The Umbra Institute Housing Information
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Student apartments or flats afford a high degree of independence and allow you to experience university life as Italian students would. General Studies students will live with other Umbra students while Direct Enrollment students will be housed with other international or Italian students in either single or double rooms. Home stays are available upon request. All apartments include wifi access, linens, and shared kitchen facilities where you can prepare your own meals.
Blankets, pillows, sheets and towels are typically supplied, but we recommend that you purchase a set of your own sheets (standard flat double size), pillowcases, towels and washcloths upon arrival.
All housing will include basic kitchen utensils such as dishes, cutlery, pots and pans. Some landlords provide extras for our students, such as televisions, phones, dishwashers and clothes washers, but these items should not be expected.
Please remember, there is no way to guarantee uniformity of apartment and room sizes, distance from the Institute, furnishings or extra facilities; these are regular residential apartments owned and rented out by individuals.
There is no meal plan option for this program, so please prepare to use the kitchen when possible to save on food costs. The staff of the Institute will be happy to help you locate the nearest markets and grocery stores.
Apartments typically house between two and eight students. If you are in the General Studies Program, your roommates will typically be other North American students studying at the Umbra Institute. If you are enrolled in the Italian Language & Culture Program (full immersion) you will be housed with other intensive learners of Italian.
Students will most often be allocated double rooms, but some apartments may have single and triple rooms. Remember, you may be sharing your learning and living experience with international students and their expectations and customs may be different from yours. Roommate requests will be considered only if they are requested in advance and mutual. All housing and room requests are considered, but not guaranteed.
All apartments will have kitchen and bathroom facilities. Occasionally, there may also be a lounge area. Bathrooms in Italy typically include a sink, a bidet and a shower box (without a tub) or a tub with a hand-held showerhead and no curtain. You will quickly learn how not to flood the bathroom! Hot water is regulated by small heaters and, therefore runs out quickly.
Apartments are heated during winter, but you should understand that Italian homes are not kept as warm as homes in the U.S. and you might not have control over the temperature or when the heat is turned on/off in your building. Apartments also usually do not have wall-to-wall carpeting and may have only small area rugs or no rugs at all, as Italians clean their floors regularly. Also, be prepared for the fact that apartments in Italy do not have air conditioning.
Apartments, rooms, and storage spaces are considerably smaller and more simply furnished in Italy as compared to the U.S., so please keep this in mind when you’re packing. Requests for specific locations or buildings cannot be accommodated.
You will be responsible for keeping your room clean and laundering your own sheets and towels. (There are usually laundromats within walking distance if you do not have a washer in your apartment). Dryers are not common in Italian homes; therefore, you should expect to line-dry your clothes as the Italians do or to bring your clothes to a laundromat for machine drying (at your expense).
You will also be asked to clean and preserve the general order of bathrooms and common areas and to wash your dishes and clean up after yourself in the kitchen. Apartments will be inspected by Umbra staff during the semester.
Getting to Class
Finally, Perugia is a very hilly city. Bring very comfortable walking shoes and expect about a 15-minute walk from your apartment to classes. The walk from the Umbra Institute to the Universita’ per Stranieri is about 10-15 minutes downhill (uphill on the way back!). Local transportation is not included in the program fee.