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9 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE MOVING TO MILAN

Oct 1, 2021 | Milan

Moving to Milan is an exciting adventure and full of opportunities for off-site students who get in touch with a dynamic and vibrant environment like that of the Lombard capital. However, before closing your suitcases and heading to the metropolis, it is good to know a few things that could improve the first impact with the city.

Below we have chosen to summarize the main ones, in the hope that they will be useful to all those who, for study or work, intend to move to Milan.

In Milan everyone is in a hurry

A well-known cliché is that everyone in Milan is in a hurry. But is it really so? In fact, not always. Or rather, not everywhere, and not at all times. However, it is true that the rhythms of Milan are much faster than those that might be encountered in many other parts of Italy, and therefore it would be appropriate to get used to the greater dynamism of this metropolis right away.

Aperitif or aperidinner

At the end of an afternoon or an evening, in most of the country there is the habit of having an aperitif in a trendy place: an alcoholic or non-alcoholic cocktail, accompanied by a light set of snacks, chips & co. In Milan, the aperidinner is much more fashionable, a sort of “reinforced” aperitif that can be enjoyed in many places in the city at the end of the working day. It is usually served between 6 and 8 pm and, in some cases, it is intended to replace dinner, becoming a moment of pleasant sharing between colleagues and friends.

Life is expensive

Milan is one of the most expensive cities for an off-site student. As we had already mentioned in a previous study on student rentals in Milan, in fact, a simple bed can cost from 450 euros upwards. Adding all the other typical expenses for sustenance, and those for leisure and relaxation, it follows that living in Milan alone costs about 1,300 – 1,500 euros per month for a worker, and about 1,000 euros per month for a student.

Public transport is efficient: goodbye car!

This is a great truth: Milanese transport is among the most efficient in Italy and, also thanks to the restrictions on the viability of the city center, you will probably be able to live and move anywhere in the perimeter of the metropolitan area without needing a car. By the way, if you want to know more, we invite you to read our focus on ATM passes for students in Milan.

There is shared transport

Milan has the largest car sharing service in Italy. Today there are five operators (Enjoy, Leasys, ShareNow, Ubeeqo and E-Vai), both free-flowing and fixed-station. Still in the field of shared mobility, you will also find bike sharing services and other means that will allow you to freely move around all the districts of the city in a practical and economical way.

Milan is the city of fashion

Milan is certainly the capital of Italian fashion. In addition to the rich calendar of events and initiatives that are dedicated to this theme, and which enrich the Lombard capital with opportunities, if you want to breathe high fashion at any time, and every day, it will be enough to immerse yourself in the shopping streets that make up the fashion district: via Montenapoleone, via della Spiga, via Manzoni and via Versace. It is here, a stone’s throw from Piazza del Duomo, that you can find prêt-à-porter clothes, accessories and design objects.

The differences between the neighborhoods

Milan is divided into numerous districts, most of which are constantly evolving. The differences between the various areas of the city are quite marked and, therefore, it is quite easy for an off-site student to feel a bit confused in choosing the area in which to live during their course of study. For example, it does not escape that the historic center is one of the areas that most attract those looking for a home in Milan, considering that living between Piazza Duomo and Parco Sempione, or Brera, is a pleasant solution.

Another area that is often sought after is that of the Arco della Pace, not too far from Parco Sempione. An excellent compromise for those who do not want to get too far from the city center but would still like to contain prices and enjoy green areas. Among the most glamorous districts we have instead that of the Garibaldi – Porta Nuova area: the price of rents here is certainly not among the cheapest, but it is among the best districts if you want to have high-level clubs and events available.

Milan is connected with the world

Another feature that should not be underestimated when talking about Milan is its extraordinary ability to be connected with the world. From the airport to the station, Milan is an extremely important hub, capable of opening the doors to any type of movement with the rest of Europe, and outside the old continent. As far as it can be understood, the connection proposals are also valid for reaching your place of origin, when the off-site student wishes to return home.

Milan is a multicultural city

The last feature that we are pleased to share in these lines is the multicultural character of Milan. The Lombard capital has grown rapidly thanks to the constant additions that have taken place internally, and which have now made it possible to characterize Milan with an international and very open aspect. A good set of opportunities for the growth of the off-site student!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Reservation

Can I visit the Campus?

Yes, you can call the reception or send an email to info@in-domus.it to make an appointment.

Type of contract?

Standard contracts are for 11 or 6 months, or 5 months for the second semester. Stays of a different duration can be arranged according to our availability. Stays of a different duration can be arranged according to our availability.

Is filling the form enough to complete my reservation?

No, filling the form is just a way of checking if the type of accommodation that you prefer is available.
In short time you will receive the contract and instructions on how to complete the reservation.
Only by signing the contract and making the first payment the reservation will be binding for you, it will be binding for In-Domus once it has confirmed the acceptance of the reservation in writing.

