Milan is one of the most beautiful but also most expensive cities to live in, so how can you save some money if you want to live like a real local?



One of the most expensive things when living in Milan is definitely rent. Especially with the recent price spike! This is why when students and young workers first move to the Fashion Capital, they decide to share a flat with friends or complete strangers. But it can be hard to live with people you aren’t familiar with! Especially when they pay the bills late or when they don’t clean the kitchen when they are supposed to. This is why managing your house life with an app can make your life easier: RoomMate ( allows you to intuitively keep track of expenses and chores, divide bills neatly and also save money on cleaning with their discounts!

This way you’ll be able to worry less about your roomies and enjoy an Aperol at aperitivo time while looking at the Navigli. Or maybe discover the city, with locals.



You don’t need to spend a fortune to appreciate Italian culture. On the first Sunday of every month you’ll be able to visit EVERY museum of the Fashion Capital for FREE! Although lines can get quite long, if you get there early it will definitely be worth it.

Also, museums usually have discounts for students under 25 and if you go during the weekday or in the evening. Each museum is different, so you’ll have to check for yourself, but here are some of the most visited ones:

PINACOTECA DI BRERA (Romantic Italian paintings inside the Brera Arts Academy)
Via Brera, 28
FREE every 1st Sunday of the month
€ 2 reduced for 18-25 year-olds  (full price € 12)
3 every third Thursday evening of the month from 6 p.m. to 10.15 p.m.

MUSEO DEL NOVECENTO (modern art gallery in the heart of Milan, right next the Duomo)
Piazza Duomo, 8

FREE every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2 p.m. / every 1st Sunday of the month

€3 university students, under 25 (full price €5)

CASTELLO SFORZESCO MUSEUM (inside the medieval castle)

Piazza Castello, 3

FREE every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2 p.m. / every 1st Sunday of the month

€3 university students, under 25 (full price €5)



Use apps if you want to eat out. For example TheFork offers many discounts up to 75% if you book on their app. Many restaurants are on it and you’ll be able to enjoy extremely tasty food.

Just open the app, select what you want to eat (seafood, Italian, pizza, Greek…) and book with discounts based on what time you go. It’s very convenient if you want to compare prices and book dinner without having to call the restaurant.


Check also our experiences and free walking tours