Living and Working
Could you see yourself living in Milan? The culture, fashion, history and food make it all too tempting. How about a little more information to help you explore and enjoy the city?
Milan is split into nine zones, fanning outward from the fashionable Centro Storico. Your final destination will depend on your tastes and budget, and whether you need to be close to campus.
A Place to Stay
International students usually have the choice between staying in Bocconi accommodation or privately arranging a place to stay. Bocconi offers seven student residence halls, from the historic Bocconi residence to the recently constructed Isonzo and Bligny dorms. This is often seen as a hassle-free way to introduce new students to the city. Most are located on campus or in the neighborhood around the university. Find out more about university residences here.
The most secure way to arrange private accommodation is to deal with estate agents specializing in finding property for overseas visitors. The city government has a free service, AgenziaUni, to assist in finding accomodations. There are also student exchange websites that connect students directly with offers of apartments or rooms in Milan. Find out more about private accommodation here.
For free public transport and discounts to tourist attractions, shops and restaurants, students new to Milan should consider the MilanoCard city pass. The cards are valid for 24, 48 and 72 hours, and can be purchased online.
Milan has convenient and inexpensive bus and tram links to every corner of the city, or you can catch one of four metro lines – the fastest way to get around. The major train stations are all connected on the subway system, as are most main attractions, including concert halls, theaters and the stadium.
A congestion fee to enter the town center Monday-Friday reduces auto traffic there during the week, and the center is crossed by an extensive pedestrian zone that’s great for sightseeing, window shopping and just hanging out. One way to start your Milanese adventure is by hopping on a bicycle from the bike-sharing stands near campus. There are also several online car sharing services, which are exempt from the congestion charge and parking restrictions.
Living in Milan gives you easy access to trail hiking, biking and skiing without having to travel for days. The city boasts excellent transport links with other major Italian and European cities, and three airports connect the city to the entire world.
Cost of Living
Milan is not nearly as expensive as London or Paris, but it is not cheap either. In this city famous for luxury and fashion, the trendiest neighborhoods are out of reach for most students. However, prices do vary considerably depending on where you live, and you can stay well connected, even far from the center, if you are near a subway stop. Students should consider budgeting between €1,000 and €1500 per month for accommodation, expenses and entertainment.
Working in Milan
For those seeking employment during their studies, student-friendly jobs such as language teaching, babysitting and tutoring can be readily found. Other types of part-time work are available in the town’s innumerable bars, cafes and restaurants. European Union students have fewer restrictions on working in Italy.