How do you find a home to rent in Zug, Switzerland?

    May 05, 2020 @ 05:49 PM / by Philli Wong

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    A city view of Zug, Switzerland. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Philli Wong.

    The allure of Zug, Switzerland

    During my Switzerland survey, I found that many people choose to live in Zug for its lower cost of living and lower tax costs compared to neighboring cities Lucerne and Zurich. Zug is just about thirty minutes by train, which makes it a practical choice.

    Do you use a traditional real estate agency to find rentals in Zug? 

    The rental market is very transparent with detailed online listings. Tenants renting a unit below 5000 CHF can usually complete the transaction online without using an agency. For rental units above 5000 CHF, an agency would most likely be involved and would coordinate the rental contract.

    If using traditional real estate agencies, assignees are expected to do their own research and contact agents when they have a list of desirable rental properties. They would then be invited to view properties in an open-house session if possible. Zug is a landlord’s market and many tenants typically compete for the best units available.

    For expatriates looking for a high-end house with particular requirements, a home search and consultation service would likely be used to save time and effort. These services usually require a fee of a few hundred CHF, which varies depending on the level of need, rather than the flat percentage required by most regular real estate agencies.



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    Philli Wong

    Written by Philli Wong

    Philli joined AIRINC in 2011 as a researcher, she moved to the client engagement team in 2020, and joined the marketing team in 2021. Philli primarily looks after the Chinese-speaking market, and coordinates marketing activities in APAC. While in her researcher role, Philli conducted researches in over 200 locations in more than 90 countries. Philli received her B.A. in Chinese Business Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University, and gained experience in a Chinese financial institute prior to joining AIRINC. In addition to English, Philli speaks Mandarin, Cantonese, and intermediate Spanish. She is based in Hong Kong, and her clients are based in Greater China.