As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed housing. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community. You will stay in student apartments in areas that are not overrun with tourists but have a local community feel, and when you are on field study you will stay in student dorms, hostels or bed-and-breakfasts.
Student apartments or flats afford a high degree of independence and allow you to experience university life as Italian students would. Your building will also house Italian families so you’ll live in the heart of Italian life. You will typically share your apartment with other American or international students and have access to shared kitchen facilities. In most cases, you will prepare your own meals and should be prepared for a commute to campus.
Your housing arrangement – although important – should not be the sole measure that determines your academic and personal success overseas. Living situations vary and opportunities differ from city to city. For example, apartment and residence life may accommodate Italian, international, or program students in either a single, double or triple room. Regardless, observing and participating in the day-to-day activities of an Italian living arrangement is one of the best ways to be completely engaged with Italian language and culture.
We encourage you to take advantage of the accommodation provided by Arcadia or by your Italian institution. If you wish to decline these options and make your own arrangements, you must submit a written request. Your Program Manager can talk you through your options.
If you have any special needs regarding your accommodation – dietary, medical, physical – please let us know when applying. Any information received will be treated as confidential and only shared with individuals involved in your housing placement.