Milano, Italy: where you learn, where you live.
Studying and living in Milano means the best mix of culture, leisure, people and places.
Milano will be your campus - a city at the center of European and Italian business, finance and industry with a great potential for contacts and careers.
You will discover its historical monuments and its landmarks, its financial and fashion districts, its renowned football clubs and its taste for food and wine, all in your everyday life.
Having long been the center where you can find the finest Italy has to offer in food & beverage and related industries, the hub of fashion, creativity, design and culture, Milano is the ideal campus to discover Italian Excellence, allowing SDA Bocconi to bring together business and innovation with the unparalleled wealth of the Italian cultural heritage.
To your surprise, you will experience the joy of skiing in the Alps, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea or sightseeing in Venice, Rome or other major European capitals, all less than 3 hours from the School.
Two bases for a campus in the heart of Milano, the financial and economic capital of Italy, in the middle of Europe.
The strategic location of SDA Bocconi offers rich international contacts, opportunities and the ability to be in the cradle of Italian culture, fashion, design and lifestyle.
"I knew I was going to SDA Bocconi in Italy but I did not expect such a complete experience of Italy!
Living in the centre of a vibrant city like Milano, interacting with Italian students and SDA Bocconi teachers, gave me immense respect for the character of Italians - creative, spontaneous and full of resources."
Ruth McAdams | MBA 2003
The many identities of Milano.
Banking & Finance
Around 200 Italian banking groups and more than 40 foreign banks are headquartered in Milano. ABI, the Italian banking association that represents the country's banking system and the Stock Exchange (with over 225 Italian companies listed), also have their headquarter in the city.
Fashion & Design
From shoes to clothes, from Moka to Ferrari, Italian style is renowned all over the world.
Milano is a hub for fashion and design, boasting the highest concentration of fashion houses, showrooms, outlets and international events.
Milano is not just a business center, it also leads the way in the non-profit sector with 6,000 organizations operating here to promote social justice and sustainable development in order to improve everyone's quality of life. These are values that SDA Bocconi also shares and works to promote.
Art & Beauty
The city plays host to major art collections and can boast many historic buildings that testify its long history and are worth visiting. In addition to this, Milano is also geographically well positioned: within two hours you can easily reach several seaside and mountain resorts, as well as the lakes.
Conferences & Exhibitions
Milano has one of the biggest centers for conferences and exhibitions, with over 1.6 million square meters of floor space. Every year, around 4.5 million visitors attend the 80 largest events that take place. In addition, 2015 was the year of Expo Milano.
Publishing & Media
In Milano there are over 700 media enterprises, comprising of book publishers, national newspapers, TV production studios and radio stations for RAI and Mediaset, as well as most of the digital media industry.
Other key sectors driving the city's economy include state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and research centers for medicine, biotechnology, chemistry and engineering.
Incoming MBA exchange student blogs about her experience in Milano.
Looking back on what I had learned both in the classroom and on my travels, I couldn’t help but feel an immense feeling of both gratitude and fulfillment...During my time away from home, I traveled over 25,000 miles on 14 flights and countless trains, visiting 15 cities in 9 countries. While in Milan, I took 10 classes across 2 modules, completing 15 credits by spending over 150 hours in the classroom, going on 5 company visits and giving 8 group presentations. Not only do I have memories that will last a lifetime, I also completed my MBA and am now poised to put together all the pieces of the next chapter of my life in New York. But perhaps the most important thing I learned on my trip may just simply be…
Becky Malik, NYU Stern
Life in Milano.
You will find the most useful and personalized help from the Student and Internal Relations Service of the Masters Division.
This service helps participants with visa and permit to stay applications, and to get settled in Milano.
It also prepares a detailed Student Resource Guide, which is given to all students.
The guide is full of useful addresses, up-to-date services and references and tells you where to find special deals.
Where to live
MBA students typically rent an apartment near campus in Milano, either by themselves or sharing with MBA classmates.
SDA Bocconi has an arrangement with an external housing consultant who assists incoming students with housing placements. Students who accept their place in an MBA program will receive details on working with the housing consultant.
For students who need a place to stay in Milano for an initial few days after arrival, a hotel is an ideal option. Many hotels offer special rates for SDA Bocconi students. For information and bookings call 199 199 650 (from Italy) or +39 0871 803 614 (from abroad).
Of course, MBA students will spend a lot of their time studying. The majority of students prefer to study at the school, which takes care of all their needs. MBA facilities consist of twleve classrooms equipped with multimedia stations and more than eighty areas for group work. A reading room for individual study is also available. The Masters Division is equipped with a dedicated wireless system.
A student ID also offers:
- Access to the Bocconi Library and its services, with more than half a million volumes and 7,000 periodicals;
- Discounts at EGEA (Università Bocconi bookshop), working papers and material produced by teaching staff and by University and SDA research centres. Bibliographical searches on request.
- Access to all Università Bocconi's price reductions (theatres, shops, etc.);
- Access to the Language Center in Piazza Sraffa 11 for self-learning or language courses.
An MBA is not all about studying, and many students will want to take time enjoy sports.
The European MBA Tournament ("Masteriadi") held every year at HEC in Paris is an ideal occasion for showing team spirit and excellence.
Sailing fans can join the MBA's Cup - Mediterranean Regatta and Conference, the sailing week-end, the Barcelona or the Cranfield regatta.
The school also organizes an MBA Ski Cup, and being just a couple of hours from Europe's most beautiful mountains makes it easy to organize skiing weekend in small groups.
Soccer tournaments or jogging in the parks near the school offer further opportunities for sports enthusiasts.
There is the "Naviglio Pavese" for canoeists and many gyms, including the "Palestra Bocconi," as well as nearby clubs, swimming pools and sports centres.
To know more visit Milanosport.
The area around SDA Bocconi is well served by public transport.
Weekly memberships and season tickets for students are available in newsagents and tobacconists. Many students opt for a bicycle or a scooter in order to travel around Milano. Both of these can be parked within the School.
In addition, it is easy to reach SDA Bocconi from outside Milano.
For taxis in Milano call +39 02 4040, +39 02 6767, +39 02 8585.
You can also book one if you call four or five hours beforehand one of the above numbers, or you can book an "on-call bus" (to know more Radiobus).
Bocconi University has a full-service Cafeteria at Via Bocconi 12. Of course, you can try one of the numerous cafés, restaurants, pizzerias and bars located close to the university, which cater for a myriad of tastes. In Milano, dining out and the art of conversation over food are extremely popular social activities.