International University in Geneva

The University administration provides assistance to students looking for housing 

A range of student housing is available in Geneva from small and exclusive apartments to large residences, featuring their own facilities such as restaurants and study rooms. The city has an excellent public transportation system.

You have two choices: either you apply through the university for the residences below - Montbrillant residence and Studhome residence, either you apply on your own for accommodation contacting direcly the residences located in Geneva.

For more information, please, contact Mrs Nina Gaillard at housing@iun.ch

Stud'home residence 

8 rue Vignier, 1205 Genève, Google map

Stud’home residence is the residence where most of the students of theInternational University in Geneva live. Students have the choice between furnished studios at CHF 1’690 monthly (18'600 per year) or furnished rooms at CHF 1'015 monthly (11'160 per year). The lease contracts are issued for 11 months or from 1 September  until 31 July the next year. August is at no cost for students renewing their leases for the next academic year. The studios and rooms are all fully furnished. Water, electriciy and heating charges are included. All the rooms and studios are equipped with wifi  internet.

Each room has its own sanitary equipment WC + bathroom. The kitchen and the living room are common shared between five students only.
 
The studios are completely independent.
 

Furniture:

Beds, chairs, cupboards, desks, tables.

1 Blanket, 1 pillow, 1 underlay per student.

Kitchen utensils: casseroles, pots, frying pans, plates, cutlery, glasses.

 

 

 
How to access:
 
From IUG take tramway n° 18 direction Carouge (Rondeau), get off at Plainpalais. Walk two minutes.
Street Vignier is perpendicular between the two main streets Carouge and Henri Dunant.
 
Conditions:
 
Refundable deposit corresponding to 2.5 months of rent approximately + the first rent should be settled before you enter your accommodation
 
1 academic year of stay minimum
NO CHECK-IN/OUT DURING THE WEEKEND AND DURING THE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 

Stud'home rooms

Stud'home studios

Montbrillant street residence, 

21  rue de Montbrillant, 1201 Genève, Google map

Montbrillant street residence is a new and modern residence which opened its doors in May 2011. It has one apartment and thirteen studios.

Prices for the studios range from Sfr 1'530 (17m2) to Sfr 2'100 (28m2). Internet, heating and water are included. There is one studio (23m2) which comprises two storage spaces and its price is Sfr 2'200. Only the studio which surface area is 28m2 and the studio comprising the storage spaces are designed for two people. All the other studios are for one person. The studios  are all fully furnished. Water, electriciy and heating charges are included. All the rooms and studios are equipped with wifi  internet.

The apartment's monthly rent is Sfr 2'950 (45m2). It includes one storage space.    

The lease contracts are issued for 11 months or from 1 of September until 31 of July next year. August is at no cost should students renew thier leases for the next academic year.

  • studio n° 103 - monthly rent SFr 1'750, August is free
  • studio n° 104 - monthly rent SFr 1'530, August is free
  • studio n° 105 - monthly rent SFr 1'860, August is free
  • studio n° 203 - monthly rent SFr 1'750, August is free
  • studio n° 205 - monthly rent SFr 1'860, August is free

 

Furniture:

Beds, chairs, cupboards, desks, tables.

1 Blanket, 1 pillow, 1 underlay per student.

Kitchen utensils: casseroles, pots, frying pans, plates, cutlery, glasses.

How to access:

 
From IUG take tramway n° 14 direction Bachet-de-Pesay or n° 18 direction Carouge (Rondeau) and get off at the train station Cornavin.  From the train station Cornavain walk five minutes.
 
Conditions:
Refundable deposit corresponding to 3 months of rent + the first rent to be settled in advance
 
1 academic year of stay minimum
NO CHECK-IN/OUT DURING THE WEEKEND AND DURING THE PUBLIC HOLIDAYS 
 

Montbrillant apartments photo gallery

Montbrillant studios photo gallery

Accommodation search tips

IUG strongly recommends that if accommodation is available through its Student Housing Services, students should take up the offer due to the extremely tight housing market in the Geneva region and the unfortunate increase in the number of ‘scam artists’ taking advantage of those seeking accommodation; especially foreign students searching from overseas. 
 
For students not wanting to be accommodated or are unable to be accommodated in IUG student housing, please consider the following when searching for housing in the Geneva region:
 
1. Always go through official Régies:
 
Each régie will only accept one application at a time, and they have no obligation to get back to you in a certain time frame. Even if you are the only person applying or friends with the current renter, plan for the approval process can take months. Once you sign for the flat/house you will be asked to create a bail account at a Swiss bank where you will deposit 3 to 4 months rent in a trust account. Neither you nor the régie can access this money until you both sign off on it after you have moved out. Rental insurance is required by law. You will need as well to prove that you are legally staying in Switzerland for an extended period of time. For this the IUG student service will help you to apply for your student resident permit once you arrive in Geneva. Some régies require a guarantor. Guarantor is someone who legally lives in Switzerland, someone who is in possession of a legal Swiss resident permit. The régie will do a "walk through" at the start and end of your lease. Make sure they note any and all flaws in the apartment no matter how small, or you will be charged for them when you move out. Dealing directly with these agencies, whether you are a fluent French speaker or not, can be very time consuming and frustrating. If you can afford it, it is worth hiring someone to help with the communication and paperwork.
 
2. ‘Too Good to be True’ Advertisements:
 
Advertisements for flats/apartments with 200sqm marble floors overlooking lake Geneva for a cheap price should raise a red flag.  If there is a picture attached to the advertisement, the chances are it is not real.  Use Google Earth & Google Maps to check out the address mentioned and its authenticity.  Also, you can check with your consulate in Switzerland for further advice on living in the country. 
 
3. Advance Payments
 
Never give credit card details over the phone or via email for accommodation payment purposes to unknown third parties.     
AVOID MAKING ANY ADVANCE PAYMENTS BEFORE YOU HAVE SEEN THE PROPERTY
If you receive the following message it is likely to be a scam: I can only accept money via Western Union money transfer, however I can provide you with a shipment tracking number.  This is just a way to make potential victims feel safe before sending their money; the tracking/reference number is usually fake, yet it appears to be real.  If you visit the Western Union website, it clearly states Western Union is NOT to be used for sending money to people you do not know.
 
In addition to the information provided above, here are some further useful websites to help search for accommodation in Geneva through official Régies and also useful forums regarding scams and how to best avoid them:
 
Official Régies Websites:
 
Scam Forums: