Some permits (B and C) imply that you are resident in Switzerland, the "cross-border" G permit means that you must live in France and work in Switzerland as a "frontalier". Depending on your category, you may look for an accommodation either in the canton of Geneva, either in France in the areas of Ain and Haute-Savoie (Gex, St Julien en Genevois, Annemasse...).
Members of the Union Suisse des Professionnels de l'Immobilier de Genève (USPI) manage about 70% of the letting accommodation in Geneva (residential and commercial premises). Set up in 1879, with the name of Société des Régisseurs, USPI is a professional estate association that groups today about forty active members in property management, broker and surveyor business.
The lodging service of the Centre d'Accueil Genève Internationale (CAGI) gives a list of vacancies of accommodations (bourse du logement du CAGI) for international organisations, NGO, Consulates, International Sport Federations. USPI-Geneva section is one of the main member of CAGI and get regular updates and offers through the network.
However searching may be difficult as the market in properties is currently in crisis in Geneva with very few vacancies. As demand exceeds offer, it is useless to post accommodation search ads, chances are low that someone will answer.
Instead of living in a pokey attic room with huge rent, why not try shared accommodation? Frequently associated with students, sharing is spreading nowadays towards older established workers and covers people from 18 to 49 years old. Without falling into a community style of life such as in the 70's, you can choose to share an accommodation in Geneva for a bigger space, less expense.
Flatsharing is a way to meet more and more followers who choose to break a lonely life, save money or just find an affordable acommodation in a difficult market. This way of life has numerous advantages in term of money, practicality or social life. EASYEXPAT in partnership with EASYROOMMATE number one for flatsharing, offers this service to its users to present all the chances to find the ideal flatmate or to join an existing household.
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For social estates : Office cantonal du logement
For youths and interns, you can contact the Centre d'Accueil - Genève Internationale.