- Federal democratic with bicameral legislature
- No official capital, but the ‘federal city’ is Bern
- Head of state/government is the seven-member Swiss Federal Council
- Population: 8.4 million (2016 estimate)
- Area: 15,940 square miles
- Part of Schengen are, but not the European Union
- Four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh
- Currency: Swiss France (CHF)
Living costs all over Switzerland are expensive and managing your monthly expenses without making any compromise could be a tough challenge in Switzerland.
You should plan an average budget of around 1,000 and 1,400 EUR/month to pay for: housing, food, transportation, tuition, supplies and a few leisure activities. However, Genève and Zurich are the most expensive cities that require a budget exceeding 1,500 EUR/month.
Here is how much you will spend, on average, in these Swiss cities:
- Geneve - around 1,100-1,700 EUR/month
- Zurich - between 1,600 and 2,500 EUR/month
- Bern - around 1,300 EUR/month
- Basel - between 1,400 and 2,000 EUR/month
Accommodation options and costs
Out of the total monthly expenses of EU students, they usually pay around 33 % on accommodation, 7 % on transportation and around 8 % on tuition fees. Rates for accommodation in Switzerland are above the international range of 300 EUR/month, as the average for any housing option is around 600 EUR/month.
A percent of 8 % of the international students in Switzerland live in student halls of residence, the rest choose other housing options. Around 68 % of students are very satisfied with their accommodation in Switzerland; as the average rate of student satisfaction in Europe is 60 %, this could mean that accommodation options and facilities in Switzerland are very good.
The most common housing choices among international students in Switzerland:
- Student halls of residence - between 450 and 800 EUR/month.
- Rent/share an apartment - average price ranges between 700 and 1,000 EUR/month for a one-bedroom apartment.
Food costs in Switzerland
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