Many students study abroad with one main priority in mind: travel as frequently and as far as possible.
Thanks to Rome’s central location, two airports, and multiple train stations travel possibilities are endless. Weekend trips to Marrakech are just as feasible as trips to London, and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East are all within easy travel distance.
Although traveling typically comes with a hefty price tag, the frugal traveler can plan seemingly expensive voyages without breaking the bank. Rome2rio.com is a great resource when planning your travels that allows you to view all of your options for arriving from Rome to your destination. When looking for flights, check out edreams.it and skyscanner.com to compare discount airlines such as Ryanair and EasyJet. Travel within Italy is typically done by train, with TrenItalia and Italo as the two main options. These airlines and trains offer discounts and promotions, such as TrenItalia’s two-for-one daytrip deal for weekend travels. John Cabot University Student Services plans inexpensive trips and activities each semester throughout Italy, such as recent JCU 3-day trip to Naples, Pompeii, Capri, and the Amalfi Coast for only €200.
For accomodation, HostelWorld.com allows comparison of hostels and hotels based on price and reviews. For the adventurous traveler, couchsurfing provides free accomodation with the added perk of getting to know locals.
Studying in Rome provides unlimited travel opportunities, but make sure to spend time getting to know your home base. One could spend a lifetime in Rome without having the chance to explore all of Rome’s neighborhoods, museums, parks, and historical sites, so make sure to reserve weekends to explore your new home away from home!
Do you have any tips or questions about traveling with Rome as your homebase? Email [email protected] with your suggestions!