Practicalities for the USI community

Discounts, special rates and offers

Members of the USI community, especially matriculated students, can benefit from various discounts and special rates by showing either the student ID card, which confirms enrollment in the current academic year, or the employee badge.

Several companies and institutions of the region offer discounts and promotions to USI students and/or staff.

Please be aware that Università della Svizzera italiana posts offers reserved to students and staff with the sole purpose of keeping the community informed, not as a form of endorsement or promotion of the advertisers. Unless otherwise stated, there are no formal agreements, collaborations or partnerships between USI and the advertisers and any use of the promotion binds only the client and the supplier. USI does not guarantee the credibility of the offers and suppliers and is not responsible for the validity of the published offers.

Local businesses and institutions interested in offering benefits to students and USI employees may send their offers by e-mail to USI reserves the right to decline publishing offers deemed unfit.



Current promotions:

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  • Neptun


    Laptops and software for USI students, faculty and staff
    The offer is coordinated by the Federal Institute of Technlogy (ETH Zurich).

    The offered prices are lower than retail value and include a 3-year warranty. Select offers are reserved for students only; to purchase any of these products, students are required to enter their netID for authentication (the same one used on the USI e-learning platform).

  • Software and applications

  • Health Insurance - Swisscare

    In order to provide its foreign students with a more affordable mandatory insurance coverage, USI has agreed a collective insurance policy named Swisscare with the insurer Europäische Reiseversicherung AG. It offers basic illness, accident and maternity health care benefits similar to the compulsory benefits under the Swiss Federal Law on Compulsory Health Care (KVG-LAMal), but at a much lower cost.

    The students who will begin their studies at USI in the academic year 2019/20 will be able to take out this insurance from September 1st, 2019, while for those who got enrolled before the academic year 2019/20 it will become available from January 1st, 2020.

    More information:



  • LEGI


    LEGI is a portal created by students for students.

    It collects a series of discounts offered to students of Swiss universities, divided by city and category in connection with their personal student card ("Legi" in Swiss-German).

    To benefit from the discounts all you need to do is register and download the app (registration and downloads are free). The participating companies or services are entitled to verify the ownership the student card.

  • Lugano Card


    The Lugano Card is a "time off card" created by Lugano's Youth and Events Department. With the card, you can benefit from various special deals at over 240 participating locations including pools, movie theatres, shops, gyms and more. It is an unlimited offer at the cost of only CHF 10.

    All USI students, even if they do not live in Lugano, can have the Lugano Card. To get the Lugano Card, please fill out the online form and follow the instructions (in Italian) or contact (in English as well).

  • MedicusInfo

    MedicusInfo offers a membership card to staff members and students in the medical sector, with discounts and special conditions on a wide selection of of products and services, such as fleet discounts on a number of vehicles, reduced prices at the Migrol gas stations, special agreements with hotels in Italy and Croatia, discounts on air flights with Silver Air, and more.

    There are two categories of membership cards reserved for students (STUDENT) and for staff and researchers/faculty (BLUE) in the medical field (e.g. affiliated to the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences).

    Details at:

    BLUE card:

    STUDENT card:


    For full information:



  • Allianz

    Managing Agency Corrado Calzoni
    Via Antonio Adamini 10A
    6901 Lugano

    Advisor: Davide Molino
    Direct line: 058 357 0885  
    Cell phone: 079 322 71 24


    Offer reserved to new customers only. Valid for USI students, professors and staff.

    Special discount on the insurance premium for motor vehicles, household, valuables, real estate, legal protection, and travel.
    One-off discount up to CHF 100.- included in the invoice depending on the type of policy. Promotions are granted only through the advisor, online offers, and from other advisors do not apply.

