Housing Services

Studying abroad is a transformational experience, requiring students to adjust to a new way of life in a different country. To make this transition easier, LdM always keeps in mind students’ needs and comforts, offering a range of services for those making Italy their home away from home.

In Fall 2020, LdM Housing service will only be available at LdM Florence. Specific deadlines and policies apply to the Fall 2020 semester, click here to learn more.

For specific information, please check the LdM site of your choice or contact [email protected]

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Rome

Tuscania

LdM Housing Options

Students attending LdM have various housing options to choose from with a free service set up to help them with their accommodation needs at all LdM sites. From shared apartments to homestays, all participants’ housing needs are met for them to have the best cultural and educational experience.

Students who are interested in LdM housing service for Fall 2020 should visit the Fall 2020 page.

Students are not obligated to choose housing through LdM, however, and may find accommodations independently.

Please click on the headings below to get more information on LdM Housing Service.

Please note that the information below does not apply to the Fall 2020 Semester. To discover more about Fall 2020 Housing Service at LdM Florence, visit the Fall 2020 page.

Shared Apartments

The shared apartment option is ideal for those who want to live a more independent lifestyle and is the most popular among students. 

All apartments are fully furnished and come with bed linens, towels, pots and pans, kitchen utensils, basic appliances, washing machine, TV and are equipped with Wi-Fi. They do not come with a phone or air conditioning and all units are NON-SMOKING. Students should take note that apartments in Italy, especially in the historic centers, are in antique buildings, and therefore no apartment is alike. Although LdM maintains a standard, there are differences in appearance, general condition and travel time from the institute. 

Due to the number of students and the style of buildings, student housing is set throughout the cities of Rome and Florence but are within walking distance of the school and are easily reachable by public transportation. The shared apartments are non-coed and house between 2 to 6 students. The standard apartment bedrooms are double with two single beds in the same room. Single rooms consisting of a single bed in one room in a student-shared apartment are limited, and in Rome, they are available only upon special request. 

Students are not able to choose their apartment or change roommates. Any roommate request must be specified on the housing agreement form prior to arrival. If a room request cannot be honored due to space limitations, accommodations are assigned according to availability.

The rent period begins on Housing Check-In Day and ends on Housing Check-Out Day.

Academic Year students must pay the rent for both semesters and a single housing deposit. 

Housing is provided for the Fall and Spring semesters. It is not provided during the winter break.

Students staying for two consecutive summer sessions must pay their rent for each session and a single housing deposit. Housing costs cover the rent for the reserved months, including the one-week break between summer sessions, but only for two consecutive sessions in the same city.

LdM Apartment housing includes:

  • Rent, with fixed check-in and check-out dates as specified
  • Repairs that are not caused by students
  • Average Utilities (water, gas, electricity). Any above average consumption costs are subtracted from the housing deposit and split amongst the students in the same apartment
  • Internet connection

LdM Apartment Housing does not include:

  • Meals
  • Damage(s) caused by students, extra cleaning and excessive consumption of utilities. Please see the specific details on the check-out procedure form 

LdM housing services may differ between campuses.

For further information, please check the specific campus.

Homestays

Living with a host or host family is an experience that offers students linguistic and cultural benefits while gaining a deeper understanding of Italy and its people. Furthermore, being part of a household means participating directly in Italian daily life building life-long bonds with hosts while being involved in their everyday routine from sharing meals to daily conversations. Homestays are recommended to students committed to learning Italian. The combination of formal Italian lessons and home-based language practice with native speakers is an authentic, effective means of better understanding the local culture.

Please note that the rent period begins on Housing Check-in Day and ends on Housing Check-out Day. Housing is not provided during the winter break. For further information, please contact: [email protected]

Independent Housing

Students are not obligated to choose housing through LdM. Students who are interested in independent housing options should ask for a list of real estate agencies at [email protected].

Those who prefer this option can download, fill out and sign the Independent Housing Form (the last page of the Housing Application Form), stating that they have secured housing independently from the LdM Housing Office. The completed and signed form can be sent to [email protected].

Rental period and deadlines

Students are responsible for submitting the Housing Request Form and supporting documentation to LdM Housing Services by the scheduled deadlines listed below. Also please find below the Check-In and Check-Out dates for upcoming semesters.

