Events
August
2017

Lugano Campus

Campus Lugano

The USI Lugano Campus is located in Via Giuseppe Buffi 13, Lugano (Switzerland).

It is home to USI central administration and the Lugano university library, as well as lecture rooms, event theaters (Auditorium, Aula magna) and offices for the academic staff of the Faculties of Biomedical Sciences, Communication Sciences, Economics and Informatics. It is surrounded by public gardens, a cafeteria and a number of study areas equipped with computers and Internet access.

The Lugano Faculty of Theology, an institution independent from USI, is located in a separate building on campus.

The Lugano city centre and lakeside are within walking distance.

  • How to get there

    • By train

    From Lugano railway station, you can reach the Lugano Campus by bus or on foot.

    By bus:

    Take bus 6 (towards Cornaredo) from the square in front of the station. Alight at the “Università” stop (around 8-10 minutes’ ride in normal traffic conditions).

    See also the directions on this map.

    On foot:

    Walk to Piazza Cioccaro, in the centre of Lugano (see route on map), or take the funicular from inside the station.

    Cross Piazza Cioccaro and take Via Soave, turn left onto Via Pessina and walk to Piazza Dante. Cross the piazza, turn left onto Via Pretorio, and walk until you reach the bus station. Pass the bus station and keep going straight along Corso Pestalozzi until you reach the entrance to a parking garage and a park gate (Parco Ciani), then turn left onto Via Lucchini, and walk straight along Via Lucchini and Via Lambertenghi until you reach the campus main building.

    See the route on this map.

     

    • By car

    A2 motorway: take the Lugano Nord exit, follow signs to Lugano and go through the tunnel (Galleria Vedeggio-Cassarate). After the tunnel, go straight ahead, following signs for Lugano/Centro (Via Sonvico) until you reach the large crossroad by the stadium: turn left (Via Alla Bozzoreda) and, at the next traffic lights, take a right onto Via Ciani. Go straight along Via Ciani and, at the second traffic light, continue straight ahead (following signs for USI) on Viale Cassarate. Shortly after the traffic lights, you will see the entrance to the underground car park for the Lugano Campus on your right.

    See the route on this map.

    To reach the main building, go past the car park entrance and take the second right (Via Fusoni). Continue along this road and take the second right (Via Lambertenghi) until you come to the main building.

    See the additional route on this map.

     

    • By air

    There are direct flights from Zurich and Geneva to Lugano Airport in Agno (about six kilometres from the city centre). Zurich is the major Swiss airport closest to Lugano.

    You can reach the city centre from Lugano Airport by shuttle bus or train (Agno railway station is about 15 minutes’ walk from the airport).

    Milano-Malpensa, Milano-Linate and Milano-Orio al Serio Airports are within a radius of 60-100 km from Lugano. There are shuttle services in particular to and from Milano-Malpensa Airport.

  • Map of the campus

    The Lugano Campus is open from Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 19:00, and 24 / 7 for members of the academic community.

    It is accessible to people with disabilities. Surrounded by gardens it also offers, among other things:

    Campus security is provided by the security service, and backed up by a video surveillance system.

    Further information about the Lugano Campus and its infrastructure is available on InfoDesk, the practical information portal for the academic community.

    Mappa del Campus Lugano 1

    1. Main Building
    2. Red Building
    3. Black Building (or Informatics Building)
    4. Aula magna
    5. Library
    6. Lab (o Glass Building)
    7. Blue Building
    8. Lambertenghi Building
    9. Maderno Building
    10. Via Balestra 22

  • Information on buildings

    The nucleus of the Lugano Campus is an ancient neoclassical building – the Main Building –  which originally housed the city hospital. With the growth of the University, new, modern buildings have risen around it.

    The campus development has been possible thanks to the generosity of the Daccò Foundation and theUSI Foundation for the Lugano Faculties, which are among the main supporters of our University. The campus has been designed following two main inspirations: 

    • plurality: the different architects tried to keep a balance between tradition and innovation, in perfect harmony with the true meaning of University, which is a dialogue between diversity, looking towards the same direction  (uni-versitas);
    • openness towards the community: all obstacles that separated the campus from the neighbouring area (such as walls, gates or hedges) were removed. A pathway of benches was built as to embrace Lugano, and to represent through its simple yet sincere concrete, a University that does not want to be an "Ivory Tower", but on the contrary looks forward to an open dialogue with the community.