  • Badalucci Restaurant

    Ristorante Badalucci Taste of Art
    Viale Cassarate 3
    6900 Lugano
    tel +41 91 2251649


    Badalucci Taste of Art offers to USI students and staff the following discounts:

    • “Grande Carte” menu: 10%, also for accompanying guests
    • Take away meals chosen from the Business lunch menu: 20%
    • Snack menu (pick up at the restaurant)

    To obtain these discounts, just show upon order a valid USI identification (student card, staff badge)


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  • Botero Ristorante

    Via Antonio Fusoni 5
    6900 Lugano
    tel +41 91 922 00 60

    Lunch promotion for students and staff 15.00 CHF

      • First/pasta course of the day
      • Mineral water (still or sparkling)
      • Espresso

      Lunch promotion for students and staff 18.00 CHF

      • Main course of the day
      • Mineral water (still or sparkling)
      • Espresso

      The restaurant Botero also offers a 15% discount à la carte and wine list to students, professors and staff.

      Anything not specifically mentioned is to be considered excluded.

    • Burger King Restaurants

      15% discount. Students, professors and staff members who present a student ID or employee card valid for the current academic year can benefit from the discount.

      The discount cannot be combined with any other type of special offers.

    • Die Volkswirtschaft (La vie économique)


      Subscription to Die Volkswirtschaft (La vie économique), a magazine on the Swiss economic policy published by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO and the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research.

      The paper edition of the magazine is published ten times a year in German and French. Subscription for students is free, and alumni can subscribe at a reduced price of 50 CHF (instead of 100 CHF of the cover price).

      «Die Volkswirtschaft» is a magazine whose authors are experts with extensive knowledge in administration, politics, science and economics.

      It is possible to order a free copy or subscribe here.

      To get the alumni discount, type "Alumni USI Università della Svizzera italiana: CHF 50.-" in the "Autre?" / "Anders?" field in the form. 

      All content is available for free on iPad (AppStore) and at the link

    • EF Soggiorni linguistici
      Via Pioda 8, 6900 Lugano
      tel       +41 91 923 33 73


      Valid for students, professors and staff for all destinations (offer cannot be combined).

      • 10% discount on intensive language travel or exam preparation courses of 1-week duration (adults 25 and older) or two weeks for young adults (13 and older) - up to 1.200 CHF.
      • 8% discount on long-term intensive language travel or long-term exam preparation courses (6, 9 or 11 months) - up to 1'200 CHF
      • Free flight up to 1,200 CHF for intensive language travel or exam preparation courses for a minimum duration of 12 weeks (departures by Sept. 30, 2018)
    • Estetica Bliss

      Estetica Bliss beauty center offers to all USI students and staff members a 15% discount on its services, upon presentation of a valid student/staff ID badge. The offer cannot be combined with other promotions.


      Street address:  via Maestri Comacini 27, 6834 Morbio Inferiore

      Tel: +41 79 935 98 29





    • Europcar 


      Up to 30% discout for USI students and staff.

      The offer is valid all year, and includes other benefits:

      • free delivery of vehicle at the Lugano campus;
      • possibility to return the vehicle at any of 90 stations in Switzerland, free of charge;
      • additional and young drivers included;
      • unlimited daily mileage.


      To book your rented vehicle, contact Europcar Lugano:

      phone 091 971 01 01
      Reference for the offer: USI 53888814

      The discount is granted upon presentation of a valid USI personal ID badge.



      is a platform created by the entrepreneurial initiative of three students. It offers a choice of laptops (Samsung, HP, Acer, Sony, Asus, Toshiba) and software at convenient prices, at a value lower than the regular market price and with a longer warranty.

      The offers are for students only. For authentication please scan a valid student ID or log in with your student netID (the same used for USI's e-learning platform).

    • Gabbani


      20% discount (for students only) at these counters: butcher / deli, cheese, greengrocer, bakery. To benefit from the discount, the student ID card must be presented upon payment at the checkout counter.

      The discount cannot be combined with any other type of special offers and does not apply to the following:

      • The wine shop;
      • The restaurant, bar and hotel;
      • The sale of sandwiches, snack bars and drinks on the portico i.e. outside the shops in Via Pessina and the Take Away in Piazza Cioccaro;
      • Catering service;
      • The purchase of tote bags.

      Only cash, or Postcard / Maestro payments are accepted.

