Can you shop for reasonably priced food in Milan?

I'm going to be studying in Milan next semester and I wanted to know whether anyone knows anywhere that you can shop for food that isn't too expensive? The Erasmus grant hardly even covers my rent and leaves me with €30 a month for everything else so I'm going to have to dip into my savings and student loan - I don't want to have to spend too much money on necessities! Would it be better to buy fresh food at fruit and vegetable markets? Thank you!! :)

This question was asked on 20th January 2015 and has been read 1760 times.

  • Romy Higgins · 7 years ago

    I don't know any specifics about Italy but your Erasmus grant isn't supposed to pay for your living costs.  That's what your loan is for, and Erasmus grant pays for extra things.  Use your loan for rent and food and your Erasmus grant for extras.  As long as you don't eat out too much I'm sure there are cheap ways of shopping even if supermarkets are expensive.  Try to look for a local market and if you have a freezer, cook meals in bulk so that you can save money.  If you get friendly with your neighbours ask them where they do their shopping - it might be that you can get a bus or metro to an out of town supermarket that's cheaper.  I lived in Paris but because k bought my food at a big supermarket and at markets, it didn't cost me as much as I thought.

  • Ethan R Wilkinson · 7 years ago

    I lived in Milan this time last year (and I lived there for a bit before I started my degree) so I know the supermarkets pretty well!

    Carrefour is very expensive. The best supermarket to shop at is Penny Market. They are amazing! Make sure you get one of their Penny Cards (in the supermarket some of the foods have a "special price" which you can only get if you have one of their free Penny Cards".

    Here is a link to their website.

    Oh how I miss Penny Market... seriously they are the best.

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