VIU Facilities serve the many needs of our students. On the Island of San Servolo, you will find:

  • VIU Front Office
  • Classrooms
  • Pc room and Mac Lab
  • Printers
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Canteen and café
  • Accommodation
  • Sports grounds


VIU Front Office

VIU Front Office can be found along the main corridor (turn left after the main entrance. You should reach the office for issues related to the program, card, computer facilities, co-curricular activities, Mac Lab and wi-fi. 

Opening hours of the front office: Monday to Friday, 9.15 am- 4.45 pm (closed for lunch 1.30 pm2.30 pm). 


The VIU Student Card is a multifunctional magnetic key that provides access to the Mac Lab, library loans and photocopying/scanning facilities. VIU card is issued with a credit of € 3. Once the credit is over, you can recharge the card at the VIU Front Office (minimum charge €5). The cost of a one-page photocopy/print is € 0.05 black and white and € 0.12 color. VIU copying and printing machines also work as a scanner. 

Scanning is free but, in order to access 5 the scanning function, you must have a credit of minimum 10 cents on your VIU card. 


The resources of VIU Library are limited. VIU purchases one copy of each of the required texts for the courses. These texts will be available for one-day loans. Most professors will provide course packs and make them available online through Moodle. Students will have access to the libraries of the Venetian Universities, and public libraries in Venice. We also suggest you to check your home university remote access for electronic resources, e-books, online papers etc.

Due to Covid-19 emergency most libraries, including VIU one, are closed. Loan services are guaranteed on request.

Cafeteria | Canteen

There is a canteen on the island. It is usually open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Opening hours: 7.30am–10am, 12pm-2.30pm, 7.00pm - 9.15pm 

The prices are € 9 for breakfast and € 13 for a full meal, which includes first course + second course + side dish or salad + bread + fruit or yoghurt.  VIU students paying in cash can have the following discounts for reduced menus by showing their VIU student card at the cash desk: Reduced menu 6.50 € (first course or second course, side dish or salad, bread, drinks).

N.B. Spring 2021 opening hours are still to be defined.

Bar | Café 

In the main building, there is a café, which sells beverages, croissants, toasts, sandwiches and salads and some basic products for personal hygiene like toothbrush, toothpaste, soap. 

It is usually open from 8 am until 6.45 pm. 

N.B. Spring 2021 opening hours are still to be defined 

San Servolo Servizi Metropolitani Reception

Students who will be accommodated on campus can pick up the key to their room in the residential halls at the San Servolo Servizi reception (first office on the right, after the main entrance). This is not a VIU office. The residential facilities are managed by a services company called San Servolo Servizi Metropolitani. The reception staff is responsible for all issues related to accommodation. 

The reception staff is available from 8.30 am to 7 pm. There is a 24-hour guardian service. The guardians can help you if you get locked out of your room or for very urgent issues.