard to get a Swiss bank account. But I will be getting paid in CHF and paying rent in EURO and still have bills to pay in GBP at home. Does anyone have any experience with this and can suggest the best way to deal with all 3 currencies without paying large exchange fees.

Thanks
A fair few CERNits live across the border; ask HR or whichever department is dealing with your contract, they should be able to advice you about banks, housing, etc.

The public tranport system serves the area across the border reasonably well, with most buses stopping opposite the main CERN entrance, just make sure you check the TPG timetable to ensure your particular town/village has a service at times needed (some of them don't run late in the evenings for example). Or get a bike, I know several people that use pedal-power to commute.
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Re: UK >>> Geneva

I'm not British but I lived in London last year! I will relocate to Geneva as well, also need to figure out currency issues as I have bills to pay in Swedish Krono.

I was also thinking about living in France to have cheaper rent but most people I talked to (mainly the relocation agency) said it is bad idea as there's not much going on in the border cities social wise. Are you moving with families? Consider to stay long term?
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