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 - 2.30 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.

During the 1st semester 2023-24 the VIU library is open with the following schedule:

Monday: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Tuesday: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Wednesday: 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Thursday: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Friday: 9.00 am - 4.00 pm


There is a restaurant on the island operated by an external service provider. The restaurant is open at lunch from 12 pm to 3 pm, and at dinner from 7 to 10 pm.


Bar | Café 

In the main building, there is a café that sells beverages, croissants, sandwiches and salads. 

Opening hours
Every day 8 am – 7 pm

Discounts for VIU students showing VIU card (except on coffee and beverages)
10% all students
15% resident students

Sandwiches and salads are served daily.


Sport facilities

VIU students can use the sports grounds in San Servolo for free, when available. Reservations should be made at the reception by showing the VIU card.
On request the reception can lend sport equipment under payment of a 20€ deposit.

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.