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Get started in Zurich

The Graduate School issues an information booklet which helps you to get started in Switzerland, Zurich and at the Department of Geography.

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Living in Zurich


Forum of expat(riate)s in Zurich


Housing office of the University and ETH Zurich

Accommodation offers for doctoral students of the University of Zurich

Student housing association of Zurich

Link collection regarding accommodation in Zurich

University and ETH whiteboard

Estimate of the study and living expenses for students in Zurich

Registration with authorities

Requirements for entry to Switzerland

Representations of Switzerland abroad

Work permit regulations

Residents' registration office of the city of Zurich


Information on insurances by the University of Zurich

Information on health insurance by the ETH Zurich

Consulting by the Students' Advisory Office regarding health insurance

Information on social insurances by the Social Insurance Agency

Information on social insurances by the University of Zurich

Information on social insurances by the Federal Government (in German, French, Italian, English, Arabic, Albanian, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish)

Service for comparing health insurance, vehicle insurance, household effects and private liability insurance, legal protection insurance and travel insurance offers

REGA, private air-rescue 'insurance'


Swiss Federal Railways (timetable)

Zurich Transport Association (timetable)

Zurich Public Transport

Transformation of foreign driving licenses

Car sharing


Information for bank clients (to be)

Overview of Swiss banks

Cantonal bank of Zurich

Swiss Franc banknotes

Swiss Franc coins

Post and telephone

Swiss post

Service for comparing telecommunication offers

Phone directory

Holidays and leisure

Public holidays in the canton of Zurich

Holidays and semester dates of the University of Zurich

Ron Orp event news


Cinema program

Weather forecast by MeteoSchweiz

Hiking website

Sports Department of the city of Zurich

Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ)

Zurich Tourism Association

Switzerland Tourism Association


News in various languages

Neue Zürcher Zeitung


Swiss Television

TV program