Tips on housing in Rome

Posted on August 2nd, 2019

by Expats living in Rome

📌Cheap housing does not exist in Rome if you want to live close to the city center. The average room costs from €400.00 – €550.00, that is in a shared apartment with others and without the private bathroom. We suggest if not here yet and looking for a room try to book a short term rental if possible so that you have time to find a place.

📌Where can you find a short term rental? Try airbnb to be safe. Write the host on airbnb before booking and ask for a deal for short term rentals. Let them know you are moving to Rome and need a short term or longer if interested. Make sure to ask for a discount. You are not a traveler!!! If you are not a member of airbnb you can get a discount here.

📌Make sure you ask about which bills are included and which are not. Electricity is not included for a reason. Expats usually, and especially from North America do NOT realize how expensive it is to take a shower everyday, leave the A/C or heat on while not home. Electricity bill can make your wallet lighter in no time. If you are paying for your own electricity look at the meter and find out how to call it in before each billing cycle. That will help when you are moving out, so that you are not stuck paying more or someone else’s bill.

📌Even when you do try to save electricity by shutting things off while not home, the bill still can be pricey. Do you laundry on express cycle which is about 30 to 60 minute wash. Come on the washers as so small do you really think it takes 2 to 3 hours to wash them? Usually rent is paid in cash. Ask before you move in if you can take up residency. Most homeowners are not willing to do this for renters because they are not paying their taxes. Why wouldn’t that surprise us?

📌If you find yourself in a situation where you’d like to get legal help, you can always reach out to Legal assistance to expats living in Rome. Email to and get a free initial consultation!

📌Doorman? If you can find housing with a doorman that would be great. Not every building has one. definitely help getting your packages and mail. Did you know most Ebay and Amazon sellers refuse to ship to Italy? Why? Packages are always being lost or should we say STOLEN?

📌You might see advertising for Rooms close to FAO, well connected and only 2km away!!! Use google maps, search the persons email as well. There are many scams in Rome for Rooms If you do find a Room negotiate the price. Most Italians think that Expats can afford to pay more.

📌If you do want to find housing near FAO then you can try these locations that are relatively close: San Giovanni, Piazza Tuscolo, Re di Roma, Colosseo, Labicana, Trastevere, Testaccio, and Piramide. If you are looking for cheap housing but not too far from the center try Pigneto which has become a trendy place to hang out. There is also San Lorenzo which is known more for university students and artists district.

📌We suggest you to check out here to find housing in Rome. You’ll find available rooms for rent straight from the people who contacted us to list their rentals, or there’s Crib Med that offers the finest homes for monthly property rentals for stays from 1 month up to 18+ months. Most properties being fully furnished, equipped with a modern and fresh style, Internet – Wi-Fi and well connected to public transport.

📌Most anything can be found on google or facebook as long as you search for Room for rent. Craigslist can be a trick. If you do use Craigslist make sure you search the email or images on the net. Do NOT send money before you are here unless it is a rental agency or trusted friend or contact.

📌If you don’t want to stress out and willing to hire someone who’d do a house search, utility bills transfer, obtaining a residency, and anything that could ease your process of relocation for you – contact R-Home Relocation & Services .


Good luck!

Expats living in Rome

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