I rented an apartment for the summer, and I’m really happy with my decision. I found the apartment by doing a Google search online for long-term apartments in Rome. Even though three months isn’t really long-term, it’s longer than a lot of the vacation rentals that show up in search results, which are for daily or weekly rental. I found quite a few websites with a variety of apartments for rent, and recommend that you reach out to the company directly to provide your dates, price range, and apartment requirements. I found that companies responded very quickly and were happy to help find an apartment to fit my needs.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you’re looking for an apartment:
Summer is more expensive. The rates were a bit of a surprise, but made sense. Summer is of course, high tourist season, so the rates are significantly higher. Consider arriving at a different time of year to save money.
Read the Terms of Agreement in detail. Apartment rentals usually include a separate booking fee, and sometimes a refundable deposit. You’ll also want to see if utilities are included in the monthly rate or if you’ll need to pay those additionally. Terms of Agreement will also outline payment processes and whether there’s a cost for cleaning. Make sure you read this in detail so that there are no surprises.
Negotiate. Everything is negotiable, especially in Italy where it’s a part of life. When the booking agent explained that the apartment owner had other offers for shorter stays, I knew I had a bargaining chip. After all, the owner would make more if the apartment was occupied for three months as opposed to a week here or there throughout the summer. She agreed to my request to knock 100 euro off of the monthly rate.
Consider an apartment in a residential area. it’s tempting to want to be next to Piazza Navona or the Colosseum, but keep in mind that these locations have more foot traffic and therefore more noise. Besides, a residential area gives you a better feel for day-to-day life. Plus, apartment rentals in residential areas tend to be cheaper.
Richard, the booking agent, met me at the apartment that morning and gave me a great walk-through and orientation, and the owner wrote down instructions for everything. While small, the apartment is exactly what I need. The bedroom has both a closet and armoire, which fit my clothes, shoes and luggage perfectly. Off the bedroom, there’s a small balcony where the washing machine is located. The bathroom has six wall shelves and a large countertop for all of my toiletries, and several wall hooks for holding towels and clothes. The living room and kitchen are in one space, but nicely laid out with a couch, chair, a table and desk. The windows contain blinds that I can raise/lower electronically. The kitchen space is incredibly efficient; the mini fridge is hidden behind one of the wooden shelves, along with a dish drying rack, and the space is equipped with all of the kitchen items that I need. There are hardwood floors throughout and a lot of light. Utilities and wifi are included. It’s a pretty good deal.