Moving to Zurich
One of the world’s top cities for quality of life, Zurich offers a vibrant and dynamic urban lifestyle combined with breathtaking scenery of glorious nature. With its location in the very heart of Switzerland, it attracts numerous expats who come to explore the wealth of career opportunities and expand their business in the booming economy.
To help you move and settle into your new home city, we have assembled a team of handpicked and stingingly vetted service providers that specialise in assisting expats living in Zurich.
Top 5 tips for expats moving to Zurich
The breathtaking snow-capped swiss alps are just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant city of Zurich. Therefore, living in Zurich you will get the best of two worlds while discovering the secrets behind the highest living standards.
Below are the top 5 insider tips for expats moving to Zurich.
Finding a place to live
Housing in Zurich is among the most expensive in the country. With over 60% of the market dominated by rentals, finding accommodation is scarce and competitive. If a slightly longer commute is not an issue, you could find more affordable housing in suburbs where public transport is available.
Access to healthcare
The healthcare system in Zurich is continuously ranked as one of the best in the world. This does come at a price however, as the cost of medical care is quite high. It is mandatory for expats moving to Zurich to obtain health insurance through private insurance providers.
Getting around Zurich
Zurich offers a modern public transport system and a variety of options, including trams, buses, trains and even boats. They have an outstanding infrastructure and integrated ticketing system. While transportation in Zurich may seem expensive, a bike is always an option that many locals use.
Cost of living
While the cost of living is high in Zurich, salaries are also high and taxes are low compared to other expat countries. It’s important to note that it is quite competitive to find a job as the city is a hub for top-notch specialists.
For a city whose people are often stereotyped as straight-laced rule followers, Zurich holds a major event that defies that perception completely. Every year in August, millions of wildly dressed people fill the streets of Zurich to party at Street Parade, the largest techno parade in Europe. In a celebration of thumping beats, electronica music, and freedom of expression, this party will knock your socks off.
Meet your Zurich Team Leader
Having lived in LA as an expat, Rouven has a great insight into the challenges expats face when moving internationally. His local and international knowledge enable him to best serve the needs of newly arriving expats to Zurich.
Rouven has extensive experience consulting private and corporate clients in international tax, compliance, accounting, wealth management, as well as immigration matters in Switzerland and abroad. Currently, as Deputy Team Leader at a&o Kreston, Rouven makes sure that expat clients smoothly relocate to Zurich.
Whether for business or personal needs, Rouven is uniquely positioned to provide local insights to help you settle in and connect you with other E-Team members catering to your holistic needs.
Astrid has known Zurich since childhood. She studied at the Swiss Hotel Management School in Lucerne and also worked in the US for 18 months during this period. After completing her studies, she learnt all about the relocation business with Siemens in Munich, Germany, and went on to start up her own business, Schweizer Relocation, 20 years ago. Another temporary assignment abroad brought her and her husband and children to Moscow, where they lived for a number of years.
Astrid will provide support and prepare expats arriving in Zurich for their new life in Switzerland and provide you with all the right tips and essential information.
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