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How to Make the Best of your Student Life in Switzerland

October 27, 2020

Tahiya Islam

Switzerland is the heart of continental Europe with hilly mountains, beautiful nature, rich culture, multiple languages, and universities with a good quality of education. International students make up around 21% of the total student body in the country. An overall social, cultural, and educational exposure of the country makes it a popular destination for international students pursuing higher studies. So, if you are planning to study in Switzerland, here are some easy hacks that will help your entire study period be peaceful, life-enriching, and fun! 

Enjoy the perks of budget-friendly housing

If your university assigns a dorm for you then you should go for it as it will be extremely budget-friendly for you! You will have a new living experience because you will be sharing the dorm with other students. Living in dorms will make you more open to new people, and help you have a cross-cultural experience! 

Take part in fun on-campus activities

Your weekdays are going to be busier and your weekends are going to be full of fun if you are living on campus! Almost all universities here offer intellectual and recreational activities for the peace of mind, body, and soul! You can sign up on any activity held by the student unions for free! Choirs, orchestras, dance workshops, writing clubs, poetry, writing, or public speaking are just some of the activities you can get involved in to nurture your hobbies, passions, or just have a nice time! Aside from these activities, you will find a professional counselor on your campus to guide you or help you out if you feel homesick or suffer from any personal or academic issues!

Travel and sightsee

Switzerland has a good reputation for its tourism and hospitality among visitors and students, and summer is the best time to roam around the country and enjoy turquoise lakes. You can go for visiting the old villages, the high peaks of Alps, landmarks like the capital Bern’s Zytglogge clock tower and Lucerne’s wooden chapel bridge. You can also have the most enjoyable experience of skiing and hiking in the world-famous skiing resorts and hiking trails.

Be mindful of your expenses

As an international student in the country, you may find the cost of living to be a bit expensive! But if you follow your university’s guide on savings, you can easily save up to around CHF450 after your housing, phone, internet, transportation, and food costs. All you need to do is to have a balanced spending habit as food outside the campus and traveling are often expensive. You can also look for part-time jobs if your visa status permits.

Be friendly and punctual

You will have plenty of opportunities to mingle with new people from Switzerland and other diverse cultural backgrounds during your study period. You should remember that despite their friendly behavior, Swiss people are very punctual. You will be valued highly there if you practice punctuality in everyday life!


This article is brought to you by the SWISS Institute for Management & Hospitality (SWISS IM&H).

Switzerland is renowned as the best choice for hospitality professionals to study in order to be professionals. With more than 500 years of hospitality tradition, it is home to the world’s finest hospitality schools, offering the art of blending hospitality learning with practical implementation. It is this unique method of education that sees Swiss hotel schools as more promising and elite in the global industry. SWISS IM&H is one such hotel management institute in Switzerland offering accredited academic and professional courses for hospitality professionals.

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