LdM Rome Facilities and Services

The Rome campus building is in a renovated 19th-century palazzo and contains a wide range of student amenities attuned to the needs and comfort of LdM’s students. Students can use two Metro nearby stops as well as numerous bus lines, and the school is less than five minutes away from the major sites and monuments of Rome. The facilities boast an art lab, spacious classrooms, a library, a well-appointed student point and computer center, and an extensive Wi-Fi network.

LdM Rome has developed a strong rapport with the local neighborhood and businesses. Many of these friendly businesses grant LdM’s students special discounts and offers, making them feel like a welcome and integral part of the local community.

Dining

All student apartments contain fully-equipped kitchens. LdM encourages students to embrace the culinary cultural traditions of Italy by taking advantage of the nearby markets and local vendors with fresh produce, meats, pastas, and cheeses. Students who are new to cooking can sign up for one of the cooking courses on offer or participate in other planned activities aimed to develop students’ culinary knowledge. 

Students choosing the homestay option are typically provided with half-board, which includes continental breakfast and dinner with the host family five days per week.

For those who enjoy eating out, the student card provides discounts at some local cafés and restaurants. This option allows students to sample the different flavors of the region.

Library

The library at LdM Rome provides the tools that enable students to complete their coursework at LdM successfully. The collection consists of books, periodicals, and other materials in English carefully selected to meet the needs of LdM’s students and the variety of subjects offered at LdM. Students can consult books in the reading rooms and check out a defined number of titles. Students also have access to most of the libraries in Rome.

The library purchases American and Italian newspapers daily so that students can keep up with current affairs.

The operating hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. 

Student Point/Computer Lab

Wireless connectivity for personal laptops is available at the Student Point/Computer Lab and at all of LdM’s facilities during normal opening hours.

Password access to LdM’s Wi-Fi is available at the front desk. Computer terminals are available to students who require this service.

The operating hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Fridays. 

LdM Student Mail Service

Navigating foreign postal services can be daunting when living abroad. In order to simplify this experience, LdM offers the services of the Student Mail Office, where student mail may be sent to directly, rather than a personal address. This allows deliveries to be easier and more reliable. Students are responsible for checking in with the Student Mail Service when expecting a letter or package.

Please provide the following address to those wishing to send letters or packages:

Student’s Name
c/o Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici
Via XX Settembre, 4
00187 Roma
Italy

Medical Care

Health insurance is mandatory for all LdM students.

For those required to obtain a student visa and/or permit of stay (Permesso di Soggiorno), the Italian government mandates that all students have comprehensive international health insurance coverage for their time in Italy, and must show proof of insurance before entering Italy. LdM strongly encourages that students get a health insurance plan that includes medical evacuation and repatriation.

During orientation, students receive information regarding doctors in Rome, public hospitals, and 24-hour pharmacies. For general medical issues, LdM refers its students to general practitioners where all doctors on staff speak English. Walk-ins are welcome with no appointment needed during regular office hours. There is also a doctor on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for house visits. The general practitioners may refer students to specialists or private clinics to run more specific medical tests if needed.

For students covered by HTH and CISI health insurance, office visits to this practice are free. It is mandatory for the student to bring the health insurance card or a photocopy as proof, otherwise, they risk being charged. 

For students with GeoBlue insurance, office visits are free upon getting the Guarantee of Payment from the insurance company in advance.  

For house calls and visits to a specialist, students will most likely pay a fee.

For emergency care, students can visit the 24-hour emergency rooms at any of the Rome public hospitals. Emergency rooms have specialists on staff available 24 hours a day.  

For students who wear contact lenses or have a condition that requires regular medication, LdM strongly recommends bringing a full supply that lasts for the duration of their stay in Italy. Make sure medications come in original packaging with clear labeling, along with the prescription from their home doctor. When traveling, it’s advisable to put medications in a carry-on bag in case the checked luggage gets lost or delayed. If the prescription runs out, it is possible to obtain a prescription from a doctor in Italy. Students are responsible for checking with the local embassy to make sure that their medication is acceptable to bring into Italy. Please note that some countries in the EU may consider certain prescribed medications illegal, such as some ADD therapy medications. Students should bring a letter from their doctor, on official letterhead, listing their medications and explaining why they are necessary.

Students should do their research, to ensure their well-being and to help prevent any misunderstandings that can hinder their study abroad experience.

LdM discourages students from having medicines or medical supplies shipped from their home country. Italian customs laws are strictly enforced, and packages can be held for long periods or shipped back to the sender. If this happens, students must provide customs officials with a prescription from a doctor in Italy, running the risk that the medication might not arrive in Italy by the time the student needs it.