Upon arrival

You have completed your pre-departure preparation and you have safely arrived in Milan!

Within less than 7 working days of your arrival you will attend an Orientation Session with the ISO to fill out the necessary documents for your legal stay in Milan and to get useful information about your life here.



The permit of stay (permesso di soggiorno) is the residence permit for Italy. It is necessary for all non-EU citizens staying in Italy for a period longer than 90 days.
Within 8 working days of your arrival, you will need to submit your application.
As a rule, NON-EU students will enter Italy on an Italian D type visa. Those students who have started their masters in another European country (typically France or Spain) may enter Italy on their valid residence permit obtained in that country, and do not always need to obtain an Italian visa.
The permit application must be filed within 8 working days of your date of arrival in Italy or entrance in the Schengen area (if you stop over in another EU country).

  1. Ask for the KIT (yellow striped envelop) that is available at all the post offices bearing the ‘Sportello Amico’ sign (meaning ‘Friendly Counter’) or at the International Students Office, and fill out Form 1 contained in the kit.
  2. Take the KIT to the post office with the following documents and have your passport with you:
    – Copy of your passport with visa and personal data page;
    – Copy of the MIP admission letter validated by the consulate with a stamp (if you enter Italy on an Italian visa)
    – Copy of your French or Spanish residence permit (if you enter Italy without a visa)
    – Bank statement (with the balance in EURO) proving that you have 6.000 Euro for a one-year stay or a proof of scholarship (if you enter Italy with your French or Spanish residence permit)
    – Copy of your master’s training contract (if you enter Italy with your French or Spanish residence permit)
    – Copy of your health insurance policy, covering you for the whole period of your stay in Italy, written in Italian or English.
    If you do not have health insurance, ask us about purchasing the Welcome Association Italy insurance (€71 for six months, €120 for one year).
  3. After submitting your application, at the post office you’ll receive a receipt (Assicurata) and an appointment letter with time and date for you to visit a local Police Station (Commissariato).
  4. Go to your appointment at the police station with the original documents listed above, 2 passport size photographs and an Italian mobile phone number. At the appointment they will check the documents and take your fingerprints.
  5.  Later, when you will receive a text message from the Police on the number you have provided at your police appointment, you will go and collect your permit of stay card.

How to apply for your permit of stay
How to renew your permit of stay (reserved to enrolled students)

  • It can be renewed for the duration of your studies
  • It can be renewed for curricular or post-curricular internship
  • It allows you to accept a work contract of up to 20 hours per week while studying, or until the end of its validity
  • It allows you to take up an internship (up to 40 hours per week)
  • It allows you to visit or stay in another Schengen Territory country for a period of maximum 90 days in 6 months – for tourism only
  • To check the status of your application you can access to the State Police website. Insert the password indicated on your permit of stay receipt (assicurata), without the dash.



The fiscal code (codice fiscale) is the Italian tax code and social security number. You can request it at the Italian Consulate – only some Consulates provide this service at the time you apply for your visa or you can obtain it in Italy upon arrival. It is calculated on the basis of your personal data and it is unique.
Getting your Codice Fiscale can be a relatively simple and easy process and it’s free of charge. The process involves completing a fiscal code form, which can be collected from the International Students Office, and taking it to the taxation office in Milan, located at Via della Moscova, 2.

You need your fiscal code, among other things, to enroll at Politecnico, open a bank account, sign a rental contract.

Write to the ISO for information on how to obtain it upon arrival.


European students will be covered by their European Health Card, obtainable from the health authority in their country. EU students will be able to see any general practitioner for receiving medical treatment free or at a reduced cost, if that treatment becomes necessary during their stay.

Non-European students have the opportunity to enroll in the Italian National Healthcare System (NHS), and enjoy the same benefits as Italian nationals: free medical checks at a chosen general practitioner; reduced fees for prescription medicines and for medical checks with specialists. You can enroll after you have applied for your permit of stay. Enrollment in the NHS is not compulsory but strongly recommended.

That enrollment is for the calendar year – from January 1st to December 31st. The enrollment fee remains the same, no matter when you enroll in the year.

  • Students with family will be able to take up a family subscription for a total amount of €387.34. Family members will only be able to register after they have applied for a permit of stay.
  • Students holding Italian passport, that have obtained their Italian citizenship in Italy, born in Italy, but residing abroad are entitled to 90 days hospital cover for emergency situations (consecutive or not) in a calendar year. If you have an Italian passport and wish to obtain full cover by our national system, you must first elect residency in Italy. Registration will then be free of charge.
  • Receipt of payment of the yearly fee of €149,77 (valid for the solar year) payable at any post office. Please fill out a blank payment slip at the post office as follows (or ask ISO for assistance):
    Account no. (C/C) no.: 379222
    Account holder (intestato a): Amministrazione P.T. Regione Lombardia
    Reason for payment (causale del pagamento): Iscrizione volontaria al S.s.n. – anno 2021.
  • Passport (and a copy of the main page and visa)
  • Permit of stay or permit of stay application receipt (a copy of it)
  • MIP admission letter (also a copy)
  • Fiscal code.

