St. Thomas’ Bernardi Campus is located on the west bank of the Tiber River on Lungotevere delle Armi in Rome, Italy. Originally built as a residential estate in 1923, the building was purchased by an order of Spanish nuns in the 1950s. The building was completely restored and refurbished in 1999 when it was purchased by the university. There are two residential floors: one for men and one for women. Guestrooms are also available.
The rooftop terrace is an open-air patio on Bernardi's top floor. It features stunning views of the city, from the distant Lateran in the south to St. Peter's in the west and Piazza del Popolo in the east. In warmer months (March through November), the terrace is a favorite gathering place for students, who often come to study or just to hang out. The terrace is open to all residents from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., although these times may be extended or limited at the discretion of the staff. Please be respectful of neighbors by keeping the noise level at a minimum. Take care when moving furniture on the terrace; the noise carries to the rooms below.
The Bernardi computer lab is equipped with eight Dell computers and a printer. There is wireless internet throughout the building. The computer lab is available only to Bernardi student residents and overnight guests. You are encouraged to bring your own laptop.
On Bernardi's main floor, the Capella Luisa e Dante Seghieri plays host to a Holy Hour at least daily, Mass at least weekly and the reservation of the Blessed Sacrament all the time.
There are two libraries: one on the main floor outside the chapel and the other in the computer lab area. Both libraries offer a wide selection of books on topics that you may find helpful for academic work and your experience in Rome. Books in both libraries are organized and divided by topic area and subject. Please put them back where you found them. There is a large selection of travel books, guides, maps, phrase books and dictionaries for anyone to use, provided that materials are returned in their original condition. These travel tools cover not just Rome and Italy but every major country and city in Europe.
Students have access to a fully equipped kitchen with two refrigerators, a freezer, a microwave, a sink, stoves, an oven and cabinet space for student groceries. Expect the kitchen to be crowded around mealtimes. Meals may not be taken to student rooms, the garden or other public areas of the building.
The main dining room is home to every community meal and many community events at Bernardi. As Bernardi's largest room, it is well-suited to large non-prayer-related gatherings, including meals, games, study sessions and parties.
Each student at Bernardi has a single bed, wardrobe and desk with desk chair. Rooms also include a small bookcase and several power outlets. You will be provided with bed sheets, a pillow, a blanket and a bath towel that can be exchanged on a weekly basis.
The majority of student rooms are doubles, but there is a limited number of triple and single rooms available each semester. With rare exceptions, students will share bathroom and shower facilities with others on their floor.
You may decorate your room during your time at Bernardi, provided that the room is returned to pristine condition before your departure. You must keep your room reasonably clean.
Unless there is an emergency, no student may enter the floor that belongs to the opposite sex.
The elevator in the residence should not be used by students except on moving days or for medical reasons.