Living in Geneva
Finding an accommodation as a student in Geneva is not always easy. We do, however, try to assist our incoming students in the best possible way in finding external housing and to ensure they will enjoy living in Geneva.
Please be aware that the current housing situation in Geneva is extremely difficult and we highly encourage every arriving student to take all the steps possible before his or her arrival. Students from the wider Europe should make the necessary arrangements to visit places on their own in Geneva before the start of their classes whilst priority in available offers is given to students from non-EU countries that are unable to travel to Switzerland before the start of the classes.
Since finding housing in Geneva can be extremely difficult, it is crucial to start arranging accommodation as soon as you get your letter of acceptance! The situation is complicated not only because Geneva is a rather expensive city, but also because there is a serious shortage of rooms. The standard price for renting or subletting a room ranges from 800 to 1500 CHF per month depending on location, time of year, and luck.
Student housing is usually less expensive, ranging from approximately 500 to 800 CHF. While trying to find a flat to share with more people seems like a good idea it is generally difficult to make happen. A Swiss guarantor is often required and not everyone is willing to rent to students. Hence, you are more likely to find a room for one person.
Please be aware that, unfortunately, some of the housing offers available on the Internet can turn out to be scams. Therefore, keep the following in mind:
- Never send money to a stranger using a money transfer service.
- Beware of deals or opportunities that seem too good to be true.
- Always ask for the full details of the person (including telephone number) and the full address of the offered accommodation.
- Always make sure you can visit the place and meet the owner in person before signing any contract. Do not sign contracts via e-mail.