Living in Switzerland – Information and counselling online  

Looking for an apartment

The housing market is more and more centered on the Internet. You can subscribe to a personalized search service on many housing websites. Estate agents will send details matching your wishes by email. Newspapers also publish adverts for apartments for rent locally. 

Advice for finding an apartment on the Internet:

Choose selection options (region, price) that are as open as possible.
Check regional websites and newspapers as well as national ones. 
Newspapers and estate agents have their own websites


Please note!
Be careful of any company using a number with 0900 prefix. There are a few unscrupulous agents charging exorbitant rates whether or not they find you a home.


Visiting an apartment

When you find an advert you are interested in, you should arrange to visit the apartment as quickly as possible. At the visit, ask yourself systematically the following questions:
  • How to get to work? Do I need a car?
  • Is there a school, a kindergarten, a nursery nearby? Where are the shops?
  • What about the noise at night?
  • Can the children play safely outside?


Register for an apartment

If you are interested in an apartment, the estate agent will ask you to fill in a registration questionnaire. You must provide information on: your family name and first name, your date of birth, marital status, occupation, employer, income, number and ages of children, , the policy number of your household insurance and your third party liability insurance.


In order to show that you are financially reliable, you must generally prove that there are no debt-collection proceedings open against you. You can request an extract of your record from your local debt-collection authority.   


Please note!
In general, landlords expect you to take out household insurance and third party liability insurance. These insurances cover damages in case of fire, flood, theft, broken glass etc. In the cantons of Nidwalden, Glarus, Vaud, Freiburg and Jura, it is compulsory to take out household insurance.

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