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Milan off-site rentals: how much does it cost a student house rental in Milan

Jun 9, 2021 | Milan

How much does a student house rental cost in Milan? It is one of the most popular questions for parents and students who decide to pursue their academic career in the Lombard capital.

With over 35 Universities, Milan welcomes many off-site students and is still one of the most popular destinations in Italy among university students.

In this article we analyze the many options available for student accommodation in Milan that you can evaluate, with advantages, disadvantages and cost overview.

How much does it cost to live alone in Milan?

Milan is one of the most expensive cities to live in due to its lifestyle and university accommodation. Just think that for one simple bed cost may vary from 450 up to 2,000 euro per month depending on the location,services and proximity to the University.

To these prices are added all those necessary to lead the daily life such as:

  • Electricity;
  • Water;
  • Gas;
  • Garbage Tax;
  • Maintenance;
  • Internet;
  • Food;
  • Leisure and relaxation;
  • Dinner with friends;
  • Public transportation.

On average living alone in Milan costs about 1300 euros per month for a single person, of which more than half is spent for rental.

How much does a student spend per month in Milan?

According to a survey made to 200 students selected from the various universities in Milan, an off-site student in Milan spends an average of 985 euros per month.

This includes the cost for daily living, studying, but also for fun and leisure and represents the “market value” of a city that welcomes every year about 110.000 students from all over Italy and abroad.

What to consider before renting an accommodation in Milan?

Before renting an accommodation in Milan you need to consider several important factors including:

  • Distance from the university: the proximity is in fact one of the critical and determining factors, especially if it is not possible to count on your own means of travel;
  • Connection with public transport: university life is not only made of study but also of leisure and relaxation, so it is essential to be able to reach the most popular destinations in Milan by public transport unless you want to use private means;
  • Comfort: managing and maintaining an accommodation is far from simple; it is necessary to carry out every day a series of tasks that take precious time away from the study activities, sometimes ending up compromising the overall study plan; in the light of this you should also evaluate accommodations that can reduce the daily maintenance burden required;
  • Rental cost: always rate the value for money that is offered to you.

Renting a house in Milan means dealing with a real estate market whose rental prices are constantly increasing, as evidenced by Tecnocasa statistics.

A one-room apartment in Milan today costs 6.1% more than last year. It’s also increasing the cost of the two-room apartments (+4.2%) and three-room apartments (+5.3%).

Overall, the average prices of rental houses in Milan for students and not only, range from 600 to 1700 euros per month, excluding the costs of house utilities, its maintenance and management.

Costs apart, if you are an off-site student you should choose the type of accommodation that can ensure a proper balance between the time needed to study, your privacy and social life.

In Milan what type of accommodation can you rent?

Student housing in Milan is divided into three categories:

  1. Bed in a shared room;
  2. One-room apartments or rooms in shared apartments with other students;
  3. University campuses.

Let’s analyze them one by one and evaluate their costs, advantages and disadvantages.

Beds in Milan: costs, advantages and disadvantages

The prices of rental beds in Milan are constantly increasing.

Just think that for a single room you will spend on average 550 euros per month, slightly less than for a double room, without considering the living costs of utilities, management and maintenance.

The beds are the least expensive solutions but are among the most uncomfortable university accommodation as they have no comfort and you’ll have to practically take care of 100% of the daily chores – such as cleaning and paying utilities – which will take away valuable time from your study.

Moreover, they do not encourage social life so if you are not a particularly social kind of person you will find it difficult to settle in and make friends by choosing this type of accommodation.

Shared apartments and on-room apartments in Milan: costs, advantages and disadvantages

To lower the monthly rental cost as much as possible, most students choose to live in shared student apartments, where the average cost of a single room is about 550 euros per month over the extra costs such as utilities, maintenance, cleaning etc.

Despite the considerable cost, this solution has several disadvantages:

  • Being forced to share spaces, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom with students who you do not know and who could be incompatible with you and your habits, could turn into a nightmare of coexistence;
  • The apartments can also be particularly distant from the university and are not always located in connected areas;
  • Total absence of privacy;
  • No support to the management of the accommodation, maintenance, utilities etc.
  • House cleaning to do alone;
  • It does not ensure the tranquility needed to study.

An alternative offered to the off-site student in Milan is the one-room apartment, but also in this case the amount of money to invest is considerable.

According to the HousingAnywhere European Rent Index, Milan is among the most expensive cities when it comes to renting a one-room apartment. With an average rent of 825 per month, excluding extra costs, it comes second only to Barcelona (830 euros on average).

Campus in Milan: costs, advantages and disadvantages

More and more students, especially those who come from abroad where this kind of Student Housing is more widespread, choose to live and study in university Campuses.

It is a convenient choice and rich in advantages since the campus offers tenants common spaces, opportunity to meet other students, linen change services at a more than acceptable price.

Staying in Campus is without any doubt the most advantageous solution for a student, as you will be able to fully devote yourself to study and settle in much easier.

The Campuses offer accommodation solutions with turnkey services that will never be possible to find either in a bed rental or in a student apartment. Among them are:

  • Ultra-fast internet;
  • Utilities;
  • Maintenance;
  • Cleanliness;
  • Study rooms.

Moreover, they are located near university sites and in well-connected areas, representing the most appreciated housing solution by those looking for a young and international environment, where you can always feel as if you are at home.

There are numerous advantages in choosing a campus as a student residence in Milan:

  • You can create relationships with other young people who study and live in the city of Lombardy;
  • You can live in a safe and equipped accommodation with many advantages that the traditional apartment in the city does not offer;
  • Possibility to have access to all the comforts unlike the classic apartment;
  • Possibility to have more privacy than a shared rent.

Taking into consideration just the rental costs, living in a Campus can require from 450 euros per month up to over 1000 euros per month, depending on the type of accommodation and comfort you will choose, which includes the costs of electricity, water, cleaning and linen change.

Therefore, prices are decidedly reduced compared to a traditional student accommodation compared to the all-inclusive services that a Campus can offer.

The In-Domus Campuses are among the most popular in Milan and offer students accommodation at a very exclusive price, with the opportunity to enjoy many services/facilities such as:

  • Fast wifi;
  • Assistance h24;
  • Study rooms;
  • Meeting rooms;
  • Self-service Laundry;
  • Shared kitchens;
  • Fitness area;
  • Relaxation area with TV and playstation;
  • Equipped rooms with instruments where you can play your music;
  • Dehor equipped with barbeque stations;
  • Maintenance;
  • Utilities;
  • Cleanliness.

Campuses are without doubt the best solution for off-site students for both cost and all-inclusive services.

Final considerations

If you are a student who has just finished high school or obtained a bachelor’s degree and you want to continue your studies in a university in Milan, we suggest you carefully evaluate the various types of accommodation that the Lombard capital is able to offer.

Among the most suitable solutions for an off-site student is Students’ Campuses, where in addition to living in a young, dynamic and international context together with other students of your age who follow other paths of study, you can enjoy a stimulating environment, able to broaden your interests and enrich you humanely and culturally.

If you would like to learn more about our Campus services, location and more, please contact us and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

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Frequently Asked Questions


Can I visit the Campus?

Yes, you can call the reception or send an email to 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.


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)


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


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.


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 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.


Can I have guests for the night?

Upon request to the email 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.


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: (In-Domus Milano Olympia) (In-Domus Milano Monneret) (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.