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Today, living in college means being in the midst of a stimulating and creative cultural environment that has a long tradition in
Pavia. College life also allows everyone who joins to become part of an ever-changing group of Italian and overseas students
enrolling on our degree courses. Each of Pavia’s 20 colleges, that, in total, host approximately 2,000 students, has its own particular history. Colleges range from the two oldest institutions, Borromeo and Ghislieri, founded at the end of the 16th century, to the more
recent ones managed by the Ente per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario (EDiSU).
College life is not only study but also an opportunity to acquire a sense of belonging to an open community, one where academic
achievements, traditional events, parties and sporting rivalries play a key role. Moreover, in the colleges students can build their
first professional network. Anyone can access the colleges thanks to a parental-income based fee system, payment by instalments
and educational merit entry criteria. Pavia boasts four traditional, merit-based colleges. These offer internal university courses where research is particularly valued:

• Almo Collegio Borromeo
• Collegio Ghislieri
• Collegio Nuovo (female)
• Collegio Santa Caterina (female)

EDiSU manages 11 colleges and 1,500 seats at:
• Collegio Fratelli Cairoli (male)
• Collegio Gerolamo Cardano
• Collegio Castiglioni Brugnatelli (female)
• Collegio Plinio Fraccaro (male)
• Collegio Giasone del Maino
• Collegio Camillo Golgi 1
• Collegio Camillo Golgi 2
• Collegio Benvenuto Griziotti
• Collegio Lazzaro Spallanzani (male)
• Collegio Lorenzo Valla
• Collegio Alessandro Volta

EDiSU also manages a college located in Cremona:
• Collegio Quartier Novo

There are four private colleges in the city:
• Collegio Don Bosco (male)
• Collegio Maria Ausiliatrice (female)
• Collegio Marianum (female)
• Collegio Sant'Agostino (male)

• Almo Collegio Borromeo:
• Collegio Ghislieri:
• Collegio Nuovo:
• Collegio Santa Caterina:
• EDiSU:


One of the first problems to solve once in Pavia, will be finding a place to live. Pavia is an University town and this has its pros and cons. You could find a room in one of the University Colleges or rent a room or a flat with your friends.

Corso Mazzini, 9
27100 Pavia
Ph: +39 0382.539393 – Fax + 39 0382.539393
Monday-Thursday: 9.30-12.30 / 15.00-18.00 Friday: 9.30-12.30

The Centro Assistenza Studenti finds accommodation for incoming students prior to their arrival. The importance of making accommodation arrangements before coming to Pavia cannot be stressed enough, as looking for accommodation after arrival may be a very hard and frustrating experience. Because of the large number of students that come and study in Pavia every year, the student accommodation market is a very difficult one. Prices are higher than in other towns, and finding a room just before the start of the academic year is almost impossible, as places have already been taken by students during the summer months. However, some students may prefer to look for accommodation on their own.
This is an option that certainly gives them the opportunity to find the accommodation solution that matches their requirements. It must be noted that in this case they would have to spend a few days days in a hotel (Hotels in Pavia), as the Centro Assistenza Studenti cannot provide temporary accommodation until the student finds a place to live.
The Centro Assistenza Studenti offers (beginning the Academic year 2012-2013) a new accomodation option between Erasmus students and families living in Pavia. Erasmus students can get a room in exchange for paying a limited amount and teaching their language to the children. If you are interested you can choose the option “host family accommodation” in the accommodation options and select one of the three board possibilities (full board-half board- B&B).


Sharing a flat with your friends will be a very fun experience. But be careful, because renting out is a very lucrative activity here in Pavia: unfortunately, high prices very often do not mean the same quality… It can be difficult to find good accommodation at fair prices. To save time you can go to an estate agent's, but this solution will be very expensive. We strongly suggest contacting the CENTRO ASSISTENZA STUDENTI – a service in collaboration with UNIPV.

Renting a room

If you are unable to find a place in halls of residence or if you prefer not to go there, you can look for a room privately. Many flats are rented out to students and rooms are usually available. You can find advertisements on university notice boards. Also check websites such as Bakeca:, Cercacasa:, Easystanza:,  or specific magazines that you can find for free around the city (Attico, Il Tetto, Cercaffari…) or you can buy Passaparola at the news agents. Rooms can be single or double and usually cost from € 200 to € 300 per month. Pay attention to the voice “spese” (meaning additional costs such as light, gas, heating) mainly when there are “spese condominiali”: they can be very expensive (up to € 100 per month and per person).