As CERN is situated on the Swiss-French border you are entitled to take up residence in either Switzerland or France. It is a matter of personal choice and will notably depend on your financial situation, family status and individual lifestyle.
Cost of living
It is important to compare the cost of living in Switzerland and France as the prices of accommodation, food, leisure activities, etc. do vary from one to the other.
Work and residence permit
If you are considering taking up residence with your family, you should be aware that there are differences between the French and Swiss regulations governing work permits and residence permits for the members of your family (spouse, registered partner and dependent children).
Childhood, Education and Training
The Canton of Geneva is primarily urban, with a well-developed public transport network, while in the neighbouring region of France it is advisable to have your own means of transport.
It is rather difficult to find accomodation in the area. We therefore strongly advise you to inform yourself and to contact the Real Estate Agencies before you arrive in the region.
The CERN hotels located on the CERN site in Switzerland are open to people connected to the official activities of the Organization.
CERN Hotel Reservation :
CERN Hotel Terms and Conditions of Reservation
Online booking is available (only with CERN login and password).
The Hotel Reception on groundfloor of Bldg. 39 is open as follows:
Mondays to Fridays from 7.30 to 01.00 AM
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 9.00 to 01.00 AM
Outside these times, room keys can be obtained from the security guard on duty at the entrance Meyrin B (Bldg. 533).
Wheelchair accessible Hotel Rooms
The CERN Housing Service also provides assistance, information and advice regarding hotels in the local area, where special rates have been negotiated for CERN users and offers assistance with finding furnished or unfurnished accommodation on the local private market: Private market Accommodation.