UW Rome Center

Finances

Travel Money

  • The amount of spending money required in Rome varies from person to person depending upon travel plans, eating preferences and other personal expenses. An average figure of $25 to $30 dollars a day can be used to help budgeting for meals.
  • Exchange some euros (€) prior to your arrival in Rome, especially if you arrive late in the evening or on a holiday. Money exchanges can be difficult during those hours.
  • Credit and debit cards are widely used throughout Italy and are a convenient way to pay for things. Exchange rates tend to be better through the use of a debit card than when exchanging cash to euros.
  • When changing money into euros do not accept bills larger than €50.
  • Write your  credit  card numbers and credit card company contact information in a safe place so that you have them in the event your card(s) are stolen.
  • Credit and debit cards can be used in ATMs in Italy. Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted; American Express is not.  Please check with your banking institution for any fees and limits.
  • Verify that your card is on the Visa/Mastercard circuit and NOT the Cirrus/Maestro, as some ATMs do not accept the latter.
  • In the event that you need emergency cash, we recommend using Western Union. A Western Union location is a short 5 minute walk from the UW Rome Center.

Financial Aid

  • Make certain that you have finalized all financial aid paperwork prior to your departure.
  • Bring the name and contact information of your Student Loan Officer with you, just in case you need to contact him/her.