Emergency Numbers
  • Ambulance: 112
  • After hour on-call doctor: 116 117
General Hospitals with ER
  • OSPEDALE LUIGI SACCO - Via G. B. Grassi 74, Tel. +39 0239041
  • OSPEDALE FATEBENEFRATELLI - Corso Porta Nuova 23, Tel. +39 0263631
  • OSPEDALE MAGGIORE (“POLICLINICO”) - Via F. Sforza 35, Tel. +39 0255031
  • OSPEDALE SAN CARLO - Via Pio Secondo 3, Tel. +39 0240221
  • OSPEDALE SAN GIUSEPPE - Via San Vittore 12, Tel. +39 028599
  • OSPEDALE SAN RAFFAELE - Via Olgettina 60, Tel. +39 0226431
  • OSPEDALE SAN PAOLO - Via di Rudinì 8, Tel. +39 0281841
  • OSPEDALE NIGUARDA - Piazza Ospedale Maggiore 3, Tel. +39 0264441

Be aware that the wait at E.R. can be very long, depending on the level of emergency you have. Upon arrival you will be assigned a code: white, green, yellow or red; white being the least urgent and red being a life threatening situation.

Chemists open 24h
  • The Chemist at the Stazione Centrale - Tel. 02 6690735-0935
  • Farmacia Boccaccio (also homeopathic), Via Boccaccio, 26 - Tel. 02 4695281
  • Farmacia Carlo Erba, Piazza Duomo, 21 - Tel. 02 86464832
  • Farmacia Reale, Via Larga, 16 - Tel. 02 875463



Healthcare Glossary – Italian/English


You should organize financial arrangements so that you will have enough money to cover living costs upon arrival.
As it can take at least two weeks to open an account and longer to process bank transfers, you are advised to make arrangements in order to have enough money to cover expenses the first weeks.

When obtaining visa, Chinese students might be asked to enter Italy with a cheque for an indicated amount, which can cover their expenses in Italy. We have experienced that these students can have difficulties changing this cheque in Milan. The Bank of China has a Branch in Milan’s city centre. Obtaining your cheque from them might be an easier option for exchanging it in Milan.

Please be aware that it is illegal in Italy to make cash payments exceeding €1.999.
Credit cards are widely accepted at many businesses and shops, with exception to government buildings and small retailers. Only some of the student residences accept credit card payment.
Travellers cheques are generally not accepted and are very expensive to exchange.

The Banca Popolare di Sondrio is the preferred bank of the Politecnico di Milano. They offer several banking options to students.

Currently, among the cheapest services they provide is a prepaid card, called +MA (piuma, which means feather in Italian), a card with an IBAN that allows you to perform the main banking operations.

The card has the following costs:

  • €6 for the first issue
  • €1 per month
  • no monthly fee if you are under 26 years of age.

To request the card you will need:

  • your fiscal code
  • passport
  • domicile address
  • MIP Admission letter or attendance certificate
  • your permit of stay card or your permit of stay application receipt (the latter, for non-EU students only).

If you are interested in obtaining this card, please write to the ISO.

The Branch closer to MIP  – Bovisa:
Banca Popolare di Sondrio – Branch 5
Via degli Imbriani, 54
Tel. 02 3931 1498
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 08:30 to 13:30 and from 14:45 to 16:15

At Leonardo Campus:
Banca Popolare di Sondrio – Branch 21
Via Edoardo Bonardi, 4
Tel. 02 2399 3307
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, from 08:30 to 13:30 and from 14:45 to 15:45

You will receive a Politecnico di Milano student card when your enrolment is finalised.  It can pass some time from the beginning of your classes before you obtain it.

Your Policard has two functions: it functions as a badge for accessing several buildings and the libraries, and it functions as a prepaid MasterCard with an IBAN, that allows you to perform the main banking operations free of charge or at small fees.

It is issued in cooperation with the Banca Popolare di Sondrio. It can be activated through the Politecnico di Milano Online Services. To use it as a bankcard, you will need to activate it at Banca Popolare di Sondrio.


As a Politecnico di Milano student, you will have access to several campus services, including libraries, study areas and sporting facilities. Some of them will only be accessible with your student card.

The Politecnico di Milano Library Services comprise online resources and several libraries located in the different campuses. Exchange students can obtain access by requesting a temporary card.

Visit the Politecnico Library Services site: here you can contact the Ask@your library for specific information on services and the use of resources.

Key facts

  • To enter libraries equipped with turnstiles you must carry your student card
  • Reserve online and take out materials at loans desk or at the automatic loan stations. You can loan up to 5 books at one time
  • Automatic loan stations near MIP can be found at the Durando Campus Library
  • To take material out at the loan desks you must show your ID. The loan is personal and must be carried out in first person.


