Moving to Milan and finding an accommodation
There are many great apartments for rent in Milan, Italy, with long term visitors and expats having a variety of different areas to choose from, each with their own distinct character and atmosphere. As you start to research renting in Milan, let Nestpick be your guide - we have the widest range of apartments to rent in Milan, and you will find properties at every price point. You can find pet friendly properties, select the features you need and see photographs of every apartment, so you can thoroughly assess all your options. Whether you are looking to rent student accommodation in Milan or choosing between furnished apartments here, Nestpick has you covered and will help you find a place you will love. Here's a little city tour guide to get your started …
The city’s bohemian centre, Navigli is criss-crossed with canals and is Milan’s most beautiful district. It’s home to historical sights like the Portinari Chapel and the church of San Cristoforo as well as many of Milan’s trendiest clothing stores and late night bars. That means it is a great place to look for student accommodation in Milan.
As the name suggests, if you are looking at furnished apartments in the City Centre, you’ll be at the heart of the action. You will be close to the La Scala opera house, the stunning duomo, Milan’s central museums like the Sforza and the Pinacoteca as well as Saint Mary of the Graces, where you can find Leonardo da Vinci’s famous mural of the Last Supper. Here you can find Milan apartments for rent long term with a luxurious feel and excellent transport connections - Milan's main train station the Milano Porto Garibaldi is just to the north. Be warned that they won't be cheap though! Prices in the centre will typically be €2,000 for a fully furnished and spacious apartment or closer to €1,000 for a room.
Bicocca is home to the University of Milan, so it’s a great choice for academics or students looking for apartments in Milan to rent. It’s not the most historic area, but it does have some excellent galleries like the Hangar Bicocca and theatres like the Arcimboldi, as well as plenty of cinemas, gyms and parks. Overall, it’s a very pleasant, safe and convenient district to live in. In suburbs like Bicocca, expect to pay around as little as €300-400 a month for a single room and €800 for a small apartment.
There are many other areas of Milan you might explore as well. If you need to attend trade events or want to support local soccer matches, San Siro or Portello are good places to check out. For small art galleries and craft markets, Brera is the best area to stay, while the residential district of Isola is central, full of great rental properties and hosts many of the city’s best music clubs.
If you are looking to rent a room in Milan, or a furnished apartment, then look no further than Nestpick: we specialise in apartments for rent for medium and long term stays. In Milan rooms to rent are always in high demand, but we have plenty of options for you. Most of our rentals have all bills included, are newly renovated and contain all the modern amenities you would expect: a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and wifi. Many of our properties also have their own unique features such as a balcony, bike parking or excellent transport connections. Make sure to check the deposit and fees with your individual landlord, as your contract may vary.
Tips on Finding Suitable Housing Milan
Student accommodation in Milan is diverse, with so many options a choice may be hard. With so much to see, try narrowing your search based on your University campus or housing requirements. Do not worry, here is a short guide giving a short explanation on housing types, transport and Milans Universities.
Student Accommodation in Milan
Student residences in Milan are usually student apartments, a flatshare or student halls. Milan’s apartments advertised for long term rent are the most cost effective over a lengthy period. Cheap accommodation in Milan are available for short term rentals too.
When moving to Milan your landlord or agency may require some documents. Deposits are generally one month rent, followed by one month rent in advance.It is commonly known to also ask for a reference, for proof of payment. A payslip or signed guarantor form will suffice. Some student residences or landlord may ask for a proof of enrolment from your university. Your university should happily supply this for you.
Rooms for rent in Milan
A great choice for students or young professionals, who enjoy living in a co-living habitat, is a flatshare. A student residence in Milan will come with a kitchen and bathroom. The kitchen and bathroom area will be communal; however, some shared houses have extras such as an communal lounge or garden. Typically shared homes will come fitted with furniture and basic household items.
Student Apartments in Milan
Renting an apartment to yourself could be pricey, albeit this is a great option for friends or couples who can split the cost. Student apartments in Milan can range in size from studios to luxurious villa apartments!
Student rooms in Milan promote a co-living environment. A furnished student room will typically consist of a bed and a desk. Usually there will be a shared bathroom or kitchen area; some however will have private en-suite.
Universities in Milan
The Universities in Milan are some of the best in Italy and Europe. Studying nearby to your University is important, being able to enjoy your studies is also as important. Thinking about where to live is thus essential. You must look at proximity and your public transport routes. Check your travel time as opposed to distance, as traffic can cause delays.
Neighbourhoods to look at for students are Porta Venezia. It is right by the Polytechnic University campus and it is a diverse neighborhood. Porta Venezia has the longest shopping street in Milan named ‘Corso Buenos Aires’; this where all the locals go to shop. Further outside of the city centre is the Navigli district and the Navigli canals. This is where the hipster scene is and where the students and young professionals live. The Garibaldi district is a mix of old meets new, with contemporary and traditional attractions.
Even further outside the city is the University of Biocca and is commutable into Milans city centre. You should look locally to the university in the Biocca District. Or perhaps try the city centre, if you are willing to travel to university.
University of Milan
The University of Milan is one of the largest in Europe, has over 60,000 students and an immense array of amenities for its students. The university is nicknamed Statale and its departments are located all across the city center in historic buildings.
Transport Routes: L.Go Augusto for Trams 12, 23, 27 and Buses 60, 73, 84
The Bocconi University is a private university. Its current campus (originally in Via Statuto) is south next to Park Ravizza. The university offers private halls, that are off campus and have room for 1,500 students.
Transport Routes: Via Bocconi for Trams 9 and Night Bus N9
Polytechnic University of Milan
Better known as the Politecnico di Milano, the university has 40,000 students. The university actually has 7 campuses in total; however, there are only two in Milan. The Leonardo Campus is the main campus located in the Città Studi district, whilst the other being the Bovisa campus, located in the Bovisa district of Milan.
Transport Routes: Piola Metro Station Line 2 or P.za Leonardo Da Vinci Light Rail System
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Known as the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, it is in fact the largest private Catholic University. It is just west of the city centre and is connected by the M2 metro line.
Transport Routes: S.Ambrogio Metro Station Line 2, Bus Route 94
Milan has four underground lines, and a fifth will connect the Linate airport and the East of the city centre. There is a suburban rail link too. Tickets can be purchased at corner stores and newsstands, at the self-service machines, and at the ATM Point service centers. The city also uses a combination of eco-buses and trams.
Monthly cards are the most cost effective way of travelling via public transport. A reduced monthly card is possible for students. The public transport system also has zonal pricing, for example there are commuter monthly passes for outer regions and city center tickets.