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Where to look for Accomodation

Posted on 20 February 2007 by info

  • You need to be patient and methodical when you go about seeking to acquire real-estate or rental lodgings in Switzerland because finding accommodation anywhere in Switzerland takes time. One way to maximize your chances is to start looking before you move. There is always the possibility that you you might get lucky and find accommodation within a few weeks. Several of our readers have written us to assure it that it does happen. But as a general rule, it can usually takes months. Although it is a gamble, a prudent approach is to just basically keep up your eyes open for opportunities. There are many websites which advertise real-estate for sale or rental, and many buiding management companies (‘Regisseurs’) put their rentals on the internet. There are also offers in newspapers, notice boards and supermarkets. Your other option is contacting Estate Agencies by phone which are listed in the Yellow pages but you should really be prepared to stay in temporary accommodation until you find what you are ultimately looking for. One approach taken by savvy apartment hunters is to walk about the town, scouting out buildings in which you would like to live, then knock on doors and ask residents if they know of anything about to free up.

    If you want to stay in a Hotel or a Bed-and-Breakfast, there is a wide variety of choice and a good many of them make money from by catering for long term stays. Tourist offices are the best places get comprehensive hotel lists or alternatively you can just look on the internet. A good start would be the Federal Office for Housing but also each canton has its own regional housing office. For Geneva go to

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