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Student housing - Hostels - Coworking in Milan (Italy)

Students, international students, interns, backpackers, roomates and digital nomads can book cheap dorms and safe private rooms in downtown Milan, close to boarding schools, high schools, colleges, halls of residence and universities, close to buses or train stations, airports or major attractions in Milan.


We really like to stay in Ostello Bello Grande, we really recommend to stay there !!!
We really like to stay in Ostello Bello Grande, we really recommend to stay there !!!
Great 8.7
Good times
Genuinely had one of the best times in this hostel. The atmosphere is always so friendly and upbeat and is constantly an environment where you do not want to leave. The staff are so helpful and lovely, offering guests anything they need. The location is so close to everything! Me and my flat mate booked this so last minute and have met some trying lovely people and are arranging to come back so soon! Thankyou Madama.
Fantastic 10.0
Comfortable, attentive staff, equipped
Totally recommended, the attentive staff, the rooms very well equipped and taking care of all the details, 2 min from the train station.
Fantastic 9.4
A nice place for everyone
A bit outside Milan but very accessible by metro and tram, we had a pleasant stay. Staff attentive, helpful, friendly. This place is frequented by families, workers and young people. Only concern ... the mosquitos but leaving the windows closed and using the air conditioning, everything was ok.
Fantastic 9.4


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Welcome to Milan

Who knows where Italy’s second-largest city gets its power from? Milan has influenced some of the greatest creative minds in history, from Leonardo da Vinci in the 15th century to Giorgio Armani, Miuccia Prada and Gianni Versace in the 20th. Naturally, you want a piece of that action. But it must be crazy expensive, right? Nope. Whether you’re a solo backpacker or travelling in a group, you’ll find a cheap hostel to suit you – and some of them are right in the city centre and downtown neighbourhoods. If you’re worried about sharing your dorm with Big Fashion obsessives, think again. Milan is also rocking two iconic football teams, impressive Gothic architecture, some interesting flea markets and a surprisingly edgy underground culture (ssshhh – it’s a secret). It’s all here waiting to be discovered – so book yourself into a Milan hostel and get discovering.  

Parco Sempione

If you’re itching to get out of your hostel dorm for some fresh air, head through the Porta Sempione (Arch of Peace) to Parco Sempione, a gorgeous park near Castello Sforzesco. There’s an aquarium here that’s free to enter on Tuesday afternoons and the first Sunday each month.

Address: Piazza Sempione, 20154 Milano, Italy

District: Centro storico

Explore Brera

Stroll around the pedestrianised cobblestone streets of Brera, where lots of the churches are free to enter and admire the Baroque architecture around the Via Speronari, one of Milan’s oldest streets.

District: Centro storico

Free Fridays at Sforza Castle

Thrifty backpackers know to head to the excellent museum inside Castello Szforesco on a Tuesday afternoon - arrive after 14.00 and you’ll get in free. It’s also free for the last hour of opening Wednesday to Sunday, but that leaves things a little rushed...


Address: Piazza Castello, 27029 Milan

District: Centro storico

Duomo di Milano

Towering over the city, the world’s largest Gothic cathedral, Duomo di Milano, is one of the most famous cathedrals in the world - a must for backpackers and tourists alike. Entrance is free, or you can pay €10 and take the lift to the roof.


Address: Piazza del Duomo, Milano, Italy

District: Centro storico

La Scala

La Scala or, to give it its full name, Teatro alla Scala (Theatre at the Stairway), is Italy’s leading opera house and one of the best in the world. Don’t give up on seeing a show just because you’re staying in a hostel - gallery tickets can be had for as little as €11.


Address: Via Filodrammatici, 2, 20121 Milan

District: Centro storico

Sforza Castle

The Sforza Castle, designed in the 14th Century, houses the Museums of the Castello, where you can view Michelangelo’s unfinished Pietà Rondaniniand the frescoes by da Vinciand Bramante. Behind the castle, Parco Sempione is a popular public park.


Address: Piazza Castello, 27029 Milan

District: Centro storico

San Siro Stadium

The huge San Siro Stadium is home to Milan’s two world-famous Serie A football clubs AC Milan and FC Internazionale.


Address: Piazzale Angelo Moratti, 20151 Milano, Italy

Santa Maria delle Grazie

Leonardo da Vinci’s mural, The Last Supper, is painted in the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Tours are expensive and need to be booked in advance, but there are plenty of other opportunities to admire the great man’s work, such as Leonardo’s Horse, destroyed in 1499 but painstakingly recreated 500 years later to original designs.


