Security, accessibility and logistics at the UniversitÓ della Svizzera italiana


Night surveillance is guaranteed on the Lugano campus. USI night guards carry out their duties with due discretion; however, should the need arise, they are fully authorised to stop anybody seen acting suspiciously on the premises at night, especially in the computer areas which are accessible to USI students only.

058 666 4730  






Public transport

Students and visiting scholars travelling by train around Switzerland can purchase a half-price subscription at ticket offices of the Swiss Federal Railway station. Further information can be found at There are also monthly passes at reasonable prices for daily train commuting between Switzerland and Italy. There are also monthly passes at reasonable prices for daily trains commuting between Switzerland and Italy. From Lugano's main train station, one can reach the Campus by bus (it takes you about 25 minutes on foot).

An efficient network of buses assures easy travel throughout the city of Lugano and its immediate outskirts. Villages in the surrounding district can be reached by regional buses (ARL, Autolinee Regionali Luganesi) and the yellow coaches (operated by the postal system). To find out more:

Driving and Parking
The legal driving age in Switzerland is 18. A valid foreign licence allows you to drive in Switzerland for the first 12 months of your stay.
Parking around Lugano Campus is rather limited.

Bicycles are the most effective and efficient way to move around town. If you wish to purchase a bike at real-bargain prices, check out the following outlet: 
Soccorso Operaio Svizzero SOS, Atelier RI-cicletta,
Via Zurigo 17, 6900 Lugano
tel. +41 91 921 01 02
A Bike Sharing station for the Lugano-Paradiso line is also available on campus with free subscription offered by USI. More information at


> Student guide (pdf)