The cultural mix that Trieste has, being part of Italy and having belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, attracts the attention of a large number of international and Italian students who move to live there for a semester or a year.
Living in a shared apartment in Trieste is the option most chosen by young people and, thanks to that, your roommates will surely belong to different nationalities. If you are lucky enough that one of them is from Trieste or Italy, take the opportunity to learn more about the local culture from the inside!
We advise you on some of the pros and cons of living in shared flats:
The monthly cost of rent is less than a full apartment, so you are going to have greater budget availability to carry out different activities and trips. Keep in mind that Trieste is in a perfect area for travelling to nearby places in Slovenia, Croatia and Northern Italy.
There are shared apartments available in different areas of the city that are convenient for students. For example, you can choose San Giusto or Barriera Nuova if you want to be close to one of the faculties of the University of Trieste.
It may happen that the landlord only prefers to have tenants of the same gender in the shared flat, especially in the case of women, although sometimes it also happens with men.
The available rooms in residences fill up quickly and the cost is often higher than renting a spare room in a private shared flat.
If you want your mobility process to be simpler, we recommend that you download some of the available Erasmus+ apps. In them, you will find a lot of information, including advice from students from previous years, such as keeping in mind that the University of Trieste is chaotic and that it will be difficult for you to get used to it at first, but with time you will understand.
The following are some of the ways you have to meet people in the Italian city:
With ESN Trieste you can meet other students while enjoying various activities, such as visits to different parts of the city, including Miramare Castle, cocktail parties, international dinners, sporting events and even affordable tours and trips to nearby cities like Udine.
Usually, it is the ESN that creates Facebook groups for Erasmus. One of them is the general one, in which you can see the calendar with all the events and activities that are organized, and the others are organized according to the academic year, in which you will be able to more easily meet other students who are going to be in Trieste in the same season as you.
Joining WhatsApp groups of international students is a good idea as it is an easy way to connect with other young people. In these groups, you will be able to organize your plans with other students who have the same interests as you.
We give you some tips to keep in mind when living in shared flats in Trieste:
If you choose the accommodation located in a neighbourhood far from the centre, you will surely have easy access to the nature that surrounds the city, to get to the beaches or the Lanaro and Orsario. In Trieste, there are several places to go hiking and enjoy what the city offers.
Before coming to live in Trieste you have to know what “La Bora” means, since you will hear it mentioned everywhere and, of course, you will feel it. This is the wind that hits the city frequently, a cold and dry katabatic wind.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Trieste?|
|In general, the cost of a spare room in a shared apartment ranges from €200 and up, with an average of €270 normally. In the case of a complete apartment with several rooms to share, they usually range from €800 per month and up.|
|How to find roommates in Trieste?|
|We recommend that you search for online communities where you will also find available shared flats, such as Erasmus Play.|
|How to meet people in Trieste?|
|Carrying out different activities is the best thing you can do to meet other young people in Trieste, so we suggest you join ESN Trieste and be part of their plans. You can also share experiences with your flatmates and connect with other students in various WhatsApp and Facebook groups.|
|Why share a student flat in Trieste?|
|Sharing a flat you will be accompanied by those who live with you in those moments when you feel alone. You will also have a lower rental cost, being able to invest more of your budget in fun activities and trips.|
|What should I take into account when entering a flatshare in Trieste?|
|You have to remember that in this Italian city there is a great mix of cultures, so you can surely learn from the lifestyles of your flatmates. Of course, keep in mind that it is normal for everyone to do things differently, and there must be established rules on basic aspects of the house such as visits, cleanliness, order, etc.|