Moving to Zurich

Moving to Zurich | Moving to Switzerland from UK

Moving to Zurich

Located at the heart of Europe, Zurich is considered one of the world’s top cities when it comes to quality of life. It’s easy to see why; as the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich remains an influential business centre with an international community and a truly multicultural culture. The beautifully preserved old city contributes to the rich experience of city life, as does the stunning natural setting.


Whether you’re moving to Switzerland from the UK in response to a job offer, or because your business is relocating, you’ll need an experienced and reliable removals company to help you with the move. Schepens is a fourth generation, family-run removals business. We’ve been moving people to Zurich for over a century, and we can promise you a friendly and professional moving experience.

Read on for advice on moving to Zurich and more information about the removals services Schepens offer.

Why Move to Zurich?

It’s one of Europe’s most ancient cities which has elegantly transmuted into a sophisticated 21st century centre of commerce and culture. Zurich has the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants per inhabitant in Europe, and a heady mix of independent shops, galleries, theatres and museums. Situated at the northern end of Lake Zurich, the city enjoys easy access to the alps.

Visa and Work Permits in Zurich

If you’re moving to Zurich from the UK you won’t need to apply for a work permit, but you will need to register for a residence permit at the local municipality’s residents registration office before your work commences. You’ll need to supply your passport and confirmation of employment, or your employment contract. Once you are registered you will have the same rights as Swiss nationals.

Cost of Living in Zurich

The cost of living is high in Zurich, in fact the 2017 Mercer Cost of Living survey  ranks Zurich as the 4th most expensive of 209 cities in the world. It’s important for people moving to Zurich to work out what their living expenses will be, once they move to Zurich, so that they’re braced for the price hike when they arrive.

Healthcare in Zurich

Swiss law requires that all residents have private healthcare, so you need to make arrangements for this within the first three months of your residency. Insurance tends to be expensive, so it’s a good idea to start thinking about this before you move. One oddity that it’s helpful to know is that dental care isn’t covered by healthcare insurance in Switzerland.

Education in Zurich

The education system in Zurich is known for its incredibly high standards, and it is free to residents. The language used throughout is Swiss German which may make this an impractical option for movers to the city.

There are a range of options, including bi-lingual and international schools which offer the UK curriculum in English, but these are quite costly.

Some of the best schools in Zürich include:

Zurich is also home to the largest university in Switzerland which ranks in the top fifty universities worldwide.

Useful Resources for Living in Zurich

Here are some useful resources to help you as you plan your move to Portugal:

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Moving to Zurich With Schepens

Whether this is one of many international move you’ve made, or it’s your first experience of living outside the UK, working with a well-established European removals company will provide the support you need. It’s our job to make your move go smoothly, which is why we allocate a move co-ordinator who will be in charge of your move from the UK to Switzerland.

Your move co-ordinator will help with:

  • Transit options
  • Delivery schedule
  • Insurance
  • Customs and import duties

You will receive regular updates, and we can support you with move-related admin and planning. On the day of the move we will stay in touch at every stage of the journey, until you’re safely stowed in your new home.

Packing Service

At Schepens we have a team of BAR trained professional packers who can help you with packing up your home. If this is something you would prefer to manage yourself, we will provide high quality packing materials for your use.

A Range of Insurance Options

Our goal is to take the stress out of your move, and having the right insurance support is key to that.

  • All our movers and vehicles are fully insured.
  • We offer a range of insurance cover, including extended liability.
  • We use high quality insurance providers.
  • Should you need to claim, we will handle the insurance paperwork for you.

We provide removal and relocation services to all regions of Switzerland, including:

Geneva, Basel, Lugano, Lausanne, Interlaken, Lucerne, Zurich, Neuchatel, Berne and all of the Swiss ski resorts.

We use highly trained professionals and state-of-the-art vehicles to ensure a trouble-free move to Zurich. Call us on 01794 323558 now to find out how we can best support your move.