Welcome back to my second blog post. I wanted to write about finding accommodation here in Bologna as I know it can be a stressful process.
The city of Bologna is split in two in terms of housing; houses inside the walls of the city and houses outside the walls. As you can guess houses within the walls are more expensive but also more convenient and closer to the university.
I live in the Residence San Vitale in an apartment with 4 other girls who are from all around the world (Ukraine, Korea, Italy, and Iran).
A lot of people come to Bologna slightly earlier to find accommodation, but I decided to book it online before arriving in Bologna. I found out about this residency through this website: https://www.saisaccommodation.it/en-us/sais.aspx?idC=61642&LN=en-US
I live in a shared room with my room mate Tanya who is from Ukraine. It is quite difficult to get a single room as they are mostly occupied by Italian students who live here throughout the year.
A downside to this residency is that is it quite far away from the main city centre as it is outside the walls (about 25 minutes by the 14C bus). There is also a train station close by, but trains and buses aren’t as frequent during the night which makes it slightly difficult.
Tip: Make sure you get your TPER transport card after you check into the University. You pay 10 Euros and can use the most of the buses and trains as much as you want for the whole semester.
Another option is to buy a bicycle or rent a Mobike through the app (the European version of OVO)
There are a lot of supermarkets in this area (tip: shop at Lidl it’s a lot cheaper!!) and we live right next to a sports centre that has a gym and swimming pool.
It is best to start looking for accommodation as early as possible. There are a lot of facebook groups where people list apartments to rent: https://www.facebook.com/groups/174001200083547/
You could also look for apartments on Airbnb and there are a few services including SAIS accommodation that help international students find apartments to rent.