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Finding accommodation in Bologna

The Sais - Student Accommodation and Information Service - is the office appointed by the University of Bologna to assist Exchange Students and  International users who study or work at the University of Bologna.

Finding accommodation is one of the most difficult issues to deal with for a student wishing to study in Bologna. As a matter of fact Bologna is a relatively small town and hosts one of the biggest among the Italian Universities: the resident population counts about 370,000 units and the registered students are about 80,000. Most students, moreover, would like to live in the historical centre (which is an extremely limited area) and this makes the accommodation search even more difficult. In addition to that those exchange students who only spend a few months in our town have a further problem: landlords prefer to rent their apartments to the same student/group of students for a few years, so that they do not need to find new tenants after a short time.

This situation results on one hand in a scarcity of accommodation offers for international students and on the other hand prices are quite high (Bologna is one of the most expensive towns in Italy as far as rents are concerned, coming after only Milan and Rome). The University and SAIS office try to get round this situation by making a certain number of places in residence, college and private apartment available to the international users.

To sum up: finding accommodation in Bologna is difficult but not impossible. You need to be patient and determined. Ten/twelve days of ongoing search are often needed to find suitable accommodation, therefore it is extremely important, before getting to Bologna, to book some temporary accommodation for the first period and contact the SAIS office (see Support Request Form) to get individual assistance by appointment in the office. Here the staff will give counselling and practical advice to make the accommodation search as short as possible. 

Finding accommodation in the other campuses of the University of Bologna

Besides the main campus in Bologna, our University also has campuses in other towns of Romagna, that is: Ravenna, Forlì, Cesena e Rimini.

Forlì: Associazione Koinè (Via Valverde 15, Tel: (+39)054331521, e-mail: ).

Ravenna: Fondazione Flaminia (Via A.Baccarini 27, tel. 0544/34345, per info: e-mail: )

Cooperativa LIBRA (VIA MAZZINI 61, TEL 0544 215651, e-mail: ).

• Cesena: Coop Nuovo Mondo  Residenza della Romagna, Indirizzo: Via U. Saba 581/589 – 47521, Cesena (FC) 

l’Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali: e-mail 

Rimini: l’Ufficio Relazioni Internazionali: e-mail   tel +39.0541.4 34234 

Finding accommodation in Bologna