Moving to Bologna
In Bologna you can rent an apartment in one of Italy's most beautiful cities and home to the world's oldest University. Founded in 1088, the University of Bologna (UniBo) attracts students from all around the globe. The city’s thriving economy attracts international and local companies alike and is home to some of the world’s biggest Italian car and motorcycle brands, Ducati, Maserati and Lamborghini. The main sports team is Bologna F.C., which is currently playing in the Serie A of Italy. They have won the Italian championship several times since the league was founded. In Bologna apartments for rent long term are always in high demand and this flourishing city is a superb choice for expats and students alike. Whether you are looking to rent student accommodation in Bologna or browsing furnished apartments on a mid or long term basis, you will find something for you on Nestpick. A little city tour guide…
Inner City – Bologna Centro
The historic city centre is the best preserved in Italy and well known for the two famous towers “Torre degli Asinelli” and “Torre Garisenda”. These towers and the University of Bologna are symbolic of the region of Bologna. Another beautiful monument which defines Bologna is the Church “San Petronio Basilica”, which is one of the biggest in the world. However, the inner city is not only defined by its beautiful buildings and monuments, but also by its fantastic restaurants. Main restaurants in the neighbourhood are: Paolo Atti & Figli, All’ Osteria Bottega and La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese. They offer authentic Bologna specialties such as Tagliatelle alla Bolognese and Mortadella, also called Bologna. Bologna Centro is close to the main cultural and commercial sites, so apartments in this area tend to be higher quality in comparison to other districts. In Bologna rooms for rent can be found for every budget. Rents tend to be higher inside the historic centre, whereas “fuori porta” - outside of the gates - tend to be cheaper. A 900 square foot apartment might cost around €1,000 per month while student accommodation in other areas of Bologna can get as low as €475 per month.
San Donato / Fair
Bologna San Donato is ideal for everyone in search of cheaper apartments for rent in Bologna. The 'Fiera' or fair district appeals to professionals who want to stay close to the exhibition centre, shops and restaurants in the surroundings. An excellent bus service called “Trasporto Passeggeri Emilia-Romagna” (TPER) ensures the main areas are easily reached regardless of the time of day.
Just outside of the city, the picturesque town of San Lazzaro is a top choice for expats who enjoy its affordable prices and scenic location. This area is ideal for professional couples, groups of friends or families who prefer larger apartments to rent on a long term basis, while paying less than they would have to pay in the Inner City or in San Donato.
If you are looking for a furnished apartment, then look no further than Nestpick: we specialise in long term accommodation in Bologna. If you are looking to rent a room in Bologna, or something larger then we have plenty of options for you. Most of our rentals have all bills included, are newly renovated and contain all the modern amenities you would expect: a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and wifi. Many of our properties also have their own unique features such as a balcony, bike parking or excellent transport connections. Make sure to check the deposit and fees with your individual landlord, as contracts may vary.
Finding Suitable Student Accommodation in Bologna
Bologna is one of Italy’s most preserved cities. It is a focal historical centre and actually considered to be Italy’s second beauty after Venice. Bologna also has a huge graffiti scene.The italian artist ‘Blu’ lives in city. Blu’s graffiti art has brought attention to Bologna. His art is often seen around the city centre and even on some historical buildings. Bologna is the capital of the the Emilia-Romagna region in Italy. Noted, the Emilia-Romagna region has one of the highest standard of living indices and social services in Italy.
As a university city there are lots of fun things to see, from museums, cafes, shops, sports and a great nightlife. The guide includes information on the university and types of housing in the city. As a student you should be conscious of how a housing choice can make an impact on your studies, but relax, do not stress. Here are some tips on what to expect and look out for, so you can enjoy your time, whilst you study in Bologna.
Student Housing Types in Bologna
Options amongst accommodation in Bologna for students: shared house, apartments or student residence halls. Making new friends in a city is hard; living in a shared house is a great way to meet people. Privacy is important to some and your own apartment could be ideal. Finally student residence halls are great for making new first year bonds. Cheap accommodation in Bologna is found out of the city centre. For example the residence hall ‘San Vitale’ from the University of Bologna is to be found in the outer city district ‘Scandellara’.
Certain required documents could asked from the landlord or agency. These could be a proof of enrollment at your university, a deposit and reference for proof of income. A deposit is usually one month rent and an one month upfront. A reference will usually be in a form of payslips or a guarantor form. All property types consist of a private bedroom and communal kitchen and bathroom area.
A shared house may have a communal living area and outdoor space. Prices are usually relative to room size and the house.
Your own student apartment is great if you prefer your own space and privacy. Although these luxuries come at a cost as a private student flat/apartment is the most expensive accommodation choice. An option would be moving in with fellow students or friends to minimise the cost. Student private accommodation varies in size, from one bedrooms to luxurious double bed houses.
Student residence halls are either run by your university or privately. Both student rooms will have similar amenities. Halls run by the university will typically be home to only fellow university students. Private halls incompass students from alternative universities also.
Universities in Bologna
Finding an area you want to live in that is close proximity to your lectures is important. Figuring out which campus you belong to and your classroom’s location is helpful. Being close to local basic amenities is useful too, i.e supermarkets. Furthermore it should also be an area that interests you.
For example, if you want a more authentic Italian experience, look at Bolognina. This neighbourhood is located just north of Bologna Centrale Station. In English it translates to ‘little Bologna’. This district is a nestled away from most of the tourist attention from the centre. It is a pretty neighbourhood and there are some nice markets too. The street ‘Via Alban’, sells good produce and vegetables at a bargain price. Bolognina is known to be very community related with traditional Italian values. The community holds meetings in the old market halls.
University of Bologna
The University of Bologna was founded in 1088 and is therefore the world’s oldest university. On the universities 900th birthday, it was fully recognised as the ‘alma mater’ (mother) of universities. There are in total five campuses and one is in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Bologna’s campuses are named: Ravenna, Forlì, Cesena and Rimini.
The University, located in the San Vitale district, is on the famous road named Via Zamboni. The historical road runs from the centre of Bologna. There are many architectural, important buildings along the street. The road leads all the way to the old city wall boundary. All the way to the old entrance gate ‘Porta San Donato’.
Transit stop Porta San Donato and Bus stop Teatro Comunale
Transport in Bologna
In Bologna locals predominantly use the bus service. Getting around the city on foot is easy, the city is not massive and well sign posted. Similarly biking is popular and is faster than walking. As like most italian cities; scooters are a popular method of transport, they are easy to park and inexpensive compared to a car.
For long distance travels there is an airport and cross country train station.