Geneva is among the top ex-pat destinations where a high quality of life and employment success are within everyone's reach. Being located at the centre of Europe makes it accessible to other premier European cities. With beautiful landscapes, multicultural communities, economic stability, pleasant climate, excellent infrastructure, and better healthcare, there's no denying that living in this French speaking part of Switzerland is a dream come true for many.
Geneva offers endless job opportunities for ex-pats living here. As a significant financial centre globally, there are hundreds of banks and financial institutions based here. Ex-pats with experience in the banking and financial services sector and international trade will find plenty of work opportunities. The city's economy is also strongly service-oriented, making tourism and the hotel industry the other major employers. Geneva is also home to several international organisations and agencies, including the UN, WHO, World Trade Organization, Red Cross, etc. The majority of ex-pats are recruited into high-level positions in these organisations. In terms of companies, major corporations like DHL, Cargill International, Ernst and Young, and CarreFour are the biggest employers in this city.
The cost of living in Geneva is pretty high, and the housing market is no exception, making finding a place to live a bit challenging. Most people prefer renting to buying as the latter can be costly. Expect to pay between 1,600 and 2,600 CHF per month for renting a one-bedroom apartment in the city centre. A three bedroom apartment costs 2,800-5,000 CHF per month. Popular neighbourhoods include Les Pâquis, Champel, Cologny, Grottes - Saint-Gervais, and Eaux-vives. Towns and small cities around this city can offer more budget-friendly housing with more space, comfort and quiet. This includes Versoix, Annemasse, and Nyon.
Getting around Geneva is made easy thanks to an extensive and effective public transportation system that consists of trams, buses, and boats. Busses and trams frequently run until about midnight on the weekdays and later on the weekends. They are clean, punctual, and much more affordable than self-driving. You can buy daily, weekly, monthly, and annual tickets, as well as single fares. Be sure to get a Unireso pass for discount prices on your travels. There's also a rail network that connects Geneva to the rest of the country and neighbouring countries.
Geneva's prime location means there's plenty of outdoor activities to take part in during your spare time. Surrounded by the Jura and the Alps, several skiing resorts accommodate any winter sports enthusiasts. Lake Geneva is ideal for swimming, sailing, or simply enjoying the sunshine, while mountains provide excellent hiking opportunities. Other must-visit places are Jet d'Eau, Bains des Paquis, L'horloge fleurie, Palais des Nations, Jardin Botanique, St. Pierre Cathedral, etc.