COST OF LIVING IN ITALY AND LIVING EXPENSES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MONEY
Italy’s annual cost of living is between 1000 and 1500 Euros a month. This calculation covers the cost of accommodation, food prices, public transit, local travel and entertainment. Naturally, Rome is much more expensive than in other cities and towns. The list of student cities in Italy with an average monthly cost of living in Italy is as follows: Bologna between EUR 750 and 800, Bolzano between EUR 650 and 700, Florence between EUR 700, Milan and Rome between EUR 900 and EUR 1000.
YOUR BANKING AND PAYMENTS OPTIONS
What is the process of it?
In order to get started, you need to fill out the bank opening request form that can be submitted by mail or in person. As Italian banking schedules can be very restrictive, it’s a good idea to consider opening an account near your home or workplace. Be sure to compare rates which, especially for international money transfers, can be exceptionally high for various banks. It is also important to be aware that Italy’s banks are reasonably expensive for clients. It is not uncommon, in fact, for Italians living in rural areas to have no bank account whatsoever, a phenomenon that is rarely the case in other European countries.
What documents are required to open a bank account for a foreigner?
- A valid identity card (in the case of a joint account) for each person who opens an account
- The Tax Code of any account holder
- Valid address
- Residence certification
GETTING YOUR PHONE AND INTERNET ORGANIZED
In Italy, landline telephone numbers range from eight to eleven numbers and start with “0.” When calling a number both from within Italy and from abroad, “0” must be dialed.
Telecom Italia Tim, the national Italian telecommunications company, is responsible for providing the Italian landline telephone service. Telecom Italia offers private individuals and small businesses, as well as medium and large corporations, with mobile and Internet services.
The law gives Telecom Italia the duty to guarantee the provision of telephone services (local, national and foreign calls, the transmission of data by fax and access to the Internet) at fair prices and non-discriminatory rates to users throughout the country. However, in the case of a deregulated telecommunications industry, consumers are allowed to select another network, either as a replacement for Telecom Italia or in addition to services such as Fastweb, Vodafone or Infostrada provided by Telecom Italia. For information about how to request the service, refer to their websites.
Get a telephone landline service with Telecom Italia (or other providers):
- On 187, contact their support centre
- Apply via the website of Telecom Italia
To activate a telephone service, the following information is required:
- Amount of taxes (Codice fiscale)
- The address where you need to mount the line
- Phone number at which it is possible to contact the applicant
- Necessary kind of service
- Number of requisite extensions
- Needed additional telephone service, such as a special tariff package
- Telephone model (name, colour), if applicable,
- If the applicant needs to be included in the local phone book with their number
A new telephone number will then be allocated to Telecom Italia, and an appointment for a technician to come and connect the telephone will be set up (this could take a few days to a couple of weeks).
Cellular or Mobile Telephones
The length of Italian cell phone numbers is ten numbers and starts with 3. The available phone models are much the same as in any other country, as are the brands: iPhone, Samsung, other smartphones, etc. Phones bought in another European country can be used in Italy, although it might be possible to pay roaming charges.
In Italy, there are four primary service providers for mobile phones:
Each company provides a wide variety of voice and data services and packages, and a thorough comparison of rates and conditions before entering into a contract is often recommended.
To activate a mobile telephone service, the following information is required:
- Identification (Passport, Italian ID, Residency Permit)
- Amount of taxes (Codice fiscale)
Choose from either a permanent contract at a fixed monthly rate or a rechargeable/pay as you go one where you need to recharge your phone card with extra credit regularly. At cigarette and magazine shops, additional credit vouchers (Ricerche) may be purchased; they are often in the form of scratch-off cards, but you’ll be asked for a phone number that you want to recharge most of the time. Credit can also be obtained online, via the website or app of the service provider, customer service phone line, or in their telephone shops.
There have been no new roaming charges within the European Union for people regularly commuting since June 2017. EU cell contract holders pay only domestic rates. Travelling with a European telephone card outside the EU or using a non-EU telephone card is also subject to extra charges and charges are imposed according to the service provider.
Going online in Italy
Making international calls
In Italy, the STD area code (starting with ‘0’) is an integral part of the telephone number and must always be used. When calling from outside Italy, the leading zero is not lost.
It would help if you dialed: 00 + Country Code + City Code + Local Number to make a call from Italy.
If you want to contact your relatives living abroad when you are in Italy, they will have to dial: 00 + 39 + City Code + Local Number.
Calling from Italy abroad has the same cost regardless of the time of day. The cost is calculated only by the country or computer you are calling. It can be costly to do it from Telecom Italia if it’s a cell phone number you’re calling.
Accessing the internet
- In hotels, hostels, B&Bs and farm stays, free wi-fi is commonly available, although signal quality varies. Some locations sell laptops/computers as well.
- Free wi-fi is offered in several bars and cafes.
- Numerous Italian cities and towns, like Rome, Milan, Bologna, Florence and Venice, offer public wi-fi hotspots. You may need to register online using a credit card or an Italian cell phone number to use them.
- A free mobile app, wifi.italia. It allows you to connect via a single login to participating networks. It is released in the summer of 2017 and gets mixed reports.