On this page you can find a roadmap on the steps to take to move to Lugano

Apply for a visa

EU and EFTA citizens do not need a visa to enter Switzerland, but must obtain a residence permit; for other countries, the need for a visa may vary according to nationality.

Find an accommodation

Find suitable accommodation for your study or work needs.

Announce your presence in the city at the office called 'Punto Città"

Within 8 days of your arrival in Lugano, you must register at the (ufficio controllo abitanti) ‘resident registration’ office.

Apply for residence permit

All foreigners who intend to stay in Switzerland for a period of more than three months must apply for a residence permit.

Register for health insurance or apply for an exemption

Everyone resident in Switzerland is obliged to take out health insurance within three months of arrival. Students, in specific cases, can apply for exemption to the health insurance fund.

Not sure what to do in your spare time in Lugano?

Visit the Enjoy page and learn more about the events and popular traditions that animate the City of Lugano!

What does it cost to live in Lugano?

Lugano is a city for all budgets!

Discover Lugano with tailor-made budget solutions. We offer indicative estimates of living costs to give you a preview of your city experience.

Enter the heart of Lugano with the peace of mind of a customised budget.

Keep emergency numbers in mind

  • Police – Emergency: 117
  • Ambulance: 144
  • Fire Service: 118
  • Municipal Police – centre: 058 866 81 11
  • Check with your university about the emergency contact number for students

The website offers guidance on what you can do in case of an emergency: alarm signals, fires and traffic accidents. Find out more

Do you have any further questions?