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FAQs - Accommodation and Living in Rimini

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FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

Survey - Tips from students to students

Respondents of the Survey 

We present you a summary of results of a survey sent to students who have/had a living experience in Rimini as international programs students. 
We have received answers from 55 students of different nationalities. They tried to give tips for new comers to better benefit from the experience and to avoid any possible mistake. 
Please note that the answers do not represent the opinion of the university. It is simply some tips addressed from current students/alumni to new potential students.

The respondents are described as the following:












Tips on Arrival in Rimini

When do current students/alumni think is the best time to arrive to Rimini before your classes?

Tips on Accommodation in Rimini
  1. Regarding the accommodation in Rimini: What do they suggest to you?
  2. Join the Facebook Group: Affitti Studenti Rimini, you will find a lot of offers there.
  3. Look for offers by the university on the wall in Via Anghera, you can find some notices.
  4. Convenient places to live in are the Center and San Giuliano. The surroundings by the seaside are nicer and less expensive but it takes you a minimum of a 20 minutes’ walk or the need of taking the bus/bike to reach the university.
  5. Do not trust accommodation intermediaries, search on your own without an agency.
  6. Very useful website for rooms: .
  7. Always check google maps to understand better the distance between the university and the chosen accommodation before you go for any deal.
  8. Recommended to stay in one of the hostel near the university Sunflower Hostel or Jammin Hostel for one week before and then search for an accommodation. These hostels are the most economic.
  9. Talk to ex-students they might be leaving their rooms and you could take their place.
  10. Try to email the international office in the Rimini campus, they might have some offers.
  11. Ask Erasmus students, could be that they are leaving their rooms soon
  12. Try to speak to local students before accepting any offer, they know better.
  13. Landlords usually ask you to sign a contract for 6 months or 1 year. If you want to leave earlier you will probably have to pay a fine.
  14. Always remember, even if you want to leave with respect to the contract, you must send by post an official notice called Racommandata during a specific date mentioned in the contract
  15. Keep in mind that the contracts are in Italian, you better have an Italian speaker with you to read and understand what you are signing on.
  16. Most of the landlords ask for a deposit money in advance, around 2 months’ rent value and they will give you the deposit money after you leave the room and you pay your last bill, and they inspect that nothing is broken or needs reparation.
  17. Something not everybody knows even the landlords, is that there is a type of contract especially for students called “cedolare secca” which is free for both the landlord and the students. Because most of the other contracts you will need to pay an amount for the registration of the contract, sometimes around 60 euros divided by you and the landlord. If the landlord is using the “cedolare secca” type, none should pay for registration.

Average Living Cost in Rimini

Tips on Applying for the Residence Permit 
Regarding your  Residence Permit in Italy: Tips from non-EU applicants
  • Your first residence permit will be given as the same period of your visa. For example if you have a visa for 3 months and you paid for a 1 year period residence permit, you will get the permit for only 3 months. Therefore, be smart and do not make your insurance for more than 6 months at the beginning (if you can and if you have your Visa for less than 6 months) and do not apply for 1 year residence permit at the beginning. Wait until you get the first one as your Visa period and then apply for one year. However, if you have your visa for one year, then you can ignore this advice.
  • Ask the embassy in your home country as many questions as you need before coming here, they have answers and they speak your language.
  • Most of the people working in the Questura do not speak English. Be ready for that.
  • Make a copy of all the documents required and keep them with you.
  • If you are doing it for the first time, ask the help of the international office and/or Immigration offices. They will tell you if the documents are correct and complete. It will save you some time. They usually speak English in the immigration offices . It is a time consuming and complicated process, therefore asking the help of a professional is important.
  • When applying for the residence permit, be ready for a long queue. Maybe you would cancel some plans because you will be late.
  • When picking up your residence permit. Usually you receive an SMS with the date and time. Come as the appointment and ignore the queue. Do not do my mistake and wait in the queue because if you have an appointment you can directly enter and how them the SMS.
  • There is mainly many Questura that you might be confused about. Ask the tutor which one to go for which reason. For example the place where you apply for the papers is different than picking up the papers and different than doing your finger prints for the first time.
  • Make sure you apply for it minimum 2 weeks before its expiry date.
  • Keep in mind, after applying for the residence permit via the post, you will be given a Receipt. This receipt is enough for you to travel between Italy and your country (even if your residence permit is expired, in case of renovation). However, you cannot have transit in a country that require usually a Visa for you.
  • Issuing a residence permit will require minimum one month since your last meeting (the finger prints). Keep that in mind, especially if you have travel plans.
  • You might face some not very nice treatment and impatient employees. Do not take it personal!
Tips on Enjoying Rimini
What are the Students’ tips for maximizing your experience while studying?
  • During your stay in Italy, travel as much as you can inside and outside Italy
  • Participate in all the activities you have in Rimini.
  • Learn Italian, go to the movie theatre, join Slash Association, Erasmus Groups in order to improve the language and enrich your social life. Try to find Italian flatmates to improve your language.
  • If you have time, start learning Italian before coming to Italy.
  • Buy a bike but buy a very good chain (invest in the lock) because it might get stolen otherwise.
  • Organize events and activities with group members and friends.
  • Grab the opportunities offered by the university.
  • Enjoy the food and learn how to cook Italian.
  • For being more economic, buy food from a supermarket close to the hospital zone, do not stick to the big ones.
  • For buying drinks for your parties, always buy them before from supermarkets, otherwise you will pay much more from other stores. (Supermarkets are open till around 8:00 pm in the center).
  • Do not spend all your money in bars, save the money and travel!
  • Spend your time as much as you can with foreigners and not people from your own country.
  • The markets are usually in the piazzas every Wednesday and Saturday. It is nice to visit them, and you can have cheaper food, vegetables and even clothes.
  • Use your bike to visit nearby places and the parks in Rimini. There is a nice park with a lake.
  • There are free Italian courses given by the municipality of Rimini. Use them!
  • Do not be closed to your academic surroundings only. Meet locals!
  • Sometimes heating can be expensive and people could get their warm clothes to save money.
  • Try as much as possible to avoid registering bills with your name.
  • Do not stick to the center, instead go and explore the seaside secrets especially the harbor.
How do Students See Rimini?