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is it realistic [to commute Geneva-Basel daily]?

Heloo all,

I want to know going to basel and back to geneve everyday for a whole year is it realistic? because I will be living in Geneva and studying in basel, and I want to does this trip affect my study's??

I won't be able to move there as my father works in geneva.

do you think i should do it?
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Re: is it realistic?

Isn't it like 3 hours on the train? Door to door daily commute of probably 7.5 hours... I think it's tough.

You'd also never be able to meet friends/study with work mates after hours because you have such a long commute home. If I was you and wanted to study in Basel, I'd consider looking at renting an apartment in Basel. They can be cheap enough if you're looking for one-room student accommodation. Check with the university.
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I'd consider looking at renting an apartment in Basel. They can be cheap enough if you're looking for one-room student accommodation. Check with the university.
and cheaper than the daily train fare.
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do you think i should do it?
If your studies will help you look at a map and make up your own mind about how you'd like to spend your waking hours, then I'd say yes......its essential
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Isn't it like 3 hours on the train? Door to door daily commute of probably 7.5 hours... I think it's tough.

You'd also never be able to meet friends/study with work mates after hours because you have such a long commute home. If I was you and wanted to study in Basel, I'd consider looking at renting an apartment in Basel. They can be cheap enough if you're looking for one-room student accommodation. Check with the university.
Or even a WG, renting a room in an apartment with other students. Not sure what the prices are in Basel but the OP should be able to find something very reasonable.
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Re: is it realistic?

OP needs to live with her/his dad, which might not be just about rent, etc etc.

I did a few months 6hr commute time a day, and it was really difficult, since there was zero time to actually integrate. But my academic results were fab, since I had all that time to study on the train. Ge-Basel is an easy ride, but basically just leaves you to super hectic rest of the day vs being limited on a train. Two extremes. If one has to, it is doable of course, ie if you land a super job and really have to live with your family, I would do it for a few months. But not for a long.
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Re: is it realistic?

IMO. it's doable. if you sleep on trains, you can probably re-coup 2 hours of the morning travel as sleep time.
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OP needs to live with her/his dad, which might not be just about rent, etc etc.

I did a few months 6hr commute time a day, and it was really difficult, since there was zero time to actually integrate. But my academic results were fab, since I had all that time to study on the train. Ge-Basel is an easy ride, but basically just leaves you to super hectic rest of the day vs being limited on a train. Two extremes. If one has to, it is doable of course, ie if you land a super job and really have to live with your family, I would do it for a few months. But not for a long.
Basically this is what I need, I need to obtain excellent grades and I did figure out that I would have free time in the train and using it towards study can help me, for the part of going out...etc i still can go out since I would be studying in the train instead of home so I will have time.

And yes I have to live with my father, my mother isn't in switzerland and she doesn't want me to live alone lol.

And by the way I am going to do college not university ^^
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Re: is it realistic [to commute Geneva-Basel daily]?

I commute from Basel to Zug, it's 2 hours door to door and it's heavy going (4 hours a day). If I were to commute from Basel to Geneva, I would probably commit suicide.

I have a 1st Class GA which makes things a little more comfortable (seats, WiFi). I read an awful lot, which is a constructrive use of my time. I'm sure if I got home an hour earlier I would plant my ass in front of the TV and do nothing. So, I really don't mind my commute. Basel -> Geneva would be extreme, I think.
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Re: is it realistic [to commute Geneva-Basel daily]?

Well why not try it out. For me just thinking of it gives me nightmares- but we are all different.
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Re: is it realistic [to commute Geneva-Basel daily]?

Hello Shakur,

I commute for almost 2 hours everyday to work one way and find it very hard to stay motivated to study (for some exams I am taking later this year) and the journey can get boring gradually. Again, this depends on each individual.

My 5 cents it is better you stay in Basel and go home for the weekends.

1) For the 7 hours you will end up commuting everyday you can very well work partime and cover your living expense without troubling your dad financially. Of course I dont know what your compulsions are to be in Geneva.

2) You should certainly enjoy campus life. These are golden days and will never come back. You have all your life to commute.

Wish you all luck.

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Re: is it realistic [to commute Geneva-Basel daily]?

No. It isn't even worthy of debate/discussion. Weekly, yes. Daily, no.
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I commute from Basel to Zug, it's 2 hours door to door and it's heavy going (4 hours a day). If I were to commute from Basel to Geneva, I would probably commit suicide.

I have a 1st Class GA which makes things a little more comfortable (seats, WiFi). I read an awful lot, which is a constructrive use of my time. I'm sure if I got home an hour earlier I would plant my ass in front of the TV and do nothing. So, I really don't mind my commute. Basel -> Geneva would be extreme, I think.
Thinking about traveling 7 hours a day really is painful ... but i don't really have a choice..

And I am the same as you, at home I just watch tv or internet...etc but in the train you have no choice but to study especially if you are 2nd class.


