Room Options

The housing contract includes Internet access, cleaning services (twice per week), private bathroom, air conditioning and a private phone. Students may choose from the following range of rooms: single, double normal size, double reduced size and triple.

Triple Room and ½ Board:
Three Spring Hill College Italy Center Students per room. Offers less living space but substantial savings to be used for travels.

Double Room Reduced and ½ Board:
Two Spring Hill students sharing a room with a reduced amount of living space. Offers a comfortable room and is ideal for roommates who have lived together in the past. The extra saving will pay for a long weekend adventure in any European capital.

Double Room Normal and ½ Board:
Two Spring Hill students living in a shared room with ample space for more privacy, extra clothing, books, and study space.

Single Room and ½ Board:
Allows for maximum privacy.

As a general rule, Italians live in smaller living quarters than do Americans. At the Collegio Alma Mater and in youth hostels and hotels across Europe, the room sizes tend to be comfortable but less spacious than one would find in the United States. If you are in need of privacy and additional storage space, it is strongly recommended that you select a single room or a normal-sized double room.

Spring Hill College Mobile students can compare prices to the home campus. For example, the cost of a triple room in Italy is the same as a room in Toolen Hall at the home campus. The cost of a single room in Italy is the same cost as living in the Fairway Apartments at the home campus.

Meal Options

Since the majority of the students usually travel during the weekends, the weekly ½ board meal plan, included in the program cost, consists of breakfast and dinner six days a week as the Alma Mater cafeteria (Mensa) is closed on Sundays.

Students will also be offered the chance to buy a packet of lunch tickets upon arrival in Bologna. Purchasing the lunch tickets will give students the flexibility to use them as they wish throughout the semester when they are around campus and do not want to eat away from campus.

Italian cafeterias (Mensa) differ from typical residence hall cafeterias in the United States. Meals include a first dish (Primo), which is normally a choice among various pastas or a soup option. The second dish (secondo) includes a meat, poultry or fish option. The second dish includes a choice among various vegetables. Water, salad and bread are normally served with the meal. A light dessert or fruit option is often included. The Alma Mater menu will normally include Bologna specialties, as the city is the food capital of Italy. Meals are healthy and options are available for vegetarians. The portions are substantial and the quality of food at the Alma Mater Mensa is high. Italians enjoy a simple breakfast, normally to include a coffee and a croissant or a cereal. American-style breakfast is nearly impossible to find in Italy.

Students will not find multiple selections in the cafeteria as one would expect in the United States. Most United States university cafeterias offer a broad range of ethnic choices, salad bars, pizza stations, dessert islands, soft drink options, etc. The Mediterranean diet differs from the United States, and the selections within the Alma Mater menu reflect the healthy Italian standards.

Student with special dietary needs will work directly with the Alma Mater chef and the Spring Hill Italy Center director to accommodate one’s needs.