The Grand Tour and Heart of the Renaissance Housing

Here are some general rules, tips, and expectations to help you become accustomed to your new home!


  • Each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including single beds, bed linens and towels, a closet/clothing storage space, basic cookware and tableware, a table and chairs and a furnished sitting area. Desks, when available, are to be shared by all occupants.
  • Not All Apartments Are the Same. In Rome, not all apartments are created equal. Although the apartments vary in location, style and size, all of them provide the essentials. Please try to understand this fact and accept it as part of your experience in Rome. Do not immediately compare your apartment with those of other students.
  • Housing placements and roommate confirmations will not be available until arrival. You will receive this information during orientation.
  • Apartments are not provided with air conditioning; instead, keep cool the Italian way –during the day, Italians traditionally keep their shutters and serrande closed against the heat of the sun. In order to cool the apartment you might also consider buying a fan.


In Paris, students are placed in shared doubles with other CISabroad travelers.

  • Each residence comes equipped with furniture, a kitchen, and a washing machine (but no dryer! Get ready to break out the clothespins!).
  • Paris is a bustling city crammed with excitement, history, and yes– people!  This means that apartments will be a cozy size and bedrooms may be a bit smaller than your traditional dormitory room.


For those on the Grand Tour traveling to London, students will be staying in the student residences at King’s College, located right nearby the iconic River Thames.

  • Each residence is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including single beds, bed linens and towels, a closet/clothing storage space. Desks, when available, are to be shared by all occupants.

Please note that although CISabroad makes every effort to provide your preferred form of housing, we cannot guarantee that all personal preferences are met. We have carefully selected safe and adequate housing for each student and each living arrangement is distinct and special in its own way.

Every housing placement is different with different pros and cons. Your accommodations will be different than what you’ve come to expect in your home country. In general, be prepared for a relatively small living space in an older building with very basic amenities. Now is the time to open your mind and get ready to experience something different; this attitude is in the spirit of your decision to study abroad. Please also remember, that when you are abroad, you will be representing your home institution and your home country; please ]behave appropriately.

General Housing Notes:

There are no housing changes allowed during the first 2 weeks of the program. There is a natural adjustment period to life abroad and making any housing change decisions during this time is usually premature.

Keep your room and the common areas clean; this is especially important when you are sharing a bedroom, apartment, residence, or dormitory.

In order to avoid disturbing the neighbors or housemates, please use headphones when listening to music, or keep the volume low, and please keep your voices down. By law, quiet is imperative between 9:30 pm and 8:00 am, and again after 1:00 pm 4:00 pm; please respect this law by keeping noise to minimum.

Utilities and use:

  • Always turn off the lights when you leave the apartment and when you are not in the room.


  • You should lock the apartment door at all times. Also, when leaving the apartments or residence halls, make sure the windows are closed and locked. Neither the study abroad company nor the housing company will not be responsible for any stolen items.
  • If the keys to the apartment or residence are stolen, lost or misplaced, all locks to the apartment will have to be replaced at the student’s expense, including key copies for all apartment members.
  • If the keys are left inside the apartment/bedroom and the locksmith has to open the door for the you, you will have to pay for this service.
  • It is strictly forbidden to throw any object or substance from windows, balconies, terraces or roofs. This includes keys, cigarette butts or anything else big or small.

Guests and Alcohol Policies:

  • Disrespectful behavior related to alcohol consumption will end up in dismissal from the housing and you will have to find your own housing at your own expense.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the apartment.
  • The consumption of drugs, as well as keeping or dealing with them, is absolutely prohibited.
  • Overnight guests are not prohibited.

Financial Liability:

  • You will have to pay for any damage done to the apartment (doors, walls, floors, furniture, kitchen supplies, washing machine, etc.).
  • If extra time is needed to clean the apartment, or if items are damaged or missing, you will be charged and those charges will be deducted from your housing deposit. Housing deposits will be returned 8-12 weeks after the program has ended

Helpful tips for living with other people:

  • Respect  other people that live in the building.
  • Remember that you are not on a college campus and not in your own home. Respect the property and get out of the “college campus” mentality.
  • Talk to your roommates if they do something that bothers you. Talking it through is the easiest way to solve a small problem before it gets bigger.
  • Talk to the staff if a problem arises and you cannot work it out with your roommates.

Warning process:

  • If any of the above rules are broken, you will receive a first verbal warning. This warning will also be written and sent to your sending study abroad program and your home school.
  • The second infraction of any of the above rules will result in you being evicted from your apartment. You will need to find a new place to live at your own expense.
  • Please read through all of our behavior policies noted in the CISabroad Policy Handbook, linked inside of the attachment to your acceptance email