UW Rome Center

Pre-departure info

  • If you are a student participating in a UW Study Abroad program at the UW Rome Center, please read the UW Study Abroad Handbook discussed during your orientations.
  • Review this information thoroughly, and consider sharing it with a family member or other trusted friend. You may also want to print this information to have it with you when you travel to Rome.

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.

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.


Please review the following pages:

Some additional considerations prior to arriving to the UW Rome Center include:

  • Consult with your primary care physician and dentist.
  • If you wear corrective lenses, consult with your eye care professional. Bring an extra pair of eyeglasses and/or extra contact lenses.
  • Prescription and nonprescription medications may not be available. It is important that you bring enough supply of medications for the full time plus an extra week of your program in Italy. Keep all your medications in the original labeled container. (For example: Advil/Motrin, Pepto Bismol)
  • If you experience asthma or allergy-related conditions, bring extra allergy or asthma medicine.
  • Vitamins are expensive and only available in small quantities in Italy.
  • Please note: Medications, vitamins and/or cosmetics shipped via mail to Italy without an accompanied Italian prescription may be confiscated at customs.

What to pack

  • You should pack only what you can carry by yourself.
  • Travel bags should be lockable and personal carry bags should have adjustable shoulder straps to help prevent theft.
  • Weather in Rome gets very hot and humid in the summer and quite cold and damp in the winter. Depending on your travel dates, please pack accordingly.
  • Remember that Italians dress more conservatively than Americans. Especially in the city (and always in the churches), shorts, short skirts, tank tops and sun dresses will often be inappropriate.
  • Suggested clothing includes turtlenecks and sweaters (to layer), coat or jacket, lightweight raincoat and compact umbrella, walking shoes, sandals, and dressier shoes, shorts, bathing suit,  and one dressy outfit.
  • Be extremely careful that you have the correct power cords, necessary converters and adapters for any appliances or computer equipment that you bring from the U.S. Laptop power sources and digital camera chargers usually have built in voltage converters (110v US to 220v Italian), so you will only need a plug adaptor. Adaptors can be purchased at the UWRC.
  • Laundry: A coin-operated washer and dryer is available to students at the UWRC. Students may have washers in their respective housing but not dryers. Clothing must be dried on a clothesline or drying rack. Keep this in mind when packing.
  • LUGGAGE STORAGE:  Due to space limitations and liability issues, luggage cannot be stored at the UWRC.  Please keep this in mind when packing and when making travel plans.  Storage services in Rome include  Bon Bags and Stow your Bags.

Getting to the UW Rome Center

For transportation options and directions to the UWRC please see Transportation.


Student accommodations are in “off campus” housing. Apartments are within a 30-minute walk of the UWRC and are furnished, with fully-equipped kitchens and bed linens. Many units are located in centuries-old buildings. All are in compliance with Italian safety and fire code for residential properties. Italian safety and fire codes may differ from those in the U.S. Please note that damage to personal property is not covered by landlord/agency insurance, so if you will be bringing expensive equipment or valuables to Rome you might consider taking out personal property coverage.

When you check in you will need to pay a refundable damage deposit (€50) and key deposit (€20). You must have exact change and will need to sign a housing agreement. Overnight guests are not allowed in student apartments.

For more information see also Housing.