Off Campus San Siro

OFF CAMPUS | Il Cantiere per le Periferie is an initiative promoted by Polisocial with the aim of strengthening the presence of Politecnico di Milano inside the city of Milan, following the principle of ​​a university that is more responsible, open, aware of social challenges and closer to the community.

Four Off Campus spaces will soon be operating in four neighbourhoods of the city of Milan.

Lecturers, researchers and students will thus be enabled to implement a series of activities, such as: innovative teaching, for the development of new skills related to working in real contexts; responsible research, based on inclusive knowledge production processes; co-designing with local stakeholders, in order to carry out projects with a positive impact on the community.


Politecnico di Milano has been working for years in the San Siro neighbourhood, especially through the Mapping San Siro Research and Action Lab, which promotes various initiatives in the district.

OFF CAMPUS SAN SIRO is located in via Gigante and has opened in April 2019 and the first operating Off Campus space. The activities carried out here originate from cooperation between university, inhabitants and local networks, coordinated by Mapping San Siro, the WRP research group and the Envisioning San Siro educational project.

• Research: the role of Living Labs in marginal areas; policies and projects related with housing and local life; educational poverty and segregation in multicultural contexts
• Education and culture: training labs for local citizenship; Caffè San Siro; cultural events; educational seminars and workshops; Compulsory Internships
• Co-design: reactivation of ground floors and public/common spaces; upskilling of foreign women; promotion of a working table on future scenarios
• Neighbourhood archive: collection of texts and materials, also starting from the inhabitants’ personal archives; coordination of the Sansheros Local Network, encompassing several neighbourhood actors
• Juridical service desk and legal education, thanks to cooperation with Bocconi University

Via Gigante (opposite to building no. 5)
Opening time: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 am to 05:30 pm