UZH and ETH's joint housing office has an overview of useful search options and affordable short-term accommodation. Services are free for all matriculated students, visiting students and PhD candidates at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich looking for rooms, apartments or houses in and around Zurich – whether furnished or unfurnished, temporary or permanent.
Housing Office of University / ETH Zurich
Since the demand on housing is high, it is important to start looking for accommodation in good time and to explore every possible avenue. The Housing Office of the University and ETH Zurich issues an overview of useful addresses, if you’re looking for reasonably priced accommodation as well as accommodation at short notice (see below). Accommodation offers can also be found on the various notice boards in the University buildings and institutes. A useful link for students looking for accommodation from outside Switzerland is the UZH Alumni Marketplace. The Zurich Youth Hostel is a recommended options for a temporary living arrangement at a reasonable price.
UZH Alumni Marketplace
Zurich Youth Hostel
Many enticing websites are currently on the internet offering apartments to rent. Please be warned that such websites are often managed by fraudsters who are simply advertising non-existent apartments. In such cases, we have noticed that the owner usually cannot be reached because they are abroad. Appointments to view the apartment are handled by a logistics company, a "friend" or a "lawyer". If you agree to rent the apartment, you are immediately requested to pay one month’s rent in advance.