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RESIDENCES (COLLEGI)

Pavia’s collegiate system, unique in Italy, consists of 22 Residences, hosting approximately 2000 students.
There are three types of students residences in Pavia:

  • Collegi managed by EDiSU (Ente per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario);
  • Merit-based collegi;
  • Privatly owned collegi.

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, they offer facilities and tools for teaching, leisure and education purposes by arranging 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 all 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 collegi.

There are 11 Edisu collegi located in Pavia, hosting the majority of students who stay in collegio (about 1500 students):

Edisu also manages 1 collegio located in Cremona:

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

Edisu fees

Anyone can access the collegi thanks to a parental-income based fee system and payment by instalments.
Fees are calculated according to income tier and accommodation type. They can vary from a minimum of about 170 euros to a maximum of 340 euros per month.

For Edisu scholarship beneficiaries the accommodation is free of charge. You can find more about Edisu scholarships here.

How to apply to Edisu’s residences

On Edisu’s website you will find all the information about residences and the call for applications.

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

 

Merit-based Residences

Studying in a merit-based collegio means having high-level facilities available, designed to support the whole University career, and favoring a rapid and qualified entry into the world of work.
These collegi offer: internal courses, tutoring, international mobility programs, continuous cultural events and also recreational and socializing activities.
In order to be admitted to a merit-based collegio it is necessary to participate in a competition (a written test and two oral tests) which takes place in September.
Then, 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 Collegio, since the students are only asked for a contribution proportionate to family income and many rooms are completely free.

There are 5 merit-based collegi in Pavia:

 

Private Residences

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

 

PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION

There are different ways to look for a private flat to rent:
• Centro Assistenza Studenti: with a fee of € 20 you can visit as many flats as you want; then, after finding the accommodation that suites your needs, you are asked to pay only an additional fee of € 50.
• 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.
• Check websites such as Bakeka, Cercacasa, or specific magazines such as Passaparola (to buy at the newsagent’s) or Attico, Il Tetto, Cercaffari (that you can find around the city for free).
• Search “Pavia Affitti”on Facebook and you will find many groups where people advertise rooms.
• Real estate agents (“Agenzie immobiliari”).

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.

 

TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION

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

Hostel
Pavia Ostello
Rooms to rent
• AffittaCamere Pavia
• Pavia Guest House
• Residenziale Il Naviglio
• Residence La Sfera
• Pavia Residence
• Residence Silmar
• Locanda della Stazione
B&Bs
• Le Stanze del Cardinale
• 32 BNB
Residenza I Mille
Hotels
• Hotel Moderno
• Hotel Aurora
• Hotel Rosengarten
• Hotel Excelsior Pavia
• Cascina Scova Resort
• Riz Hotel

 

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