There’s no adventure quite like moving home. The entire team at Housing Anywhere has travelled and emigrated its way through life, and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. For all the unforgettable moments and thrills, there are a few obstacles to overcome - using our guide to Milan, you should be able to breeze through the logistical and bureaucratic side of the move.
We’ll teach you how to use the public transport system, about finding accommodation in Milan and other, practical information to help get you settled. Moving should be about meeting new people and exploring your new city without having to fuss over these things - but, they are completely necessary. Do you know whether or not you need health insurance to live in Italy?
Use this guide, benefit from the lessons we’ve been taught over the years and enjoy a seamless transition to life in the metropolis of Milan.
The city itself holds 1.3 million people, but its whole suburban area houses over five million individuals - making it one of the largest in Europe. It is the industrial and financial heart of Italy, as well as a magnet to all sorts of artists, designers and fashion enthusiasts.
With the ancient city boasting all sorts of monuments and buildings made of brilliant stone and marble, it is also a technological hub and is considered an Alpha City, such are its strengths in the arts, commerce, fashion, healthcare, finance and much more.
All-told, Milan is an exceptionally vibrant, active city which welcomes internationals with open arms and Italian joviality.
The official language in Milan is traditional Italian. Italians are not well-known for their aptitude in English (unlike Scandinavians or the Dutch) so you should make a concerted effort to learn the language before heading out. You might not become hugely skilful, but even having the basics under control will go a long way.
During summer, Milan has a famously hot, humid climate. There is a lot of sunshine however, and the city boasts one of the lowest rainfall rates in Europe - humid, but not wet. Winter is cold and often foggy, can can drop below freezing overnight. Average daily temperature is about 3-5oC in winter and 25oC during summer.
In Italy there are a bunch of national holidays, and you should always mark them on your calendar as it means extra days off from uni! Here’s a list of all the major ones in 2017:
Milan is famed for its shopping districts, part of which is the "Rectangle of Gold" (or Quadrilatero d’Oro) which is formed by four stunning streets in the very heart of its fashion centre.
La Scala is one of the world’s most famous opera houses, known in particular for its unrivalled acoustics. It’s official name is the Teatro alla Scala.
Milan Fashion Week attracts fashion icons and A-list celebrities to the city twice a year, and showcases the latest fashions.
Only four cathedrals in the world are larger than the Duomo di Milan, which took a staggering five hundred years to build - in fact, work is ongoing today!
The church of Santa Maria delle Grazie is home to Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece fresco of the Last Supper.
You probably can’t afford them on a student budget, but some boutique fashion designers (including Dolce & Gabbana, Armani and Marc Jacobs) have restaurants in Milan!