You might have noticed, dear Simone, that we filed this post in the category bring your purse – for obvious reasons as you’ll soon find out.

Unfortunately, flats in Zurich are expensive. And rare. Be prepared to stand in line with 50 to 100 people when viewing a flat. If you don’t mind living a bit further out, e.g. in Oerlikon or Altstetten, it will be easier to find a nice and still affordable apartment. Or share a place, and look for so called WGs (Wohngemeinschaften).

Browse these websites for free apartments:

Also look up RonOrp and the black board of the Zurich university for possible roommates.