Finding student accommodation in Italy

Finding student accommodation in Italy can be time-consuming and repetitive. With this guide, you’ll navigate your search easily.


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Updated on 19 Apr 2024

Every year, thousands of international students flock to Italy to study. Not surprising since Italy is home to some of the highest-ranking universities in the world and an incredible cuisine, history, and culture! If you’re moving to Italy for your studies, one of the first things you’ll need to do is find a place to rent in Italy.

This guide will help you understand the different types of student accommodation you’ll find in Italy. You’ll also get an insight into how much you should expect to pay for rent in each city.

Types of student accommodation in Italy

Each type of student accommodation in Italy has a number of pros and cons, and suit different types of students. Let's take a look at the popular types of student accommodation in Italy.

Student dormitories

Student dormitories, or residence halls, are a popular choice for international students. However, their high demand makes booking a place in a student dorm difficult.

Usually close to campusDifficult to book due to high demand
Typically have plenty of facilitiesSharing kitchen, bathroom, and washing machines
AffordableNot a lot of privacy
Stay with fellow international studentsHarder to integrate into Italian Culture
Social events for residentsCan be noisy or unclean

Sharing with roommates

Many international students will opt to move into an apartment, flat or house with a few other people. Living with roommates is an affordable option and an excellent way to settle into a new place.

AffordableSharing bathroom and kitchen
Make new friends easilyMight not get along with roommate(s)
Splitting rent, utilities and choresRoommates might be forgetful when it comes to chores and bills
Live in any neighbourhood you wantUsually further away from campus

Studio apartments

Studio apartments in Italy are ideal for students as they typically come fully furnished for short term contracts of less than 2 years. They’re a popular choice amongst introverted students in particular, as you have complete privacy.

Short-term contracts are fully furnishedRent is expensive
Private bathroom, kitchen and bedroomDifficult to socialise and make friends
No noise or cleanliness issuesNo one to split utilities or chores with

Tips for choosing the right student accommodation in Italy

No matter what type of student accommodation you choose, there’re some other important factors to consider.

  • Tenant rights. It’s vital that you understand your rights as a tenant when renting in Italy. There are certain aspects you should pay particular attention to. For example, whether you can terminate your lease, who is responsible for repairs and the duration of your lease (make sure it aligns with your studies).
  • Look for mid-term accommodations. These rentals will usually come furnished so you don’t have to spend a lot of money on furniture and moving. As a rule, you can expect mid-term contracts (less than a year) to be furnished while longer contracts (1 year+) to be unfurnished. Keep this in mind when budgeting for your move to Italy.
  • Avoid scammers! Although finding a room on Facebook might seem super convenient, most accommodation scams are found on social media. Instead, use a reputable website like HousingAnywhere, which securely transfers your rent to the landlord only after you’ve moved in.

How much is student accommodation in Italy?

The price of student accommodation in Italy varies depending on where you study but usually ranges from €470/month for a room and €1850/month for a whole apartment.

The price of student dorms doesn’t vary a lot across Italy. You can usually expect to pay between €250 to €550/month to rent a dorm room in Italy. However, each university will have its own pricing.

The average rent for rooms, studios and apartments across popular Italian cities for international students are:

CityRoom rentStudio rentApartment rent

Get the VIP treatment

HousingAnywhere is partnered with a number of Italian universities to offer students VIP treatment when they rent through HousingAnywhere. By registering through your university, you’ll receive a badge verifying you as a student of a partner university. Landlords prefer to choose students with this badge for their properties, so you’ll get priority! You’ll also be given a VIP email address for HousingAnywhere’s support team, should you need them.

Here are our partner universities in Italy:

Now you’ve got all the knowledge you need to find the perfect student accommodation in Italy. Good luck!

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