Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Cattolica International

Useful information

The requirements to open an Italian bank account are:
  • To be at least 18 years old
  • To have a valid ID
  • For non-EU students: to have a valid study visa and the receipt of the application for the Permesso di Soggiorno
  • To have the Italian codice fiscale

Most banks are open from Monday to Friday, from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm. Check with Cattolica International the availability of an English-speaking employee in one of the banks near the campus. “Banca Popolare di Sondrio” has recently opened a branch inside Cattolica main campus (Largo Gemelli, 1).

For degree-seeking students only (except for specializing master students)
An agreement between the University and Banca Popolare di Sondrio makes it possible to set up the ATENEO+ UNIVERSITY CARD as a reloadable pre-paid bank card free of charge.

If you do not need to open an Italian bank account, you may use your credit card at any Automatic Teller Machine (Bancomat) around the city. Note: “ATM” (Azienda Trasporti Milanesi) is the acronym used for the public transportation system in Milan, not to be confused with Automatic Teller Machine. When withdrawing money be attentive to the people around you. We advise you use Bancomats that are inside banks and not those right off the street. Unless necessary, do not use Bancomats inside or near stations.

In case of emergency, dial the single number 112 (toll-free).

112 is the universal emergency telephone number which can be dialled free of charge from any landline or mobile telephone to contact the emergency services (ambulance, fire & rescue, police) in many European countries, including all EU member states.

Emergency pharmacy 800 801185 (toll-free).

Receiving packages from non-EU countries can cost a lot in terms of taxes. Postal and custom taxes may be very high depending on the weight and value of the content. Please note that a few items, such as medications, electrical equipment and food may be blocked by the custom authorities. Carefully check the terms and conditions with the selected delivery company (postal service/courier) before you have anything sent to Italy.
By Plane

If you are coming to Milan by plane you will land either at the Intercontinental Airport of Malpensa, the largest airport in northern Italy, at Linate Airport or at Orio al Serio Airport.

The information number for Linate and Malpensa airports is +39 02 74852200.
The information number for Orio al Serio Airport is +39 035 326323.

  • Linate
    Linate airport is just outside the city at a distance of only 7 km. There are two main connections from the airport to the city:
    • the number 73 bus to the city centre (running approx. every 10 minutes, final stop in Corso Europa – underground station S. Babila, Red line, i.e. line 1)
    • the Air Bus shuttle running from the Central Railway Station (underground station Centrale, Green and Yellow lines, i.e. line 2 and line 3; every 30 minutes approx.)
  • Malpensa
    Malpensa airport is 45 km from the city. It has two terminals, connected by a shuttle bus. Please remember to check which terminal your plane will be landing at or leaving from.
    Several services provide transportation between this airport and the centre of town: 1) the “Malpensa Express” train, to/from the centre of Milan (underground stations: Cadorna, Centrale and Garibaldi); 2) public bus connection to/from the Central Railway Station, every 20 minutes.
  • Orio al Serio.
    Milano - Orio al Serio airport is 45 km from the city. The airport has road connections with the Central Railway Station.
    The “Autostradale” bus company service connects the airport to the Central Railway Station in about one hour. It runs every 15 or 30 minutes depending on the time of day.
    Alternatively you can reach the Central Station in about 50 minutes using the “Orioshuttle” bus service. It runs every 30 minutes


By Train

The main railway station in Milan is Milano Centrale (Central Station). Once you reach the Central Station, you will find many different connections to other areas:

Underground: two underground lines cross at the Central Station, the Green line (line 2) and the Yellow line (line 3). By underground you can also reach the other railway stations in Milan (Cadorna, Rogoredo, Garibaldi and Lambrate)
Several different buses and trams connect the railway station to the various parts of town
Shuttle buses to and from the airports of Linate, Malpensa and Orio al Serio

For information on trains in Italy please consult the following website: www.trenitalia.it.

By Car

Milan has the biggest Italian highway system. Milan's ring road is the end point of highway A4 coming from Turin, the A4 from Venice and Verona; A1 connecting Milan and Bologna, Florence and Rome; the A7 coming from Genoa and Liguria; and the A8/A9 that go to Switzerland as well as Lake Como and Lake Maggiore. The ring road is divided in Tangenziale Est and Tangenziale Ovest.