Renting temporary and short term accommodation Looking for a short-term solution?

Although finding temporary accommodation in Switzerland is not easy, there are certain steps you can take to find solutions.

Temporary and short term housing availability in Switzerland

Temporary housing in Switzerland is difficult to find. It is possible to find furnished 1-2 bedroom apartments that offer 1-6 months leases but this depends on supply and demand.

There are some service providers that offer short term accommodation.

 Tips for finding short term accommodation

  • Start looking 4-5 weeks prior to arriving
  • Keep your arrival date flexible if possible to increase chances of availability
  • Check the minimum rental period
  • Check the cancellation terms, such as notice period, first possible date etc.

Temporary accommodation options in Switzerland

Unlike in other countries, there is not a very wide range of temporary accommodation in Switzerland.

The three main options for short term accommodation are:

  1. Hotel stay: Expensive, and not convenient for a family or with pets but flexible.
  2. Hotel furnished apartments: cheaper than a hotel, with less flexibility regarding notice periods, and usually studios or a 1 bedroom apartment.
  3. Furnished apartments with a lease contract: cheaper but less flexible, with a minimum lease term of 1-6 months and a notice period of 1-3 months.

How to secure temporary accommodation

Are you looking for temporary accommodation?

Hello Switzerland's Relocation Helpline will help you to find a timely and cost-effective temporary living solution. Contact us on +41 58 356 17 77 or e-mail us at

We will help you with finding suitable temporary accommodation search, and we can provide furniture rental so you can settle into your new home while waiting for your shipment to arrive.


Author: François Enzler

After more than 10 years’ experience in relocation in Switzerland, François is now heading the Packimpex Academy which provides over 30 different training courses specific to the needs of the relocation industry. His experience of the daily challenges faced by relocation consultants flows directly into the training courses designed and led by the Packimpex Academy.

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