Cost of living in Milan

Cost of living in Milan

Milan is quite expensive, we all know that. If you are an Erasmus or international student you can have many discounts, but you also have needs that other people don’t have… This short guide to the cost of living in Milan can be useful!

Cost of living in Milan, of course, may vary depending on your lifestyle, habits and vices. Let’s see:


Rent a room or a flat in Milan is not cheap: the average price for a single room in Milan (in a good location) is around 500 euro while double room (same area) is 350 euro. If you are thinking to move to a flat alone, prices for a “monolocale” (studio) start from 650/700 euro.

A very fast and good way to find accommodation is to search between our accommodation ads. Also, reading our article “Finding a flat in Milan: Mission impossible?” can help you!


If you live in a shared accomodation, probably the owner will tell you in advance if the cost of bills is included or not in the rent. If you are planning to rent a flat by your own you should consider these costs:

  • Gas: around 20 euro/month (average cost for summer/winter seasons);
  • Electricity: around 40 euro/month;
  • Water: around 200 euro/year;
  • Garbage: around 200 euro/year


Same thing… It depends if these expenses are included or not in your rent.

For Internet (you will probably do not need a landline) you will pay around 30 euros per month, while for mobile there are many companies that with around 10 euros can give you 200/300 monthly minutes, 200/300 SMS and 2 GB of mobile internet. You can check websites of five main mobile companies in Italy: Vodafone, Wind, Tre, Tim, Fastweb.

TV: In Italy if you own a private tv at home you must pay a tax called “Canone Rai” for public television: the cost is 110 euro/year.


Milan public transport system works pretty well and, if compared with other European cities, it is quite cheap. Depending on your age, a monthly pass can vary from 22 euro (if you are under 26 years old) to 35 euro.

If you want to enjoy the city by bike you can always rent a bike with BIKE MI (public service). The first 30 minutes are always free!

You can find all the information you need about transport in Milan in this article.


Having fun in Milan sometimes can be expensive, but there are several options to stay on budget. Let’s see the average cost of beer, apertivo and… Pizza:


A beer in a pub is around 5 euro, but most of pubs usually have a special deal once per week with discounts (from 3 to 4 euros).

You can always buy your own/buy from peddler or small shops and enjoy open spaces (Colonne di San Lorenzo, piazza Leonardo da Vinci, piazza Duomo and so on…). In Milan there are not prohibitions for drinking alcoholic beverage on the street, just pay attention that after 10pm is not possible to drink in glass bottles.


It consists of some snacks, which are usually served for free together with your pre-dinner drink. Milan’s aperitivo is simply the best in Italy. With the price of a drink (Usually between 6 to 10 euros) you have acces to an all-you-can-eat buffet (pasta/pizza/rice and so on..). It usually lasts from 6pm to 10pm.


The most famous italian dish. The average quality is high, and for a classic dinner based on pizza, beer and coffee you will pay around 15 euros.

We hope that this guide to the cost of living in Milan is useful and we will update it with new categories soon!

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