ACADEMIC YEAR 2019-2020

Academic Sessions Housing Request
Deadline
Rental Period
Check-In 
Rental Period
Check-Out
Fall 2019
Academic  Semester
June 15 August 27 December 14
January Intersession 2020 November 15 January 2 January 22
Spring 2020
Academic Semester
November 15 January 30 May 16
Summer 1 – June 2020 April 15 May 28 June 26
Summer 2 – July 2020 May 15 July 2 July 30

Reservation Procedure for shared apartment

Once students have been accepted to their LdM program, they will be sent the LdM Housing Booklet and forms required by their program. They should then follow these four easy steps below to reserve LdM Housing at each campus.

Step 1

Students are required to submit the following documentation before housing can be reserved:

• A completed and signed Housing Request Form and Personal Profile

• Housing Rules completed and signed (hand written signature)

• Proof of payment of the housing security deposit and the advance of the rent payment at the time of application

• A copy of the student’s passport (photo page)

Step 2

The following documents are required no later than 30 days before the student’s arrival date:

• A Copy of the student’s visa (only if necessary), that has to be requested at the Italian Embassy of your citizen home country.

• Detailed travel itinerary (from the place of departure to your final destination). If you are not arriving by plane to your final destination, please let us know which type of transportation you will use and the approximate arrival time. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware that all students have to arrive at the check in place within and no later than 4:00/4:30 pm on the check in day so please take into consideration when you buy your plane ticket.

• Proof of the full housing rent payment

Step 3

LdM will confirm receipt of the Housing Security Deposit payment and advanced rent payment by email, and will then proceed to arrange housing for the student.

Step 4

About a week before the beginning of the term, the LdM Housing Office will provide the student via email with:

• Apartment address, specifying roommates and apartment-mates

• Information regarding Housing Check-In

LdM Housing Cancellation Policy

HOUSING CANCELLATION POLICY FOR SEMESTER PROGRAMS

• Any cancellation must be communicated in a written withdrawal form obtained from the Housing Office. Please remember that once the student arrives in Italy, no refund will be made for any reason whatsoever in the event of a student deciding to cancel, change or vacate an assigned apartment.
• If a student cancels 45 days or MORE prior to the check-in date, the security deposit and advance of the rent payment will be refunded.
• If a student cancels 44-31 days preceding the check-in date, the student will lose the security deposit but will be refunded the $1200 advance of the rent payment.
• 30-11 days preceding the check-in date, the student is liable for the security deposit and advance of the rent payment.
• If a student cancels 10-0 days preceding the check-in date – or fails to check-in to his or her housing assignment – the student is responsible for the full rental amount of the accommodation for the entire academic term.
• The student will be fully liable for the total housing cost and housing deposit if no official notice of the student’s cancellation is received by LdM before check-in.

Please be aware that the security deposit and housing rent are not kept by LdM but retained by the landlord to partially cover the loss of the occupant.

Housing cancellation policy above applies to the student’s apartment option. Please refer to the LdM Housing Booklet for policies applicable to alternate housing options.

HOUSING CANCELLATION POLICY FOR SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS (SUMMER AND JANUARY INTERSESSION)

• Any cancellation must be communicated in a written withdrawal form obtained from the Housing Office. Please remember that once the student arrives in Italy, no refund will be made for any reason whatsoever in the event of a student deciding to cancel change or vacate an assigned apartment.
• If a student cancels 45 days or MORE prior to the check-in date, the security deposit and full rent payment will be refunded.
• If a student cancels 44-15 days preceding the check-in date, the student will lose the security deposit but will be refunded the full rent payment.
• If a student cancels 14-0 days preceding the check-in date – or fails to check-in to his or her housing assignment – the student is responsible for the full rental amount of the accommodation for the entire academic term.
• The student will be fully liable for the total housing cost and housing deposit if no official notice of the student’s cancellation is received by LdM before check-in.

Please be aware that the security deposit and housing rent are not kept by LdM but retained by the landlord to partially cover the loss of the occupant.

Housing cancellation policy above applies to the student’s apartment option. Please refer to the LdM Housing Booklet for policies applicable to alternate housing options.

