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Is Mestre safe for exchange students?

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Is Mestre safe for exchange students?

My friend and I will be doing a semester exchange at Ca'Foscari university of Venice. We're thinking of staying at airbnb in Mestre for 3months because it's way more affordable than in Venice. Is Mestre a safe place to stay? Are restaurants, supermarkets, and shops easily accessible in Mestre? What's the best way to commute from Mestre to Venice daily and how much would it cost? Advices are much appreciated.

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1. Re: Is Mestre safe for exchange students?

I have heard the area around the Station is not too safe at night,

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2. Re: Is Mestre safe for exchange students?

Is Mestre a safe place to stay? Some areas are very safe, others (beginning of via Piave, via Trento, near the Mestre train station also on the Marghera side, anyplace a bit isolated) a little to considerably less so, especially walking alone, and especially solo females. Also, not knowing Italian tends to be riskier, as well, as you would tend to stick out a bit more as a target, if that were the case. It is really not much of a problem for daily activities, such as shopping, etc., as many Italians speak enough English, but it makes safety a greater concern.

Are restaurants, supermarkets, and shops easily accessible in Mestre? yes

What's the best way to commute from Mestre to Venice daily and how much would it cost? for commuting on a daily basis for 3 months, you are probably best getting a VeniceCard iMob monthly pass (€37/calendar month) which for someone who habitually resides outside Veneto costs €50 for the base card. Single bus rides cost €1,50 if you don't get the pass and any vaporetto rides would require the full €7,50 without the base pass. From Piazzale Roma to the main Ca' Foscari location, a vaporetto is not necessary, but there are branch classrooms and facilities a little bit throughout the city, so that might make vaporetto usage convenient, depending on where you would be going regularly.

Edited: 01 February 2017, 20:04
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3. Re: Is Mestre safe for exchange students?

Mestre is a very good choice for exchange students studying in Venice.

There is a well-known supermarket in Mestre: PAM, at 209 Corso del Popolo. There is another PAM near Piazza Ferretto in the Le Barche Shopping Center.

Mestre’s Piazza Ferretto has a number of moderately priced restaurants and pizzerias.

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4. Re: Is Mestre safe for exchange students?

How much does it cost monthly student train card from Mestre to Venice?

Is there a nice equipped qym in Mestre?

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5. Re: Is Mestre safe for exchange students?

The monthly bus pass costs €37 and is valid on all the buses and tram (monorail streetcar) as well as the boats in Venice. The base card is €50 (one time, valid 5 years). There is a student rate at €25 per month, but I am uncertain what paperwork you might need from your host school to qualify for that rate as an exchange student.

There are several gyms in and around Mestre, with varying quantities and quality of facilities, depending on what you intend by "nicely equipped".

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6. Re: Is Mestre safe for exchange students?

Do you have access to the internet?

Podgorica...
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7. Re: Is Mestre safe for exchange students?

Thank you. And what about trains, not busses?

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8. Re: Is Mestre safe for exchange students?

#7 - per www.trenitalia.com an unlimited train pass from Mestre to Venezia Santa Lucia (regional trains only) costs 23.30 euro for one month, 62.50 for 3 months. You can buy on line or at the station. Note: this will give no access to buses or waterbuses.

Edited: 12 February 2017, 03:39
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9. Re: Is Mestre safe for exchange students?

Thank you both!

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