Students who wish to open a bank account, or buy a SIM card must present their taxpayer's code or 'Codice fiscale'. This is a green and white card which can be obtained from the Agenzia delle Entrate which, in Perugia, is located near the main railway station in Via Canali. Students must go to this office with some form of ID, be it a passport or their Permit of Stay.
Agenzia delle Entrate
Via Canali, 12
Tel: +39 075 5145711
Banks can be found all over the city, especially in the city centre and are usually open every morning from 8:30 to 13:20 and from 14:30 to 16:00.
For a fee, students can cash cheques (with a passport) or change money. Before arriving in Perugia, students are advised to contact their bank in their home country to ask about the cheapest ways to make money transfers to Italy, should this service be required.
Debit and Credit cards are not accepted everywhere so it is advisable to have some cash with you at all times.
Opening a bank or postal account in Italy is not free. You need a valid passport or identity card and their Italian tax code (codice fiscale).
Each year the International Relations Area organises, at the beginning of the first semester, a Welcome Day for Incoming Erasmus students. This day is of the utmost importance as it provides students the possibility to receive information about both the city of Perugia and the University, to ask any questions that they may have about the programmes and finally, to get to know the Incoming Student Mobility Office staff who will be their point of reference during their stay in Perugia. It is strongly recommended that incoming students attend.
Italy is in the Eurozone and therefore, since 2002, has used the Euro/Euro-cents as its sole official currency.
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com/ucc/
Italy is in the Central European Time zone which is 1 hour ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). It also follows the conventions of Daylight Saving Time (DST) which means that during the summer (from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October – for exact dates, see below), Italy is 2 hours ahead of GMT whereas during the winter, it reverts back to being only 1 hour ahead.
Greenwich Mean Time + 2 hrs
2013: March 31st – October 27th
Most Post Offices are open Monday-Saturday 8.30 am - 12.30 am.
Calling Italy from abroad
Calling abroad from Italy
Italy uses the Europlug – a two-round pin plug found all over Europe. The electricity supply is 200V/50Hz. Incoming students who plan to bring electrical items are advised to check that these items may be used safely with this voltage and, if needed, to buy a converter plug in their home country.
Since January 2005, Italy has operated a non-smoking policy in all public buildings including pubs, restaurants and offices.
Informagiovani is a free public service created to provide information to young people about various opportunities including: work, music, travel, cultural events, sports, and student associations.
Through Informagiovani Erasmus and international exchange students are able to obtain a free card "Perugia Carta Giovani" which gives them the opportunity to get discounts on many services and shops all around town.
Piazza del Melo (traverse via Pinturicchio)
Tel: +39 075 5772496
International exchange students in Terni are able to obtain a free card that allows them to save on transport, shopping, sports, and cultural events.
For more information visit: http://www.comune.terni.it/canale.php?idc=213
or call: Tel: +39 0744 448 906.
To pick up your card, go to: Palazzo Gazzoli -Via del Pozzo, 1 - Terni
All are free-phone numbers: