Education establishments in Italy often have a housing office to manage student accommodation. These housing offices provide information on renting apartments, which are generally cheaper than the cost of accommodation on the private market in Italy. Students may rent a room or the whole apartment. Most universities in Italy do not have halls of residence.
Renting apartments in cities in Italy is more expensive than in smaller towns and can range from 300 to 1000 euro a month, depending on the size and location. For students who want to make their own accommodation arrangements, rental houses appear in local newspapers. Accommodation information can also be found with real estate agencies, but for a fee. The minimum rental period for most accommodation in Italy is one year, but student accommodation in furnished rooms is usually available for shorter periods.
Living in an apartment with Italian or foreign students, or with the landlord, requires maturity but also allows you to have a lot of independence. You will share the bathroom and the kitchen with other students, and you can cook for yourself.
Private apartments are more comfortable than shared apartments, but also more expensive. They are available for one person or two people. The rent must be paid directly to the landlord of the apartment.
Living in a hotel
There is also a possibility to live in a hotel but it is obviously more expensive then all other options. There are approximately 40,000 hotels throughout Italy. Each hotel has a fixed rate agreement with the Provincial Tourist Board. You will find that most hotels quote all-inclusive rates, which include taxes, services, heating, or air conditioning. If you discover the all-inclusive rate does not include value added tax (IVA), it should be added. You should also be aware that while living in hotel you won’t have the possibility to cook yourself which adds even more expenses.
The small to medium size hotels are often run by a family. They will give you breakfast (generally coffee and a croissant) but it is more than likely they won’t have a restaurant. But this can hardly be a drawback when you are in a country that has superb restaurants on virtually every street just waiting for you to explore.