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Real Estate in Zurich, Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: People living in Zurich, Switzerland offer advice about real estate. How do you find a home in Zurich? Should you buy or rent? What is the cost of housing?

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How do I find a place to live in Zurich?

We asked expats how they chose their neighborhood and found a place to live. They answered:

"It was very difficult with a zero vacancy rate, our decision was dictated by what was available," explained one person living in Zurich, Switzerland.

"I chose my house-share through advert on a supermarket notice board. After checking out inner city areas for share flats, it was so easy to take this house share because of area (quiet and close to travel to where I was working- Greifensee) and also train travel combined with car was excellent from and to this area to anywhere," said another expat in Zurich.

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What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Zurich?

"Share farm house. And no, I don't think this is normal, but it suited me very well. I think most expats would prefer the city. It was a share farm house with 2 blokes. However, take on board that public transport is very reliable and comfortable in Switzerland. Much better than my own country," explained one person living in Zurich, Switzerland.

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What is the average cost of housing in Zurich?

If you are thinking about moving to Zurich, 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," remarked another member in Zurich.

"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," explained one expat living in Zurich, Switzerland.

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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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