Pavia’s collegiate system, that is unique in Italy, consists of 21 Residences, hosting approximately 2000 students.
There are three types of student residences (“Collegi”) in Pavia:

  • Residences run by EDiSU (Ente per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario)
  • Merit-based residences
  • Privately managed residences

All of them can be defined as ‘Integrated Service Systems’ and can be considered as the ideal solution to meet the requirements of Education Right at University level. Besides accommodation service, infact, they offer facilities for teaching, leisure and education purposes, and arrange cultural activities that enhance the educational experience of students. Living in a “Collegio” offers the opportunity to belong to a community where academic achievement, traditional events, parties and sporting rivalries play key roles.


Residences run by EDiSU

EDiSU (Ente per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario) is an autonomous institution that provides scholarships and manages most of Pavia’s residences.

Please, download this flyer to know more about Edisu residences.

There are 11 Edisu residences located in Pavia, hosting the majority of students who stay in a “Collegio” (about 1500 students):

Edisu also manages 1 residence located in Cremona:


Edisu fees

For Edisu scholarship beneficiaries (students who meet both Edisu merit and income-based requirements) the accommodation is free of charge. Please, find more about Edisu scholarships here.

Students who do not meet Edisu income-based requirements can apply too. In this case, fees are calculated according to income tier and accommodation type, and they can vary from a minimum of about 170 euros to a maximum of 340 euros per month.

How to apply to Edisu residences

On Edisu website you will find all the information about residences and the call for applications (usually published each year in July).

Applications approximately open at the beginning of July and close around mid-August.
They must be submitted exclusively online on Edisu website, by registering and accessing the “Online Student Services” area.


Merit-based Residences

Studying in a merit-based residence means having high-level facilities available, designed to support the whole University career, and favoring a rapid and qualified entry into the job’s world.
These residences offer: internal courses, tutoring, international mobility programs, continuous cultural events and also recreational and socializing activities.

There are 5 merit-based residences in Pavia:

In order to apply for a room, please check each residence’s website.

Calls for applications are usually published each year in June, and students are asked to participate in a competition (a written test and two oral tests) which takes place in September.

In order to maintain the assigned room, each year the students have to respect the high academic performance requirement of an average annual grade not less than 27/30.
The cost of the accommodation is largely supported by the residence, since the students are only asked for a contribution proportionate to family income and many rooms are completely free.


Privately managed Residences

Residences associated to the University of Pavia, but privately administered. The admission is managed independently by each residences:





There are different ways to look for a private flat to rent:


  •  Centro Assistenza Studenti: Corso Garibaldi, 61/a – 27100 – Pavia (Pv) Tel.39.338.7880080 
  •  HG Immobiliare : Via Bernardino da Feltre 37/A 27100 – Pavia (PV) Tel.+39-0382 1753541
  •  Look at the students notices on the notice boards located both in the University central compound (Strada Nuova, 65) and in each Department’s buildings.


Costs for renting a room in a private flat

Rooms can be single or double and usually cost from € 200 to € 350 per month, depending also on the area. Historic centre tends to be more expensive.
Pay attention to the voice “spese” (meaning additional costs such as light, gas, heating), in particular when there are “spese condominiali” (meaning additional costs for the maintenance of the building), that can be very expensive (up to € 100 per month).

When to look for accommodation in a private flat

The best time is before September, since from September on it can be very tough to find a nice flat in terms of quality/price.

Where to look for accommodation in a private flat

Other than looking for an appartment/room in the city centre, you can widen your research for accommodation to Pavia’s hinterland. Here’s a list of smaller cities and towns well connected to Pavia via bus or train.



While searching for more convenient housing, the students may find accommodation on a temporary basis in:


Rooms to rent
• AffittaCamere Pavia
• Pavia Guest House
• Pavia Residence
• Locanda della Stazione
• Le Stanze del Cardinale
• 32 BNB
Residenza I Mille
• Hotel Moderno
• Hotel Aurora
• Hotel Rosengarten
• Hotel Excelsior Pavia
• Cascina Scova Resort
• Riz Hotel


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