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.

USI has in fact entered into partnerships with regional companies and institutions in order to favour access of its members to the services offered.

Local businesses and institutions interested in offering benefits to students and USI employees may send their offers by e-mail to USI is not responsible for the validity of the offers listed. USI reserves the right to decline publishing offers deemed unfit.

Current promotions:

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  • Academic Care

    To provide students with favourable conditions for the compulsory health insurance, USI has established with Groupe Mutuel the Academic Care group insurance policy.
    The offer is exclusive to extra-EU / EFTA students enrolled in any study program at USI, who are no older than 40 and who have a valid residence permit for students.

    For information.

  • 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

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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.

    • Charlie Moto Bistrot

      Via Zurigo 3
      6900 Lugano
      tel      +41 91 980 00 34

      USI students, faculty and staff members can get 10% off lunch menus by presenting their USI student/staff ID badge at the counter when asking for the check.  

    • 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)
    • Etihad Regional


      Special subscription packages for students for flights from Lugano to Geneva:

      • 10 trips at 1.350 CHF
      • 20 trips at 2.500 CHF

      For information 091 208 70 80 or 


    • Etnic Ristorante e consegna a domicilio

      Ristorante Etnic

      Etnic Delivery

      Quartiere Maghetti

      6900 Lugano

      15% discount to students on Etnic Delivery (lunch and dinner) and on the Etic Restaurant menu.


      • Ssudent ID must be shown while placing the order
      • for Etnic Delivery, please notify us before placing the order, or on the form while placing an order online
      • discount cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts
      • discount valid for students who are currently attending the academic year, with a valid student ID
      • discount not valid at the Etnic Shop

      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 to students at these counters: butcher/cold cuts, cheese, grocery, wine, bakery

      • The student ID card should be presented at the payment counter during the purchase.
      • The discount cannot be combined with any other type of special offers.
      • The discount is not valid in the restaurant.
      • The discount does not apply to sandwiches and drinks, which are sold outside the store.
      • The discount does not apply to catering services.

      Payments must be made in cash, or by Postcard/Maestro.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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:

    • Milano Burger Bar

      Ristorante fast food
      Corso Elvezia 4
      6900 Lugano
      tel       +41 91 921 29 24


      20% discount for students, Faculty and staff members

      • Discount valid for lunch and dinner
      • The discount is not be combined with any other promotional offer
      • The discount is granted by presenting the USI personal card (valid for the current academic year)
    • 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.

    • 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

      360° view of the rooms

    • 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.

      Find the complete list of partners at

    • Wall Street English Lugano

      Piazza Dante 8, 6900 Lugano


      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.

    • 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: 12/01/2018