Student rentals, an ordeal for non-residents and commuters: “Here are our stories”



In Rome, non-resident students and commuters find it difficult to find cheap rents and in structures adapted to their needs – and the phenomenon seems to be spreading throughout Italy.

This is what emerges from the interviews that iNews24 collected in Piazza Bologna, in the Nomentano district, residence of many students, with some of the protagonists of this tiring epic. Most of them come from other regions, but there is no shortage of commuters forced to make daunting choices. But the lowest common denominator is the same: exorbitant prices for renting a room and tours of dilapidated houses, with incredible demands from the owners.

“Always near Piazza Bologna – says a student from Marche who is studying in the capital – for a double room, the proposal was to start with 600 euros, since it was necessary to start with works and then go down once the works were finished. But in the meantime, we would have lived in it”.

Student and commuter rentals, how much do you pay in the cities?

But Rome is not the only city where rents for students are becoming prohibitive. According to a survey by SoloAffitti, landlord demands are growing, despite the economic crises resulting from the Covid pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

The new increase in monthly rents is almost distributed throughout the peninsula, even for single rooms, marking a general increase of 5%, a percentage that increases in university towns: Milan (+10%), Bologna (+29%) , Rome (+6%), Florence (+16%) and Pisa (+10%).

In economic terms, the average monthly rent for a single room is 324 euros, while for a bed in a double room the average is 209 euros. The most expensive remains Milan (550 euros per month), followed by Bologna (450), Rome (425), Bolzano (400), Trento (385), Genoa (300), Ferrara (300), Siena (300), Trieste (300) and Torino (297).

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Student rentals, what are the demands of those who study?

Student rental research focuses on certain aspects, such as the availability of a single room (53%), exceeded only by the proximity of the house to public transport (71%) and the proximity to the university ( 69%). The demand to have people of the same sex in the building is also growing (12%), while the wi-fi equipment remains high (33%) and the building with modern furniture (33%).

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