Why Milano

Consider Milano for your studies abroad and find out how the city welcomes international students

Hi, international student! Milano has been waiting for you. Whether you’ve come here attracted by the quality of our universities or our reputation as the capital of fashion and design, Milano is a wealthy and cosmopolitan city that is open to welcoming talented young people who move here.

Maybe you’ve already come here as a visitor or tourist. But this time we are going to present you Milano through the prism of student life, from answers to common questions, to some pro tips about studying and living in Italy’s most innovative city

Studying & Working in Milano

Milano is at the center of Europe’s knowledge economy, since it’s a seat of higher learning and advanced research in science, business and the humanities. The city boasts several internationally ranked universities (Bocconi, Politecnico, Statale, Cattolica, Bicocca, NABA), as well as art, design & fashion academies, and music conservatories.


The Municipality is spearheading efforts to make Milano for welcoming to international students, and YesMilano Students is a crucial component of the city’s collective effort in assisting young minds who bring talent to the city, also in view of their professional employment after the completion of their studies, with job seminars and networking events.

Moving to Milano

Coming to live in Milano to study and work can be exciting, but it also entails cumbersome bureaucratic procedures to get your residence permit, a piece of Milanese ID, your tax number and your national health service card, not to mention renting a room or apartment.


To cut through the red tape and assist students, YesMilano organizes workshops, talks, and one-to-one services to help you navigate the procedures and answer your questions. Our service also takes international students on tour across the city for museum visits, theater plays, evening parties, and a lot more!

Living in Milano

Living in Milano is a greatly enriching experience, both for boosting your educational credentials, as well as a great opportunity to discover a new culture and life perspectives.


Milano is a cosmopolitan city with an Italian lifestyle. It’s tolerant and multiethnic. It’s fast-paced city, where it’s easy and cheap to get around on public transportation, thanks to its 5 metro lines: getting your public transit pass (ATM – Azienda Trasporti Milanesi) which gives you unlimited access to the city’s trains, subways, trams and (increasingly electric) buses is the first step towards becoming Milanese.


Milano is a comparatively safe city where violent crimes are lower than in other European big cities like Brussels or London. The city administration is very serious about combating gender violence and all forms of discrimination. 

A sustainable city

Milano is a dynamic city with a social heart and a green future. It has been investing heavily in ecological transformation and social inclusion, prompted by politically conscious and socially active citizenry.


Milano means high culture and pop culture. Fondazione Prada and Hangar Bicocca host the best in contemporary art, while the Brera Art Gallery and the Last Supper draw crowds from all over the world. The city is also epicenter of the music and publishing industry.


The Milanese tend to work long hours, but after 7pm it’s aperitivo time and the night opens for fun and entertainment. Navigli, Isola, Porta Venezia, Porta Romana are some of the best neighborhoods to hang out at night.