    • Generali Assicurazioni

      Agenzia Generale Lugano
      Via Trevano 78
      6900 Lugano


      Offer for students, faculty and staff

      4 months of insurance for free:

      • Private Liability Insurance, in case of material or physical damage caused to third parties.
      • Household Contents Insurance, to insure goods such as bicycles, computers, mobile phones, furniture, clothes in case of theft - fire - lightning - damage through water - broken window glass.

      To obtain the special USI discount please refer to insurance advisor Daniele Camnasio at the General Agency in Lugano, in Via Trevano 78.

    • Hair Creations

      HAIR CREATIONS hairdressing salon (via delle Scuole 15, Lugano-Cassarate) offers the following special conditions to USI students, faculty and staff on all services provided:

      • 30% discount for holders of the Lugano Card and Lugano City Card
      • 25% discount for holders of the  Lugano Card e Lugano City Card

      The discounts are granted upon presentation of your personal ID card (student/staff member card) and, in case, of the Lugano Card or Lugano City Card.

      Info and appointments: Angela Casucci, 078 879 21 33


    • Helsana Health Insurance


      Helsana Assicurazioni SA
      Agenzia Generale Lugano
      Via Serafino Balestra 18
      6900 Lugano


      Helsana Health Insurance offers its policy-holders state-of-the-art products and services.

      All students, professors, employees and their family members benefit from a special discount on the most important supplementary insurances.

      To take advantage of the offer, please contact Massimo Tamborini to schedule a meeting or to request a non-binding quotation:

      Massimo Tamborini
      Insurance consultant
      Mobile phone  079 841 45 08


      Helsana also offers interesting rates for all age groups in general.

      Helsana certifies the quality and professionalism of its insurance consultants.

      Tamborini Massimo is certified by Finma (n. 32403) and Cicero (n. 21761).

    • Istituto di estetica LEDA

      Istituto di estetica LEDA (Beauty Institute LEDA, Via Luganetto 2, Viganello) offers to all USI students and staff members a 10% discount on all treatments, including laser and other systems, and on all products for sale and on promotion throughout the whole year.



      tel.: 091 971 38 16

    • Laltralingua

      Soggiorni lingustici
      Via Pioda 4
      6900 Lugano
      tel +41 91 924 22 35


      ERASMUS (SEMP) programmes

      Before you begin your ERASMUS (SEMP) program, why not invest some time to attend a language course? You may find it useful to brush up your language skills and be better prepared for your Erasmus.

      Courses can be taken in the same location where your Erasmus will take place or in any other location of choice from the ones we currently offer.

      Special rates apply to students enrolled at Università della Svizzera italiana.

      We offer Italian language courses also in Milan and Florence.

    • La Mobiliare insurance

      La Mobiliare
      Mobiliare Svizzera Società d'assicurazioni
      Agenzia generale Lugano
      Piazza Cioccaro 2
      6900 Lugano  


      25% discount for USI students and staff - on personal liabilty, home furniture, and buildings.

      The offer is valid for all new insurance policies.

      To benefit from this offer, please contact Mr.  Alex Pagani (Master of Science in Economics, USI), direct dial 091 224 24 28, mobile 076 344 17 93.

    • Lattecaldo Restaurant

      Ristorante Lattecaldo
      Via Lattecaldo 1
      6835 Morbio Superiore
      +41 91 684 12 40


      “Menu del mezzodì” (lunch menu) at the fixed price of CHF 15, and a 10% discount on the “Menu à la carte” (excluding beverages).

      For students, faculty and staff member of USI.


      Join Ristorante Lattecaldo on Facebook
      Follow Ristorante Lattecaldo su Instagram 



    • LuganoMusica

      Piazza Luini 2 
      CH - 6901 Lugano 
      tel +41 58 866 42 85


      Within the collaboration between USI and LuganoMusica, a special student price of 13 CHF is offered with the aim of bringing the USI community closer to the Lugano's cultural centre.  

      More information: 


    • Merida Bikes


      20% discount on bicycles, 10% on e-bikes Offer valid for students, staff and faculty

      The offer is valid at all Merida dealers in Ticino. (For the list of retailers, please refer to: The discount is granted upon presentation of the USI student ID card or employee card.

