Within 14 days of your arrival, you must register with the Residents' Registration Office of your local municipality.
Within the first three months, you must take out a health insurance policy or apply for an exemption from the obligation to acquire health insurance.
It is advisable to take out a policy for private liability insurance and household insurance within three months of your arrival.
If you are an UZH employee, you will need a Swiss bank account to receive your salary.
If you plan to drive a car during your stay, you must convert your license into a Swiss driver’s license. Foreign driving licenses are only valid during the first 12 months of your stay.
Of course this is purely optional – but if you're planning a longer or perhaps permanent stay in Switzerland, learning German is an investment well worth the time and money. You may even get to make new acquaintances.