Erasmus in Palermo

Information and tips for Erasmus students in Palermo

Why do Erasmus in Palermo? Palermo is a city with phenomenal cultural, artistic and gastronomic roots. This ancient city has incredible attractions such as the Guido Theater or the Politeama Garibaldi Theater. Every year Palermo welcomes many students from all over the world who want to experience this incredible place during their Erasmus mobility, which explains the growing demand for apartments and rooms. In this article, we explain everything you need to know about this wonderful Italian city.

Cost of living in Palermo, Italy

The average salary in Palermo is approximately 1,500 euros per month and a basic food basket can cost between 300 and 400 euros per month. The rental prices are between 200 and 500 euros per month, depending on whether it is a rental room, a complete apartment or a student residence. Public transport costs about two and a half euros for the whole day and includes buses, trams and trains. 

Student life, parties and leisure in Palermo, Italy

In Palermo there is always something to see and do, here are some of the most common areas to visit. You can go to Ballarò or visit the Cappella Palatina (especially if you like art and history), another option would be a visit to the catacombs; this area has day and night visits. You can also explore the surroundings of Vucciria, where you will find lively activities such as street food markets, pubs with live musical performances on some nights, open-air restaurants under the trees and by the sea, there is no shortage of things to do here! In Palermo, you will never be bored!!!

If this is your first time in this city, take a look at the Balarm website because it has all the information on concerts, theatre productions and much more, with listings updated daily.

You will find the best concerts in the city together with Vucciria in a small place called Borderline. Ballarò and Piazza Maggiore are also good places: lots of Erasmus students and young residents play their guitars or just hanging out on the street.

Culture and gastronomy in Palermo, Italy

Palermo has beautiful buildings in the historic centre, legacies of the different centuries through which this city has passed, such as the Baroque and Renaissance buildings of the Vucciria neighbourhood or the Santa Clara convent; we can also see the important railway station and some churches.

Sicilian culture and specifically the city of Palermo has a wonderful gastronomic tradition. From Palermo, you can go to Syracuse, famous for its oranges, or to the Costa Smeralda, where the best champagnes in the world are produced. There is nothing better than food in Sicily. It is a must during your stay to go for breakfast at Pasticceria Deliziosa, an Italian family restaurant since 1925. There are many famous sweets, such as cannoli with ricotta and cornetto with ricotta. 

Sicilian cuisine is varied since all cities provide typical dishes from the area and have restaurants highly specialized in Sicilian cuisine. For example, Vucciria's pizzeria "Voglia di pizza" is located in the heart of the city, close to a multitude of dining options. One of my favourites is the Margherita pizza, which with only three ingredients could not be more authentic. If you're running late and you're hungry for dinner, be sure to stop by an Indian fast food restaurant on Via Maqueda.

Advantages of doing Erasmus in Palermo, Italy

  • You can be in one of the best universities in southern Italy.
  • You will learn a new language such as Italian.
  • You are going to run the entire island of Sicily and other nearby countries.
  • If you want to eat Mediterranean Italian food, Palermo is one of the cities with the best options and restaurants.
  • Contact and friendship with local and international students from all over the world.
  • Experience the leisure and nightlife of Palermo, there are cultural events and parties almost every day.

Cheap student accommodation in Palermo, Italy

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Frequently asked questions about doing Erasmus in Palermo

How much does it cost to live in Palermo as a student?
Living in this Italian city is not too expensive. You should have around 500 euros per month if you decide to rent a room in a shared flat for around 250 euros. The extra expenses in leisure and travel will depend on the type of life you lead.
How is student life in Palermo?
Living in Palermo as an Erasmus student is a relaxing and fun-filled experience. The food is affordable, the bus system is also very accessible. There are discos, bars and music and a good atmosphere in the streets.
How much does student accommodation cost in Palermo?
Some students choose to rent an entire apartment, but renting with other people is a cheaper alternative. The price can be around 250 euros with expenses included. A studio in Palermo costs around € 500 per month, while apartments with more than one bedroom can cost around € 790 to € 1000 per month.
How much is the Erasmus scholarship to study in Palermo?
The Erasmus grant will depend on the country and university of origin, so we recommend you ask and find out at your university or study centre. We recommend that you present all the scholarships you find to increase the chances of obtaining a greater amount of money for your mobility.
What are the best areas to live in in Palermo?
If you are a student looking for an affordable place to live in Palermo, Borgo Vecchio is the perfect neighbourhood. This historic centre offers beautiful views of the Palazzo dei Normanni and is close to the universities. If you want more space or don't mind living further away from the city centre, consider Oreto-Stazione, which offers cheaper housing prices and a very good public transport connection to the city centre.

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