Students are provided continental breakfast daily from 7:00-9:00 a.m. unless instructed otherwise. Students are provided two dinner meals each week served at the Bernardi dining room. The on-campus meals are on Sundays and Wednesdays (these days are subject to change during the holidays and on special occasions based on the staff’s discretion). Dinner at Bernardi is served at 7:00 p.m. Sundays and around 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays.
Students should be prepared to pay on their own for the meals not served in Bernardi (i.e. all lunches and five dinners per week). Students should plan on a budget of about €130-€150/week.
During the Christmas and Easter breaks (about 2 weeks each) there are no dinners served (since students are mostly traveling throughout Europe) with the exception that two dinners are served on two of the dinner days that the majority of students are present during the whole break period. There are no meals served on December 24/25 and 26 (even if these dates fall on a Wednesday or on a Sunday); no meals on New Year's Eve and New Years Day and on Easter Sunday.
Exception to shift the day a dinner is served (i.e. from Sunday to a Monday) will only be made for special circumstances and requires approval by the Bernardi director
Students with special dietary needs should inform the campus director prior to their arrival in Rome to ensure that they will not encounter any difficulties with food choices and availability.
Guests are welcome for dinner on the designated dinner nights at the residence with at least 48 hours advanced notice (fill out the Guest Meal Request Form) and approval by the campus director. Cost for a guest meal is €20 per person. The student’s account will be charged for meals unless the guest or the student host wishes to pay directly with a credit card. Due to limited space in the dining room, no more than 50 people (including students, faculty, guests, etc.) can be present for dinner on any given night. Students are strongly recommended to let the campus director know in advance if they will be absent from a scheduled meal so that food does not go to waste.
There are three washers and two dryers, and they are token-operated, one token to wash and one token to dry. Laundry tokens cost €2.00 each and can be purchased at the front office (see posted hours). If possible, students are asked to bring the exact change or smaller denomination currency notes to buy laundry tokens. Depending on the temperature used (see posted instructions), a load of laundry can take about 55 to 65 minutes to wash and 30 minutes to dry. Students are encouraged to be courteous and timely with laundry self service.
Students need to be cautious of not overloading the washers or dryers. Students must purchase laundry detergent for washers and not detergent for hand-washing, which can damage the washers. At the discretion of the student, if soap is labeled with a name, it can remain in the laundry room cabinet. Students should report equipment problems to staff immediately. Students must be aware that once the washer is running, it cannot be opened until the cycle has finished. Students tampering with the washers or dryers will be subject to disciplinary action and monetary fines. Dry cleaning can be done at nearby establishments.
The university rents its sheets and towels from an outside vendor. There is a charge, $24 per missing linen item to be posted on the student’s account. All linen provided to students must be cleaned by the linen service of the university and not in the washers on campus. Students receive one set of bed sheets, one pillowcase, and a bath towel. Linen exchange for clean towels and sheets takes place once a week (day and time to be announced). Students are responsible for following the linen exchange procedures as explained during Bernardi Campus Student Life Orientation.
Each resident is given a personal code that must be entered when making an external call. This code allows the staff to track calls for billing purposes. Calls will be charged directly to the student’s account each month based on telephone use (local and long-distance). Long-distance calls made from the campus through the Italian telephone system are more expensive. Students are encouraged to use a prepaid phone card available at local tabacchi shops or Skype to help minimize telephone costs.
Phone cards are for international calls and often cannot be used for local calls. Generally, American 800 numbers cannot be accessed from international locations. Calling cards purchased in the United States often will have special directions for use overseas; however, 800 (not 888 or 877) numbers sometimes may be accessed by dialing 880 instead of 800, at which point you will be charged for the international portion of the call instead of it being toll free.
A copy machine is in the front office. Copies cost 5 cents each and may be purchased at the front office. (Multiple copies can be made at a copy shop). Students must ask the staff person on duty to operate the copier; it is not self service.
Faxes sent to the student through the school will be put in the student’s mailbox. Outgoing faxes to Rome and other places in Italy are €3, each. Faxes sent outside Italy are €5 cents each. Charges will be added to the student’s account, or they can be paid directly at the front office.