Living in Milan, view of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele in Milan

Living in Milan

All the information you need to study Italian in Milan

Milan’s pace of life is quicker than most Italian cities. Milan, the style capital of Italy, is an elegant city with its wide, tree-lined boulevards and graceful architecture. With nearly two million inhabitants, it is not only the economic, financial and banking capital of Italy but also brings to mind culture, La Scala, fashion, design and technology. But above all Milan is a young city! It is a city which can boast 5 Universities or Higher Education Institutes among the best in Italy and Europe attracting students from all over the world. Fashion, Design, Architecture, Music, Economics, Fine Arts are prominent fields of studies in Milan.

On the forefront of fashion and design, Milan also offers great places to go out. Theatre and cinema flourish in this fashionable milieu, as does a lively club scene. It’s all about lifestyle in Italy’s most dynamic and future oriented city.

Milan Airports - Milan has three domestic and international airports.

  • Malpensa (MXP) airport is located some 50 kms from MIlan.
  • Linate (LIN) airport is located in the eastern outskirts, at approx.. 10 kms from Milan.
  • Orio al Serio (BGY)a smaller international airport near Bergamo, is being increasingly used as an airport for Milan.

Airport transfers arranged by Linguadue
We can arrange for you to be collected at your arrival airport, and to be taken direct to your accommodation. This is a trouble-free start to your course.

Making your own way to Milan

Milano Linate Airport (LIN) – approx. 10 km from city centre

  • Bus n° 73, from Linate Airport to Corso Europa/Piazza San Babila, Mon-Sun, every 10 minutes. Journey time: 25 minutes
  • Taxi from Linate airport to the city centre, Journey time: about 20 minutes
  • STAM coach service, from the Central Station, Mon-Sun every 30 minutes. Journey time: 25 minutes

Milano Malpensa Airport (MXP) – 50 km from city centre Transport to Malpensa

  • Malpensa Express –MalpensaAirport to Stazione Cadorna, Mon – Sun every 20 minutes. Journey time: 40 minutes
  • Malpensa Shuttle – MalpensaAirport to Stazione Centrale, Mon – Sun every 20 minutes. Journey time: 50 minutes
  • Taxi from Malpensa Airport to Milan city centre, Journey time: about 50 minutes

Aeroporto di Orio al Serio (BGY) – 50 km from city centre

  • Bus Autostradale – from Orio Airport to Stazione Centrale, Mon – Sun every 20 minutes. Journey time: 50 minutes
  • Taxi – from Airport to Milan city centre

Trenitalia is the national railway service. Milan's main railway station is the Stazione Centrale.
Milan train station is conveniently located in the center of Milan and is not far away from many of Milan’s popular sites such as the Duomo. At the train station you will find underground, busses and trams departing to various destinations in the city. Taxis are also available.

Main highways serving Milan:

  • A1 (Autostrada del Sole) going south to Bologna, Florence, Rome and Naples
  • A4 Westbound, to Turin, the Alps and France
  • A4 Eastbound, to Verona, Padua, Venice, Trieste and Slovenia
  • A7, to Genoa, the Ligurian Riviera and the renowned Cinque Terre
  • A8 (Autostrada dei Laghi), to Lake Como, Lake Maggiore, Lugano and Switzerland
  • A9, to Switzerland

Milan has an extremely efficient and well-established public transport system.. The ATM operates the metro, bus, tram and trolley services, which have the advantage of being integrated. Tickets, which can be bought from tobacconists, coffee bars and vending machines throughout the city, are validated on board and then have a time limit of 90 minutes travel on any of the transport options, or one ride on the metro. The city's metro is particularly efficient, inexpensive and user-friendly.

The Milan subway network consist of 4 lines;

  • MM1 - red line
  • MM2 - green line
  • MM3 - yellow line
  • MM5 - purple line

There is an additional Passante blue line, suburban railway, running through 3 stops in central Milan and then heading out to the suburbs. Metro entrances are marked with a red square sign with a white "M". The Milano metro runs from 6:15 until 00:14.

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Trams, also known as trolley car, run throughout the city. They are orange or green and have either a long or a short carriage. The longer trams are more modern than the older wooden interior box shaped trams.

Buses are always orange. There are electric cable buses (filobus) as well as independent buses.
Tram stops as well as bus stops are marked by tall orange poles with a diagram of the tram or bus route.

BikeMi is Milan’s new Bike Sharing system. It is an easy, practical and ecological service . BikeMi is not just a simple bike rental service but a real public bicycle transport system to be used for short trips. All information are available on the website:

For more information about Milan’s public transportation system visit:

Shops - Shops are usually open from 10:00 to 19:30 from Monday to Saturday. Some shops close for the lunch break (about 1 hour). Most of the shops are closed on Monday morning. Department stores in the centre of Milan are open also on Sunday.

Supermarkets - Most of the supermarkets are open from 8:00 to 20:00 / 21:00 from Monday to Saturday. Some of them are open also on Sunday.

Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 13:30and from 14:45 to approximately 15:45. Each bank has its own opening hours. There are money exchanges in Piazza Duomo, Piazza Scala, Via Orefici, Via Dante, near the Central Station and the airports.

