Living and flatting in Zurich

Image of the city of Zurich with a view of Prime Tower
Source: City of Zurich

With its unique location by Lake Zurich, the Alps on the horizon, and its urban and cultural diversity, Zurich is one of the world’s most popular cities. Around 400,000 people from over 160 countries live here, in Switzerland’s largest city. The ZHAW School of Social Work’s rooms are on the Toni site, a new modern university campus in Zurich West. The former Toni dairy facility building is now a centre of education, science, art and culture – an attractive location with international appeal.

Flatting in Zurich

Zurich is popular. It is correspondingly difficult to find cheap flats or rooms. Most students in Zurich live in shared flats or in one of the student halls of residence. The ZHAW School of Social Work has a limited number of rooms at the «Student Hostel» in Zurich, near the Altstetten railway station.

These rooms cost CHF 545 a month and are rented out for five months (1st of September to the 31st of January) or seven months (1st of February to the 31st of August) at a time. The property is managed by the Student Housing Cooperative Zurich. Those interested in a room at the «Student Hostel» should contact the International Office.

Entering the country and registering in Switzerland

People from EU/EFTA states only need a valid passport or national identity card to enter Switzerland. People from other countries must submit an entry request for a third-country national to the Migration Office of the Canton of Zurich. For the residence permit, all students (including EU citizens) must register in person at the residents’ registry office responsible for their place of residence within 14 days after arriving in Switzerland.

Insurance and liability

Health and accident insurance is obligatory in Switzerland. Before leaving home, visiting students should check whether their current insurance cover will suffice during their stay in Switzerland. The students themselves are responsible for all insurance. ZHAW does not accept any liability.

Cost of living

Zurich offers a wide range of cultural and leisure activities, as well as a high quality of life. Accordingly, the cost of living is high. On average, expenses of around CHF 1'500 a month are to be expected.

Working in Zurich

Visiting students who want to take a side job should contact the Office for Economy and Labour to find out about the process of obtaining a work permit.

Getting around in Zurich

Zurich is best explored on foot or by bicycle. For longer distances, it is advisable to use public transport, such as buses, trams, trains or boats. The transport network in the city, as well as in the rest of the canton of Zurich, is very well developed.