Practical Information


 

Accommodation 

As accommodation is difficult to find in Geneva, it is highly advisable to start searching as early as possible. A number of student foyers welcome applications in the spring while privately sublet rooms and apartments may be advertised on the Internet and in local newspapers all year round. The Graduate Institute will provide you with further details on finding accommodation in Geneva when you are accepted to the Programme.
 
 

Cost of Living

The following table provides an indicative guide to the costs you should expect while living in Geneva:
 

 Expenses

Student Residence (CHF)

Private Residence (CHF)

 Rent + Utility

600

800

 Food

600

600

 Internet

0

70

 Insurance (health + CR)

130

130

 Mobile phones

40

40

 Laundry/Toiletries

100

100

 Study-related expenses

100

100

 Local Transportation

75

75

 TOTAL MONTHLY COST

1645

1915

 
 

Residence Permit and Visa

All students are required to apply for a student residence permit (Permis B) from the Office Cantonal de la Population (OCP) within 8 days of their arrival in Switzerland.
 
Information on the application procedure can be found with:
 
Service des étrangers
Rue David-Dufour 3
1211 Genève 8
Tel.: +41 (0)22 327 48 88
Fax: +41 (0)22 327 75 91
 
Depending on your country of origin, you may also need a visa to enter/stay in Switzerland. If you are a citizen of an EU/EFTA country, you do not need a visa to enter Switzerland but will still need to apply for a residence permit. For more information on visa application requirements, please click here.

The Federal Office for Migration’s website provides a list with an overview of travel documents and visa provisions for entry into Switzerland. You can also contact the main Swiss embassy or consulate in your country. The costs for a residence permit and visa vary but can be up to 300 CHF.

 

Health and Accident Insurance

Health insurance is compulsory for everybody residing in Switzerland. 

Some health insurers provide a discounted health insurance coverage for students. Alternatively, you may want to consult the following websites to compare health insurance offerings and prices: www.comparis.ch or www.unige.ch/dase/boussole

Students who can demonstrate to the relevant authority that their existing health insurance covers treatment in Switzerland or those holding a European Health Insurance Card may be eligible for a waiver of the Swiss health insurance requirement.

For more information to this end, students should contact:

Service de L’assurance Maladie
Tel: 00 44 22 546 19 00

 

More Information

For more information on the practicalities of living in Geneva, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our utmost to answer your questions.