Practicalities for the USI community

Rental listings database

The Housing Service manages a database with rental listings, available here:

Other useful links for finding accommodation are listed further below.


Unfortunately, misleading advertisements are constantly posted on the Web. Scammers lure potential customers with very attractive accommodation offers in central locations.
The scam is usually perpetrated while the landlord is temporarily abroad and therefore cannot show the apartment. The person is required to pay in advance a month's rent in order to visit the apartment, or to receive the keys of the same.

Never pay anything before you have seen the living quarters, unless you have full trust in the property owner.
Do a background check of the contractual partner, if something seems unusual.

Keep all correspondence as evidence, and tell us if you have had the impression that one of our ads is from a scammer.
All ads delivered by USI are reviewed before publication. That way, fraud attempts can be discovered and disabled.

For further information, visit the National Cyber Security Centre NCSC website.

Other interesting links:

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  • Property management portals

      The property portal with over 50,000 listings in Switzerland. 
      Website in Italian, English, German and French.
      ImmoScout24 is the leading digital marketplace for residential, holiday and commercial properties in Switzerland.
      Website in Italian, English, German and French.
      Ability to insert ads for free. In addition to real estate, ads on furniture, and more. Each ads is checked before being published.
      Website in Italian, French and German.


      Housinganywhere is a housing platform where students that go abroad for an exchange semester or internship can sublet their rooms. Incoming exchange students that come to your city can rent those rooms. Thus, HousingAnywhere is a student-to-student platform where demand & supply of short-term accommodation can find each other.
      ImmoGalaxy, the biggest Real Estate site in Ticino.
      Website in Italian, English, German and French.
      Wide choice of real estate objects both for rent and for sale.
      Website in Italian and German. 
  • Daily papers and periodical publications

    • Cerca e Trova (, a weekly publication, available every Friday at kiosks, which advertises vacancies for flats of all types, sizes and prices.
    • Extra, a weekly supplement enclosed with Corriere del Ticino every Thursday (, publishes emall adverts in a section dedicated to flats to let in Canton Ticino.
    • Tutto immobiliare: monthly advertiser for property search and listings in collaboration with property portal


  • Short lets


      Online portal that works with the most reputable tour operators. Casamundo is able to offer a wide range of offers with the best value for money. The portal is specialized in renting apartments and holiday houses. Through the web site is also possible to book hotels.
      Website in Italian and English.


      Montarina is a youth hostel in Lugano converted from an old villa built around 1860. Centrally located, easily accessible.
      As a boarding house, it offers different categories of rooms: Backpackers (youth hostel style rooms), Antique (historic-style room with running hot and cold water) and Comfort (rooms with in-suite bathroom and all modern comforts).




Updated on: 19 May 2022