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Cost of Living in Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in Switzerland? Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Switzerland talk about the general living costs, the cost of housing and health insurance.

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What is the average cost of housing in Switzerland?

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If you are thinking about moving to Switzerland, cost of living in probably a key consideration. Expats commented about the cost of housing:

"They were much higher but salary made up for the difference. It was a 3 - 1 difference," said another person in Zurich.

"Property is expensive, whether you buy or rent. In the cities of Zurich, Geneva, Basel and Bern, prices can be astronomic," remarked another expat in Olten.

"About the same: Rent: 3500
Utitlities: about 250 - 300
Garage: 150 per month," explained one expat living in Switzerland.

"I think the housing cost itself is about the same as the place we had in the UK. The place itself is a bit smaller though. Furniture is quite cheap here we found - IKEA etc especially. We had a lot of help from the relocaiton team with this because we don't sepak any German - Peter drove us from shop to shop, we could order what we wanted and then he supervised it being installed before we moved in. This was an absolute godsend as I was pregnant and just couldn't have faced all that as well as the move," said another expat in Switzerland.

"As in this share (country village) situation, it was cheaper. There is more competition for utilities than in my country (Australia). However, in my experience, renting a whole apartment was much more expensive than my home country," added another person living in Zurich.

"Higher. Our rent seems to be less than some of our friends though. You can expect to pay 6 thousand francs per month easily for a family home in a good area," explained one expat living in Lausanne.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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