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Study in Rome

By Sabrina Collier

Updated June 30, 2022 Updated June 30, 2022

Rome for students

There are a range of excellent universities in Rome, with the highest-ranked being the Sapienza - Università di Roma in 171st place in the QS World University Rankings® 2023, making it Italy’s third highest-ranked university.

Italy’s capital city received praise in our student survey for its culture, beauty, history and relaxed atmosphere.

When asked to name the best things about Rome, one respondent said: “It's the one of the oldest cities in the world, its history, architecture, monuments, nature, weather and people are just amazing and I can't imagine any city having all these,” while another described it as “the most beautiful city in the world”

Would Rome get your vote? Tell us why.

Best Universities in Rome - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 74th

World ranking University
171 Sapienza - Università di Roma
=499 Universitá degli Studi di Roma - Tor Vergata
801-1000 Università degli Studi Roma Tre

More about Rome

The Eternal City improved its performance across some indicators - including desirability - since the last QS Best Cities Ranking. Thanks to beautiful scenery, great amenities, a friendly atmosphere and low tuition fees, Rome is a great study destination for students from all over the world.

To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.


Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

Sapienza - Università di Roma (171st)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


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Why study in Rome?

The architecture

Enjoy the world-famous Roman architecture, including the Colosseum, the Pantheon and the Roman forum.

Low tuition fees

Tuition fees in Rome cost an average of US$1,000 per year, making studying in the city very affordable.

The food

Whether you’re in the mood for crispy thin-crust pizza or deliciously fresh pasta carbonara, Rome will have something to suit your tastes. For dessert, try Rome’s mouthwatering gelato.

The history

You only have to walk through the city to learn about ancient Rome and see the remains of the Roman Empire.

Cost of studying in Rome

The cost of living in Rome is fairly high, although it’s offset by relatively low tuition fees. The city places 60th in the world for affordability, with tuition fees costing students an average of US$1,000 per year.

The cost of living in Rome is by no means cheap. However, according to Numbeo, the cost of living in Rome is 11 percent lower than in London, with rent being 49 percent cheaper at US$1,150 for a single-person apartment.

Life & culture in Rome

There’s an abundance of things to do in Rome. For a start you can visit the main sights – the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Forum, the Spanish Steps and the catacombs.

But as a student in Rome, you’ll discover new sides to the Eternal City. Simply walking around can be a great way to feel the energy of the place – reminiscent of ancient Roman history and thriving with a modern, cosmopolitan vibe.

Take in a show in one of Rome’s many theaters or enjoy a large outdoor performance at the Stadio Falminio or Olympic Stadium. For bargain hunters, Rome’s antique fairs and flea markets offer reams of vintage and second-hand goodies waiting to be discovered.

Career in Rome

If you’re looking to stay in Rome after graduation, you’ll need to obtain a work visa.

Industries such as digital, chemical, engineering and technology are usually looking for skilled workers and often hire graduates. Northern Italy also has strong manufacturing, finance and business sectors.

There is also a strong services sector due to the high level of tourism in the city. Jobs focusing on wholesale, retail and transportation are often available. 

Due to the high level of tourism, a reasonable ability in the English language is preferable as well as being able to communicate effectively in Italian.

This article was originally published in November 2015 . It was last updated in June 2022

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