Accomodation and Pavia’s collegiate system
Pavia’s collegiate system, unique in Italy, consists of 22 Residences, hosting approximately 2000 students.
There are three types of students residences in Pavia:
- Collegi managed by EDiSU (Ente per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario);
- Merit-based collegi;
- Privatly owned collegi.
All of them can be defined as ‘Integrated Service Systems’ and can be considered as the ideal solution to meet the requirements of Education Right at University level. Besides accommodation service, they offer facilities and tools for teaching, leisure and education purposes by arranging cultural activities that enhance the educational experience of students. Living in a collegio offers the opportunity to belong to a community where academic achievement, traditional events, parties, and sporting rivalries all play key roles.
Facilitation for admission to University Colleges of Merit
Places are reserved for AGROS International Students at Ca 'della Paglia College and the graduate section of Collegio Nuovo, both can be accessed through an interview and evaluation of qualifications.
Edisu (Ente per il Diritto allo Studio Universitario) is an autonomous institution that provides scholarships and manages most of Pavia’s collegi.
There are 11 Edisu collegi located in Pavia, hosting the majority of students who stay in collegio (about 1500 students):
- Collegio Fratelli Cairoli (Merit-based, male)
- Collegio Plinio Fraccaro (male)
- Collegio Lazzaro Spallanzani (male)
- Collegio Castiglioni Brugnatelli (female)
- Collegio Gerolamo Cardano
- Collegio Giasone del Maino
- Collegio Camillo Golgi 1
- Collegio Camillo Golgi 2
- Collegio Benvenuto Griziotti
- Collegio Lorenzo Valla
- Collegio Alessandro Volta
Edisu also manages 1 collegio located in Cremona:
Please, download this flyer to know more about Edisu’s residences.
Anyone can access the collegi thanks to a parental-income based fee system and payment by instalments.
Fees are calculated according to income tier and accommodation type. They can vary from a minimum of about 170 euros to a maximum of 340 euros per month.
For Edisu scholarship beneficiaries the accommodation is free of charge. You can find more about Edisu scholarships here.
How to apply to Edisu’s residences
On Edisu’s website you will find all the information about residences and the call for applications.
Applications approximately open at the end of June and close around mid-August.
Applications must be submitted exclusively online on the Edisu’s website, by registering and accessing the “Online Student Services” area.
Studying in a merit-based collegio means having high-level facilities available, designed to support the whole University career, and favoring a rapid and qualified entry into the world of work.
These collegi offer: internal courses, tutoring, international mobility programs, continuous cultural events and also recreational and socializing activities.
In order to be admitted to a merit-based collegio it is necessary to participate in a competition (a written test and two oral tests) which takes place in September.
Then, to maintain the assigned room, each year the students have to respect the high academic performance requirement of an average annual grade not less than 27/30.
The cost of the accommodation is largely supported by the Collegio, since the students are only asked for a contribution proportionate to family income and many rooms are completely free.
There are 5 merit-based collegi in Pavia:
- Almo Collegio Borromeo
- Collegio Ghislieri
- Ca’ della Paglia (apartments)
- Collegio Nuovo (female)
- Collegio Santa Caterina (female)
Collegi associated to the University of Pavia, but privately administered. The admission is managed independently by each collegio:
- Camplus (apartments)
- Residence Isola Verde(apartments)
- Campus Residence (apartments)
- Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice (female)
- Collegio Universitario “Senatore” Figlie della Carità Canossiane (female)
- Pensionato Universitario femminile Domus Pacis (female)