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Real Estate in Lausanne, Switzerland

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 02, 2023

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

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How do I find a place to live in Lausanne?

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

"Finding a place to live in Lausanne, involves several steps. First, you need to determine your budget and the type of accommodation you're looking for. This could range from a studio apartment to a larger family home. Next, you should research the different neighborhoods in Lausanne to find one that suits your lifestyle and needs. Some popular areas include Ouchy, Flon, and Sous-Gare. Once you have a clear idea of what you're looking for, you can start your search. There are several online platforms where you can find listings for rental properties in Lausanne. These include Homegate, ImmoScout24, and Comparis. You can also use a real estate agent to help you find a place. They can provide you with expert advice and access to listings that may not be publicly available. When you find a property you're interested in, you'll need to contact the landlord or real estate agent to arrange a viewing. It's important to act quickly, as the rental market in Lausanne can be competitive. If you decide to apply for a property, you'll need to provide several documents. These typically include proof of income, a copy of your passport, and a Swiss residency permit if you're not a Swiss citizen. Finally, if your application is successful, you'll need to sign a lease agreement. Make sure you understand all the terms and conditions before signing. It's also common in Switzerland to pay a security deposit, which is usually equivalent to one to three months' rent. Remember, finding a place to live can take time, so it's a good idea to start your search well in advance of your move," remarked one foreigner who made the move to Lausanne.

"I contacted [email protected] as they had some good houses in the lausanne area that were really good for my family as they were close to the city center but still very residential and "suburban" but without being far away, and close to international school for my kids," explained one person living in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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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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