Living in Italy

Permesso di Soggiorno

If you stay in Italy for less than 3 months you no longer need a permesso di soggiorno (residence permit)

If your stay in Italy exceeds the 3 months you need to apply for a permesso di soggiorno.

To apply for a permesso di soggiorno you need to fill in the appropriate form obtainable from the Post Office, the Comune (Local Council) or the Prefettura (Prefect’s Office)

Approximate cost: If you are a EU citizen it should be free; if you are NOT a EU citizen the approximate cost is € 75

Please remember that the above information might change. For further up-to-date information check the following links:

Codice Fiscale (Tax Code)

As a resident in Italy you will absolutely need this – not just for tax purposes, but for just about anything – if you want to open a bank account, set up a phone line or internet access, register for a course, buy a SIM card or a mobile phone…ANYTHING. So you would do well to get it as soon as possible.

There is a predefined method for determining your codice fiscale. The formula is widely known, and there are many sites where you can input some basic data and the computer will calculate the codice fiscale for you. Although it’s been correct every time so far, this formation is only indicative – there is no 100% guarantee that for you it won’t be different.

To calculate your own codice fiscale, try the following links:


Please remember that sorting out accommodation for your stay in Italy is YOUR responsibility. Some universities can find accommodation for you but this is generally the exception.

Please remember that the average cost for accommodation varies from a minimum of € 200 (for a single or shared room in a flat or in halls) to approximately € 600 a month for a self-contained flat. These prices are just a rough estimate and might vary from year to year and region to region.

Sharing rooms is quite common amongst students in Italy and this is often a good way of making friends.

Most universities have an accommodation office where you can find a list of available rooms. These, however, are not always up-to-date so get the details of as many rooms as possible and be prepared to make several telephone calls. Local papers are also a useful source of information. However, make sure you buy the paper as soon as it comes out and don’t be put off if people tell you they are not interested.

Always go and see a place before you agree to rent it.

On your arrival in Italy you might want to spend a few days in a hostel. Here are some useful links:

For further useful information on how to find accommodation in Italy see the following website:

Emergency Numbers

  • Police (Carabinieri): 113
  • General Emergency: 112
  • Fire Brigade (Vigili del Fuoco): 115
  • Forest Fire (Incendio boschivo): 1515
  • Emergency at sea (Emergenza in mare): 1530
  • Car breakdown assistance: 116
  • Ambulance: 118


Dr Rossella Merlino 
Tel: +44 (0) 1248382125
School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Bangor University, New Arts Building, Gwynedd, LL57 2DG