Bologna is one of the Erasmus cities par excellence. It receives many students, both local and international, and its young atmosphere is very dynamic and fun.
The price of accommodation in Bologna is usually quite high compared to other cities in Italy and Europe. Mainly because student life and the prestige of its University is high so there is a lot of demand from students. For this reason, one of the options most chosen by young internationals is to live in a shared apartment, in which the cost of rent and utility bills is divided among all those who live there.
Here are some of the pros and cons of living in a shared flat in the Red City:
Many of the shared flats are located in crowded neighbourhoods of students, such as the centre, Doors San Vitale and Santo Stefano.
Sharing a flat makes the cost of renting cheaper (and sharing a room even more). This will make your life in Bologna more affordable because the cost of shopping and living, in general, is also usually high.
If any of your roommates is Italian you will be able to take the opportunity to delve deeper into their culture and language, take the opportunity to learn it!
There is a lot of competition when looking for spare rooms. Start looking as soon as possible. Start your hunt in the Erasmus Play housing search engine to make it simpler and book as quickly as possible once you find the accommodation you want.
Many times shared rooms can be for more than two people, which can make you feel like you have little space.
You will have to reach an agreement with your flatmates about the use of heating in winter. Also, in some cases, their ignition is determined by the owners and cannot be changed.
There are some apps for Erasmus+ that you can use both to plan your mobility and to carry out procedures while you are there. One of these apps is that of the European Commission, in which you will have the possibility of accessing instructions to manage procedures, to validate subjects and to see different experiences and advice from students from previous years in Bologna.
In addition to connecting with your flatmates, you can use the following options to meet people before or after arriving in the Italian city:
There are two outstanding student associations: the ESN Bologna and the IC (International Community) Erasmus Bologna. Thanks to them you will be able to easily integrate into the international community and enjoy the different plans, activities and trips that are organized.
The associations mentioned above have groups on Facebook where you will find out about all the activities they plan and see photos of the ones they are carrying out. You will also find groups made up of students who are going to be in Bologna each academic year, being able to know in advance who is going to be there at the same time as you.
There are different WhatsApp groups that you can join, created both by the student associations and by the young people themselves once they are in the city. In these groups, you will be able to connect with other students and be up to date with what is happening in the city.
Keep these facts in mind when choosing to share a flat in Bologna:
Generally, the accommodations that are located within the walled area of the city have a higher price than those that are outside.
Winter in Bologna is very cold and summer quite hot. Try to find a flat that is well conditioned, at least heated for the winter.
Bologna is in an excellent location for cheap travel in Italy and other nearby countries. If you live in a shared room or apartment you will be able to have more budget to make these trips.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Bologna?|
|Shared rooms in Bologna usually start at €250 per person and upwards and single rooms generally start at €370 per month.|
|Where to look for shared flats in Bologna?|
|We put at your disposal the Erasmus Play housing search engine, in which you will be able to compare different verified and available accommodations in this Italian city. You will be able to filter between the features that are important to you, choosing the one that has everything you need.|
|How to meet people in Bologna?|
|We recommend that you become part of the student associations in the city and that you join Facebook and WhatsApp groups. You can also take advantage of generating close ties with your roommates if you live with them, surely the experience is more fun that way!|
|Why share a student flat in Bologna?|
|One, because the cost of rent is very high and living in a shared flat is more affordable than a full apartment. Two, because you will be able to live in a multicultural environment and, if your classmates are Italian, you will improve a lot in the language.|
|What to ask before entering a flatshare in Bologna?|
|Find out what the rules and regulations of the shared apartment are, how are visits organized, cleaning, pets, smoking, rest hours, among others. You also have to ask if the utility bills are already included in the price or if you have to add an extra amount at the end of each month.|