Student discounts and special offers

Students enrolled at the Università della Svizzera italiana can benefit from discounts by all sorts of partner companies and institutions in the region. All you need to do is to present your student badge when ordering any of the services advertised on this page.

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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 and linked to 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.

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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 in the online form ( and follow the instructions (in Italian) or please contact (in English as well).

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Burger King
Piazza Manzoni, 6900 Lugano

15% discount. Students, professors and staff members who present a card valid for the current academic year can benefit from the discount.

The discount cannot be combined with any other type of discount.

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Charlie Moto Bistrot
Via Zurigo 3, 6900 Lugano


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. 

For information:
(t) 091 980 00 34

Die Volkswirtschaft

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 on the Swiss economic policy. The 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's discount, type "Alumni USI Università della Svizzera italiana: CHF 50.-" in the "Autre?" / "Anders?" field in the form. 

All contents are available for free on iPad (AppStore) and at the link



EF Ticino Centri Linguistici Internazionali
Via Pioda 8 6900 Lugano
Tel.: 091 923 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. 30th 2017)


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Darwin Airline


Special subscriptions 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 


logo Fruit Store is a platform born under 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 student's 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).

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Gourmet delicatessen, Lugano
20% discount to students at these counters: butcher/cold cuts, cheese, grocery, wine, bakery
  • The card should be presented at the payment counter during the purchase
  • The discount is cannot be combined with any other type of discount
  • The discount is not valid in the restaurant
  • The discount is not valid for the sandwiches and drinks, which are sold outside the store
  • The discount is not valid for catering services
  • Payments must be made in cash, or by Postcard/Maestro
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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 consultant Daniele Camnasio at the General Agency in Lugano, in Via Trevano 78.


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Soggiorni lingustici  

Via Pioda 4
6900 Lugano
091 924 22 35

ERASMUS (SEMP) programmes:

Before you begin your ERASMUS (SEMP) programme, 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 the Università della Svizzera italiana.

We offer Italian language courses also in Milan and Florence.
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Medinex SA
Via San Salvatore 13
6900 Lugano-Paradiso
091 922 51 57

For USI employees (professors, reserachers 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:


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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 badge.
  • 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 are Balmelli Sport, Gerosa Motocicli, and Sport Planetarium.

For further information:

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Milano Burger Bar
Ristorante fast food
Corso Elvezia 4
6900 Lugano
091 921 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)

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MSDN Academic Alliance

Through the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance, students, lecturers, and staff members of USI can benefit from a great number of applications and operating system products from Microsoft (given that they satisfy the conditions found in the License Agreement). The software downloaded through MSDNAA may be used solely for the purposes and in the manner described in the End User License Agreement.

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Laptops and software for USI students, faculty and staff
The Neptun Initiative, 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 some of these products, you will need to enter your netID for authentication (the same one used on the USI e-learning platform).


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Ottica Ticinese
Via Bozzoreda 37 6963 Pregassona
+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
  • 25% discount on contact lenses and 20% on solutions
  • free Audiometric Test
  • free prescription glasses care and maintenance
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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, professors and staff: 20% discount on the whole collection with code USI20


B&B Splendorisuite
Via Nassa 52
6900 Lugano  

20% discount for students and relatives.

Splendorisuite is a B&B located in downtown Lugano. Rooms are 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° tour 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 in a year thanks to its partners.
Find the complete list of partners at


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Wall Street English Lugano
Piazza Dante 8

Free registration fees = a 250 CHF discount on all teaching programmes activated by the school*.

Wall Street English Lugano offers:

  • Flexible English course, all levels
  • Business English course
  • English certificates preparation: Cambridge University, TOEFL and IELTS

* Registration fees cover teaching material, pw 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.

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Wälti Daniel

Zurich, Agenzia Generale Fausto Fontana SA
Via G. Curti 10
6900 Lugano

+41 91 912 42 62 (internal)
+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

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.




The Sport Service USI SUPSI offers to everyone registered at the Università della Svizzera italiana the chance to take advantage of deals and discounts in different recreational sports:


Pools and swimming lessons

Fitness centres