Tips on Moving to Switzerland

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Tips on Moving to Switzerland

10 Tips For Moving to Switzerland from Schepens

Switzerland is one of the world’s most beautiful locations to consider moving to – it’s also one of the most expensive! We have moved retirees, relocators, and families seeking a new start to every corner of the country and we’ve heard about a whole range of challenges people have encountered in the process. So we thought we’d share our tips for overcoming the most perennial of the issues that arise when moving to Switzerland from UK.

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1. Switzerland is Unique

All countries are, of course, unique in their own way. For Switzerland the defining characteristic is the Alps which have determined the national sport and a distinct tourist industry. And then there’s its historic cultural diversity. There isn’t one Switzerland. Dependent on which of the 26 cantons you live in, you’ll find people speaking French, Italian, German or Romansch, with their own unique history and way of life.

2. Lots of People Travel to Switzerland to Work

This is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Because of Switzerland’s status as the wealthiest country in the world, and its history of neutrality, it is home to numerous multinational corporations, and international bodies like the UN Human Rights Council. This means that many of the people you meet are likely to be transient, and expats like yourself. To meet the locals, you’ll need to proactively join local clubs and associations.

3. Cost of Living in Switzerland

People we have moved to Switzerland tell us that one of the most difficult things to come to terms with is the cost of living. Life adjustment is required to avoid the most expensive items (such as spirits, or meals out). The best way to cope with this altered perspective is to find out how the locals manage their budget. Many Swiss travel over the local border to do their shopping; the advice is to find out what they do, and follow suit.

4. Finding Somewhere to Live

What we hear again and again is that you should find somewhere to live before moving to Switzerland. This is down to the complications around needing your residence permit in order to rent, and yet not being able to get it until you have somewhere to live. If you don’t have relations or friends in the country who can help, it might be worth working with a relocation agency to smooth the process.

5. Schooling

Primary and secondary schooling is free in Switzerland, and if you have young children enrolling them in your local school is probably the best option.  They will need to learn the local language, but this is normally seen as an advantage.  For older children, who want to continue with the UK curriculum, there are plenty of international schools that will provide teaching in English.

6. Learning the Language

German is the most widely spoken language across Switzerland, but this will vary according to where you’re living. Whilst most people speak English, the Swiss really appreciate the fact that expats ‘meet them half way’. Stumbling through the basics of German or Italian can be a great way to break the ice – so it’s certainly worth the effort.

Schepens Offers Removals to Switzerland and Much More

We’ve been moving families to Switzerland for over a century now, and our knowledge of the country has grown with each move. We are now able to provide clients with removals teams to have local knowledge, and can offer advice and guidance on most aspects of the move. You’ll also be allocated a dedicated Move Co-ordinator who will manage your quotation, schedule and services.

With a century of removals under our belts we can now say with some degree of authority that no two moves are the same. That’s why we provide tailored moving packages according to your specific requirements. We offer a range of services to choose from. These include:

Packing – all our packers are professionally BAR trained. This means that we can guarantee the very highest standards whether you want your whole house, or one room packed.
Storage – if you’re planning on using storage facilities, Schepens can offer a door-to-door service. We have a range of container sizes, and our local facilities are fully managed.
Insurance – all your goods will be insured in transit. Should you wish to take out Accidental Damage, or Extended Liability we can arrange cover.
Non-Standard Goods – if you’re planning to ship an valuable antiques or fine art, Schepens can create bespoke packaging, insurance and transit.
Removals Fleet – Your goods will be shipped in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which maintain a constant temperature and humidity, run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, which ensures little or no movement of vehicle content.

Schepens Reduces the Stress of Moving to Switzerland

We pride ourselves on providing a removals service that reduces the anxiety of planning and managing an international move. We provide support from your initial planning, right through to the day you move into your new home. Our removals teams support clients by being prepared to go the extra mile on their behalf, and working proactively to overcome challenges as they arise.


We provide removal and relocation services to all regions of Switzerland, including: GenevaBaselLuganoLausanneInterlakenLucerneZurichNeuchatelBerne and all the Swiss ski resorts.


If you’re planning a move to Switzerland, call us today on 01794 323558 to find out how we can support you.