Erasmus in Zurich

Information and tips for Erasmus students in Zurich

Why do Erasmus in Zurich? This Swiss city is small, but with many opportunities for both study and work. For this reason, the city is always full of young people and there is a very lively atmosphere. In addition, Zurich offers a wide variety of leisure and cultural activities. Would you be interested in learning more about Zurich? Stay with us and we will tell you everything!

Cost of living in Zurich, Switzerland

One of the most frequently asked questions by Erasmus students is: how much does it cost to live in Zurich as a student? You may have asked yourself on occasion too, right? Well, don't panic if you read somewhere that Zurich is one of the most expensive cities in all of Europe (or even the world). This is true, but we are going to give you some tips that will help you have an acceptable monthly budget. First of all, we remind you that there are several scholarships, including Erasmus (your university or country of residence may also offer some extra help), and you should be aware of the deadlines and requirements they ask for to get them.

Another tip is to look for accommodation before arriving in the city. As we have said, it is a fairly small city and the demand for accommodation is very high. To give you an idea, a room in a shared flat is around CHF 890. This is another fact to take into account, the currency of Zurich is the Swiss Franc (CHF) and 890 CHF is equivalent to about € 814. It may be that in your first weeks there you need to convert to the currency of your country, to know how much you are paying, but don't worry, you will get used to it faster than you think.

Erasmus parties and leisure in Zurich, Switzerland

Although it is a small city, the options you have in Zurich to party or do any kind of plans are very varied. Is there a party atmosphere in Zurich? Yes, a lot and very varied. You can go through the centre of the city, here there are several bars where you can have a drink and you can also find other places and clubs to party if that is what you feel like at any time. A street quite frequented by young people and with a lot of atmospheres is Langstrasse. This area of ​​the city is full of life, colours and parties; you will find so many places to party that you won't know which one to choose. Don't worry, you will have enough nights to choose your favourite place.

Another type of events and activities that Erasmus students usually attend are those organized by student associations or, sometimes, by the university itself. Also, if you want to do something more relaxed, Zurich is a beautiful city and visiting it is a unique experience. Now, if at any time you want to change of scene, it is very easy to travel to other cities in Switzerland or other countries (such as Austria, France or Italy) from Zurich.

Culture and gastronomy in Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich indeed offers many leisure offers, but it also stands out for the culture, art and history present in its streets. In addition, this Swiss city is one of the economic engines of the world, therefore, many of its buildings have become the headquarters of important companies from all over the world. But there is also a great variety of museums (such as the Swiss National Museum, one of the most important in the city) and galleries (such as the Art Gallery or Kunsthaus Zürich) that you can visit whenever you want; or festivals like the Sechseläuten or the Spring Festival that everyone can go to. An activity that you cannot forget when you visit this city is to walk around Lake Zurich, one of the emblematic icons of this city.

The gastronomic culture of Zurich may also surprise you and if you do not know it or have not tried any of its typical dishes, we recommend ordering Züri Gschnätzlets, Rösti, Raclette, Fondue or the well-known Birchermüesli. Some of these dishes may not be known to you, but surely you are familiar with Swiss chocolate, famous for being one of the best in the world, so you cannot forget to try it.

Advantages of doing Erasmus in Zurich, Switzerland

  • Zurich is a small, welcoming, cosmopolitan city with incredible opportunities.
  • The study offers in this city are very good and, if you are interested in staying in Zurich, there are great job opportunities.
  • You can learn the official language of this city, even if it is the least a bit (something that will always be a plus point on your resume).
  • Zurich's location is perfect for making trips to some European countries such as France, Italy or Austria.

Cheap Erasmus Apartments in Zurich, Switzerland

Do you need accommodation in Zurich and don't know how to get it? If you go through our Erasmus Play platform you can easily and free compare the best flats, rooms and apartments for students in Zurich. Find the offer that best suits your preferences and book it safely through our website.

Frequently asked questions from students doing Erasmus in Zurich 

How much does it cost to live in Zurich as a student?
If you choose Zurich as your Erasmus destination, you should bear in mind that it is one of the most expensive cities in the world. The standard of living in this city is very high, a student needs around CHF 1200 per month to live in Zurich.
What is student life like in Zurich?
This city is small, cosy and full of young people. The student atmosphere is perfect for doing an Erasmus there and the University of Zurich has great prestige worldwide.
How much does student accommodation cost in Zurich?
A good option is to look for rooms in shared flats, which are around CHF 890 per month, since student residences are usually much more expensive, around CHF 1600 per month. Rental prices can also vary depending on the type of accommodation or its location. It is better that you compare several offers before opting for one.
How much is the Erasmus scholarship to study in Zurich?
The amount of money you receive with the Erasmus scholarship to study in Zurich may vary depending on your country of residence. The characteristics and conditions of this scholarship are not the same in all the countries that offer it to their students. Therefore, we advise you to contact an organization or institution in your country of residence to consult this information. 
What are the best areas to live in Zurich?
We have commented that Zurich is quite an expensive city and this can be seen in the price of rents. The location of the accommodation can have a great influence on the rental price, therefore the more central the area, the more expensive the rents will be. Some areas very popular with students are Mühlebach, Hottingen, Alt-Wiedikon and Hochschulen.

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