You will be able to choose from a range of housing options, with a combination of university residences and private rental options available to postgraduate students, depending on the arrangements at specific universities.
In some cases and depending on the terms of their agreements with the university, international students and researchers will be offered accommodation opportunities by their institution. Usually though, each person must find their own accommodation. The most common solution for international students or researchers is to rent an apartment or a house, or a room in students' residences.
Student housing associations are the cheapest option, with a range of rooms and flats to suit most budgets. The average prices is in the region of €700 per month, but varies between cities.
If you decide to rent privately, expect to pay upwards of €1,300 per month for a one bedroom flat, depending on the city and location.
In addition, individual universities often maintain resources on their websites for international students, including practical guides to finding accommodation and living in their immediate vicinity. If you can't find this information, consider getting in touch with your institution's international office and asking if they can help you.
Switzerland is not a particularly cheap place to live, which is the price you pay for life in one of the world’s wealthiest and most developed nations. However, if you study outside Zurich and Geneva, you should find Switzerland more affordable. In most areas of Switzerland, the cost of living is cheaper than Paris or London, although some items, such as food, are on average more expensive than elsewhere in Europe.
As a general rule, you should be able to get by on around €1,940 per month, including rent. This includes health insurance, food, daily transportation, small daily expenses, and educational material; your own costs will vary depending on requirements, and may be lower or higher than this estimate.