Life in the Hall of Residence

Our Activities

Students may explore their cultural interests and spiritual path at the Bertoni University House, which offers a wide range of activities that enliven community life.

Management monitors students over the course of the year through periodic meetings to talk and make recommendations for their education. The objective is to create a personalised educational plan at the start of each year that encompasses cultural, spiritual, recreational, sports and volunteer activities to help students best develop their personality and skills to achieve their personal growth goals.

Tutoring is another essential educational tool at our hall of residence.

Tutors are present from the very first day of the academic year and are an important point of reference for students.

They are mature students who are trusted by the Management and actively cooperate with the Hall of Residence in the planning and coordination of the educational offering, fostering and maintaining a climate of serenity and sharing among the students. They are also safety and emergency plan procedure officers.

The chaplain oversees spiritual nurturing and serves students, organising meetings with groups and individuals, worship activities, including Holy Mass, monthly meetings on the Word of the Lord, and moments of sharing.

The Hall of Residence provides students with a rich cultural offering: guided group tours, exhibitions and museums, theatre performances, participation in musical and artistic events, educational opportunities for reflection and discussion, including with other Fondazione La Vincenziana halls of residence, conferences and specific training courses.

Students can also read books, newspapers and journals. The theatre workshop, directed by a former boarder, is a much-appreciated tradition. Recreational initiatives, festivities and get-togethers are regularly organised on special occasions: at the start and end of the year, Christmas, carnival, including parties, dinners, themed evenings and excursions on the snow. Hall of Residence institutional assemblies are important opportunities for discussion and sharing.

Numerous sports activities are organised every year, including table tennis, volleyball (mixed), basketball and table football tournaments, as well as the historic Hall of Residence race, with everyone involved in the sports day in the nearby Lambro Park.

As a CSI member, the Hall of Residence takes part annually in the Intercollegiate Friendship and Solidarity Football Tournament (T.I.A.S.), involving university student accommodation facilities in the city of Milan.

Sports initiatives

Recreational activities

Spiritual guidance

Cultural activities


Theatre workshop

Recreational Commission

Community activities

Liturgical Commission

Our Commissions

“All men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life … … they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece” (John Paul II)

Hall of Residence Support

Cultural Commission

Sports Committee

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La nostra storia

La Fondazione La Vincenziana rientra tra le attività della Diocesi di Milano.

La sua costituzione risale all’11 maggio 1934 come ente ecclesiastico e al 18 maggio 1935 come ente civilmente riconosciuto, ad opera del Cardinale Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster il quale le attribuì il “fine essenziale della assistenza religiosa ai giovani operai che non hanno famiglia a Milano”.

In quell’epoca, infatti, molti giovani provenienti da paesi rurali della Lombardia e di altre zone d’Italia trovavano lavoro a Milano dove però rischiavano di “perdersi”; a loro, perciò, veniva offerta dalla Fondazione l’accoglienza in un Pensionato, diretto da un sacerdote, dove potevano trovare un clima familiare, un aiuto ad affrontare le difficoltà della vita lontana da casa e una guida per crescere nella fede.

Negli anni ’70 l’attività della Fondazione si è ampliata con la gestione di alcuni Collegi per studenti universitari nella città di Milano e con quella di diversi Pensionati per lavoratori fatti costruire dalla Fondazione Opere Sociali della Cassa di Risparmio delle Province Lombarde per ospitare i lavoratori immigrati provenienti dal Sud Italia.

Attualmente le strutture di accoglienza che fanno capo alla Fondazione sono:

  • Collegio Universitario San Paolo
  • Collegio Universitario San Filippo Neri
  • Casa Universitaria Bertoni

La Fondazione, ente senza fine di lucro, è amministrata da un Consiglio formato da cinque persone (un presidente e quattro consiglieri), nominate dall’Arcivescovo, e ha sede in piazza Fontana 2 a Milano.

Our history

Fondazione La Vincenziana is part of the activities of the Milan Diocese.

It was founded as an ecclesiastical body on 11 May 1934 and as a body recognised under civil law on 18 May 1935 by Cardinal Alfredo Ildefonso Schuster, who bestowed on it the “essential purpose of providing religious assistance to young workers without family in Milan”.

Indeed, at that time, many young men from villages in Lombardy and other Italian regions found work in Milan but ran the risk of “losing their way”. Instead, the Foundation offered them accommodation in a Hostel run by a priest, where they could enjoy a family atmosphere, assistance with the difficulties of life away from home and guidance to grow in the faith.

In the 1970s, the Foundation expanded its activities when it began managing a few Halls of Residence for university students in the city of Milan and various Hostels for workers that Fondazione Opere Sociali della Cassa di Risparmio delle Province Lombarde (the Social Works Foundation of the Lombardy Province Savings Banks) had built for migrant workers from Southern Italy.

Today, the Foundation runs the following accommodation facilities:

  • San Paolo University Hall of Residence
  • San Filippo Neri University Hall of Residence
  • Bertoni University House
  • St. Maria del Rosario University Residence

The Foundation is a non-profit organisation managed by a Board of five people (one chairman and four directors) appointed by the Archbishop. It is based in Piazza Fontana 2, Milan.