Are you thinking of doing your Erasmus in Parma? Parma is a very welcoming city that receives many international students, so wherever you go you will find Erasmus students. In addition, its cultural and historical heritage has much to offer. Keep reading to know all the details of this small city.
Parma is located in the north of Italy and as you have surely heard, living in the north of Italy is not cheap. However, do not worry because their prices are not as crazy as in big cities like Milan.
Taking into account the price of the rent, plus food and leisure expenses, a student can spend approximately €450-500 per month.
A great advantage of living in Parma, since it is not very big, is that you can get anywhere by bike or on foot, allowing you to save on transportation costs.
In Parma, there is not the same nightlife offered that can be found in big cities like Bologna or Milan. But even so, we are going to recommend the best places to party. Erasmus students usually go out on Wednesday nights to the Jamaica pub, where apart from dancing, you can also eat and drink. Other good nightclubs are, for example, Dadaumpa and Mu.
Also, the youthful atmosphere is usually concentrated in the centre, specifically in Via d'Azeglio and Piazza Pilotta. We also advise you to join the international student association (ESN) to find out and join all the activities it organizes.
Parma is easily explored on foot and most of its tourist attractions are in the historic centre, on the banks of a tributary of the River Po that runs through the city. The most important monument in Parma is the cathedral (or Duomo), and next to it is the baptistery. Also, noteworthy are the Palazzo della Pilotta, the Regio opera house and the small Teatro Farnese. If you like classical music, you will be interested to know that two great musical artists were born in Parma: Giuseppe Verdi and Arturo Toscanini.
On the other hand, if you would like to get to know other nearby Italian cities, we advise you to visit Bologna, Milan, Verona, Modena or Lake Como, among others.
As for the gastronomy of Parma, the most famous local products are Parmesan cheese and Parma ham. Other typical dishes are “anolini” soup (a type of stuffed pasta) and “gnocco fritto”, a kind of Italian bread. And of course, you can not forget to have an ice cream in the magnificent Gioelia ice cream parlor, located on Farini street. The best restaurants are located around Plaza Garibaldi, right in the centre of the city.
Another curious fact is that in Italy it is quite typical to have the famous aperitif, around seven in the evening, where when paying for a drink you have the right to eat everything you want (pizza, focaccia, pasta...).
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How is the language in Parma?
|All Erasmus students usually take an Italian course at the university at the beginning of the course to learn the basics of the language. Still, our advice is to learn some essential verbs and vocabulary before you arrive. Italian is a fairly easy language that you will master in a couple of weeks.|
How is student life in Parma?
|Despite not being a big city like Milan or Bologna, Parma has quite a few students who come from abroad, so it will be quite easy for you to make friends.|
How much does student accommodation cost in Parma?
|Renting a room in a shared apartment in Parma can range from €230 to €350 per month, depending on the area you choose.|
How much is the Erasmus scholarship to study in Parma?
|To find out the exact amount you will receive from the Erasmus scholarship to study in Parma, we recommend that you contact your home university. The conditions and characteristics of this scholarship may vary depending on the autonomous community where you are studying, so it is better to ask your university directly to have the exact information.|
What are the best areas to live in Parma?
|If you want to live near the University of Parma, the western area is the best, as this is where the university campuses are located. On the contrary, living in the centre is also an excellent option if you want to be close to the bars and the most tourist places. Whatever you choose will be fine because Parma is a quiet city where you can walk anywhere.|