House Hunting Tips for Future Study Abroad Students in Milan

Guest Post By: Angela Li, a Junior. She studied abroad through Foster Exchange at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, during Autumn Semester 2023.

Studying abroad in Milan is a remarkable experience, filled with cultural immersion, academic growth, and lifelong memories. However, to make the most of your time in this vibrant city, you need to navigate certain practical aspects, and one of the most critical aspects is securing suitable housing.

When it comes to housing in Milan, two factors are essential: early planning and cautious decision-making. Housing scams are unfortunately common, so to ensure a smooth stay, make sure you have an official lease or proof of residence for your required police appointment. Be aware that finding a lease for less than a year may be more challenging and potentially more expensive.

Moreover, be prepared for additional costs such as agent fees or other charges that can add up to the equivalent of one month’s rent and are typically nonrefundable. It’s also common that security deposits are not returned in full. To optimize your daily routine and stay safe, look for accommodation within walking distance of school or near tram lines.

Common websites used to search for housing include:

  • Immobiliare
  • Idealista
  • HousingAnywhere
  • Spotahome

Keep in mind that even if these sites claim the properties are verified, there’s still a possibility of not having your security deposit returned.