You can find exchange machines in Piazza Duomo/Via Mengoni, Piazza Meda, Via Marconi 1, at the airports, and at the Central Station. Money can also be changed at the central post office, Piazza Cordusio 1 (MM1 Cordusio), Central Station post office, and at Linate airport.

Post offices are marked with a yellow “PT” sign.

Post offices are generally open until the early afternoon: Mon - Fri 8.00 – 14:00, Sat 9:30 – 13:00.

Stamps are also available at tobacconists (T sign).

Post offices close to Linguadue:

Via Cappellini 17/19 tel. 026773311

Via Cardano Gerolamo 8 tel. 026702498

Via Rosolino Pilo 19/a tel. 022046789

The Central Post Office in via Cordusio 4 is open: Mon-Fri 8:00 – 19:00; Sat 8:30 – 12:00, Sun closed. Tel 0272481

Mobile Phones
Mobile phones are relatively cheap in Italy so it may not always be cheaper to hire one.
If you already have one, it is possible to buy a new SIM card with an Italian number which will help you to save money on local phone calls.

This is an indication of averange costs in Milan.

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant € 15,00
Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course € 60.00
Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar € 8.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) € 5.00
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) € 5.00
Cappuccino (regular) € 1.48
Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) € 2.45
Water (0.33 liter bottle) € 1.11
Milk (regular), (1 liter) € 1.19
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) € 1.91
Rice (white), (1kg) € 2.25
Eggs (12) € 2.92
Local Cheese (1kg) € 13.70
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) € 9.05
Apples (1kg) € 2.15
Oranges (1kg) € 2.05
Tomato (1kg) € 2.40
Potato (1kg) € 1.28
Lettuce (1 head) € 1.27
Water (1.5 liter bottle) € 0.41
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) € 7.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) € 1.17
Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) € 1.91
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) € 5.50
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) € 2.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) € 37.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) € 5.00
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) € 1.09
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) € 28.32
Gasoline (1 liter) € 1.58
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment € 162.85
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) € 0.19
Internet (60 Mbps or more, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) € 28.96
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult € 64.92
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) € 23.30
Cinema, international Release, 1 Seat € 10.00
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) € 88.18
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) € 32.85
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) € 86.61
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes € 135.48

Source: December 2019

If you are a non-EU citizen
Health insurance for Italy has to meet the following requirements:

  • it must cover expenses in case of emergency treatment and urgent hospitalization (recovery in casualty)
  • it must cover the entire duration of your stay in Italy;
  • it must guarantee the policy-holder’s return to his/her own country in case of serious illness
  • it must be in English or translated in Italian and legalized by the Italian Embassy/Consulate
  • it must also be valid in the Schengen Area.

The most economic health insurance policy in Italy is INA (Istituto Nazionale Assicurazioni) which covers emergency hospital and maternity charges. It costs € 49,00 for 6 months and € 98,00 for 1 year.
For further information please ask at the secretary’s office.

If you are an EU citizen
Before you leave for Italy you have to go to the competent Health Institution in your country in order to ask for an extension of your health assistance to Italy through one of the following issues:

  • E 106 for study or work stays more than 365 days.
  • the European Health Insurance Card (so called "TEAM Card") for stays up to 365 days, by which you are automatically covered in all EU-member countries for health cares considered as "necessary”

Medical Services
At Linguadue we can arrange an appointment for you at the International Health Centre, where you can get English-speaking medical, dental or psychology services. Do not forget to ask the doctor for the receipt of payment to get a refund from your health insurance once you are back in your country! Pharmacies are also a convenient place to have an advice on minor complaints, as the staff is medically trained. The Central Station pharmacy is open 24 hours, on the first floor departures gallery. We suggest that if you have a specific health complaint, obtain the necessary information and referrals for treatment before leaving home.

In Milan, like in most large cities, you need to take some simple precautions.
Do not carry large sums of money with you.
Do not take all your credit cards with you at the same time, and don't keep your passport, credit cards, money etc… together.
Use a bag which closes securely. Do not put your wallet where everyone can see it.
Do not leave valuable things like mobile phones, i-pods etc… lying around in public places.
Keep your possessions where you can see them and avoid wearing very expensive jewellery when you are going out.
At night avoid dark places that you do not know.
Inform your host family or a housemate if you are going to be out very late at night.
If you are travelling alone, particularly at night and if you are a woman, try to avoid empty public transport. If you know you are going to be out late , we suggest arranging for taxi services or radiobus to collect you and take you back to your accommodation.

In case of emergency, you will need to go to the nearest casualty department (Pronto Soccorso) and wait to be treated. If you are unable to do so, call 118 and the appropriate medical service will be sent to you.

In case of emergency you can call the so called Guardia Medica and talk to a doctor (italian) who can provide you with help on handling the situation.

The line is available: Mon - Fri, Sun: 20:00 – 8:00 and Sat: 14:00 – 20:00, tel. 02.34.567

Emergency departments are available in all hospitals in Milan.