Housing & Transportation
Housing
Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements and travel arrangements to and from Venice. Several shared rooms have been arranged with Venice International University in on site dormitories. The dorm rooms are modern, air-conditioned and include in room internet access. There is also a 24 hour computer lab with internet access available for resident students. The dorms, as the classrooms, are located on San Servolo, an island in the Venetian lagoon between San Marco (St. Marks) and the Lido. Vaporetto (water bus) service is available to and from the island from early in the morning until late in the evening during the summer. Vaporetto line 20 runs from the San Marco area (San Zaccaria) to San Servolo and ends at the Lido (Casino stop).

Apartments
Students are free to rent apartments or rooms on the “main” islands of Venice and commute via vaporetto to class each morning. The dorm rooms are expected to offer less expensive housing with better facilities than available on the main Venetian islands, although the cost savings may depend on the apartment students might chose to rent in Venice.

If you take an apartment, you can fit as many people into it as the landlord will allow, which might lower your costs. When negotiating the price, make sure to emphasize that you are graduate (not college students). Also, ask what additional costs there are, such as use of the apartment’s phone, utilities, cleaning costs, etc. Late June and July will be very hot in Venice. You may wish to insure the apartment is air-conditioned.

You can contact realtors in Venice about apartments. Prices range according to size and location. The most economical apartments are in the sections called Castello and Cannaregio. Cannaregio would be the furthest area of Venice from San Servolo, so the commute on the vaporetto system could be lengthy. Castello is relatively close to the vaporetto stop that you would use to get to San Servolo. The most expensive apartments are in the San Marco area, as this is the most heavily touristed. There are no inferior or superior neighborhoods in Venice, so your major considerations should be cost and convenience.


If you take an apartment, you can fit as many people into it as the landlord will allow, which might lower your costs. When negotiating the price, make sure to emphasize that you are graduate (not college students). Also, ask what additional costs there are, such as use of the apartment’s phone, utilities, cleaning costs, etc.

Many realtors’ websites include apartment listings in a range of prices. Here are some that might be useful for you:

Housing Options
http://www.veniceapartment.com
http://www.venicerentals.com
http://www.venicecheaprentals.com/apartments.php
http://www.apartmentsapart.com/venice_hotels/venice-hotel.htm
http://www.iha.com/Rental/3,D/Studio-flat/Venice_1.htm
http://www.flashbooking.com
http://www.venice-accom.com
www.veniceby.com
http://www.romesweethome.com/apartments-holiday/venice.asp
http://www.luxrest-venice.com –– Ms. Barbara Carron
www.vrbo.com (Venice Rentals By Owner)
www.italybyitaly.it
www.venicebooky.com

In the past, students have used the following realtor with success.

Mitwohnzentrale Alloggi Temporanei:
http://www.mwz-online.com/english/english.htm
Email:  info@venrent.com

Small Hotels
It may be possible to book a double room in smaller, more economical hotels in Venice for the period of the program. This will be more expensive than an apartment, but it is an option for those who might be interested. The Law School cannot vouch for either the quality or the final prices of such hotels, but you are welcome to explore the following website, http://www.guestinitaly.com/hotels/venice.

Transporation to Venice
The School of Law provides information on discounted round-trip fares. Student air fares should be available for approximately $1,000-$1,400 round trip from New York or Philadelphia (as of January 2009). Travel to Italy requires only a U.S. passport. Passports can be obtained from the 13 U.S. Passport Agencies and at some post offices and courthouses. Visit the Office of Passport Services for specific information about passports at: http://travel.state.gov. If you do not have a passport, you should apply for one as soon as possible.

You may wish to check various travel websites including
www.statravel.com
www.studentuniverse.com
www.orbitz.com


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