Living in Milan.

Many services, tips and useful information for an easy life in the city. Enjoy Milan!

Important telephone numbers

Emergency

Police: 113

Carabinieri: 112

Ambulance: 118

Fire brigade: 115

Emergency for the local police: +39 02 0208

24h Pharmacy: 800 801185

Useful contacts

Find student housing in Milan

You are probably trying to picture how living in Milan looks like. First, we warn you that this city will blow your mind! It’s probably the best place in Italy to have an academic experience or an international career! But, how to find an apartment in Milan? Probably the only downside is that finding an accommodation needs a lot of effort, especially in September or January, because thousands of international students and young workers start looking for their room for rent, or apartment. Most of them even start  flat hunting during summer, to make sure they have the ideal housing solution.

Apply for your VISA

Milan is ready to welcome you intown, are you ready? Getting to know how to get legal in Italy is one of the main steps before starting your adventure abroad. Since Italy is an European Union’s member, it’s part of the Schengen Convention and here the same conditions for foreigners are applied as it happens in the other EU countries.

Below you'll find something about the compulsory documentation to live in Milan and other places in Italy: 

Get a look here and collect all the information to apply for your documents and get legal in Italy.

Move around

When it comes to choose the room for rent in Milan, keep in mind the location. The apartment should be close to bus and metro stops, so that you’ll avoid any waste of time in your daily life routine. Moreover, the city has such a great public transport and this means you won’t have any problem to more around!

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram... Join the community!

Before the arrival, make sure you will count on someone you already know: our suggestion is to start joining online communities of young internationals in Milan. Getting in touch with many people it’s important in order to collect many interesting information and useful tips about the life here.

Look for keywords such as “Erasmus in Milan” or “Expats in Milan” on Facebook and look for @helpHousingMilan, you can also join some Whatsapp groups to contact directly some fellow travellers. Then, do not forget to follow us on Instagram (@helphousingexperience) to find other tenants or your future flatmates!

Get an Italian SIM card

Since we don’t want you to stop sharing the experience with your friends and family, our tip is to check if the plan of your mobile is valid in Italy as well. As a EU member, you won’t have any problem, the sim card will work (with reduced data) But if you come from a Non-EU Country, you will need a new sim card.

Here are some cheap solutions such as Wind, Vodafone, Tre, Tim, Fastweb Mobile, Iliad, etc. Just check them all and find the one that fits you. 

Come and visit us at the office in Milan city center and after you get your room, we will be glad to help you with everything you need!

Open an Italian bank account

We are quite sure that an easy expense management is what will make your experience smoother and better! Our tip for the young internationals that use a different currency from Euro is to open an Italian bank account. This is available for both residents and non-residents in Milan. 

The necessary documents may vary depending if you are applying as a resident or non-resident.

Documents as a resident: 

  • A valid identification document (national ID for European members or passport);
  • Italian tax code (codice fiscale);
  • Document to certificate your residence.

Documents as a non-resident:

  • A valid identification document (national ID for European members or passport);
  • Italian tax code (codice fiscale);
  • Tax return (last payslip)

Come at the office and we will tell you how to get your Italian bank account. Click here for further information.

Why live in a shared flat

Choosing the neighbourhood where to live in Milan is a quite big step, but deciding whether to pick a whole apartment or to rent a room it’s even more important. This decision is going to change your adventure abroad.

If you are wondering which are the pros of living in a shared flat, have a look here and find out why we strongly believe that is the best option for you. 

  1. The financial side: renting a room in a shared flat is way cheaper than having a flat on your own. 
  2. Location: your room will be in the city centre. 
  3. A shared flat helps people to get in touch with new young internationals and new cultures.
  4. You’ll meet new friends that will last forever and you’ll share with them unforgettable experiences.  

Here also are some tips to help you make the most out of your time while living in a shared flat in Milan

  1. Communication. 
  2. Sharing is caring. 
  3. Open-minded approach. 
  4. Keep in touch with the people you meet. 
  5. Privacy respect.