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Practical information

Swiss Universities and Federal Institutes of Technology typically issue guides with detailed practical information about life on campus and in the surrounding city. This school-specific type of information is available on each institution's website (see below). We summarize here the main general aspects of practical information.

Currency

The currency used in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF), which is unique to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Usually, in bigger cities or large international stores, Euros are accepted too. However, the change will be returned in CHF. Credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants.

Cost of Living

The cost of life in Switzerland is similar to that of big European cities. In most areas of Switzerland, cost of life is cheaper than Paris or London, although some items, such as food, are on average more expensive than elsewhere in Europe. For an estimate, depending on the exact location of the stay and on the entity of personal demands, living in Switzerland entails a monthly expense comprised between CHF 1,500.- and 2,500.- (this budget calculation for students considers housing, health insurance, food, daily transportation, small daily expenses, and educational material).

Housing

In some cases and depending on the terms of their agreements with the University, international students and researchers will be offered accommodation opportunities. Usually though, each person must find his/her own accommodation. The most common solution for international students or researchers is to rent an apartment or a house, or a room in students' residences. Please refer to each university's website or practical information guide to find out city-specific recommendations concerning housing.

Health Insurance

Switzerland has a compulsory health insurance system that guarantees access to a range of quality medical care services and appropriate medical treatment to all people living in Switzerland. Every person living in Switzerland for more than three months, including international students, must have basic health insurance coverage. Students from countries that provide international international health coverage may be exempted from the compulsory health insurance. Other students may be exempted if they have equivalent health insurance coverage in their home country.

Third-party Liability Insurance

Although it is not compulsory, third-party liability insurance may prove useful during your stay in Switzerland. This is a kind of insurance that covers insured persons against any claims for damages made by third parties on the basis of legal provisions governing third-party liability (material damage and/or personal injury).

University-Specific Practical Information

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne
Università della Svizzera italiana, USI
University of Basel
University of Bern
University of Fribourg
University of Geneva
University of Lausanne
University of Lucerne
University of Neuchâtel
University of St.Gallen
University of Zurich