Address: Piazza di Santa Maria delle Grazie, 20123 Milan

District: Centro storico


You’ll probably head to laidback Navigli at some point. Home to Milan’s student population, it’s great for backpackers - think low prices and like-minded locals - and really comes to life at night.

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Quadrilatero d’Oro

The Quadrilatero d’Oro (Gold Quarter) is where you’ll find all the top fashion stores. It’s a little pricey for the average backpacker, but it looks beautiful, and window-shopping can be great fun. After all, you can’t come hostelling in Milan and not get some sort of fashion fix...


More upmarket, Brera is north of the Duomo, where you’ll find the Pinacoteca Brera, regarded by many to be Milan’s best art museum. There aren’t many youth hostels here, but it’s walking distance from the downtown hostels in the Centrale and Ticinese districts.

Museums Cafes Artsy

La Notte Bianca (June)

For one night, every year, in mid-June, Milan has a ‘white night’, La Notte Bianca, when bars, eateries and entertainment venues are open until 6am. If you’re the kind of backpacker who likes to party in the small hours, this is when you need to visit.

Address: City wide

Oh Bej! Oh Bej! (December)

In early December, the Oh Bej! Oh Bej! street festival takes place, with over 400 stalls plus live bands. It has moved around over the years, but is currently held at Sforza Castle.

Address: Piazza Castello, 27029 Milan

District: Centro storico

Giornata FAI di Primavera

At the end of March or early April, many of Milan’s historic buildings that are normally closed open up to the public (19th and 20th March 2016) during Giornata FAI di Primavera.


Address: City-wide

Cortili Aperti (May)

Go straight from your hostel dorm to some of the most opulent interiors in Milan. See how the beautiful people live at the once-a-year Cortili Aperti, when private residences let you snoop around their courtyards. It’s held on a Sunday in late May.


Address: City-wide

Milan Fashion Week

Twice a year, in March and September, models, designers and journalists jet in for Milan Fashion Week. Book your youth hostel while the week’s in full swing and catch Milan doing what it does best.


Address: Various venues

Milano d’Estate

The Milano d’Estate takes place from June-August, with open-air concerts in the grounds of Castello Sforzesco. It might not be traditional fare for backpacker groups, but trust us - the setting and atmosphere will win you over.


Address: Piazza Castello, 27029 Milano, Italy

District: Centro storico

Elita/Design Week

Let’s be honest: few people book a hostel in Milan for the quality of its clubbing. But Elita’s Design Week Festival has evolved over the course of a decade into a genuinely forward-thinking dance and electronica showcase.


Address: Various venues

Festa dei Navigli

The Festa dei Navigli runs from the 1st to 3rd Sunday in June, where crowds come to see bands, street art, cooking workshops and more.

District: Sant'Agostino-Genova


The best way for backpackers to eat well on a budget in Milan is to buy a drink from 6pm, when plates of food (aperitivo) are set out for customers to snack on. This funky bar does it well, and has a nice patio to boot.


Address: Via Pollaiuolo 3, 20159 Milan, Italy

District: Stazione Garibaldi

Phone: 6043628460



Pandenus has four outlets, serving good sandwiches from €3.50 and a budget-friendly buffet. If you’re in a city centre hostel, the most central branch is Largo La Foppa, which opens into the early hours for late-night revellers.


Address: Largo la Foppa, 2, 20121 Milan

District: Centro storico

Phone: 02 2952 8016


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Streat Food

Streat Food serves good quality burgers, soups and sandwiches to eat in or take away. A basic burger with chips will set you back €7.50.


Address: Via Sebastiano del Piombo 12, 20149 Milan

District: Fiera e Buonarotti

Phone: 02 3672 7651


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Toasteria Mi Casa

Toasteria Mi Casa has dozens of combinations – some very unusual – for yummy toasted sandwiches, as well as soups and vegetarian dishes. Perfect for grabbing a snack on the way from your hostel to your next adventure.


Address: Piazza Governo Provvisorio, 5, 20127 Milano, Italy

District: Turro-Gorla-Greco

Phone: 02 3664 2370


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Trattoria da Pino

There are few trattorie (budget restaurants) in the centre of Milan. Trattoria da Pino is open for lunch, with seating at canteen-style tables, serving meat specialities.

Address: Via Cerva 14, 20122 Milan

District: Centro storico

Phone: 02 7600 0532


Graffiti-art-clad Leoncavallo claims to be Europe’s largest anti-capitalist, creative squat and holds jazz evenings, debates and alternative theatre. Very backpacker-friendly.

