This city in Sicily is a very good destination if your budget for Erasmus is limited or if you want to use more of it for activities and trips. Mainly because the cost of living is usually cheap in Catania. In addition, if you decide to live with roommates, you will even save more on our budget, because all the rental costs are divided amoung you and your flatmates.
You can choose from numerous shared apartments in Catania and many of them are in convenient neighbourhoods for students, such as the historic centre, Borgo-Sanzio or Cannizzaro, for example.
These are the pros and cons of living in shared flats in the Italian city:
By having a lower rental cost, you will be able to have more of your budget available for excursions and trips, allowing you to visit interesting places in Sicily and Italy in general.
Many shared apartments have characteristics that differentiate them, such as a balcony, terrace with views of Mount Etna or a garden.
Some of the shared flats do not include appliances such as a washing machine, microwave, oven or television. Take a good look at the characteristics of each one to choose the ideal one for you.
On some occasions, the apartments can be a bit old, so take a good look at the images and characteristics of each one before booking.
Thanks to the Erasmus+ apps you have at your disposal, you will be able to access a lot of information that will be useful for planning your exchange and knowing more about life in the city. You will be able to view the different procedures you have to do, fill out the Learning Agreement and access various types of students from previous years. For example, one of these tips is that to save on the budget, students recommend buying fish, fruit and vegetables in the local markets of Catania, such as La Pescheria or La Fiera.
There are several ways you can meet people in this city in Sicily. If you live in a shared flat you can easily befriend your flatmates, who will surely become some of your closest friends during the exchange. You can also use the following three options:
The best association for international students to join is ESN Catania. Being part of the events and plans they organize, you will be able to meet people and delve deeper into Italian culture. Some of the fun activities that you will be able to join are their international dinners, language exchanges, pub crawls and theme nights in bars, parties, affordable trips (such as to Syracuse or Palermo), and city tours, among others.
There are different Facebook groups where you can meet other students. Some of them are general, both for Italian and international students, and there are others for Erasmus students, such as the one of ESN Catania.
Whatsapp groups aim to enable students to introduce themselves and communicate with each other easily. You will be able to join several of these groups, such as ESN Catania, the different Facebook groups and even some forums.
Don’t over look these tips when sharing an apartment in Catania:
In this Sicilian city, people are very outgoing, especially in the city centre. Keep this in mind if you want to be close to the busiest entertainment venues or if you prefer to live in a quieter area.
During the year a large number of festivities are celebrated in Catania, such as that of Santa Águeda (patron saint of the city) at the beginning of February. For this event, the central streets of the city are decorated with many colours, there is a parade, there are fireworks and many craft food and drink stalls.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Catania?|
|Generally, the average cost of a single spare room in Catania is around €330 per month. Shared rooms range from €100 per month onwards, depending on the number of roomies that the room may have.|
|Where to look for shared flats in Catania?|
|The best thing you can do is search on Erasmus Play, a housing platform in which you can compare the different options of verified shared apartments, such as single rooms, shared rooms and complete apartments where you can then find your roommates or live with friends.|
|How to meet people in Catania?|
|Students from previous years say that the best ways to meet people in this Sicilian city are: befriending your flatmates, joining student associations (such as ESN Catania) and the Facebook and Whatsapp groups that are available.|
|What are the advantages of sharing a flat in Catania?|
|One of the advantages is that you will be accompanied as soon as you arrive in the city, so you will not feel so alone and you will be able to do activities with them. In addition, sharing a flat allows you to save a lot on the rent and utility bills, you can spend that extra money to make more plans and trips.|
|How to choose ideal roommates in Catania?|
|We recommend that your roommates are of different nationalities from yours, so you can learn from them and their cultures. Especially if they are Italian, take the opportunity to improve the language as much as you can!|