  • Durando Campus Library
    Via Durando, 10 (Bovisa Durando Campus, Building B9, driveway from 72, Candiani Street).
  • Bovisa Engineering Library
    Via Lambruschini, 4
    The library is open from Monday to Sunday 8:00 am to 9:00 pm.
  • Students sport activities at Politecnico di Milano are organized by Polimi Sport. View their activities at the Polimi Sport site.
  • Also, a gym close to our campus offers memberships at competitive prices to exchange students. View more at www.youcanfitnessfactory.it

The canteen at our campus, mensa, is located at 34, Via La Masa, Building 24. If functions as a café, self-service restaurant and pizzeria. Outside lunch hours, it can be used as study area.
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4.30 pm.


Travelling throughout Milan is relatively simple and cheap, due to Milan’s extensive transport network. This network consists of several metro lines, and numerous bus and tram lines.
Buses, trams and trains (underground) are all operated in Milan by the same company, ATM (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi). Additionally, there is an underground rail line that runs through Milan, which also connects the city with the outerlying cities of Lombardy and greater Italy.
Tickets for the transport system are relatively cheap, and students are able to take advantage of the fixed-cost Urban Travel Card, which can be purchased in instalments of a single month or one year. This card allows for unlimited travel throughout Milan, and greatly assists in cutting down transportation costs.

Students can apply for monthly passes, that allow travel on all forms of transport within the city of limits of Milan, including trams, buses, metro’s and the underground railway. A monthly pass costs €22 (under 27 years) or €39 per month (27 years and above). For more information on the Fare System, you can visit the STIBM webpage.


MIP is on the urban railway line (blue line, also called S line or Passante Ferroviario). The nearest stops are Bovisa and Villapizzone, served respectively by the S-train line S1, S2, S13 and S5, S6. They are both 2 minutes-walk away from our building. This makes MIP easy to reach within 30/40 minutes by public transportation from several districts in Milan.
Additionally, the railways allow convenient and cheap travel to many of the important cities and touristic locations across Italy and other countries within Europe.

In Milan there two different railways companies that pass through Milan and connect the city with other cities and regions close to Milan.

Important Stations
The most important stations in Milan are Cadorna, Centrale Station and Porta Garibaldi, which act as transport hubs for the city and region, as well as national and international travel.
Other important stations include Lambrate, Porta Romana and Porta Genova. The two stations closest to MIP are Bovisa and Villapizzone, accessible on most north-bound lines from the city.


With more than 50 urban routes, the bus system sometimes offers a more direct route than the underground.

Night buses lines operates from 12.30 a.m. to 6.00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. These operate across a number of main bus routes, including the 4 metro lines which are closed during this period. There are also a number of bus and tram lines that operate 24 hours a day.

Milan Metro

The metro system consists of 4 lines: M1 (red), M2 (green), M3 (yellow) and M5 (Purple).
Trains run from 5.40 a.m. to midnight, with replacement bus services during the night.

District Radiobus

The District Radiobus service provides evening and late night travel between the centre and the outer districts of Milan from 10.00 p.m. as the outer travel services decrease in frequency.


BikeMI is Milan’s bike sharing system with bike stations located in strategic points all over the city, starting downtown: train stations and universities, hospitals and tourist attractions, underground stations, administrative offices, malls and parking lots. It allows all registered users to pick up a bike, ride it and leave it at the station closest to their destination.

Visit the BikeMi website to learn about subscription, fares and locations.


Milan is served by three different airports. Each airport can be accessed by either train, coach or public transport.

  • Linate Airport: situated within the city limit of Milan, Linate is accessibile by public transport leaving from San Babila and by shuttle at Central Station.
  • Malpensa Airport: accessible by express train from Cadorna and Centrale, as well as frequent coach services from Centrale.
  • Orio al Serio Airport: accessible by frequent coach servces from Centrale Station.


  • It is forbidden to smoke at parks, dog parks, playgrounds, sport areas, cemeteries and public transport stops.
  • The Sistema Bibliotecario di Milano (SBM) is a library network that connects 25 libraries and a Bibliobus throughout the city of Milan. From Monday to Saturday, the libraries offer free access to a plethora of physical and online resources.
  • The service TooGoodToGo aims at cutting down on food waste from supermarkets and restaurants by selling extra food at a discount. The App is live in Milan: download it to buy a magic box from a favourite food store.


Breaks for 2020/2021

  • November 1st: All Saints Day
  • December 7th: Saint Ambrose (Milan only)
  • December 8th: Immaculate Conception
  • December 21st January 6th: Christmas break
  • April 4th: Easter
  • April 25th: Liberation Day
  • May 1st: Labor Day
  • June 2nd: Republic Day

Each Master may have different breaks to those listed above. Check your Master’s calendar before planning your holidays.

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