      At the Merida outlets you can find special deals for bicycles and e-bikes. Discounts up to 40%! (Not combinable with the USI discount)

      Merida retailers in Lugano:

      For further information:


    • Medinex SA

      Via San Salvatore 13
      6900 Lugano-Paradiso
      tel       +41 91 922 51 57


      For USI employees (faculty, researchers and staff):

      • SIM only CH promo: 19.90/monthly, no phone (only Switzerland)
      • SIM only: 39.80/monthly, no phone (Switzerland + 500 minutes of calls abroad)
      • Roaming SIM only: 49.00/monthly, no phone
      • SIM and Smartphone: 49.00/monthly, with Smartphone (max 400CHF)
      • SIM and high-end Smartphone: 77.00/monthly with last generation smartphone
      • SIM and Premium iPhone: 87.00/monthly with higher range phone

      For more information:

    • Lormax - sports equipment

      Via Monte Brè 8
      6904 Lugano

      tel. 091 921 35 62


      20% discount on sports apparel and equipment at MOLINO NUOVO SPORT. The store is on Via Monte Brè 8 in Lugano, a few minutes walk from USI Lugano campus.

    • Nespresso Boutique Lugano

      Nespresso Boutique Lugano
      Piazza Alessandro Manzoni 3
      6900 Lugano
      tel 0800 55 52 53 


      “Lattissima One – White” coffee maker for 139.50 CHF

      Instead of 279 CHF

      Plus CHF 100 of free coffee with the purchase of the machine.

      The offer is valid for USI students up until December 31, 2019.

      Just present your student card upon purchase at the store.   

      Click here for discover more about Lattissima One


    • Nuova Immagine

      Nuova Immagine
      Unisex hair salon
      Via Camoghé 1
      6900 Lugano


      10% discount for USI students and staff, for all services (haircut, styling, colour,...)

      The discount is given upon presentation of your USI personal ID badge.

      For appointments and information, just dial 091 921 04 04 and ask for Italo. The salon is open Tuesday to Saturday.

      See also our Facebook page.


    • Oltre Lingua

      10% discount on all language courses offered, for individual or group lessons

      Oltre Lingua is a language school based in Rancate, near Mendrisio, that offers courses for all levels with experienced and qualified native speakers, preparing for the main international certification exams and collaborating with schools abroad to organize language study trips.

      Details (in Italian) at:

    • OSI - Orchestra della Svizzera italiana

      The framework agreement between USI and OSI (Orchestra della Svizzera italiana) was established for the purpose of  promoting activities of mutual interest and to consolidate and encourage the relations between the two institutions. Within this framework, OSI offers discounted tickets for concerts at the LAC Lugano arte e cultura to USI students at the special price of CHF 10 (subject to the availability of seats) and to USI staff members at the reduced rate for the 'Amici dell'OSI' association..



    • Ottica ticinese

      Via Bozzoreda 37
      6963 Pregassona
      tel       +41 91 940 30 30


      Offer valid for students and staff:

      • free professional eye examination
      • 30% discount on prescription glasses
      • 35% discount on sun glasses
      • 20% discount on contact lenses and 20% on solutions
      • free Audiometric Test
      • free prescription glasses care and maintenance
    • Rollerina
      Swiss Design - European Origin


      Rollerina is an innovative Swiss start-up supported by the University of St. Gallen. It manufactures comfortable and innovative foldable shoes that you can always carry along.

      Offer valid for USI students, faculty and staff: 20% discount on the whole collection with code USI20.

    • Rookies Sports Bar

      Rookies Sports Bar (via F. Pelli 13, Lugano) offers to all USI students, faculty, researchers and staff members a 10% discount on all food & beverages, every day except during special events.

      To obtain the discount just show your student ID badge when asking for the check.


    • Sophistication FM - Hair salon

      Sophistication FM
      Hair salon
      Via Giulio Pocobelli 14
      6815 Melide


      The hair salon offers students, faculty and staff members of USI the following benefits:

      • 20% off for haircuts and styling 
      • 10% off for dyeing

      Discounts are granted upon presentation of the personal card.


