Useful Information

  • Weather conditions: please check here
  • Swiss Francs Currency Exchange: The updated currency exchange is available at this link. Foreign currency and traveller’s cheques are exchanged in banks, at railroad station exchange offices (the main ones are open until 10.00 p.m.), in airports, in certain tourist offices and hotels.
  • Banks are located mainly in the city centre and are open from 8.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. from Monday to Friday and are generally closed on Saturdays. (in big cities they don’t close for the lunch break). Other dedicated spot to exchange money are “Cambio Parini SA” in the city centre, in Piazza Cioccaro and “Ranzanici Learco” in via alle scuole 2 (next to Hotel Lido Seegarten).
  • Post office: the post office closest to USI is just 5 minutes walking distant in Via Rinaldo Simen 14.
  • Opening Hours: Shops are generally open from 8 or 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday (with an interval of one or two hours). On Saturdays they close at 4.00 p.m. or 5.00 p.m.. In cities, supermarkets and department stores are open all day long and once a week they are open in the evening (only in certain periods).
  • Passport and Visa: EU citizens may enter Switzerland with a valid Identity Card or with an individual passport or with a recognition card issued to State employees or to their family, without any need of a visa for a stay of up to 30 days. For minors it is necessary to have an “identity certificate for minors under 15” with a photo, issued by the municipality and stamped by the police office; up to 16 years of age, it is possible to register children on the passport of one of the parents.
  • For non-EU (or non-Shengen) countries please refer to the following website :
  • Hospital: In case of need “Ospedale Italiano” is just next to USI across the river Cassarate (200m).