Registration in Zurich

City districts
City districts
The 12 Districts of the City of Zurich

Residence Permit

If you are staying in Switzerland for a period longer than 3 months, you must apply for a residence permit. Within 14 days of your arrival, you are required to report in person to the local Residents’ Registration Office of your municipality.

In the city of Zurich, these offices are called “Kreisbüro” (district office) and you are required to register at the office of your local district. You can find out which office you have to report to by visiting the city of Zurich’s website and entering the street and the number of your residence. Please note that the Registration Office in district 8 has merged with the Registration Office in district 1.

Municipalities of the Canton of Zurich

City of Zurich district offices (in German)

You are required to bring different documents, depending on your nationality and whether you are employed at UZH. There is also a registration fee.

EU/EFTA nationals:

  • Passport or identity card
  • Employment contract (if you're employed by UZH)
  • Proof of sufficient financial means (if you're not employed by UZH); a letter from your parents or partner confirming they'll support you is sufficient
  • Rental agreement*
  • Confirmation of enrollment (only Master's and PhD students)
  • Beiblatt Qualifikationsstellen (in German) (PDF, 191 KB) signed by your institute/department at UZH (not applicable for Master's students)
  • Money for the fee (ca. CHF 85)

Non-EU/EFTA nationals:

  • Passport
  • Approval for residence permit
  • Employment contract (from UZH or home institution abroad)
  • Proof of sufficient financial means (if you're not employed by UZH or by an institution abroad)
  • Rental agreement*
  • Confirmation of enrollment (only Master's and PhD students)
  • Beiblatt Qualifikationsstellen (in German) (PDF, 191 KB) signed by your institute/department at UZH (not applicable for Master's students)
  • Money for the fee (ca. CHF 162)

At the Residents' Registration Office, nationals of non-EU/EFTA countries will be asked to make an appointment for the registration of your biometric identification.

* If you only have a temporary address for a few weeks or months, you must still register within 14 days of your arrival. In this case it's best to have a sub-lease or a reservation confirmation with details about your landlord at hand. The Residents' Registration Office will then check your information. If you move to another district within the city of Zurich after finding permanent accommodation, you'll just have to register again in the new district. If you move outside the city of Zurich, you first have to deregister at the Residents' Registration Office. This can be done either in person or in written form by indicating the date you're moving and both your old and your new address.