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Federico's Experience in Parma, Italy

What is Parma like to live in? Do you like it?

Parma is a small city, everything's close and students tend to live in very few places. It has a very homely atmosphere, it's more of a large town than a small city.

I recommend it because it's in a really nice location, in the centre-north of Italy, close to many better-known cities.

What's the student scene like in Parma?

Great atmosphere, people all know each other...it's nice.

How much does it cost to live in Parma?

Similar to most Italian cities, a lot less than Milan, Rome or Venice.

What is difficult to find accommodation in Parma? Do you have any advice?

It's very simple, you can look once you arrive, either the university or on the internet.

A single room costs between 180-300 euros. A shared room goes from 150 to 180 euros.

What's the country's food like? What are your favourite dishes?

Very good, the cold meats are very well-known.

My favourite is the Parma ham.

What places would you recommend visiting in Parma?

The historic centre in general, the parks: Parco Ducale and Cittadella are very green, they're lovely.

And eating in Parma? Could you tell us some of your favourite places?

There are so many... "I Corrieri" and "Il Gallo d'Oro" are two of the best known.

Where would you recommend to go out in Parma?

MU, via d'Azeglio which is the student street, and there are buses that can take you to lots of different places. There's also via Farini, which is full of bars of a certain type.

Do you have any advice for future students in Parma?

Make the most of the opportunity to meet other students that live in Parma, it'll broaden your horizons.

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