The University of Neuchâtel is in the heart of the city; it does not have a campus. Students stay either in university hostels - ALFEN.CH, in private homes or in shared apartments.

UniNE cannot guarantee housing for its student population. Nevertheless, we are taking all the measures that are at our disposal to try to find as many accommodations as possible.

It is recommended to find accommodation before the beginning of the academic year. It is therefore preferable to start your search as soon as possible.

The average rent for a room varies from SFr 450 to SFr 800 / month.

UniNE maintains a database that lists housing offers for students. This database is only accessible to students enrolled in UniNE. You can access it directly with your UniNE access code. Student Forum

Finding accommodation in Neuchâtel

Contact ALFEN SA for accommodation services, they offer more than 300 student rooms, spread over four different sites, as well as private rooms. The site is currently only in French. If you find an accommodation that you are interested in, please fill out the registration form. ALFEN will then contact you.

If you encounter any difficulties, either in establishing contact or understanding the language, do not hesitate to contact the University Reception, they are at your service to help you.

Other accommodation possibilities

Be cautious when signing your lease

Ending a tenancy agreement

The law provides for a notice period of at least three months. The possible dates for terminating your tenancy are specified in your lease.

As a general rule, if there are no dates in the lease, ordinary terms of ending a tenancy agreement, which may differ from one canton to another, are applicable.

In the canton of Neuchâtel, for example, ordinary terms indicate only three termination dates in the year, March 31, June 30 and September 30.

Guarantee of rent

What is a rental guarantee?
A rental guarantee is an amount corresponding to one, two or three months of rent and which is used as a guarantee. The rent guarantee replaces your rent deposit, and avoids blocking your money in an account.

Examples of companies offering this service:

It is also possible to deal with certain insurance companies or banks.

Formalities upon arrival in the canton of Neuchâtel

Registration for immigration control

Formalities in Switzerland: www.ch.ch/en/sejour-en-suisse-sans-activite-lucrative

Liability Insurance, household, fire

It is advisable to acquire liability insurance (RC), or a household insurance. In addition to the RC, household insurance will cover burglary, water damage and broken glass. The premium fee is reasonable.

Further information

Fraud and Fraudulent Advertisements

It seems that fraudsters are increasingly inventive and subtle. Up until now fraud attempts have mainly concerned apartments, but recently, more and more fraudulent ads have also affected room rentals. Beware of offers that seem “too good to be true” and if possible visit the accommodation before booking or paying a deposit.

If you are asked for a first month’s rent or a guarantee, avoid paying in cash and do not send money via Western Union, MoneyGram, etc., instead prefer a payment through a Swiss bank.


The University Reception is at your disposal for any inquiries and / or difficulties you may encounter in your search.

University Reception
Avenue du 1er-Mars 26
CH - 2000 Neuchâtel
Tel .: +41 32 718 10 00

Reception desk
8:00-12:00 / 13:30-17:00