Check-in

What should I bring with me?

A valid ID card or passport.

Where should I go when I arrive?

You will have to check-in at the Reception. (usually between 3:00 PM and 10:00 PM, a different time of arrival can be scheduled if needed)

Check-out?

Within 10:00 AM of the last day of contract.

Payment

When should I pay?

At the time of booking you should pay the cautionary deposit and the first instalment of the fee as indicated in the Assignment Request Form. The payments of the other installments of the fees should be made within the dates indicated in the Assignment Request Form.

When can I have back the cautionary deposit?

The cautionary deposit, net of any amount due to In-Domus, will be returned to the Assignee within 30 days from the check-out date, through bank transfer only.

Cancellation

How does early termination of the contract work?

In case of early termination, you will have to communicate to In-Domus The communication of your new check-out date must be sent to In-Domus, by email at amministrazione@in-domus.it. You should give In-Domus a 30-day notice for the termination and you should pay, in addition to what already stipulated in the contract for the notice period, a penalty fee of two additional months, subject to the limit of what is overall due for the entire duration of the Contract.

What is included?

What is included in the price?

The “all inclusive” fee includes a bed in a fully furnished room or apartment, all utilities and weekly cleanings and change of bed linens and towels.
Free access to the common areas to study, cook and relax, a well-equipped gym, last generation Wi-Fi and coin operated laundry.

Is Wi-Fi included?

Yes, last generation Wi-Fi connection in the whole building is included.

Is TV included?

Yes, there are TVs in the lounge rooms.

TV is included in the rooms in Milano Olympia, where it is possible to watch free-to-air television.

Is the kitchen kit included?

Only in apartments (solutions with kitchen) the kit is included, the guests who live in the rooms can keep their kitchenware in the personal lockers found in the common kitchens.

Is the refrigerator included in my room?

Yes, every room has one: other refrigerators and freezers can be found in the common kitchens.

Are bed linen and bathroom towels included?

Yes, both are changed once a week. You can request for additional changes by paying an extra fee.

Is the gym included?

Yes, and it is open 24/7.

Is the music room included?

Yes, you can book the music room for free.

Is the use of the common kitchens included?

Yes, the use of the common kitchens and refreshment rooms is included.

Is the use of the study rooms included?

Yes, it is included.

Is the laundry service included?

Yes, with coin operated washing machines and dryers.

Guests

Can I have guests for the night?

Upon request to the email info@in-domus.it and based on availability and the rate in force on the specific day.

Can I have guests at the Campus?

Every resident can have up to two guests per day, they must register at the reception and can stay from 8:00 AM to Midnight.

Can my parents reserve a room?

According to our availability, parents can stay at In-Domus at a special rate.

General

Can I stay at In-Domus if I’m not a student?

Yes, In-Domus reserves a limited number of rooms for non-students.

Can I make a reservation if I’m underage?

Yes, it is possible following authorization by the parent or legal guardian of the minor.

Can I bring animals with me?

No, it is not possible to keep animals at In-Domus.

Are food and drinks available at the Campus?

Yes, there are vending machines with snacks, drinks and hot beverages.

Can I sublet my room?

No, it is not possible

Can I choose my roommate?

We will take any preference under consideration, according to the availability. We will do our best to meet your requests.

Can I choose on what floor to live?

We will take any preference under consideration, according to the availability.
For certain types of accommodation, a specific floor or position can increase the monthly fee.

Can I throw a party?

Yes, if you respect the rules and the peace of the residence (at midnight any external guest should leave the Campus).
It is necessary to inform the reception in case a party has more than 30 guests. There will be a security guard whose hourly fee will be charged to the person responsible for the party.

Can I customize my room?

Yes, as long as you don’t make any permanent change to the walls and furniture. At check-out, the room must be restored to its initial state, otherwise there could be an extra charge.

Can I stay in my room during the Christmas/Easter holidays?

Yes, you can stay in your room for the whole duration of the contract.

What should I do if something doesn’t work in my room?

There is an email address for maintenance requests:
fixit.milanolympia@in-domus.it (In-Domus Milano Olympia)
fixit.milanomonneret@in-domus.it (In-Domus Milano Monneret)
fixit.milanointernazionale@in-domus.it (In-Domus Milano Internazionale)

Can I receive mail and parcels?

Yes, you can easily collect your mail at the reception.

Where can I smoke?

It is strictly forbidden to smoke in any of the In-Domus spaces. Violators will be subject to fine according to the Italian law and In-Domus rules (see hand-book).
Reiterated breach of this rule may result in the expulsion from the Campus.

What happens in case of damages?

Any damage caused by the guest should be repaid according to the price list found in the In-Domus hand-book. In case of damages not present in our price list, the guest will be responsible for the repair costs, or, in case repair is not possible or not convenient, for the replacement of the damaged good.