      For info and bookings:
      Michela Allegro
      tel +41 91 225 71 57
      WhatsApp +41 78 781 98 41


    • B&B Splendorisuite

      Via Nassa 22
      6900 Lugano


      20% discount for students and relatives.

      Splendorisuite is a B&B located in downtown Lugano. Rooms come with free Wi-Fi, minibar, telephone, Flat Screen LCD TV, web radio and kitchenette.

      To take advantage of the discount please contact Francesco Greco at +41 76 228 87 25 or e-mail at


    • Student Event Association


      The SEA CARD costs 10 CHF and is designed for USI students. It makes it possible to save up to 5000 CHF a year thanks to its partners.

    • Swiss Learning Group - language courses

      Swiss Learning Group, in close collaboration with the global leader in English language education – Wall Street English – and the Swiss German School and the Swiss French School, offers entirely integrated solutions for English, German and French with a unique point of contact.

      The following language courses are offered to students enrolled at USI:



      Free registration fees = a 250 CHF discount on all teaching program activated by the school*.

      Wall Street English Lugano offers:

      • Flexible English course, all levels
      • Business English course
      • English certificates preparation: Cambridge University, TOEFL and IELTSIELTS

      * Registration fees cover teaching material, pswd and log-in to the Wall Street's multimedia platform, final certificate stating the level reached. The offer is not cumulative with any other current offers.

      To take advantage of the discount you must contact the center directly by phone 091 921 23 23 or by mail, specifying that you are entitled to the discount reserved to USI students, or by visiting directly the centre with your student ID card.



      Free registration fees = a 250 CHF discount on all teaching programs activated by the school*.

      École Suisse d’Allemand offers:

      • German courses at all levels
      • Business German courses
      • Preparation for the Goethe examination

      * Registration fees cover teaching material, pswd and log-in to the school's multimedia platform, final certificate stating the level reached. The offer is not cumulative with any other current offers.

      To take advantage of the discount you must contact the center directly by phone 091 921 10 82 o by e-mail at, specifying that you are entitled to the discount reserved to USI students, or by visiting directly the centre with your student ID card.

    • TechFitness

      Via Carlo Maderno 23
      6900 Lugano
      Tel. +41 (0)91 220 93 87
      Cell. +41 (0)78 746 87 92‬

      5% discount on membership reserved to USI students and staff members.

      TechFitness is a cutting-edge training method that allows to optimize time and physical activity. A few minutes walk from Lugano campus

    • Terranova - Clothing

      Piazza Dante 8 
      6900 Lugano

      Tel +41 91 225 22 29


      Terranova, the global fast fashion company, offers a 15% discount to USI students, faculty and staff members who purchase items at its Lugano store in Piazza Dante. All you need to do is present your personal USI identification card, valid for the current academic year. The discount cannot be combined with other discounts or ongoing promotions.


    • Wondermeal



      Wondermeal provides balanced and fresh food offerings for the whole day.

      Each offering included 5 meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks). Orders online and delivery at the indicated address the evening before.

      10% discout is granted to USI students and staff, by using the code USI10 when checking out and when presenting a valid USI personal badge upon delivery.


      Diana Fontana
      +41 78 744 14 66

    • Zurich Assicurazioni

      Wälti Daniel

      Zurich, Agenzia Generale Fausto Fontana SA
      Via G. Curti 10
      6900 Lugano
      tel        +41 91 912 42 62 (internal)
      tel        +41 91 912 42 71 (direct)


      Exclusive student discounts granted when contracted through Daniel Waelti:

      • 10% discount on contracts for new insurance products, except for life insurance policies, such as for motor vehicles, liability, home insurance, etc.
      • 5% discount on policy renewals on policy renewals previously contracted through Daniel Waelti
    • Sports discounts

      Check for special deals and offers in sports activities (gyms, swimming pools, courses, ….) at the Sport Service website:




    Updated on: 23/10/2019