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Hello Shakur,

I commute for almost 2 hours everyday to work one way and find it very hard to stay motivated to study (for some exams I am taking later this year) and the journey can get boring gradually. Again, this depends on each individual.

My 5 cents it is better you stay in Basel and go home for the weekends.

1) For the 7 hours you will end up commuting everyday you can very well work partime and cover your living expense without troubling your dad financially. Of course I dont know what your compulsions are to be in Geneva.

2) You should certainly enjoy campus life. These are golden days and will never come back. You have all your life to commute.

Wish you all luck.

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Actually I found a work in Geneve that I can do during weekends...as you can see weekdays I won't have time.

But thats the problem, going and coming back for a total of 7 hours would really be hard... but I really don't have a choice, as i said my mother doesn't really want me living alone although I can and appartments in basel would be cheaper...etc

for the second part, yes thats true, I have stayed a full year at home studying as a private student and I really was thinking of the school how fun it was...etc
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OP needs to live with her/his dad, which might not be just about rent, etc etc.

I did a few months 6hr commute time a day, and it was really difficult, since there was zero time to actually integrate. But my academic results were fab, since I had all that time to study on the train. Ge-Basel is an easy ride, but basically just leaves you to super hectic rest of the day vs being limited on a train. Two extremes.
My thoughts exactly. Realistic for a temporary period, but not for the long-term. I commuted daily between Baden and Geneva for over a month, and it was ok, but I would never do it for a full year! I am still doing it to a certain extent, but not daily. There are some positive aspects: I am finishing my PhD thesis, so I get 5 hours of distraction-free work, which is great (not 6 hours because of bus/train changes). There is no way I would get up at 5 am to work on my research otherwise, especially knowing that I have a full day of work ahead of me. The fact that it is summer also helps, since it is already light out in the morning when I leave home. However, it is definitely taking a toll.

OP - in your case, it is a bit different, since you will be going to Basel to study. What if your classes run late, or you need to stay in town to do research in the library or participate in group work? Or what if you have early-morning exams? Also, even though the train service is great in Switzerland, what would you do if there was a problem? I'm lucky that I can work from home in these situations, but I'm not sure that you could miss classes...

I think that the option of spending the week in Basel and the weekends in Geneva would definitely be a step in the right direction. There must be residences for young people that have a few 'rules' to make parents feel more secure.
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but I really don't have a choice, as i said my mother doesn't really want me living alone
If you're going to college, I would assume you are over 18? Then parents can of course express their opinions, but the choice is yours. Honestly, the commute is not realistic.
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do you think i should do it?
no... There must be something else that you can do, either find a cheap cheap accomodation or look for another study center or area.

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Re: is it realistic [to commute Geneva-Basel daily]?

Give it a few dry runs.

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Re: is it realistic [to commute Geneva-Basel daily]?

I did six hours a day for 18 months and survived. I would do it again if I were to go back, but you could not pay me enough CHFs (even at current value) to ever repeat the experience.
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My thoughts exactly. Realistic for a temporary period, but not for the long-term. I commuted daily between Baden and Geneva for over a month, and it was ok, but I would never do it for a full year! I am still doing it to a certain extent, but not daily. There are some positive aspects: I am finishing my PhD thesis, so I get 5 hours of distraction-free work, which is great (not 6 hours because of bus/train changes). There is no way I would get up at 5 am to work on my research otherwise, especially knowing that I have a full day of work ahead of me. The fact that it is summer also helps, since it is already light out in the morning when I leave home. However, it is definitely taking a toll.

OP - in your case, it is a bit different, since you will be going to Basel to study. What if your classes run late, or you need to stay in town to do research in the library or participate in group work? Or what if you have early-morning exams? Also, even though the train service is great in Switzerland, what would you do if there was a problem? I'm lucky that I can work from home in these situations, but I'm not sure that you could miss classes...

I think that the option of spending the week in Basel and the weekends in Geneva would definitely be a step in the right direction. There must be residences for young people that have a few 'rules' to make parents feel more secure.
That is true, and I know the idea of the week in basel is great, I can do this only if I can stay in place where my family can feel it is good to stay there like if it was in UK i could stay with a family, but this is no the case with Switzerland, unless if there is any, I would definitely apply there and stay there with whomever I am going to stay with, though I have no clue where to find this thats the problem.

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If you're going to college, I would assume you are over 18? Then parents can of course express their opinions, but the choice is yours. Honestly, the commute is not realistic.
No I am 17, I am turning 18 in 4 months.
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Actually I found a work in Geneve that I can do during weekends...as you can see weekdays I won't have time.
So you are commuting 7 hours a day Monday to Friday, then working at the weekend? Sorry to be harsh, but you are going to ruin your life when you should be enjoying it. Surely your parents are capable of understanding that this will not be good for you ?
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