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Living and working in Basel

Basel is one of the top ten cities with the highest quality of living worldwide according to the 2017 Mercer study. It is located in the heart of Europe and embedded in Europe’s most important Life Sciences hub. 

The Biozentrum is embedded in Europe’s most Important Life Sciences hub – the trinational BioValley of Switzerland, Germany and France and profits from close proximity to many universities and academic research institutes, over 600 life sciences and biotechnology firms, and two of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, Novartis and Roche. 

Basel is a small metropolis with 200’000 inhabitants from 160 countries. It offers a high standard of living and nothing is more than a few steps away: its nearly 40 museums, its theaters and music festivals, its restaurants, clubs and parks. Breathtaking modern architecture contrasts with the medieval old town. Being located in north-western Switzerland, bordering on France and Germany, Basel is also an excellent starting point to explore Switzerland and the neighboring countries.

Graduate Center of the University of Basel
The Graduate Center for Doctoral Candidates and Postdocs of the University of Basel not only provides you with information about your PhD but also with lots of tips and tricks on moving to and living in Basel.