In Italy there are different housing options, from individual/shared apartments to single/double rooms.The availability and costs of accommodation vary considerably depending on the city, the location and the facilities provides.
Different options for short term accommodation can be found on:
- Italian Tourism Board (ENIT) http://www.enit.it
- Bed-and-breakfast.it http://www.bed-and-breakfast.it/
- BBItalia.it http://www.bbitalia.it/
- Italian Youth Hostel : http://www.aighostels.com/
- Hostelworld: http://www.hostelworld.com/
- CTS, the Students’ Tourism Centre http://www.cts.it/
- Airbnb: https://www.airbnb.it
Moreover, some Italian universities and research centres provide short term accommodation. It is recommended to contact in advance the host organisation to check availability.
The availability and costs of accommodation vary considerably depending on the city, the location, the facilities provided. Costs are certainly much more lower when renting a room in a shared flat.
Some Italian universities and research centers provide accommodation for free or at lower prices to foreign researchers, but in most cases, especially for long stays, researchers need to arrange their own accommodation.
Websites of universities and research organisations often have a section dedicated to accommodation for foreign students/researchers.
For more information on available accommodation in a specific town, you can contact the host organisation or the nearest EURAXESS Centre.
Please note that, according to Italian law, anyone who gives hospitality, sells or rents a property to someone else (Italian, EU, EEA and Non-EU citizens) for a period longer than 30 days (uninterrupted), must declare it to the Local Police Headquarter (Questura) within 48 hours. The form Comunicazione di cessione di fabbricato must be filled in and signed by the property owner or by the tenant in case of a rent contract. In addition, it may be requested for the permit of stay.
- The payment beforehand of a deposit is normally required. Deposit must be returned but landlord is allowed to keep it or a part of it to cover damages.
- Additional payments might be required in advance when using the services of an estate agency
- Rent is paid monthly
- Documents required to sign a lease contract are: valid ID, tax identification number (codice fiscale)
- Utilities (electricity, gas, water, heating, waste tax …) are usually not included in the rent. Tenant may also be asked to pay building running costs for communal area. Remember to cancel the utilities contract before leaving!
- Apartments are usually furnished but it is better to ask about the furniture items already available.
- A written non-renewal notice (disdetta) is due to the owner before the end of the contract, to be sent by registered mail with a return receipt (raccomandata con ricevuta di ritorno). Please verify the notice period stated in the contract!
For a practical glossary on housing and main accommodation contracts, click here (17.92 KB) .