Housing - Rome City Institute

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Living in the Heart of Rome

Once in a lifetime experience

One of the most important aspects of your time at Rome City will be your living arrangements: where you live, and who you live with. All Rome City students have the option of living in university-owned accommodation that are located in one of the neighborhoods surrounding the university.

What to bring with you?

Casa Romana, Live like a Local

Apartment Complex

Public Transportation in Rome

Tips to Survive in Rome

Housing fees

What to bring with you?

These are the things you definitely don’t want to forget. Your essentials should include:

1. Passport & Requisite Visa (Plus Photocopies)

Be sure to store the photocopies in a separate place from the originals: these will make replacing both passport and visa at the American consulate a whole lot easier if ever the originals should be lost or stolen.

2. Prescription Medications (and the prescription!)

If you’re taking any prescription medications, it’s a good idea to get enough to ensure you’re covered the whole time you’re away. 

3. Local Currency

These days, the best way to gain access to foreign funds tends to be to use a U.S. credit or debit card, but you may want to travel with a little bit of foreign currency or traveler’s checks, just in case.

4. Travel-Size Essential Toiletries

Depending on your regimen at home, you may find that more toiletries are classed as “essential” than others. We’d classify must-have essentials as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, and they should definitely be in your carry-on bag.

5. Power Adapters & Converters

Whether it’s for your phone, your computer, or your e-reader, you’ll likely want to bring a few chargers on your journey, and for that, you’ll need a converter and possibly an adapter. Not all countries use the same electricity voltage, which means that merely changing the shape of the plug might not be enough to make your charger work – and could even be dangerous and short out the device. Be sure to verify which plugs and voltage are used in the country you’re traveling to so that you have the right adapters for all your devices.

6. Sport Equipment

Full game and training kits will be provided by us. However, you do need to bring yourself everything that his essential equipment in your own sport, such as cleats, shinguards, sticks, running shoes, knee pads etc.

Casa Romana: Live like a local

  • Students are placed in furnished apartments in areas surrounding the university campus. The apartments are located in traditional, well-established neighborhoods. This housing is well suited for students looking for a “full immersion” cultural experience. While apartments are standardized in terms of basic amenities, they can vary greatly in terms of both proximity to the university and aesthetics.  Students must understand that university housing is Italian by nature in every way, including but not limited to its structure, surroundings, utilities and utility providers, furnishings, building maintenance, construction and repairs, neighbors and common rules of good neighbor etiquette.
  • Apartments consist of 2-9 students and have up to 5 bedrooms (single or double), a lounge, a kitchen and bathroom. Each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed per student, bed linens, closet/clothing storage space, typical basic Italian cookware and kitchenware, a table and chairs and can have furnished sitting area. Each student is expected to provide his/her own paper and cleaning products as well as replace light bulbs.  All units are provided with a washing machine.
  • All apartments are same-sex, non-smoking environments.
  • Apartments are located in areas of Rome convenient to the university campus (travel time can range between 5-30 minutes). Some apartments are located within walking distance of the university. Compared to other parts of Rome, they have more green areas, better access to public transport and are conveniently located to the historic center of Rome. 
  • Students are assisted with maintenance and other issues that may arise during the occupancy. 
  • Apartments are assigned on a first-come/first-served basis.
  • A single-name roommate request will be taken into consideration but is not guaranteed in any way. Apartment living is not conducive to established social groupings.

Apartment complex

  • Your room (single or double) will be equipped with a kitchenette, private balcony, bathroom (bath tub or shower), complimentary toiletries, small refrigerator, WIFI, wardrobe and a suitcase holder. 
  • The residence has a 24-hour reception desk for any concerns you may have regarding your room. 
  • The laundry machine and drier will be available for you at the bottom floor (laundry and dryer work with coins).

Public Transportation in Rome

Despite being one of the smallest in Europe, Rome’s metro system is significantly fast and reliable, covering several areas of the city center. Rome’s metro network has three lines: Line A (orange), Line B (blue), and Line C (green). By metro, it’s possible to easily reach several of Rome’s top attractions.

Another possibility is the bus public transportation system, which is a great option to get around the city, especially since the metro line does not reach certain parts of the Italian Capital. Rome currently has 338 bus lines that run throughout the day and 22-night buses.

Tips to survive in Rome

Crossing the road

Where there is a green man indicating that you can cross, be aware that cars may still be entitled to turn onto the road and cross where you are happily walking. Where there are no lights, crossing places are indicated by white stripes. As a pedestrian, you have the right of way here, but you should always remain alert, particularly in wet weather when roads may be slippery. Make sure that the drivers in approaching cars have seen you and that they have a reasonable stopping distance. 

Be prepared to wait…

From the government or local council to the Post Office, be prepared to queue. Best practice: book your appointment where possible, always aim to make these appointments as early in the day as you can.

Don’t buy water

Rome is very good with water and always has been. By the first century A.D., thanks to the amazing engineering of aqueducts, the city had roughly 1,000 liters of water available per person, per day. Nowadays, not so much – but still around 500 liters per family.

You’ll want to drink a lot of water here, especially in the summer months, but all you need to do is buy one bottle at the beginning of your trip and then refill it regularly from one of the 2,500 fontanelle (little fountains) that are scattered around the city. The water that flows constantly from these roadside fountains is safe, fresh, and super-cold. Can’t see a fontanelle from where you’re standing? Download this app (others are available) for iPhone to see them all marked on a map.

You can buy pretty much anything at a Tabaccheria

Apart from selling the obvious, tobacco, they also sell stamps, top-up for your phone, you can pay your bills there, get your monthly transport pass, buy lottery tickets… If you need something but you don’t know where to get it from, it’s most likely that you can get it from the Tabaccheria.


Italy’s gift to students on a budget.  For €6-10 you can enjoy a drink and a variety of food, usually from 7 until 10 pm.  It’s a cheap dinner and an excellent way to catch up with your friends!  Some places offer a buffet with all types of pasta, vegetables, cured meats, pizza, etc, and others may bring you a charcuterie board with a few different options.  It all depends on which venue you choose!

Don’t go shopping at lunchtime

While Rome is far more like a traditional northern-European city than some of those in the south, you’re still going to find that many shops close at lunchtime and re-open in late afternoon, especially in the summer.

Housing Fees

The cost per student for apartment rental will be 3,950 €(double occupancy room) or 5,500 € (single occupancy room) per semester. The rental fee includes electricity, gas, garbage tax, water, internet, condominium charges and a professional clean prior to arrival