My Milano is Surprising

Meet Yasmine from Tunis

Yasmine Bouhafa

from Tunisia

My Milano is Surprising

Yasmine is from Tunis. She's a one-of a kind girl. She choose Milano for her academic career and ended up choosing Milano as her home. She loves to mingle with the locals and to discover the city's coolness. 

Coming to Milano

Milano is the centre of Italy North transport network and the most connected Italian city with the rest of the world. Served by 3 international airports - Malpensa (MXP) with nearly 20 million passengers, Linate (LIN) and Bergamo Orio al Serio (BGY) - and a high-speed rail network linking the city to major Italian and European centres, you will find it out that getting to Rome, Zurich or Venice takes less than 3 hours and only 4hrs to Paris.

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Four years ago, I went to Rome to enrol at La Sapienza, but I couldn’t feel at home in the Eternal City. Better said, I felt too much at home. Rome and Tunis city centres are very similar: touristy, cramped and messy. Out of the sudden, I went to the railway station and I asked a train conductor: “can you please advise me which Italian city is not too small, not too big, but clean and well organized?” “and he said “Milano” So, I got my ticket for Milano, and here I am!

Choosing a University

Some of the most prestigious and most ancient Italian universities were born in Milano. Walking among the ancient cloisters or modern campus with their vital academic life is always an inspiring experience.

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IULM campus


Once arrived, I started going around Milano checking the universities on my own and talking with different people and students: I didn’t want to make my choice online, I wanted to go and check it in person. Maybe because I was looking for the human side of the city. When I landed to IULM, I got a very warm welcoming from the staff, especially my tutor Michele who helped me a lot during the first settling weeks. I really enjoyed my three years at IULM university because I had the chance to get involved in numberless interesting extracurricular initiatives as the Theatre Lab, the social performance service at the Prison of Bollate (“Teatro instabile”), and become a performer in the concept kitchen of designer Gaetano Pesce for EXPO 2015. After my BA degree I graduated in MSC at Cattolica University.

My Work and Business in Milano

Milano is a vibrant international economic and financial hub; the Italian innovative business capital, home of 4,700 multinational companies and over 2,000 startups. In 2019, the Italian Government has implemented a very extensive reform on preferential tax policies towards private subjects. An extremely favorable tax regime will be valid from 2020 for anyone who would move to Italy for at least 2 years, working mainly in Italy – more that 183 days a year - provided he or she has previously been a tax resident in a foreign country for more that 2 years.

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I’m working as inside sales specialist in a company providing digital tools for targeted messaging. I am passionate about my job because every day there is something new to learn. But I am always eager to do more: I’m also spending energies on my own entrepreneurial project. It’s something new in the food sector but I won’t spoil the surprise.... Milano is the perfect place where to settle my business, especially if food related! If I could just express one wish: keep on implementing new tools for young entrepreneurs to start-up in the right way.

What I like most about Milano

mix your own iconic milanese cocktail with our recipes.

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not by aperitivo only :)


When I was student, I enjoyed the multiple entertainment initiatives offered by the city, as living in Milano is way more than partying and drinking Negroni cocktails! Though partying was an important side of my student life, the city nourished my curiosity with cool and unexpected stuff: my advice for the newcomers is to go beyond the first layer of the city and look for the hidden, cosy, local and spontaneous events popping up around the streets. I strongly advice to make acquaintances within the Milanese!. I also got the opportunity to publish some of my photo-shots under a IULM students’ initiative collected in a book called: Raccontare Milano (you can also find it in Milano Public libraries)

Finding Accomodation is a Full Time Job

Finding a suitable accommodation in Milano is not the easiest task! I spent 4 months in different locations before finding a stable accommodation - so my advice is: work on it well in advance and set a suitable budget (you should be able to find nice rooms in a shared apartment starting from approx. 500 EUR/month). Housing hunting will be your first full-time job! Your university and local students associations such as ESN can always help you, also Facebook groups can be of great help!