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Erasmus experience in Bologna, Italy

Why did you decide to go to Bologna in Italy?

As a law student I chose bologna because I thought that it was a good academic option as well as a good location in terms of free time and parties. In addition, being in the heart if Italy, it is a good city to be able to travel anywhere be it by plane or by bus.

What is the student environment like in Bologna?

It is fantastic. I did not expect this at all, I had been told about the wonders of Bologna, but I could never have expected what I faced. Lots of people of all kind of nationalities in each bar, you meet amazing people in pubs or clubs in the most surprising situations whether they are Italian, Spanish Portuguese, Belgian or French…

Would you recommend the city and the University of Bologna to other students?

Absolutely without doubt.

What is the food like?

As expected from Italy its great! Although it is a little more expensive than in Spain (except pasta, which is very cheap) but generally it is of high quality. You can eat well from €5 in Bologna.

Was it hard finding accommodation in Bologna?

I started looking well in advance knowing the overbooking that occurs in Bologna. Thanks to this, I found accommodation without any problems unlike many people I know who struggled to find any.

How much does it cost to live in Bologna?

Accommodation can normally cost between €300 and €450. On top of this you need to add the price of food, parties, events and travelling so it really depends on each individual.

How’s the language? Did you attend a language course at the university?

No, I came to Bologna already knowing Italian, but my friends signed up to an Italian course at the University and they are doing quite well. However, I have to say that the crucial aspect is practising by meeting local people and talking to them.

What is the cheapest way to get to Bologna from your city?

From Madrid or Barcelona with Ryanair.

Which places would you recommend going to at night in Bologna?

Clubs such as Qubo, Kinki, Chalet, Millenium, Numa...

And pubs such as Empire, Lab 16, and lots of other bars that organise events via Facebook.

Can you give us some of your favourite places to eat?

Osteria dell'Orsa, Spaccanapoli, Vasiniko, Hamerica's, America Graffiti and pizza casa.

What cultural places are there to visit?

Despite not being too big, Bologna possesses a rich history mainly due to the age of its University. Both historically and recently, thousands of students in Bologna add to the culture that already exists through activities and staying in bars discussing anything.


Do you have any advice that you want to give to future students?

If one of the options is to shuffle the cards, do not hesitate. Trust this unknown person when they tell you that Bologna awaits you with open arms. Not long ago you were one of those people full of doubts and fears. Now I am here to give you a hand.

Once here, aim for everything, let yourself go, know, experiment and explore, that this only happens once.

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