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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. USI reserves the right to decline publishing offers deemed unfit.
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).
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: www.desk.usi.ch/en/swisscare
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 email@example.com (in English as well).
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).
BLUE card: www.medicusinfo.eu/negozio/membership-blue/
STUDENT card: www.medicusinfo.eu/negozio/membership-student/
For full information:
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.
Badalucci Taste of Art offers to USI students and staff the following discounts:
To obtain these discounts, just show upon order a valid USI identification (student card, staff badge)
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).
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
Up to 30% discout for USI students and staff.
The offer is valid all year, and includes other benefits:
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.
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 (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:
Only cash, or Postcard / Maestro payments are accepted.
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.
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:
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 Assicurazioni SA
Agenzia Generale Lugano
Via Serafino Balestra 18
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:
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 (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
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.
Mobiliare Svizzera Società d'assicurazioni
Agenzia generale Lugano
Piazza Cioccaro 2
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):
firstname.lastname@example.org, direct dial 091 224 24 28, mobile 076 344 17 93.
“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.
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.
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: https://medinex.swiss.
Nespresso Boutique Lugano
Piazza Alessandro Manzoni 3
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.
Unisex hair salon
Via Camoghé 1
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.
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: www.oltrelingua.com
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..
More information: www.osi.swiss
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.
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.
Via Giulio Pocobelli 14
The hair salon offers students, faculty and staff members of USI the following benefits:
Discounts are granted upon presentation of the personal card.
For info and bookings:
tel +41 91 225 71 57
WhatsApp +41 78 781 98 41
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
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:
* 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.
Free registration fees = a 250 CHF discount on all teaching programs activated by the school*.
École Suisse d’Allemand offers:
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, specifying that you are entitled to the discount reserved to USI students, or by visiting directly the centre with your student ID card.
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
Piazza Dante 8
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 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.
A 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.
+41 78 744 14 66
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: