Living in Zurich

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Housing

Finding suitable accommodations in Zurich can be difficult: Apartments are scarce and prices are high. As a city university, UZH does not provide on-campus living. We do, however, reserve a limited number of rooms for exchange students. 

Housing for Exchange Students

The rooms reserved for exchange students from our partner universities are administered by the Housing Office of the University and ETH Zurich. The Global Student Experience office provides exchange students with the necessary information about registering online for a room.

Please note that this option is only available to exchange students. Visiting students, trainees and degree-seeking students please consult the below information. 

 

Tipps for Finding Accommodation

The Housing Office also publishes an overview of useful addresses for reasonably-priced accommodation as well as for affordable living on short notice.

Housing Office of the University and ETH Zurich

Housing offers can also be found on the various notice boards in the University buildings. Another useful link for international students who are looking for accommodation in Zurich is the UZH/ETH online marketplace (Marktplatz).

Online Marketplace (most advertisements are in German)

 

Temporary Accommodation

It is often easier to look for accommodation once you are in Zurich. If you have not found a place to stay by the time you arrive, you might consider these options for a temporary stay:

Jugendherberge

City Backpacker 

Oldtown Hostel Otter

Life

Further Information on sustainability during your stay in Zurich here.

Sports

Students who love sports will be happy with the wide range of sports facilities and opportunities in Zurich. We highly recommend the courses offered at the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) – which are generally free of charge for students.

Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ)

City of Zurich Department of School and Sport

 

Culture and Entertainment

In Zurich you will discover a broad selection of cultural institutions and events. Students can buy tickets for various theater productions – including at the Opernhaus and Schauspielhaus Zürich – at reduced prices.

Züritipp (website in German only)

Website Zurich Tourism

Swiss museums

 

Transportation

The city and canton of Zurich have an excellent public transportation network with tramways, buses, regional trains, and boats. Most public transport providers offer discount to students.

ZVV (Canton of Zurich Public Transportation)

The Lake Zurich Navigation Company

SBB (Swiss Federal Railway) 

Half-fare Travelcards (Halbtax)

With the Half-fare travelcard you can travel half price on the entire Swiss public transport network, including all SBB railway routes, busses, boat and ferry crossings and even many private and mountain railways. Half-fare travelcards can be purchased at railway stations, you just need to bring a recent photograph and a valid identification document. If you’d like to buy a travelcard online, you’ll need an electronic picture, your ID or passport number and a credit card.

SBB half-fare travelcard

Seven25 Travel Card

If you’re under 25, then the Seven25 travel card might be a good addition to the half-fare travel card. It allows for unlimited travel only on trains from 7pm to 5am in 2nd class.

Seven25 travel card

Bicycles

Bicycles are an inexpensive alternative to public transportation. There are several "used bicycle markets" in Zurich:

Pro Velo Kanton Zürich(website in German only)

You can also borrow bicycles for free. Find out more here: Züri rollt

Working in Zurich

During the semester, you may accept a paid part-time job of no more than 15 working hours a week. Full-time employment is permitted during the regular semester vacations. However, in both cases, your employer will have to apply for your work permit at the cantonal office for economy and labor (AWA).

Please note: Bachelor students from third countries (countries outside EU/EFTA) must have lived in Switzerland for at least 6 months to obtain a work permit. The same is true for Master students from non-EU countries unless they get a job at their UZH institute.

Cantonal office for economy and labor (AWA)

Working while Studying - Study in Switzerland

UZH Career Services