The NEW Housing Website for Vicenza Military Housing

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In the past, the military used a website called AHRN to allow people  to look for private rental housing around Vicenza. This website is no more. Now, there is a new site that will give you much the same information.

The new website, creatively named “Off Post Housing” or OPH,  is pretty functional and I actually like it better than AHRN. First off, there is no registration involved. You can just navigate to the website and house hunt.

There are many search features that can narrow down your housing. Search by the number of bedrooms or bathrooms, if you like.  You can additionally search by location or type of house. So, if you want a 3-bedroom apartment in downtown Vicenza, you can take a look at all the possibilities available at the moment. If you know what your housing allowance will be, you can even look at rentals by price.

For those of you who haven’t arrived in Italy yet, use the website to learn about the types of homes that are available. Don’t fall in love with a specific home, because there is a good chance it might not be available when you arrive. Knowing what the housing situation is here in Vicenza will help you make decisions about what to pack and what to store. It helps prepare you for the quirks and costs of life in Italy.

If you want to know post housing policies, you can take a look at the official housing policy memo here. In some situations, you will have few options in selecting your housing, but in other situations you have more choices. This memo spells it all out.

This website is a great tool whether you are still in the planning stage of your move or you are sitting in a hotel room waiting to find that perfect home. Good luck on your move!

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12 Comments on “The NEW Housing Website for Vicenza Military Housing”

  1. Terresa Elya says:

    My husband and I are looking at a PCS move to Vicenza Italy in the next 6 months & my biggest concern is housing. I’ve done a little research & from what I can tell the homes are much smaller, which is fine with us, I’m just curious on where to live?? On post?? Off post?? What are some towns to live in if we live off post?? I’d appreciate any help I can get.. We have always lived in the country & it’s going to be quite a bit strange not having any land, but it’s all good, we’ll make the best of it & I know it’ll be a great opportunity for our family. Once again thank you for the help!!

    • According to the regulations, if a house on post (Villagio) is available for your family size, then you don’t have a choice. The next step is government leased housing. These are apartments/townhouses in communities scattered all around the Vicenza area. They function like on-post housing; you don’t pay rent or utilities, your neighbors in the building are all military. I think this is not a bad option, because you get the best of both worlds-you don’t have to deal with paying rent or bills, but you live in an Italian community with its own personality.

      If you aren’t assigned on-post housing or government-leased quarters, then you find a private rental. You go to housing and are allowed to select two or three houses to view, then an interpreter goes with you while you look at the houses. You only have 3 trips with an interpreter, so you have to make the best of it. There are many people who live out in the country or on the edge of communities in homes with large yards that are big enough for gardens, big dogs, etc…

      Go to the OffPost Housing website to check out what is available. Good luck in your move.

    • Terresa, I just realized I did not answer your question about towns. My best advice to this is to pull up google maps to Vicenza, Italy on map view. You will be able to see where the different towns are located. The towns to the east is more flat farm land and the towns to the west are a bit more hilly, almost in the mountains. Look at the OffPost Housing website and find some houses you like, see where they are located and and use the google map to find the town. If you know how to the use the street-view feature of google maps, you can take a “walk” through the town to see what the neighborhood and town looks like and go from there. I live in Camisano, which is full of Americans and is about 20-30 minutes from post. It is a nice place, not much crime, kind of a small-town feel. There are places everywhere that you can live and enjoy, you just have to do a bit of research to make sure it fits your lifestyle. Good Luck! Peggy

  2. Rocky Dimico says:

    I didn’t know where else to ask this, but I figured, what the heck. We are moving to Italy at the end of this year and are trying to figure out how to determine our monthly expenses and have yet to find a post or site that can explain it. We are trying to figure what is the “average” cost of living in Italy. Electric, Phone, Water, Garbage, TV, Rent, ect… Do you know a place that has this or how we can figure it out. We are trying to get ahead so that we can deal with other issues once we get there. We are a family of 4 if that helps, lol. Thanks!

    • Peg Crippen says:

      I don’t think this info is in one centralized place. The army does a cost of living survey every so often, but I don’t know if/where they publish the results. Currently the exchange rate is not great. Every $1 you make is only worth about €0.74. You receive LQA. Assuming you are active duty, you will receive LQA that is set depending on exchange rate. You could probably get that figure from finance.

      The cost of living in Vicenza will vary whether you are in government housing or private lease and from community to community. If you live on Villagio or in government-leased housing, your money will go further than if you live in private rental.

      I will give you an average of what we pay as a family of 4. Our rent is €1400. That is in the low average range. Our utilities vary in a crazy way. The billing here is not consistent and we don’t get a bill every month. Our last utility bills totaled about €600 for gas and electric. The water and garbage/recycling runs about €1200 per year. This is changing and going up exponentially, though.

      Your vehicle costs will depend on how many vehicles you have (you can register 3). You only get fuel coupons for one vehicle and the number of liters of gas depends on the size of the car you drive. (More for an SUV, less for compact.) Right now fuel coupons are about $1.10 per liter and we get 300 liters per month.

      Our phone and internet are through the same company and run about €40 a month. If you only get AFN, you won’t pay anything extra. Otherwise the only satellite company I know of is SKY. The packages vary in cost, just like in the U.S.

      I am off to research where I might find this information officially. I will do a new post if I find out where I can get it! Good luck on your move. Italy is expensive, but awesome!

      • Rocky Dimico says:

        Thank you for that initial information. That is at least a good rough ball park to work with. I was always told that most people make money living in Italy, I guess you would say a net profit off of living on the economy, Any truth to that? Do you have any posts on the good areas to live? I saw your warning signs one, but I was also wondering about what cities we should try to live in versus others. I know that is a broad statement, but you know how it is. At Lewis, you would live in certain cities versus others and here at Benning there are some areas you live in versus others. I am an information junkie so your blog is a lifesaver. Thank you again.

      • Peg Crippen says:

        I think that active duty have a better chance of making extra money in Italy. Since we are civilian, we have to do a reconciliation and they take back anything above what we spend. If they have overpaid us in the last year, we have to pay it back. I see many people do a lot of traveling, so they must be making enough cash to do it. As far as where to live, that is a tough question. Will you be part of the 173rd or Africom? Many of the units from the 173rd are now at Del Din, which is on the western side of Vicenza. Some of them are Altavilla, Creazzo and Costabissara. If you are with one of those units, you may want to look at the communities on the western side of Vicenza. Downtown Vicenza is popular with some, but it comes with all the typical city problems-parking, crime, noise, etc…Torri Del Quartesolo, Quinto Vicentino, Longare and Camisano Vicentino are all popular towns on the east side of the city. They are closer to Villagio, so closer to the elementary school. Each area has some crime, but I have felt much safer here than I do in some parts of the U.S. I think common sense goes a long way in keeping you safe. You are welcome! Thanks for reading.

      • Rocky Dimico says:

        Thank you for your response. I am scheduled to be with the 173rd, but would rather live next to the schools for my wife and the kids sake. I figure each town has crime, I just wanted to make sure that I dont regret spending less money on a cheaper rental, and then pay more over time for the small crimes. I’m not toooo worried about crime, I just know that there are some places that you wan’t to stay away from in every town, lol. Once again, thank you for all the information. We are just trying to take this all in, the family is still very excited about moving to Italy.

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