One of the most fascinating parts about the study abroad experience is the opportunity to live in a foreign country, gaining a deep appreciation for the day-to-day life and local culture in the process. Students traveling for the first time might also feel a wee bit apprehensive about what it means to sleep in a strange city, wondering if there will be available the familiar comforts of home and how exactly they will fit in. Fortunately, John Cabot University offers living accommodations in an international community of your peers, in a vibrant residential neighborhood close to the main campus buildings and the top attractions of Rome.
The housing available for JCU students is comfortable and secure but of course living in the center of an ancient empire demands some adaptation. As the old saying goes, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do.” And the Romans certainly have an excellent quality of life, surrounded by the beauty of inspiring art and architecture, with easy access to delicious cuisine and stimulating cultural events. The University has carefully selected locations close to the main campus buildings and in nearby residential areas that encourage students to integrate into the local community. Imagine living a short bus ride away from extraordinary sights such as the Colosseum and the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica.
When you first arrive to study in Italy, Residents Assistants (RAs) will help you get acclimatized to your new neighborhood during Orientation week, organize group activities so you can meet other students, and answer any questions you might have about residential life at JCU. A mandatory Housing Workshop will cover all housing rules, discipline actions and useful tips. Residents may make roommate requests and upon arrival will fill out a resident agreement, clarifying issues regarding cleaning, use of others belongings and general shared housing arrangements.
All JCU housing options are safe and fully furnished. Even sheets and towels are provided for you. When studying at university in Rome, there are some cultural differences to be aware of. For example, most students buy food at small family-owned grocery stores called alimentari, open air markets or one of the many places that sell tasty pizza by the slice.. Electricity in Italy is 220 volts, so your appliances may require power converters. Be a good neighbor by shortening your hot showers, closing the elevator properly and respecting the study time of your roommates. Living in Rome is a privilege that will surely be memorable, providing many adventures and learning experiences.