Practicalities for the USI community

Lugano Campus: map, access, facilities


As a consequence of the COVID-19 situation, the campus is accessible only for punctual interventions aimed at resolving interruptions of service. Please respect all the provisions presented on and shared with the academic community. 



1. Main Building
2. Red Building
3. Informatics Building (Black Building)
4. Auditorium
5. Aula magna
6. Library
7. Lab
8. Blue Building
9. Lambertenghi Building
10. Maderno Building
11. Balestra Building
12. Villa Saroli
13. East Campus - construction site 

Information about the buildings.

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  • Access to the campus

    The campus is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    • Student cards and employees’ badges ensure access 24 /7 to the corridors and classrooms of the Main Building.
    • Master students also have access to the study area on the 5th floor of the library
    • Students from the Faculty of Informatics also have access to the open space of the Black Building. 
    • Employees also have access 24 / 7 to their respective places of work (offices, classrooms).

    If events (lectures, seminars) are organized in areas to which employees do not have access, the services responsible for the booking of rooms will supply the required “keys” (validated badges). Alternatively, you can ask for your own badge to be validated for additional areas by contacting the system administrators.

  • Facilities, maintenance, cleanliness

    The Lugano Campus offers members of the USI community:

    Smoking is prohibited in all parts of the campus.

    Notifications concerning buildings maintenance or cleanliness can be made to the campus Property and Facilities Service:

  • How to get there

    • By train

    From Lugano railway station, you can reach the Lugano Campus by bus or on foot.

    By bus:

    Take bus 6 (direction Cornaredo) from the square in front of the station. Alight at the “Università” stop (around 8-10 minutes’ ride in normal traffic conditions).

    See also the directions on this map.

    On foot:

    Walk to Piazza Cioccaro, in the centre of Lugano (see route on map), or take the funicular from inside the station.

    Cross Piazza Cioccaro and take Via Soave, turn left onto Via Pessina and walk to Piazza Dante. Cross the piazza, turn left onto Via Pretorio, and walk until you reach the bus station. Pass the bus station and keep going straight along Corso Pestalozzi until you reach the entrance to a parking garage and a park gate (Parco Ciani), then turn left onto Via Lucchini, and walk straight along Via Lucchini and Via Lambertenghi until you reach the campus main building.

    See the route on this map.


    • By car

    A2 highway: take the Lugano Nord exit, follow signs to Lugano and go through the tunnel (Galleria Vedeggio-Cassarate). After the tunnel, go straight ahead, following signs for Lugano/Centro (Via Sonvico) until you reach the large crossroad by the stadium: turn left (Via Alla Bozzoreda) and, at the next traffic lights, take a right onto Via Ciani. Go straight along Via Ciani and, at the second traffic light, continue straight ahead (following signs for USI) on Viale Cassarate. Shortly after the traffic lights, you will see the entrance to the underground car park for the Lugano Campus on your right.

    See the route on this map.

    To reach the main building, go past the car park entrance and take the second right (Via Fusoni). Continue along this road and take the second right (Via Lambertenghi) until you come to the main building.

    See the additional route on this map.

    As parking alternative, there is the nearby multistory car park of the Lugano Ospedale Italiano (Hospital) that can be accessed by Via agli Orti.

    See the route on this map.


    • By air

    There are direct flights from Zurich to Lugano Airport in Agno (about six kilometres from the city centre). Zurich is the major Swiss airport closest to Lugano.

    You can reach the city centre from Lugano Airport by shuttle bus or train (Agno railway station is about 15 minutes’ walk from the airport).

    Milano-Malpensa, Milano-Linate and Milano-Orio al Serio Airports are within a radius of 60-100 km from Lugano. There are trains and shuttle services in particular to and from Milano-Malpensa Airport.




Updated on: 23/03/2020