The prestige of the University of Pisa, considered one of the three best in Italy, is the reason why many international and Italian students choose Pisa as an Erasmus or exchange destination. This makes the university environment lively and fun, as well as multicultural. Thanks to this, if you live in a shared apartment in Pisa, your roommates will surely be of different nationalities and cultures, which will enrich your experience abroad.
These are some of the advantages and disadvantages of living in a shared flat in the Italian city:
You will be able to learn from coexistence in a multicultural environment and, if any of your classmates are Italian, you can take the opportunity to learn the language!
There are shared apartments available in different parts of the city, so you will be able to choose between the neighbourhoods that suit you best. For example, you can choose San Francesco if you want to be close to the University of Pisa, San Martino if you want to be in the city centre or San Giusto if you prefer to be close to the main train station.
The demand for shared flats in Pisa is very high, so it is often difficult to find one that has all the important characteristics for you. Don't five into a last-minute frenetic house hunt, you can start now by using the Erasmus Play housing platform to make it easier.
In some cases, the buildings are not modernized and are quite old. This can be seen reflected both in the building and in the furniture and decoration of the flat.
Apps for Erasmus+ make the entire mobility process simpler, both before, during and after. For example, you will be able to carry out different procedures or obtain instructions for them. You will also read experiences and advice from students from previous years, such as a good way to save every month is to get a second-hand bike, so you don't have to pay for public transport.
One of the ways to be accompanied when you arrive in the city is to live in a shared flat and connect with other roommates. You can also use some of the following options:
With the student associations, you will be able to delve into the local culture to the fullest, participating in the different activities they organize. For example, ESN Pisa often plans affordable excursions to other cities like Florence and Bologna, pub crawls around Pisa, visits to exhibitions and museums, board game nights or theme parties, and even sports events like volleyball or soccer.
Most of the Facebook groups that you will find were created by ESN Pisa and are differentiated according to the academic year, so in them, you will be able to meet people who are going to be in the city in the same season as you. In these groups, you will also find a way to join the activities of the association and receive support in whatever you need regarding Erasmus.
Surely you will find WhatsApp groups in which you will be able to participate to introduce yourself, share your interests and join or plan different activities to share with others. These groups are organized by Facebook groups and student associations.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when living in a shared flat:
Pisa is a very touristic city (who doesn't want to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa at least once in their life!), so think that you will be continuously surrounded by tourists if you live in the centre of the city or the most touristy neighbourhoods.
Most of the spare rooms available correspond to single rooms, although sometimes there may be some shared with other students. If you prefer this last option, do not hesitate to rent it quickly when you find it, since they usually get booked very soon.
How much does a shared flat in Pisa cost?
|In general, the price of spare rooms in shared flats in Pisa starts at €200 and up and can go up to €500. Also, the average is €300. For its part, an apartment with several rooms starts at €700 for one with two rooms.
How to find roommates in Pisa?
|You should look for your roommates in online communities before arriving in Pisa, such as Erasmus Play, where you will also be able to see the accommodation available in shared apartments.
How to meet people in Pisa?
|There are several ways to meet other young people in the Italian city, including joining student associations such as ESN Pisa, and even the available Facebook or Whatsapp groups. We also recommend that you befriend your flatmates as much as possible.
Why share a student flat in Pisa?
|This will help you live better on your student budget and have extra for more! In addition, you will have more possibilities to choose a convenient neighbourhood and accommodation that brings together everything important to you.
What to ask before entering a shared flat in Pisa?
|You have to ask if the costs of utility bills (water, electricity, internet, gas, etc.) are included in the price that appears in the ad or not. It is also a good idea to talk to your roommates about the house rules regarding cleaning, visits, schedules and other aspects of coexistence.