Address: Via Watteau 7, 20125 Milan

District: Turro-Gorla-Greco

Phone: 02 3651 0287

Tipota Pub

Tipota Pub attracts locals from Navigli, serves international beers such as Beamish, and has free table football in a back room.

Address: Via Brioschi 32

District: Sant'Agostino-Genova

Phone: 02 835 7777

Colonne di San Lorenzo

Swing by Colonne di San Lorenzo, on Corso di Porta Ticinese, and join crowds of young locals and backpackers to sip drinks and play music within the Roman ruins and Basilica di San Lorenzo. There are few real ‘bars’, just stands selling drinks.

Address: Corso di Porta Ticinese, Milano, Italy

District: Centro storico

Fabbrica del Vapore

Fabbrica del Vapore is a former train factory now converted into an art complex for music, theatre, dance and cinema performances.


Address: Via Giulio Procaccini, 4, 20154 Milan

District: Monumentale

Phone: 02 8846 4132


Enjoy frozen daiquiris and a dance at Ragoo, a friendly club with varied music including live singers and bands on a Thursday night playing original songs. It’s in Turro, a little way north of the downtown hostels around Centrale and Ponte Seveso.


Address: Viale Monza, 140, 20127 Milan

District: Turro-Gorla-Greco

Phone: 02 2600 5157

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II

The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is Europe’s oldest shopping mall, completed in 1877. It’s a stunning space containing mostly upmarket fashion and art shops, plus cafes and restaurants Close to the Duomo, it’s well-placed for those in city centre hostels.

Address: Piazza Duomo, 20123 Milan

District: Centro storico

Fiera di Sinigaglia

Fiera di Sinigaglia is an alternative flea market close to Navigli, selling vintage and unusual clothing and handcrafted jewellery. Alzaia Naviglio Grande (corner of Via Valenza).


Address: Ripa di Porta Ticinese, Milano, Italy

District: Sant'Agostino-Genova

Il Salvagente

Backpackers don’t get many opportunities to bag designer bargains - but Milan is an exception. Il Salvagente is one of Milan’s best-known outlets, with discounts of up to 70% on both top-name designers and emerging talent.


Address: Via Fratelli Bronzetti, 16, 20129 Milan

District: Bronzetti-22 Marzo


Demi' sells quality second-hand clothing and accessories and holds ad hoc flea markets on certain Sundays. It’s in the backpacker-friendly area around Ticinese and Navigli.

Address: Viale Col di Lana 12

District: Beatrice D'Este


A MilanoCard gives free access on public transport and discounts on museums, monuments and restaurants. Buy in advance from

Buy a blochetto

A 10-pack (blochetto) of tram, metro and bus tickets works out cheaper than individual tickets; or buy a 24-hour pass.


Milan has three major airports. Milan Malpensa is 48km from the city centre. The MALPENSA EXPRESS service from Malpensa Aeroporto railway station runs 20 hours a day, taking about 30 minutes. There is also a shuttle bus:

Bus services operate from Linate Airport (8km from the centre) to the centre and to Stazione Centrale

The Orio Sh

uttle serves Orio al Serio airport, about an hour by road from the centre.


Most intercity trains arrive into Stazione Centrale, the biggest of Milan’s train stations. Within the city, the tram, train and the subway system are easy to navigate.


The main bus station is next to Lampugnano metro station. Tickets for national services can be bought at the tourist office.


Buy tickets at self-service machines, news vendors and ATM Point centres. Validate tickets as soon as you step on board, and keep for inspection. The number 94 bus circles the city centre and popular tourist highlights.

A night route has recently been implemented that follows the stops along the metro when it is closed.

Hire a bike at various points in the city centre, with the first 30 minutes free of charge. Register on the BikeMi website ( where you can get a daily (€2.50) or weekly (€6) subscription.

Language: Italian. English is widely spoken.

Currency: Euro

Voltage: 220-240v

Timezone: Central European Time (GMT+1)

Dialing code: Country +39; area code (0)2

Post Office

Central Post Office

Via Cordusio 4

02 6707 2150


The Milan Clinic has English-speaking doctors.

Via Cerva 25,
(0)2 7601 6047

Tourist information

Spazio Piazza Castello 1 (corner of Via Beltrami)

02 8845 5555

Opening hours

Most shops open from 9.30-12.30 then from 15.30-19.30, although bigger stores are open all day. Many close on Sunday and reopen on Monday afternoon, although food stores open on Monday mornings but close Monday afternoon.

Emergency services

Call 112 for emergency police, fire and ambulance services.