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Top 5 Italian cities to study in

Sep 23, 2022 | Study

What are the best Italian cities to study in? This is the question we ask ourselves when we decide to leave our city and start a new life as an offsite student.

We have seen in the article ‘University cities: which services are most used by students‘ that there are many factors to consider before choosing the city where to spend the next years of university life.

We’ll analyze which are the best ones to study in based on the following factors:

  • university offer,
  • quality of public transport,
  • accommodation offer,
  • leisure offer.

So which are the top 5 Italian cities to study in?


In 5th place is Pisa, a city on a human scale famous for its Leaning Tower and its rich history.

Moreover, the University of Pisa is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Italy and Europe and is the leading university in Tuscany in terms of student numbers.

This is a city that pays a lot of attention to the needs of students, infact, for example there is a wide availability of rooms and flats for rent at quite affordable costs.


Perugia takes 4th place.
This pretty town has one of the most important and historic Italian universities.

Perugia is chosen by many foreign students who consider it a very stimulating city, thanks also to the many cultural and leisure events that enliven it throughout the year.

The costs here are not particularly high: on average, the price for a room is between 175 and 200 euros per month.


The city that the whole world envies us is also distinguished by its University, among the most important being the Ca’ Foscari University and the Academy of Fine Arts.

Certainly living and moving around in Venice is not easy, but thanks to its beauty, charm and rich cultural offering, students who have studied here speak of it as a unique and indescribable experience.

Venice certainly does not belong to the cheapest university cities in terms of transport costs and rents.

As an alternative, you can choose to live in the nearby and more affordable Mestre.


Second place goes to Milan!

Milan really needs little introduction, renowned for its excellent Universities,
both state and private.

The ever-moving metropolis offers so much for an out-of-town student: clubs, shops of all kinds, concerts, exhibitions, events, libraries, parks, culture.

Accomodation offer in Milan

It also has a wide range of accommodation offer, from university campuses to private flats and then there are the In-Domus residential campuses that offer state-of-the-art accommodation at affordable prices. In Milan there really is everything!


And the winner is…. Bologna!
It is no coincidence that it is called ‘La Dotta‘, for it boasts one of the oldest universities in the West.

In the 2020/2021 Academic Year almost 90,300 students chose Bologna to live out their university years.

This city offers a perfect environment for the life of a student away from home, it is on a human scale, one can move around easily on foot or by bicycle, and it is alive all year round thanks to the many cultural events that take place there.

To live in Bologna as a student you may need around 800/1000 euro per month, considering that the cost of a room varies from 300 to 450 euro per month excluding expenses.


In Italy we are truly spoiled for choice. In this small list we have presented you, we are missing many other cities that are no less important for their excellent universities, such as: Rome, Florence but also Padua and Bolzano.

There is no perfect place, each has its pros and cons, you have to learn to know them and use them to your advantage.

Whichever city you choose to spend your university years in, rest assured that it will offer you great fulfillment and many opportunities for growth.

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