Orange walls, whizzing Vespas, and steaming cappuccinos — even though the city of Rome is almost 3,000 years old, it’s very far from being a somber city; it’s very much alive. From posh to hipster, Rome offers a wide variety of neighbourhoods. If you’re looking for student accommodation in town, check out the 5 most popular neighbourhoods in Rome for students.
Home to Rome’s main train station, Termini, and one of the city’s seven major churches, the Santa Maria Maggiore, Esquilino is one of the most central and multicultural Roman neighbourhoods. The hustle and bustle of Termini turns this area into one of the liveliest in the city.
All around Esquilino you’ll find a diverse restaurant scene, from Asian and African cuisines to traditional trattorias and even street food stalls. For a whiff of good old Italian fresh produce, stop by the Piazza Vittorio Market.
The best part about students living in Esquilino is its proximity to the Sapienza University. From Termini metro station, the university is only two stops away in Policlinico. From the other three stations in Esquilino, Vittorio Emanuele, Manzoni and San Giovanni, you simply need to switch to the B (blue) line once you get to Termini. If you’re a fan of walking, a 20 to 25-minute walk will take you there as well.
University of Rome Tor Vergata is a bit farther away, but any stop on the A (red) line will take you to Anagnina station, and from there lines 20, 500, 506, 507 and 046 of the Atac tram will take you to the different faculties.
Trastevere is very widely considered everyone’s favourite Roman neighbourhood. A walk along one of the bridges on the Tevere River will take you to this bohemian district, known for traditional and innovative trattorias, microbreweries and artisan shops.
By night, the whole of Rome roams to Trastevere for a night out in one of the neighbourhood’s countless clubs and bars, and the piazzas fill up with both locals and international students. On Sunday mornings, it’s worth sucking up a hangover to visit Porta Portese, the neighbourhood’s famous flea market — in an almost 3000-year-old city, you’re bound to find some interesting antiques and trinkets.
Trastevere isn’t very well connected, especially to the Rome metro. It’s a wonderful place to walk around in, but it takes time to reach the closest university. You can reach Sapienza by hopping on the Atac tram 3 in Trastevere/min. P. Istruzione, stopping at Aventino/Circo Massimo, catching the B (blue) metro line in Circo Massimo and stopping at Policlinico.
Among the Colosseum, the Quirinal hill, and the imposing Santa Maria Maggiore basilica, what lies in the streets between them is charming old residential Monti, one of Rome’s most central and gentrified neighbourhoods with a wide variety of residents.
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A lovely idea is to start your day off with a cappuccino in one of the cafés that surround the neighbourhood’s main meeting place, the Piazza Madonna ai Monti, and end your days in the exact same place. The best part about Monti’s nightlife is that it’s less busy and touristy than Trastevere — Via Urbana and Via Panisperna have plenty of bar choices.
The main metro station in Monti is Colosseo — 4 stops on the B (blue) line will take you to Sapienza, located close to the Policlinico station.
Campo Marzio, one of Rome’s poshest neighbourhoods, is home to some of city’s most well-known landmarks, such as the Piazza Navona, the Pantheon, the Spanish Steps, and the ever-crowded Trevi Fountain.
Campo Marzio is the perfect neighbourhood for some shopping along Via Corso and Via del Babuino, home to high-end fashion stores and well-known Italian and international brands. Once you reach the end of those streets, you end up in the Piazza del Popolo — as soon as you do, climb the steps to Passeggiata del Pincio, and after taking in the breathtaking view, take a stroll in Rome’s most beautiful gardens, the Villa Borghese.
If you’re planning on living in the area and studying at Sapienza University, the ATAC buses 71 and 492 around the Campo Marzio area will leave you close by. If you study at University of Rome Tor Vergata, a hop on the A (red) line will take you to Anagnina station — from there, lines 20, 500, 506, 507 and 046 of the Atac tram will take you to the university’s different faculties.
Right above the Vatican’s holy borders and to the west of the Tevere, Prati is a calm, tidy, and residential neighbourhood — perfect to steer clear of touristy Rome. It’s one of the city’s wealthiest areas, and is also known for having lots of office buildings and its own shopping street, Via Cola di Rienzo, with high-end fashion shops.
Even though Prati has one of the few proper cycling lanes in Rome, it’s only nice for a ride along the river, since it goes in the direction of the Roman countryside and not the city centre. If you’re going to live in Prati and arrive home late after a night out in Trastevere, make a pit stop in Via Belli 63, and have a freshly made croissant in the nameless shop (even though it doesn’t even have a sign on it, it’s open all night long!).
Similarly to Trastevere, Prati lacks a good public transportation network, although its only metro stop, Ottaviano on the A (red) line, makes things a bit better. The last stop on the A line is Anagnina, the closest one to University of Rome Tor Vergata. For Sapienza University, take the same line and switch to the B (blue) line at Termini — Policlinico station is two stops away.
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