Activities in the City

Lugano and Mendrisio offer several recreational opportunities. Some student associations organise parties, meetings, sports and leisure activities.

USI-SUPSI Sport Service promotes joint sports activities between the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI) and the University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), and coordinates participation in national university sports events.
For information:

Mendrisio and its surroundings offer a range of recreational activities, including musical performances (Musica nel Mendrisiotto), theater performances (Cinema Teatro and Excelsior in Chiasso), museums (Museo d’Arte in Mendrisio, Pinacoteca Züst in Rancate and Museo Vela in Ligornetto), cinema (Mignon and Plaza), and a film club (Cineclub del Mendrisiotto). With USI ID cards, students also benefit from a discount on cinema tickets.

USI students are welcome to use sports facilities (gym for volleyball and basketball, football field, indoor swimming pool) at the Canavée municipal school in Mendrisio and at the Lugano Lyceum. The school offices provide information and schedules.

Further information on sports and leisure, cultural programmes, local festivals and community events is available at the local Tourist Offices and on the Web: (available also in Chinese) (available also in Chinese)

Lugano Turismo
Palazzo Civico
6900 Lugano
Phone: +41 91 913 32 32

Ente Turistico del Mendrisiotto e Basso Ceresio
Via L. Lavizzari 2
6850 Mendrisio
Phone: +41 91 641 30 50
Fax +41 91 641 30 59