Living in Siena means living in a relaxed place with a high quality of life, but not boring for that. Close to 40% of Siena's population are students during the academic year! This makes the environment fun and there is a wide variety of alternatives to living in a shared apartment, although there will also be a lot of competition in finding quality accommodation. Try to start your search as soon as possible and do it on Erasmus Play, where you will be able to compare the different accommodations available.
These are some of the pros and cons of living in a shared flat in the Italian city:
Many shared apartments are located in the centre of the city, which will allow you to easily enjoy its cultural and entertainment offer.
Siena is not known for its nightlife, so students usually choose to have parties at their apartments. This can be both an advantage and a disadvantage, depending on what you prefer.
Many apartments have a very high total capacity, sometimes even up to 10 people. Are you willing to have so many flatmates? Take this into consideration when choosing a spare room in a shared flat. How many people are you willing to share a flat with? Check the common spaces that you are going to share too.
As we mentioned before, it is normal for gatherings to be held frequently in the apartments. Keep this in mind if you prefer a quieter environment, talk with your roommates and agree on when and how meetings can be held there.
If you want to make the exchange process easier, we recommend that you use some of the apps for Erasmus+. In these apps, you will find information about the necessary paperwork for the program, as well as clarify any doubts you may have and find other relevant information about life in the city, such as the best areas to go out and play sports.
In general, flatmates tend to become close friends and end up sharing a lot of things together. In addition, there are other ways to meet people in the Tuscan city:
The most prominent international student association in Siena is the ESN Siena GES (Gruppo Erasmus Siena). These are "students helping students" that facilitate the integration of exchange youth by organizing different events and activities.
Several groups on social media aim to connect international students arriving in Siena. There are some created by international students themselves and others created by some youth organizations, but in all of them, you can clarify your doubts and also meet other students who are going to be in Siena in the same academic year as you.
You can easily find WhatsApp groups for students which you can join, such as those offered by the ESN Siena GES. In these groups you will be able to find out more about everything that is organized in the city and what is happening faster.
We advise you with some tips to keep in mind when sharing a flat in the Italian city:
Living in Siena means breathing clean air. Even if you choose a flat in the centre, you will be able to benefit from it, since the historic centre is pedestrianized and the city is surrounded by green Tuscan landscapes.
From this city, you will be able to easily travel to other cities in Tuscany and in the country, such as Florence, Rome, Bologna and Pisa.
Twice a year (July 2 and August 16), an event called “Palio di Siena” takes place in Piazza del Campo. It is a horse race where the districts of the city face each other, if you live in the downtown area you will be able to enjoy the event to the fullest!
|How much does a shared flat cost in Siena?|
|This depends on the type of room you choose. If you live in a shared room, estimate that the minimum price will be a little less than €300 per person. On the other hand, if you choose a single room, calculate that the cost will be around €350 per month.|
|How to meet people in Siena?|
|Join student associations, such as the ESN Siena GES, and participate in the events they organize. You can also be part of the Facebook and WhatsApp groups. Of course, you can also make plans with your roommates because you are going to spend a lot of time with them!|
|What are the advantages of sharing a flat in Siena?|
|One of the main advantages is that it allows you to have a lower rental cost and on utility bills too than if you live alone, making it more affordable for a student's budget. Another pro is that you will have company from the moment you arrive in the city, which will lighten you up as you are away from home.|
|What should I take into account when entering a shared apartment in Siena?|
|Your roommates might come from different backgrounds which can be enriching to your overall international experience. It is important to maintain transparent and respectful communication to reach agreements with your flatmates when your lifestyles are not similar.|
|What are the best apps to find roommates in Siena?|
|In the Erasmus Play App/Web, you will be able to find accommodation to share with other flatmates in the most convenient neighbourhoods of Siena. You will surely find your ideal accommodation and roommates through the Erasmus Play community!|