Villanova University Vatican Internship Program
in cooperation with The College of Global Studies
Housing for Villanova University Students will be in one of several properties that Arcadia manages in Rome.
Arcadia University leases a number of student apartments in the southern center Rome, near Trastevere.
Students will be housed in apartment buildings where they will live alongside Italian families, young and old, grasping a sense for living in an Italian context. All apartments are chosen based on safety, comfort, conduciveness to study, and living in a foreign context. Facilities will vary from apartment to apartment.
Arcadia managed apartments are Italian homes and in buildings from varying eras of the Roman landscape, no two apartments are exactly alike. "Thresholds," our Italy Program orientation to all aspects of living abroad, will address adjusting to living among Italians neighbors, among other topics.
Rome housing comes equipped with one set of sheets per student, a pillow, blankets and/or duvets and towels.
All housing will include basic kitchen utensils such as dishes, cutlery, pots, and pans. Some landlords provide extras for our students, such as televisions, dishwashers and clothes washers, but these items should not be expected.
Arcadia University cannot guarantee uniformity of apartment and room sizes, distance from the school, furnishings, or extra facilities; these are regular residential apartments owned and rented to Arcadia by individual apartment owners.
There is no meal plan option for this program, so please prepare to use the kitchen when possible to save on food costs. Neighborhood orientation on arrival day and Thresholds sessions to follow will help you to locate local markets, talk to you about basic food preparation and how best to stay healthy, satisfied and keep change in your pocket while living and eating in Rome.
Apartments typically house between three and six students. Roommates will typically be other North American students studying on the program. Students will most often be allocated double rooms, but some apartments may have single and triple rooms. The more information shared on your housing form, the better our local staff can match roommates to one another.
All apartments will have kitchen and bathroom facilities. Occasionally, there may also be a lounge area. Bathrooms in Italy typically include a sink, a bidet, and a shower box (without a tub) or a tub with a hand-held showerhead and no curtain. Hot water is regulated by small heaters and, therefore runs out quickly. Apartments are heated during winter, but Italian homes are not kept as warm as homes in the U.S. and due to governmental regulation of resources, students may not have control over the temperature or when the heat is turned on/off in their building.
Energy in Italy is 100% imported and, as such, very expensive; this leaves landlords and homeowners particularly wary of overuse. Apartments in Italy do not have air conditioning. However, proper ventilation and stone construction go far in alleviating much of the summer heat. Extensive housing orientations explain how best to conserve energy, keep apartments cool in summer and warm in winter and how to keep areas clean and tidy.
Apartments, rooms, and storage spaces are considerably smaller and more simply furnished in Italy as compared to the U.S., so please keep this in mind when you’re packing.
Requests for specific locations or buildings cannot be accommodated.