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Moving to Lucerne/ Luzern in 2017...Need advice

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My name is Malorie and I currently live in the USA. I am soon to graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality and Resort Management. I am seeking to move to Lucerne/ Luzern early 2017 to attend BHMS for my master's degree. I will be living there a year at the least. I have tried searching the web for help, but cannot seem to find any useful information. I was wondering if a local could assist me. I am trying to find decent apartments nearby the school. I am also wondering how expensive it is to live there and if I could bike or walk to most places. I do not speak German, but I was told that most people in the area speak English. If anyone could help me, I would sure appreciate it as I know nothing of the area.
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Hi Malorie,
Living in Luzern is a nice resource for expats.
Where is the BHMS located, I guess you'd like to be located nearby there. Is it near Kastanienbaum? If yes then I think I know the place.
Get the zip code & go to comparis.ch & select English language version & search by size, budget & zip code.

Bus services around Luzern are excellent.

I got some great help off this for so in the interests of paying it forward don't hesitate to reach out for help.

I've here 2years ago from St Asia withy wife & kids g loving it so far.

Ok, so the bums zip code in Basel strasse is 6003.here are a few starter properties you can modify your search criteria as you please.
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Re: Moving to Lucerne/ Luzern in 2017...Need advice

Thank you. Everytime I googled apartments in Lucerne it brings up holiday rentals, not actual apartments. The school's address is Baselstrasse 57, 6003 Luzern. Do you know if that is in the center of the city? I am very excited to move, but just the logistics of it all worry me. Thank you for helping me!
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Yea, Baselstrasse
Is very central. LU only has a population of circa 70k so it's just a large town really. You can get from the city centre Bahnhof (train station) to Basel strasse in less than 15 minutes walking or 5 minutes on regular buses.

Personally I would not choose to live on Baselstrasse.
There is a small town land near Baselstrasse called Littau, you are get better value there for a budget apartment if you don't mind a 15minute bus ride into Baselstrasse.

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Re: Moving to Lucerne/ Luzern in 2017...Need advice

Oh, great! I live in a big city in the USA where it is impossible to walk anywhere and we don't have busses really, so you have to drive everywhere. So it'll be nice to be able to just walk, bike, or take a bus real quick.

Is it true that most people speak English in the city? Or would I need to learn German? I can pick up a little by next year, but I'm just hoping I don't need to know it fluently.
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Re: Moving to Lucerne/ Luzern in 2017...Need advice

CH.ch is a Swiss government website with tons of useful information for foreigners coming to Switzerland.

Make sure you understand the visa expectations for Americans so you don't get any surprises.
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Re: Moving to Lucerne/ Luzern in 2017...Need advice

Oh okay great. Thank you so much for your help. One last question if you don't mind. Because you live there, do you find the city safe? I know that it is key to have common sense wherever you go, but I was wondering if the city is generally safe or if it has a crime reputation?
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I don't speak German & I get on fine. When the Swiss hear me murdering their language they typically switch to English.

It would be good to show some effort by taking the A1 language course in Migros schule.

Very safe in my experience. My wife has no hesitation venturing around the city alone at night.

Baselstrasse at night may be a slightly different story however.

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Re: Moving to Lucerne/ Luzern in 2017...Need advice

Great. You are very helpful. Thank you.
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Re: Moving to Lucerne/ Luzern in 2017...Need advice

Um, you do realise you have to stay at the school itself? At least for the first 6 months.

"Is it possible to live off BHMS student residence?
You can do this only after residing your first academic semester (ca. 6 months) at the BHMS student residence. You can then rent an apartment on your own. Please check with BHMS Student Service for further information."

http://www.bhms.ch/student-life/faq/

http://www.bhms.ch/student-life/accomodation-meals/

And fees are here:

http://www.bhms.ch/admissions/study-...ss-francs-chf/

Costs will be similar if you decide to move out after the school's initial 6 month period so still looking at between 25,000 and 30,000 a year inclusive of school fees.

A bit on visas here, but basically you'll need to apply for a Type D visa to be able to enter Switzerland long term legally.

http://www.bhms.ch/admissions/visa-application/

If your permit to study is granted then the visa will be issued and stamped in your passport.
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Re: Moving to Lucerne/ Luzern in 2017...Need advice

Dear Malorie,

welcome to Lucerne hopefully in 2017
I am writing in because I'm just so passionate about the city #CoversEyes lol.

to answer a few of your question from personal experience as a student,
1.Apartments: rooms in a shared apartment cost min. approx. 500/600 every month (higher for studio apartments) I recommend the site wgzimmer.ch

2.Basic Living costs can start anywhere from 1200Chf or less, depending on your lifestyle.

3.Biking/Walking around: In the middle of the city Luzern you can walk to most places and biking is simply great and cheaper here.

4.Language: Although most people get by with just speaking English, it is advisable to learn the local language (German and Swiss-German) to ease communication with locals and basically not feeling lost at train stations etc. haha!

5. Safety: As Switzerland might be the most safe country in the world,that obviously trickles down to Lucerne it is definitely safe and only general cautiousness(common-sense) is required.

6. Lucerne is very beautiful and has so many sights to see,when you arrive you'd see for yourself

towards the end of 2016 you can proceed with dealing with logistics and planning,BHMS offers you most of the help you will be needing and you have the forum for everything else you might need to know.

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