Rome School of Classical and Renaissance Studies


A brief selection of information pertaining to your spring term, you will be given more information about this, including a Student Guide and handbook with lots of helpful information, when you arrive in September.

Health care

  • There are a selection pharmacies throughout Rome, they are marked with a red or green cross sign. These Pharmacies are usually small independant ones unlike in the UK. They offer a selection of over-the-counter medicine which previous students have also found in the small supermarkets around Rome. They also tend to carry personal hygiene products.
  • There is a doctor available free of charge for students at AUR. To make an appointment please email office hours are posted on the Student Life bulletin boards in building A of AUR's campus.
  • If there is an emergency and you need immediate help, you should dial 112 for ambulance assistance. In an emergency, an ambulance will take the patient to the closest emergency room and, if hospitalization is necessary, the patient will be placed in the hospital best suited to treat the particular illness or injury. Students who are not Italian citizens but have an Italian insurance policy are covered for emergency treatment in state-run hospitals; non-emergency visits will incur fees which need to be paid at the time of the visit. 
  • For specialist visits, the Office of Student Life can assist students with hospital or physician appointments.

Student Support

  • The student support officers that support you during your autumn term in Canterbury will still be available to you in your Spring term. They can schedule skype and phone call appointments to keep in touch with you about your wellbeing. The support officers will often visit students in Rome once during the Spring term.
  • AUR also has their own councellors and a psychiatrist if you wish to speak to someone in person. More information can be found on the myaur website


  • Italy uses the Euro (€) the safest way of handling money whilst you are in Italy is using an ATM (Bancomat). Before you get to Italy check if your bank lets you take out money abroad, if not you may need to look into getting a travel money card, such as that from the post office. Although a lot of the shops will accept cards for payment, in Italy they mostly use cash for transactions especially in smaller shops and cafes. One thing to remember when withdrawing cash is that there may be an exchange rate charge, therefore it may be cheaper for you to withdraw an entire week's cash in advance and store it safely, rather than making multiple withdrawals.


  • Rome's transportation system is called ATAC, a single ticket can be purchased from newspaper stands/ticket kiosks for €1.50 that will allow 90 minutes of continuous travel, as long as it is validated when you get on a bus, metro, tram or some of the suburban trains.
  • There is also a monthly ticket or metrocard that is available for purchase for the last 5 days and the firsts 5 days of every month. There is a €5 charge for the physical card the first time, and then a payment of €35 onto the card allows for unlimited travel for the entire month. It does have to be topped up every month, and requires keeping the receipt to show you have purchased that month while you travel.
  • Taxis wait at taxi stands and can also be called by phone, in which case you will be charged a small supplement. It is difficult, if not impossible, to hail a cab while it passes by. The meter starts approximately at €2 – 4; there are supplemental charges for night service (10:00pm–7:00am) and on Sundays and holidays as well as for each piece of baggage. Avoid unmarked or unmetered cabs (numerous at airports and train stations), whose drivers actively solicit your trade and may demand astronomical fares. Use only licensed, metered yellow or white cabs, identified by a numbered shield on the side and an illuminated taxi sign on the roof. Uber, though temporarily banned, is legal in Italy as is the app MYTAXI.


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