Living in Rome and finding work
Living in Rome can be a dream for many and we often receive many guests at the hostel who are here to start a new life living in Rome or like the city that much they want to stay some time, maybe to learn Italian or to find a job and live in the Italian capital. So for those of you who are interested to coming to live and work in this wonderful city here are some tips and pointers of how to make a go of it and find a accommodation, a job, deal with and documents you may need etc.
Arriving in Rome
Your probably thinking can i go to work in Rome? Is it possible? Well for many travelers they manage it, but there are many things you should take into account. Firstly you will need to have a passport from one of the European Union countries which will allow you to be able to work legally, without these documents and no company to support you can be extremely difficult. Secondly do you speak Italian fluently or have a basic grasp of the language? To be living in Rome you will need some knowledge or will need to pick it up, but there are some who manage to find non skilled so to speak toursim jobs without any basic Italian but it can be quite difficult so its advised to have some knowledge of the language before you decide to make the move and especially english as its a tourist place there is some demand for english speaking people, along with many multinational companies. A lot will depend on your skills too and the type of employment you are looking for. If its a short term objective to make the move as an adventure or to come and try to find and type of work to allow you to stay in the city be sure to have some money put aside should things not work out as you wish and you have protection to book your flight to return home.
Finding Accommodation Living in Rome
Many start off staying in hostels while they are looking for accommodation. A great place to start looking for accommodation is through the Porta Portese newspaper which has listings of long and short term rentals or the online version here with links to recent listings www.portaportese.it its all in Italian so you will need some language skills to understand more about the listings. Another option is to decide the area you would like to find an apartment and then go into visit one of the local real estate agents in that area to see whats available. Choosing an area can be difficult if you do not know the city that well. In the city centre area the prices are obviously quite high, but there are some medium range apartments too just out of the city. Trastevere is a favourite spot for Expats from the US looking for accomodation or cheaper still in the student areas of Piazza Bologna and San Lorenzo where you can even find shared rooms which can help also in learning the language sharing a flat with Italian speakers.
You can check www.cribrentalsrome.info/short-and-long-term-rentals-in-rome-italy/ for listings which are in English in the various zones of the city or another website with listings in english is www.apartmentforrentrome.com .
Finding Work and living in Rome
At lot will depend on the type of work you are looking for in while Living in Rome where a skilled job or non-skilled. Many that pass through the hostel are usually young backpackers looking for an experience and ay type of employment that pays the rent and allows them to enjoy the city is suitable. For the younger under 30 something traveler a great place to look is in Hostels / Hotels too which there are plenty of and even with basic Italian you can often find work. A good way is to prepare you CV and just make a list of hostels / bnb’s, Hotels and visit one by one. Other option maybe bar work which the city has plenty or teaching English as a foreign language in which you will need your TEFL. Even some stores / shops will be on the lookout for expats to recruit but once again some level of Italian will be needed. There are various ways you can find work in Rome but there is plenty of competition in expat circles fighting for similar jobs. You can check Wanted in Rome which has listing in English for vacancies or just doing the rounds with your CV. Networking and getting to know people in the city is also a good option. You can try www.internations.org who are an organisation representing expats, they hold weekly events and meetups where you can make contacts and is a great networking opportunity to find possible employment opportunities or tips from other expats in the city.
Living in Rome and Getting Documents
Citizens of the EU do not need a work permit to legally work in Rome as they have the right as a member of one of the EU states. But there are still documents that you will need to work legally. Some documents that you will need if you are staying longer than a few weeks are the Permesso di Soggiorno which is basically your permit to stay. Then another document you will require is the Codice Fiscale which is your fiscal code / national insurance number. You should visit your national embassy on arrival in Rome who will give you a step by step guide of what you will need to do and where to go. You will need to be patient as Italy is very bureaucratic so that means lots of documents and procedures which takes time visiting the various offices. A couple of websites you can check who offer more detailed information are www.romebuddy.com and www.expatarrivals.com.
Studying in Rome
At the hostel we receive quite a few students too who are not here to work but to study in Rome whether it be in an exchange from their University back home or to complete a degree or Masters course in Rome or even just a language course in Italian. You can check the listings here www.gooverseas.com/study-abroad/italy/rome for various courses which is mainly tailored to U.S. students, but their is a variety of courses to choose from. The European School of Economics also has a campus in Rome www.eselondon.ac.uk/ese-centres/rome/ At the other side of Termini station from Palladini Hostel you can also find the language school DILIT offering Italian courses.