Arcadia in Rome
Housing Information

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Student Apartments

  • Arcadia University leases a number of student apartments in the southern center Rome, near the University of Rome, Roma Tre and closest to such sites as the Piramide, the Circus Maximus, l’Aventino and Trastevere.

  • Students will be housed in apartment buildings where they will live alongside Italian families, young and old, grasping a sense for living in an Italian context. All apartments are chosen based on safety, comfort, conduciveness to study and living in a foreign context. Facilities will vary from apartment to apartment.

  • As they are Italian homes and in buildings from varying eras of the Roman landscape, no two apartments are exactly alike. "Thresholds," our Italy Program orientation to all aspects of living abroad, will address adjusting to living among Italians neighbors, among other topics.

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The Basics

  • Rome housing comes equipped with one set of sheets per student, a pillow, blankets and/or duvets and towels. We often recommend you either bring or buy a change of sheets and towels of your own liking.

  • Student apartments in Rome will be equipped with WIFI access.

  • All housing will include basic kitchen utensils such as dishes, cutlery, pots, and pans. Some landlords provide extras for our students, such as televisions, 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 school, 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. Neighborhood orientation on arrival day and Thresholds sessions to follow will help you to locate local markets, talk to you about basic food preparation and how best to stay healthy, satisfied and keep change in your pocket while living and eating in Rome.

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Roommates

  • Apartments typically house between three and six students. Your roommates will typically be other North American students studying on the program. Students will most often be allocated double rooms, but some apartments may have single and triple rooms. One roommate request will be considered only if requested in advance and reciprocal.  All housing and room requests are considered, but not guaranteed. The more information shared on your housing form, the better our local staff can match roommates to one another.

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Facilities

  • 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 due to governmental regulation of resources, you might not have control over the temperature or when the heat is turned on/off in your building.

  • Energy in Italy is 100% imported and, as such, very expensive; this leaves landlords and homeowners particularly wary of overuse. Apartments in Italy do not have air conditioning. However, proper ventilation and stone construction go far in alleviating much of the summer heat. Extensive housing orientations explain how best to conserve energy, keep apartments cool in summer and warm in winter and how to keep areas clean and tidy.

  • 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.

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Responsibilities

  • You will be responsible for keeping your room clean and laundering your own sheets and towels. All apartments on the Rome program have washing machines. 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 Arcadia staff during the semester/session.

  • Apartments in Rome are cleaned professionally every 15 days. The cleaning staff is there to ensure a healthy environment for you to live and study in; you and your roommates are required to respect the cleaning staff by keeping your own personal items tidy and by readying the apartment to be cleaned each time. Thresholds, our extended program on adjusting to life in Rome will also provide you with the tools to maintain your responsibilities and share your tasks.

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Getting to Class

  • Commuting can take you from 10-20 minutes on foot to your study center, depending on where you are housed. Public transportation in Rome is based on a metro, commuter rail and bus system. You are advised to purchase public transportation monthly passes while residing in Rome for which you should expect to pay at the start of each month. If your arrival to Italy falls past the first week of the month, the Arcadia office will provide you with your first monthly pass on arrival and you will reimburse this cost during orientation.

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