LdM HOUSING WITHDRAWAL POLICY

Students deciding to withdraw from their housing assignment during the academic term are eligible to receive a housing deposit refund following a checkout inspection of their housing accommodation. Housing deposit refunds are processed 45-days following the end of the academic term.

• The student will be required to vacate his or her LdM housing assignment within 24-hours of completing the LdM Withdrawal Form.
• The student is required to follow LdM check out procedures.
• The student is responsible for paying all housing debts and will be eligible to receive a refund of his/her housing deposit 45-days following the end of the academic term.
• Eligibility for housing deposit refund will be based on inspection of the apartment at time of check out.
• LdM reserves the right to withhold the release of transcripts until all debts (if any) are paid.

Safety and wellbeing

LdM believes that providing students with residential comfort and safety is a critical component to the study abroad experience. We aim to provide everyone with the information and tools necessary to maintain this standard. This section is for students in shared living LdM units.

For those who have chosen the homestay option, we recommend they consult their host or LdM Housing Services for information on housing safety and individual housing needs and issues. 

As for students living in independent accommodation, they should contact the proprietor/landlord/agent responsible directly for any concerns.

Below are a few guidelines for safety and wellbeing for those who have requested a shared apartment with other students through LdM. 

Housing Issues and Emergency Numbers: Students should record on their mobile phones the name, number, and e-mail of contact persons (landlords or agencies) listed in the envelope they received on arrival day. In the event of a housing issue, please contact the landlord or agency directly. It is mandatory to inform the student advisor of any problems. For urgent needs or repairs concerning an apartment outside of the office hours, contact the LdM emergency cell phone number provided on check-in.

Locked Doors: For the safety of all students and their personal belongings, ALWAYS REMEMBER TO deadbolt the lock when leaving the apartment. When occupants are inside the apartment, remember to deadbolt the lock and remove the key from inside the lock. The entrance doors do not lock automatically. Always be sure to lock the entrance door either when entering or when leaving the apartment.

Keys: It is imperative that students not keep the address of their apartment attached to the key ring or written anywhere. Tenants should always check to make sure the keys are in hand before leaving their apartment. If they forget their keys inside or they are lost, contact the landlord or agency contact person. Please note it may be difficult to reach anyone over the weekend or late at night to recover keys.

Noise: Don’t make noise after 11:00 p.m. Remember that the building is shared with other residents. Italian law requires that noise is kept at a minimum after 11:00 p.m., which means neighbors can call the police if noise is excessive. Parties are not allowed. We kindly ask that students of LdM show respect and not disturb others in the building by paying attention to making noise in the stairwell, especially late at night, or in the apartment with loud music.

Overnight Guests: In accordance with the leasing agreement and with Italian law, overnight guests are not permitted. Should anyone other than the tenants be found in the apartment, the landlord or the LdM Housing Service coordinator has the right to require them to vacate the apartment.

Utilities: Utility costs are very high in Italy. LdM strongly recommends all students to respect energy conservation. Using washer machines after 8:00 p.m. and on the weekends is recommended, as well as turning off lights, computer or any other domestic appliances when not in use. Also, be sure these items are off when exiting the apartment to avoid being charged for excess usage. 

Heating System: According to Italian law, heating can be turned on Nov. 1 and must be turned off on April 15. Tenants can keep the heat on in winter up to 10 hours a day at 20 degrees (Celsius) maximum. Only the landlord can set the thermostat, so occupants need to inform their contact person about the times they would like to keep the heating on. If there are any issues in this regard, contact the landlord or agency. If the thermostat is changed without permission and set on a higher temperature, there may be extra costs charged.

Proper Ventilation: Most student accommodations are located in historic centers in classic Italian structures, and special attention should be taken into account regarding ventilation. Please remember to let fresh air into the apartment for at least 30 minutes a day. Additionally, leave the bathroom window open after a hot shower to prevent mildew from forming on the walls. Make sure to close ALL of the windows whenever leaving the apartment.

Waste System: Students live in apartments like Italian citizens, and therefore they are expected to pay attention when separating waste collection and putting their garbage in the right bins. The waste collecting agency could charge students an expensive fine for those who do not respect the waste separation rules and leave trash in the streets. More detailed information on the waste separation system and recycling is given to the tenants upon arrival at their apartments. We suggest that occupants take out the trash daily to enjoy a healthy stay in their accommodations.