- PhD Candidates
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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 email@example.com. USI is not responsible for the validity of the offers listed. USI reserves the right to decline publishing offers deemed unfit.
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.
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).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (in English as well).
Managing Agency Corrado Calzoni
Via Antonio Adamini 10A
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.
Via Antonio Fusoni 5
tel +41 91 922 00 60
Lunch promotion for students and staff 15.00 CHF
Lunch promotion for students and staff 18.00 CHF
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.
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.
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 www.dievolkswirtschaft.ch.
Via Pioda 8, 6900 Lugano
tel +41 91 923 33 73
Valid for students, professors and staff for all destinations (offer cannot be combined).
Special subscription packages for students for flights from Lugano to Geneva:
For information 091 208 70 80 or https://www.etihadregional.com/it-it/our-offers/students-offer/
15% discount to students on Etnic Delivery (lunch and dinner) and on the Etic Restaurant menu.
Fruitstore.ch 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).
20% discount to students at these counters: butcher/cold cuts, cheese, grocery, wine, bakery
Payments must be made in cash, or by Postcard/Maestro.
Agenzia Generale Lugano
Via Trevano 78
Offer for students, faculty and staff
4 months of insurance for free:
To obtain the special USI discount please refer to insurance advisor Daniele Camnasio at the General Agency in Lugano, in Via Trevano 78.
Via Pioda 4
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.
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: www.merida.ch) 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: email@example.com
Via San Salvatore 13
tel +41 91 922 51 57
For USI employees (faculty, researchers and staff):
For more information: www.medinexsunrise.ch.
Ristorante fast food
Corso Elvezia 4
tel +41 91 921 29 24
20% discount for students, Faculty and staff members
Via Bozzoreda 37
tel +41 91 940 30 30
Offer valid for students and staff:
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.
Via Nassa 22
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
* 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 email@example.com, specifying that you are entitled to the discount reserved to USI students, or by visiting directly the centre with your student ID card.
Zurich, Agenzia Generale Fausto Fontana SA
Via G. Curti 10
tel +41 91 912 42 62 (internal)
tel +41 91 912 42 71 (direct)
Exclusive student discounts granted when contracted through Daniel Waelti: