Milan: modern, classy, beautiful, and a little crazy. It’s nearly the perfect European city. It’s definitely one of those cities that brings in thousands of students, thanks to both the city’s appeal and the quality of its universities. From areas close to Milan’s Statale or Politecnico, check out the 5 most popular neighbourhoods in Milan for students.
Città Studi has a lot of academic history. In the 1930s, a complex of university buildings was built, and today the neighbourhood is named after them, as what can roughly be translated to “Study City”.
These historic buildings are student rooms nowadays, and the streets are filled with numerous bars, pizzerias (try the Mundialpizza in Picola and The World Pizzeria near Lambrate!), bakeries, gelato shops (try Aloha and Siciliana in Via Teodosio), and other establishments that are essential for any university student. The Birrificio di Lambrate, the oldest microbrewery in the city, is a great spot for a beer after class.
Città Studi is, of course, home to some of the main universities in Milan, so it’s natural that all your neighbours will be students. Leonardo Square is home to Politecnico di Milano, where the Engineering and Architecture faculties are located. The Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural and Food Sciences, Pharmacy, Science and Technology, and Exercise and Sports Sciences faculties of Statale (University of Milan) are all there too.
Bovisa is a working-class and industrial district close to the Politecnico di Milano. Old factories abounded this area, and the cool thing about that is that now they’ve all been transformed to become a contemporary art museum and university accommodation.
Bovisa shares its name with one of Politecnico’s campuses, which has outgrown the university’s original campus. It’s the perfect area for students studying in the Design and Architecture schools of the university, located in via Candiani and via Durando, respectively. The Engineering school is south of the railway. For a nice crêpe after school, drop by Todo Modo. You won’t regret it!
The neighbourhood is also a nice area for Statale students, since the yellow metro line takes you there directly. The train from Bovisa to Cadorna also leaves you close to Cattolica University.
Stazione Central, or Central Station, is Milan’s futuristic neighbourhood. The Unicredit Tower, Monumento Trombe, and the Bosco Verticale are a few examples of the new age buildings that decorate the skyline in this area. In turn, they clash with the epic 20th-century architecture of the city’s main train station.
Aside from being a very touristy area, it’s also Milan’s economic district, which turns Stazione Centrale into a very busy neighbourhood. If you love living in the centre of the city, this is your go-to district. It’s also convenient to live here to be on time for the train whenever you’re off to visit other Italian cities!
Even if you study in Statale, 5 stops on the yellow metro line from Centrale to Missori leaves you just 5 minutes away. Also from Centrale, 3 stops on the green line leaves you 10 minutes away from Città Studi and the Politecnico.
Bande Nere – Inganni is a residential area close to Lorenteggio. Green parks, local businesses and supermarkets spread all around the area, as do Milan’s most famous libraries, Sant’amborgio and Lorenteggio. It’s the perfect neighbourhood to relax and find quiet spots to study, and a 15-minute metro ride takes you to where the fun is in the city centre!
Even though it’s a bit far away from the city centre, the red line takes you directly to Duomo, the closest station to Statale.
Viale Monza is just a bit further up Stazione Centrale. It’s a residential area and the perfect spot for a shopping trip in Corso Buenos Aires, one of the main shopping streets in Milan.
The neighbourhood is very well-connected: the red metro line takes you to the city centre in 10 to 15 minutes. If you go to Statale, the red line leaves you 10 minutes away. Politecnico is a bit further away: you need to take the red line to Loreto and from there the green line to Piola.
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