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Viability of living in Zurich with modest (student) income


I just joined the forums and wrote a little introduction here. Me and my girlfriend are both considering moving to Zurich to attend a masters program at ETH. She is a lot smarter than me, fortunately, and will be getting a CHF 1750/month scholarship from ETH for the entire 2-year stay. I will have to make do with financial support from my parents, which will probably amount to something like CHF 1100/month. The obvious question is, is it possible for two people to live in Zurich for just under CHF 3000 / month? We generally are not big spenders, do not eat out often, and we would be willing to share a house or a flat with other students if it were necessary - but we definitely want to be able to go out for drinks a couple of times a week, buy fresh fruit and vegetables every day, ride the tram etcetera. Basically lead a normal student's life.

Also, if we do end up going but would like to have a bit more money, I would consider trying to find a part time or weekend job. Is it generally hard for students to find a job where they can work something like 2 days (or nights) a week? I understand and speak a little bit of German, and I think I can get quite adept at it after a few months if I put my mind to it. How much per hour would I typically be making working in eg a bar or a grocery store?

Thanks for your advice!

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Old 05.04.2012, 07:30
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Re: Viability of living in Zurich with modest (student) income

HI Sam,

I understand you posted this message quite some time ago, but in case if you still think you need any info on cost of living in Zurich, well her goes. I am also a masters student in ETH, so I guess I would be able to say that 3000 chf is more than sufficient for two people to have a healthy living in ZUrich. Since you are planning to stay together, the rent you have to pay individually will be considerably less compared to what I pay, say around 700-800 chf (will be less if you manage to find a cheap student room), and the monthly food costs (assuming you dont eat out often) will be around 400 chf for the both of you (give or take 100 chf depending on what you buy), and the transportation costs in Zurich alone will be 500 chf for 1 year for a person if you are less than 25 years of age. And I am guessing you already have an European insurance provider, so hopefully it will be recognised in Zurich so that you dont have to pay more for that as well. And everything added you have somewhere around 1400 chf for two of you so far per month. So you have plenty of money left for entertainment, drinks, your study related things etc etc..

In case I missed something regarding costs, I am sorry, but otherwise I think thats pretty much it. Hope it helps.

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