Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

Private accomodation


Notice-boards located in the Tolentini and Cotonificio Veneziano buildings are where many students share info about available housing opportunities.

Looking for private accommodations might seem quite daunting at first. Always visit your future accommodation before making any payments or signing any contracts.

When choosing a private accommodation, we strongly advise you to visit a number of properties before making a final decision.


Checklist when viewing private accommodations:

1. Location: is the property within walking distance of the University or on a regular boat or bus route?

2. Price: is the property within your budget? Are bills included?

3. Safety and security: is there a good lock on your door? Are there smoke detectors and does the property have a current Gas Safe certificate? (Iuav’s insurance does not cover the loss or theft of your personal belongings; additionally, property owners are not liable for the loss or theft of your personal property. You are therefore advised to take out an insurance policy that has immediate effect from the date you move).

4. Furniture and facilities: is the room big enough for you and your belongings? Do you have adequate furniture, i.e. a bed, desk, chair and storage space? What facilities are in the kitchen? Is there a washing machine or will you need to use a launderette?

5. Sharing with other students: if possible, try to meet the other housemates before you move in. Always ensure arrangements are made in writing. Read the contract (especially the small print) before signing it, and ensure you get a copy of it: verbal agreements are not legally binding. Check the length of the contract and ensure that you are happy to commit for the full contract period.


If you sign a contract for a fixed period, you must adhere to the terms and conditions and pay rent for the entire duration of the contract. Occasionally, the contract might contain a break clause, which will allow you to hand in your notice before the tenancy has ended.

However, this is rare and it is advisable to check what you will be liable for if you move out early. Bring sufficient money to cover rent and expenses for the first few weeks: it is likely you will be asked to pay a deposit and/or one month’s rent before you move in, and there can often be delays when opening bank accounts.



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