Students who study at the School in Italy must live in host families or with at least one native Italian-speaker.
Living with locals in a homestay or shared apartment is one of the best ways to learn Italian and to enter immediately into the Italian way of life. Living with Italians allows students to practice the Italian language in a safe environment, to learn what the locals like to do, to taste regional cuisine with home-cooked meals, to find a home away from home, and to learn through observation Italian culture, customs, and habits.
See details about housing in the Handbook.
The School in Italy offers a housing pre-selection service to all students who request it. This helps students find an accommodation before arriving.
By the end of May (for Fall semester) or the end of October (for Spring), all students enrolled in the program will complete a questionnaire. Once answered, students who requested information on housing pre-selection will be contacted by the Sede and given the dates when the service will be available to reserve an accommodation (around the second half of June and November).
Students then receive a catalogue and an online form to use for selecting their preferred accommodation. After viewing the housing options, students can decide whether or not to use the pre-selection service, and must do the following:
- Send the form back by the deadline, with choices in order of preference
- After receiving confirmation that an accommodation is available, pay the landlord or homestay family a security deposit and first month’s rent by wire transfer to reserve the accommodation
- Send the payment receipt to the Sede within 24 hours of the payment
Students will receive their homestay family's or landlord’s home address, telephone number, and email address once the deposit has been received so they can contact them to communicate the date of arrival.
Requesting to use the housing pre-selection service is not binding and the student is not obligated to choose one the proposed housing options.
Catalogue: In the catalogue you will find a listing (page) for each housing option available along with a few photographs, the main characteristics of the home, and the name of the street. Most rooms are in apartments shared with other Italians: Either with families (professionals or retired) or university students (when available).
Use of the kitchen: In a shared apartment, you will be sharing the common areas of the apartment: kitchen, living room, bathroom, etc. You are responsible for buying food and preparing your own meals. In a homestay, you may either have uso cucina in which the situation is similar to that of a shared apartment, or you will have mezza pensione (half-board) in which breakfast and dinner are prepared for you daily for the number of days indicated in the listing. In this situation, meals not included in the plan need to be taken outside of the home. Unless otherwise agreed upon with the family, the kitchen is not to be used. However, you will have use of the refrigerator to store a few cold items.
Utilities: These may or may not be included in the rent. They typically include electricity, water, gas, WiFi, etc., and are paid monthly.
Cleaning products: The use of cleaning products is usually not included in the rent; cleaning products must be purchased separately. In a homestay, the half-board option includes a weekly room cleaning, unless otherwise indicated in the listing.
Area: Before choosing an accommodation, you can find where a home is located in the city using either of these websites: www.tuttocitta.it or Google Maps
Price: The price indicated in the catalogue is how much the rent costs and must be paid at the beginning of each month. The rent is calculated on a monthly rate (example: September 1 – September 30) and cannot be calculated for periods less than a month.
Payment: Regarding methods of payment, the student is responsible for paying any bank fees incurred.
Additional Costs: Any other costs such as registering the rental contract, utilities (if not included in the rent), and other costs not specified are NOT INCLUDED in the rent and must be paid separately.