Information about living in Fribourg

Information about living in the Canton of Fribourg

You just arrived in Switzerland or at the EPFL, you are searching information about the canton of Fribourg or the EPFL? You will find useful information below:

• Official website of the canton of Fribourg (only in French & German):
http://www.fr.ch/ww/fr/pub/index.cfm

• Link for expats from the Fribourg development agency:
http://www.promfr.ch/wp-content/uploads/expatguide.pdf

• Information for new employees:
http://working.epfl.ch/just-joined-epfl

• Radio and television fees are compulsory in Switzerland:
http://www.ville-fribourg.ch/vfr/files/pdf63/Billag_Multiflyer.pdf

• Useful links when in Fribourg:
http://www.fribourgtourisme.ch/en/index.cfm
http://www.helloswitzerland.ch/-/shopping-in-fribourg
http://fribourg.esn.ch/living-switzerland

• To open a bank account (if needed): in general you only need an ID and a copy of your residence permit. Ask the bank of your choice

• To get a Health & Accident Insurance. Health and accident insurance is compulsory in Switzerland and all foreign students/collaborators must have an insurance approved by the Swiss authorities: http://sae.epfl.ch/assurances. In certain cases, provided that the foreign health and accident cover is equivalent to that foreseen under Swiss law, one may ask to keep a foreign insurance.

Although these 2 links are designed for people arriving in Lausanne, there’s a lot of useful information:
http://wiki.epfl.ch/lap-newcomers/before-coming
http://wiki.epfl.ch/lap-newcomers/after-arrival

• EPFL student’s guide for life on EPFL Lausanne campus, but providing a wealth of information: http://sae.epfl.ch/files/content/sites/studying/files/Guide%20des%20Etudes/EPFL_Guide_English_2013.pdf
http://jahia-prod.epfl.ch/just-joined-epfl