Apartments are located in different areas of the city center, in buildings where other Italians live. By living in an Italian residence, and not in a dorm, you will be immersed in the Italian way of life and establish relationships with other Italian natives in the building. Each apartment is privately owned and is unique in atmosphere, size, design, facilities, floor plan, and number of bedrooms. A typical apartment will be shared with 2 to 7 other Richmond students. Apartments are fully equipped with: Internet, kitchen supplies, furnishings, blankets, two sets of sheets per student, washing machine.
All apartments are located within a 30- to 45-minute travel time (by metro, bus and/or foot) to the Study Center.
The cost of utilities is not included in the program fee and you will be asked to pay a deposit of 300 euros directly to your landlord upon arrival in Rome. Please note this fee will cover the cost of utilities, Internet and cleaning services per person, per semester.
As a guest within an Italian family you will have a key to the apartment and can come and go as you wish. In respect of the other family members there is privacy for study and yet there is also contact with the Italian hosts. A large number of Italian apartments are occupied by a single person, so you are likely to be housed with a single woman or professional couple. Living with an Italian family gives you invaluable cultural insight and fast progress with the Italian language. The cost of utilities is included in the program fee for the home stay option. The program fee is based on a double room shared with another Richmond student. Internet access is included.
Students are required to fill in the housing form available online at www.richmondinrome.it to specify accommodation requests.
The meal plan is one of the highlights of the Rome program, with almost 100% of students rating it “excellent” or “good” every semester. Valued at approximately $1,300, as well as being incredible value for money, it gives you a unique opportunity to become part of the Italian culinary culture, dining alongside locals in selected restaurants and trattorias or shopping in neighborhood grocery stores. In addition to occasional group meals and tastings, you will receive meal vouchers to subsidize breakfast and lunch or dinner Monday through Friday (except during trips). These can be used in selected restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores all over Italy, giving you the flexibility to eat out or pool resources and cook in your apartment with your fellow students. Students may opt out of the meal allowance and pay a reduced program fee.
Students should budget approximately 40 euros for a monthly pass for unlimited travel on the Rome bus and underground system. Rome has an extensive public bus and train system that students can use to travel between their housing and classes. It is easy to walk to destinations in the center of town.