Housing and Canteens

Special Housing Agreements

Sapienza periodically issues a new call to identify housing opportunities for university students through agreements with public and private rental agencies.

Housing available through special agreements is reserved for:

  • Students enrolled at Sapienza
  • Students who have to take a Sapienza admission exam
  • Foreign students participating in academic, didactic and cultural exchanges with Sapienza

These agreements provide legal rent contracts, free intermediation services, and quality standards and conformity to housing and safety regulations. Moreover, residents complete a satisfaction questionnaire that is returned to the university for ongoing monitoring of the service.

For further information, please contact each residence:

Fondazione Rui Residences

The Fondazione RUI's university residences host meritorious Italian and foreign students. RUI Foundation Residences promote socialization and personal growth, making them ideal places to study and enhance your university experience. In particular, the agreement signed with the RUI Foundation will reserve 10 places for Sapienza’s best students and four of these will be reserved for international students with fixed montly/annual costs, including a €1000 discount on the yearly cost for Sapienza students.

In Rome, RUI Residences are located at:

  • Residenza Universitaria RUI - via Sierra Nevada 10 (EUR – LAURENTINA Metro B stop) – only men;
  • Residenza Universitaria Celimontano - via Palestro 7 (Porta Pia – CASTRO PRETORIO Metro B stop) – only women;
  • Residenza Universitaria Porta Nevia - via Laurentina 86Q (EUR/Cristoforo Colombo –MARCONI Metro B stop) – only women.

For further information: 

The School for Advanced Studies

The School for Advanced Studies awards 16 scholarships every year, providing the best students with free tuition and room and board. 

Sturent InfoDesk

Students looking for housing may also take advantage of the Sturent Infodesk (in front of the Palazzo delle Segreterie, map, see contacts in right-hand column).

Exchange Student Housing

If you are an exchange student and will be attending Sapienza University in Rome, you can take advantage of a special housing programme reserved for exchange students.

The service is provided by the CTS – Student Tourist Center. Whether you are looking for a single room or a double room to share with other students, CTS can help you find the lodging you are looking for!

In order to advantage of this service, please fill out the application (see downloads) and return it to us at: erasmus@cts.it CTS will get in touch with you to start your house search!

Once your housing contract has been officially signed, CTS will assist you throughout the lease with any issues you may encounter.

The cost of the CTS service is €97,60 (VAT included). You will only be charged if you accept the housing found for you.

Private Housing

Prices for a private room in a shared apartment range from € 350.00 to € 550.00 (or higher) per month. Please note you will also be required to pay a deposit of one to three months’ rent when you sign the contract. Always ask for a signed receipt of payment.

Please note: DO NOT make any payments from abroad in advance. Make sure to meet with the person who is providing the accommodation when you arrive in Rome before making any payments. If you have any doubts do not hesitate to contact the Hello Office for advice.

Newspapers and Social Networks
There are a lot of newspapers distributed free of charge near newsstands, in front of bars, pubs, etc. which publish accommodation offers. Be aware that they only have adverts from real-estate agencies that charge at least one month’s rent + VAT for their service and prefer renting apartments to long term students studying in Rome who have already studied here for a few years.

A local classifieds paper for announcements of rooms for rent through a real estate agency or directly from the landlord is Porta Portese.  It is available on the web. 

Wanted in Rome is an advertising guide to Rome and Italy published every two weeks and is also on sale at newsstands and international book shops, as well as on the web.

Social Network groups are also an excellent source of rent classifieds.

Room Adverts on University Notice Boards
Wherever students usually go (faculties, departments, canteens, bars, streets in the Campus area) you will find advertisements for accommodation. If you are having difficulty, you can bring these advertisements to the Welcome Office and we will help you call to enquire if the advertiser is interested in an international student and if it is possible to arrange an appointment.

Friends and Acquaintances
Your network of personal contacts is also a great source for information. Take every opportunity while getting to know people and making new friends to enquire if they know about anyone who may have a vacant room for you.




The Laziodisu University Canteens are located by main university campuses in Rome. The cost of a meal varies on the basis of the annual income declared upon enrolment.
See full list of Laziodisu Canteens

"Study and Live in Rome" Handbook

Sapienza University collaborated with the Guardia di Finanza to produce a handbook on student housing in Rome. It contains invaluable guidelines on the different types of available contracts, accommodation offered by Roman universities and Laziodisu, fiscal subsidies, contract plans and housing funds for students, as well as a list of useful contacts.

For further information: Study and Live in Rome (PDF, in Italian)


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