One of the most important things if you want to have a great experience abroad is good accommodation: remember that you are spending months here, it’s not just a holiday. So be patient and choose as carefully as you can!
There are different kinds of accommodation in the city and your choice should reflect your tastes and needs.
In Milan rent is quite expensive and the words “cheap” and “nice place in the center” are hardly found in the same sentence. But don’t worry, after all you are in Italy and miracles do happen!
There are many ways to look for the accommodation that best suits your needs: If you are lucky enough, you already have some friends in Milan who can help you out before and after your arrival. Or, if you have come to study or work, your University or Company may have an accommodation to offer you.
Otherwise, the best solution is probably to stay in a hostel or cheap hotel buying yourself some time to look around and see different apartments, without having to take the first one you see just because you need a place to sleep for the night!
For example, you might want to check that the place where you are going to live is well connected to the rest of the city (metro, surface transport, night bus, etc.), that the price is fair, you should also compare to other offers (be sure to ask if the utilities are included in the rent), that your room is big enough and if it includes amenities (for example air conditioning, washing machine, dishwasher and so on), that the flat is fully furnished and in good condition.
Remember that if you choose to live in a shared flat, which is usually the cheapest solution, the right flat mates are equally as important (if not more!) as the location, the price, the size and the condition of the apartment.
Finding the right accommodation may take you some time and effort, but it’s definitely worth it!
Good luck with your search!