When the juniors studying in Rome this semester arrive to their campus in the beginning of February, they will be staying at Christendom’s newly acquired accommodations in Rome: Residence Balduina. Only 15 minutes away from St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, the residence, located in a quintessentially Roman neighborhood with shops, restaurants, coffee bars, parks, and the Rome Observatory, offers students the opportunity to fully experience Rome during the course of their semester abroad. The juniors who studied in Rome during the fall semester were the first to experience the new accommodations.
“We had actual Italian neighbors and lived in a non-tourist Italian neighborhood, so it was an authentic taste of life in Rome,” says junior Amy Marter, who went to Rome this past fall. “It gave us a feel for what it was like to actually live in Italy, rather than just stay in a hotel room.”
Residence Balduina, located between two parks, the Parco Regionale Urbano Pineto and the Riserva Naturale di Monte Mario, is not a typical college dormitory, but is instead a spacious apartment complex, with private kitchens as well as spacious living rooms. A daily cleaning service and weekly changing of bed and bath linens is also provided for the students. Students are encouraged to appreciate the culinary experience offered by Rome, with a weekly food stipend allotted to each student, giving them the opportunity to learn how to cook and entertain in their own kitchens. There are also spaces that allow for community life, such as patios and balconies.
“We would all be able to get together, play guitars on the balcony, or chat across the courtyard with each other,” says junior Michaela Sanborn. “Being in the residence definitely made for a more tight-knit community.”
Living in an Italian neighborhood for a semester also allows students to learn more of the native language, since many of the neighbors to the residence do not speak English very well. One of the academic programs in the Rome program is an Italian 101 course, making life in Residence Balduina a means of enhancing classroom knowledge for Rome students.
The students who experienced the residence for the first time last fall all agree that Residence Balduina was a good place to come home to after having adventures in Rome and other parts of Europe. “The apartments were very spacious and comfortable,” says Julia Rollino. “They were like a home away from home.”
This semester, another set of juniors will experience the comforts of Christendom’s new Roman residence. To find out more about Christendom’s Junior Semester in Rome Program, please visit our page.