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Milan, situated in the north of Italy, is a dynamic place, attracting visitors from across the world to its boutiques, trade shows, fashion week, galleries, business centres and sporting venues.
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. 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 is the "in" area in Milan, where young Milanese and others gather for lively evenings. For those looking for apartments for rent in Milan, this is usually the first district people search in. It can prove difficult to find a place here as prices can be quite high. According to many, Navigli remains the best neighborhood for students and professionals who are looking for a room. Over the years the area has been transformed from an infamous meeting place to an area for anyone, with a variety of bars, clubs and restaurants. The area, among other things, is located between Bocconi University and the Catholic University, two traditional institutions for students who live in Milan. It is home to historical sites 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.
The number of people who are looking to rent in Milan’s Porta Romana district is always high. This is due not only to the beauty and vibrancy of the area, but also to the presence of the renowned Bocconi University. Many students enrolled in this university choose Porta Romana as the prices are in line with the city average.
Here we can find Politecnico University and the Faculty of Biology of Statale University but also lots of cool clubs and bars (i.e. Blender and Au Vieux Strasbourg), great for a beer or aperitif.
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.
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 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.
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.
Renting an apartment to yourself could be pricey, albeit this is a great choice for people who are willing to split costs. Student apartments in Milan can range in size from studios to luxurious villa apartments!
Student rooms in Milan promote a co-living environment. Usually there will be a shared bathroom or kitchen area; some however will have private en-suite.
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.
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
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
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.
Milan accommodation can be quite pricey. To rent of a room in Milan varies between €500 and €800 per calendar month. A meal in pizzeria will cost over €10 and a night out will cost between €10 and €30. The monthly transport ticket, ATM (Agency Trasporti Milanesi) costs about €30 a month.
Absolutely recommended area the pubs, clubs and restaurants in Navigli and the Brera, both usually full of students and young professionals. For those looking for a cheaper night out, we recommend the Pillars with its full of bars and reasonably priced drinks. For those with a little more to spend, try nightclubs like The Club or The Banque.
Always linked to the speech accommodation in Milan , just a neighborhood frequented by students and offsite is surely to Piola , where are the Polytechnic and the headquarters of the State of Biology . There you can find many nice pubs ( such as Blender and Au Vieux Strasbourg ) , is good for a beer after dinner for a drink.