Frequently asked questions

Many questions are answered here. If you have any other questions you are welcome to send them to us by email or you can contact us personally at our office during our opening times.

Who is eligible to apply for accommodation from WoVe?

All persons who are attending a course at an official educational institution in northwest Switzerland or attending a course which will begin within the next three months are eligible to apply for accommodation with WoVe.

How do I find an unfurnished room?

Please apply to us using the corresponding form. Please note that our unfurnished shared apartment rooms can only be leased for a minimal rental period of one year. For a shorter stay, we can offer you furnished accommodation. As soon as we receive your registration fee of CHF 30.-, we will send you a list with the current offers. You can then contact the other occupants of the shared flat of your choice directly and arrange a meeting with them. The occupants of our shared flats decide amongst themselves who should join them. Your application is valid for one year. During this period of time you can request an updated list of our offers by Mail. When you have come to an agreement with your future flatmates, they must inform us that they have chosen you to join them.

Attention: please note that your acceptance of a rental agreement is legally binding. If we draw up a rental contract with you which you do not honour then we must charge you for the work involved.

How do I rent a furnished accommodation?

Please apply to us using the corresponding form. Please note that our furnished accommodation can only be leased for a minimal rental period of three months. As soon as we receive your application and agency fee of CHF 70.-, we will send you a list of our offers. You can then make your choice of accommodation and inform us accordingly. Providing the accommodation is available, we will send you a rental contract. Your application is valid for one year. During this period of time you can request an updated list of our offers by Mail.

Attention: please note that your acceptance of a rental agreement is legally binding. If we draw up a rental contract with you which you do not honour then we must charge you for the work involved.

How much does a room cost?

An unfurnished room costs between approximately CHF 400.- and CHF 800.-per month.
Furnished accommodation costs between approximately CHF 420.- and CHF 1100.- per month.
Postgraduates with a yearly income of more than CHF 30.000.- or a monthly income of CHF 2.500.- pay an additional amount of CHF 50.- per room per month.
The rents vary depending on the location, size and the facilities of the room. You can see an overview of our portfolio here.
You can find our account information here.

Do I have to provide a guarantee/deposit?

A guarantee of at least two months’ rent must be paid.

The reimbursement of the guarantee usually follows 30 days after the end of the rental agreement. For the repayment please complete this form. A repayment in cash is not possible. The guarantee cannot be used to offset rent which is in arrears. The final rent must also be paid normally.

You can find our account information here.

How do I get my key?

The key will be handed to you in our office. Please make an appointment with the manager in charge in good time.

Please note: WoVe will only hand you the key after the guarantee has been credited to our account. If necessary, please bring proof of the transfer with you. For students from abroad it is necessary to credit our account several days before moving in.

Which additional documents are required?

Personal liability insurance: we require proof that you are covered for any damage that you cause to the property.

Certificate of registration at the Department of Migration: You must register yourself at the Department of Migration in the location of the rented property to be eligible to move in. This also applies if you only stay in the room from Mondays to Fridays.

Proof of being a student: An apprenticeship contract, written proof of being enrolled on a course or at a university. Postgraduates require an employment contract in addition.

May I sub-let my room?

We allow you to sub-let your room for a maximum of six months. The lodger must be eligible to apply for accommodation from us, must register with us and must pay the registration fee. You can find our application form for sub-letting here, which must be filled in by you, your lodger and your other flatmates.

How are shared accommodations organised?

Your own room as well as the kitchen, bathroom, toilet and the communal areas are usually cleaned by the occupants of the shared accommodation. Each individual must share the household duties and the waste disposal. A spring-cleaning session of the communal areas is to be carried out twice a year by the occupants of the apartment. WoVe organises and carries out a check on the cleanliness of the property at the end of each semester.

How do I terminate my rental agreement?

You must terminate your rental agreement. The relevant form can be found here. Your written resignation is only valid with an original signature. That is to say that the termination of the rental contract must be sent by post or brought personally to the WoVe office. A termination by email is NOT legally binding. Your period of notice can be found in your contract. This is normally three months for unfurnished accommodation and two months for furnished rooms. The notice must be handed in at the end of the month, with the exception of the end of December. If you leave at the completion of a fixed term contract it is not necessary to give notice. In all cases, the termination of the rental agreement has to be handed in at the latest on the day before the period of notice begins.

Should you wish to leave before your contract expires, you and your flatmates can recommend a successor. Please note that we only draw up rental contacts beginning on the first day of the month.

What do I have to note before leaving?

Please make an appointment with the manager responsible at least 10 days before leaving in order to hand over the room and the keys. Unless you have a cleaning package in your rental agreement, the room must be thoroughly cleaned before you hand over your keys.

The communal areas must be left in an obviously clean and good condition so that the next tenant can move into a clean shared apartment where he or she feels comfortable.

After the handing over of the accommodation has taken place, your file will be sent to our accounts department to reimburse your guarantee payment. Any claims will be directly deducted from your guarantee payment or conversely any credits will be paid to you.

If you wish, we would be happy to draw up proof of your rental agreement with us to help you find accommodation in future.