Milano has a wide range of accommodation choices and where you end up depends on your style and budget. The city centre has a large stock of apartments, including some very luxurious lofts and penthouses, with price tags to match. For families and large spaces lovers, many neighbourhoods offer villas and single-family houses. Accommodation prices in Milano can vary substantially from one district to the other and many residents go for more distant options thanks to the city connected public transports system.

Types of Rental Contracts

There are three common types of rental contracts in Italy:

a) Transitory (Contratto ad uso transitorio): up to 36 months stay.

b) 3+2: A 3-years renewable contract.

c) 4+4: a 4-years renewable contract.

The exact contents of your contract can vary upon the parties requests, however, a regular contract should include the following information:

· The landlord’s full name and address

· Rental fee: your landlord cannot ask you for more than three months’ rent for a deposit!

· Deposit fee + conditions to get your deposit back

· Contract expiration date + tenancy ruling for early interruptions (both for tenants and the landlord)

The rental dictionary

Below is a list of other important terms for renting and their translation in English:

Italian vs.English term

Appartamento in affitto = Apartment for rent

Contratto di affitto = Rental contract

Arredato = Furnished

Bilocale  = One-bedroom apartment

Due camere da letto  = Two-bedroom

Monolocale = Studio apartment

Servizi = Amenities

Utenze = Utilities

Documents you need to apply for a rental property

Renting an apartment in Italy can require a lot of paperwork, as owners are super careful to protect themselves as they rent their spaces out. It’s a good idea to have your agent or broker take care of it for you, outside of the actual signing of your lease agreement.

After signing, the owner or the tenant have 30 days to register the contract with the Revenue Agency (Agenzia delle Entrate). The registration is compulsory by law and, to obtain your residency in Milano you need a legal contract.

The payment of the contract registration tax - 2% of the annual rent – shall be 50% covered by the landlord and the tenant.

Paying Utility Bills

Also utilities can be included in your rent contract. In that case, it’s a good idea to ask your landlord to itemize the amounts for each bill at the end of the year, so you are fully informed of the actual expenses.


Accommodation for international students & scholars

New campuses are blossoming in the city to meet the accommodation needs of our undergraduates, postgrads and visiting professors.

The real estate industry and private owners offer students a number of long and short-term solutions: shared apartments, studios, single flats or lofts are very popular accommodation in the city. Check with your university for any existing agreements with real estate platforms/providers or have a look to the Lombardy Region residential database Search for a long-term or short-term accommodation here

Have a look to the YesMilano guide for your choice on the best neighbourhood to live in