In Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil, various organisations offer reasonably priced accommodation for ZHAW students. The SWOWI Foundation has the widest range and is the first place to look.
In Winterthur, the SWOWI Foundation (Studentischer Wohnraum Winterthur, Student Accommodation in Winterthur) offers about 280 rooms for ZHAW students. WOKO (Studentische Wohngenossenschaft Zürich, Student Housing Cooperative, Zurich) manages and runs all SWOWI properties and its own student houses in Winterthur on the Bürglistrasse 21/23 with 77 units. The Türmlihuus student dorm at Technikumstrasse 36 is also part of WOKO, but recruits its tenants itself. Livit AG also offers 105 rooms on the Untere Briggerstrasse. Ten furnished rooms in two houses (five rooms per house) are offered by "Students Home".
Another option is the Titania Haus, which is run by a cooperative of the Titania student alumni association. You do not need to be a member of the student association to live in the Titania Haus.
A number of furnished rooms at Gärtnerstrasse 4 in Winterthur and Meierhofstrasse 1/3 in Wädenswil are available for incoming students. These can be rented for six or twelve-month periods and they are managed by the ZHAW Registrar’s Office.
“Pro Senectute Kanton Zürich” organises cross-generational living arrangements, calling this “Wohnen für Hilfe”(Living and Helping). Under this arrangement, older people offer students accommodation and in return, instead of money, they receive various kinds of assistance and services. The arrangement is one hour of help per month for every square metre of accommodation.