Moving to Switzerland from the UK

If moving to Switzerland is on the cards, then hold your horses – you are in the right place! This page details everything you need to know about moving to Switzerland from the UK including costs, checklists and tips. With a little help from Sirelo, you will be in the Land of Milk and Honey before you know it! 😊

Did you know? You can read this article in the time it takes to listen to the Swiss national anthem – go on, give it a go!

How Much Does it Cost to Move to Switzerland from the UK?

Let’s get the heavy stuff out the way first and discuss how much moving to Switzerland from the UK is likely to cost. While there is no blanket figure, we have done our best to outline the cost of moving to Zurich from London via road in the table below.

Note! The figures outlined are merely estimates. The only way to get accurate numbers, based on the specifics of your move to Switzerland, is to request free removal quotes from us.

Property SizeTimeAverage Cost
1-bedroom house9 – 11 days£1,300 – £1,900
2-bedroom house2 – 4 days£1,700 – £2,400
3-bedroom house2 – 4 days£2,200 – £3,100
4-bedroom house2 – 4 days£2,900 – £4,000
5-bedroom house2 – 4 days£3,600 – £5,000

Tip! If you are not sure of the volume of your possessions, don’t panic – sit back, relax and let our handy furniture volume calculator do the work for you.

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Moving to Switzerland from the UK After Brexit

Whatever side of the political debate you fall on, there is no debating that moving to Switzerland from the UK after Brexit is likely to be a whole lot more complicated.

If you are moving to Switzerland before the 31st December 2020, then you are in luck as you will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement. This means that your European rights within Switzerland will remain the same as long as you apply for the appropriate residency card.

Unfortunately, the situation remains unclear as to what moving to Switzerland from the UK will look like beyond this date, however we recommend reading our Brexit blog for up-to-date information.

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Your Checklist for Moving to Switzerland from the UK

Moving house, let alone to a different country is no mean feat. That is why we have put together this moving to Switzerland checklist to help ease any stress. To ensure we have all bases covered, we also have a more general and comprehensive moving abroad checklist. Don’t say we don’t treat you right! 😉

Before moving to Switzerland:

  • Documents. Gather all of your important documents and ensure they are kept in a safe and accessible location.
  • Find a removal company. It is crucial that you get this right. If you are at a loose end, our list of top international removal companies is a great place to start.
  • Pack. Start early and follow our expert packing guide to avoid any disasters!
  • Bringing a pet (or two?). Until the end of 2020, if you are moving to Switzerland with a pet, they will have to meet the EU standards which includes being microchipped and vaccinations. Post-Brexit the rules might change so make sure you stay on top of the news.

Note! While it is more than possible to bring a canine friend with you on your Swiss adventure, please note that owning one comes with certain rules. They are sometimes taxed, must be able to have access to daily exercise and regular contact with humans.

  • Vehicles. If you and your four-wheels cannot bear to part ways, ensure you get the appropriate import permit to allow for tax-free registration. If you are moving to Switzerland with a car and are not driving it there yourself, make sure you take this into account when calculating your container shipping costs.
  • Tax. Love paying tax? Thought not! To avoid doing so twice, inform HMRC that you are moving to Switzerland from the UK.

Did you know? We know this is a lot of information to take in so we thought we should break it up. If you are on the fence about moving to Switzerland, this is sure to convince you – 180,000 tonnes of chocolate is made in Switzerland every year, with average consumption per capital standing at a whopping 11 kilos!

Once you have moved to Switzerland:

  • Register. If you plan on moving to Switzerland for more than three months, you will have to register for work and apply for residence with the Residents Registration Office. Get the ball rolling as soon as you arrive in Switzerland as this much be completed within 14 days.
  • Health insurance. Switzerland has the second highest life expectancy in the world for a reason, not least due to their impressive healthcare system. However, like most good things in life, it doesn’t come free – so make sure you take out basic health insurance within the first three months of moving to Switzerland from the UK.
  • Banking. Switzerland is famous for its banks, so you may as well use them! We strongly recommend opening a local bank account when moving to Switzerland. If you don’t know where to start, explore some of the following options:

Congratulations! You now know how to move to Switzerland from the UK. If you are feeling overwhelmed, unwind with the knowledge that Switzerland has the third highest salary and job security in the world.

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Living and Working in Switzerland

Now you are an expert on how to move to Switzerland from the UK, it is also important to understand what life in The Cradle of Freedom might look like. Read on for a thorough rundown!

The cost of living in Switzerland

We don’t mean to alarm you, but we also can’t lie to you – Switzerland ain’t cheap. In fact far from it; consumer prices in Switzerland are, on average, 90.44% higher than in the UK, with rent prices 78.84% higher.

So you can better gauge where your money will be spent, the following table compares common cost of living metrics between the UK and Switzerland.

MetricUK AverageSwiss Average
Average rent for a 1-bed apartment in the city centre£750£1,261
Price per square metre to buy int the city centre£4,187£9,537
Cappuccino£2.75£3.86
0.5L of draught beer£3.60£5.89
12 eggs£1.95£4.60
1L of gasoline£1.26£1.37

But hang on! Before you unpack your bags and turn back to Old Blighty – provided you are working upon moving to Switzerland, salaries and income match these heights. Therefore, all prices are relative.

Working in Switzerland

While the cost of living in Switzerland makes for grim reading, this is sure to cheer you up: Swiss unemployment rates are low, salaries are high and working conditions exemplary.

To take advantage of this, if you haven’t yet secured employment upon moving to Switzerland, consider exploring some of the following portals:

Housing in Switzerland

It is quite challenging to get onto the property ladder in Switzerland as the majority of locals rent out their homes. On average, only about 40% of Swiss nationals buy property, it is more common to house share or sub-let property. So, if you’re moving to Switzerland and are planning on buying or renting a house, here are the main ways you can find housing: 

  • Online portals 
  • Newspapers 
  • Real Estate Agent Brochures 

It’s always best to look for housing early on so that you can have better peace of mind when you start getting busy with the whole moving process. 

What Next?

You are finally off the hook! It is safe to say that you are now a certified expert in how to move to Switzerland from the UK. If you are still hungry for more information, continue exploring the Sirelo website.

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For the meantime, take it easy. Oh, and don’t forget to add the annual Swiss Hot-Air Balloon festival to your calendar – what more could this wonderful country offer?