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Living in Lugano

Living costs | Average Prices | Shops | Banks and post offices | Climate | How to reach Lugano | For more information 

Lugano is located in the southern part of Switzerland, and is the biggest city of the Canton Ticino. It has a population of approximately 53,000 inhabitants. The official language is Italian, as in the rest of the Canton. Lugano has favourable climatic conditions and offers enchanting views of mountains, green hillsides and luxuriant subtropical flora around the lake.

The economy of the city of Lugano revolves around three major sectors: the tourist industry, trade and financial services, and banking services.

 

Living costs

The cost of living in Switzerland is among the highest in the world, with the cities of Zurich and Geneva ranked second and third most expensive, respectively[1]. Although Lugano is not included in this ranking, living expenses for a student are still very high: approximately CHF 1’100.– per month (school fees not included). This amount includes:

 

Lodging:

CHF 450.- (room in shared apartment)

CHF 850.- (studio flat)

Food, drink and personal care:

CHF 450.-

Accident and health insurance:

between CHF 150.- and CHF 300.-

Books and learning material:

CHF 50.-

Table 1: all prices are approximate

 

When coming to Lugano for the first time, students should have in mind that there may be some extra costs that are not included in the previous table. An approximate estimate of some of the extra costs can be visualized in the following table:

    

Object

EU Student

NON-EU Student

Studio-flat rent

CHF 650.-

-

Studio flat safety deposit

CHF 1’300.- (2 months)

-

Room in shared apartment

-

CHF 450.-

Room safety deposit

-

CHF 1350.- (3 months)

Tuition fee

CHF 1’500.-

CHF 1’500.-

Matriculation

CHF 250.-

CHF 250.-

Health insurance

CHF 0.-

CHF 170.-

Study permit

CHF 68.-

CHF 142.-

TOTAL 1° month

CHF 3'768.-

CHF 3'862.-

Table 2: extra costs upon arrival. All prices are approximate

 

Average prices

Espresso:

CHF 2.50

1 zone/1 hour bus ticket:

CHF 1.60

Pizza + drink:

CHF 20.–

Hair cut:

women > CHF 70.-

men > CHF 30.-

Medium Big Mac menu:

CHF 12.70

Theatre tickets:

CHF 25.–

Cinema tickets:

CHF 17.–

Museum tickets:

CHF 13.–

Table 3: all prices are approximate

 

Shops

Shops are generally open from 8.00 or 9.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Shops usually close at 5.00 p.m. on Saturdays and remain closed on Sundays. Supermarkets and department stores stay open until 9.00 p.m. on Thursdays.

 

Banks and post offices

Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday, 9.00-16.30, while Post offices are generally open from Monday to Friday from 07.30 to 18.15, and Saturday 08.00 – 11.00. Some post offices open also on Sunday afternoons.

 

Climate

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Avg. max.

13°C

13°C

18°C

21°C

24°C

28°C

Avg. min.

-4°C

-3°C

-1°C

3°C

7°C

9°C

 

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Avg. max.

29°C

28°C

25°C

21°C

16°C

13°C

Avg. min.

12°C

12°C

9°C

4°C

-1°C

-3°C

 

How to reach Lugano

Lugano is extremely easy to reach using various means of public transportation (rail, plane – Lugano Airport, Milan Airport, Zurich Airport) and also by means of private transport (the A2 motorway). Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate and Zurich Airport are two/three hours away from Lugano.

 

For more information

The official site of Ticino tourism: ticino-tourism.ch

The official site of Lugano tourism: lugano-tourism.ch


[1] swissinfo.ch  2011 classification.