Collegio G Cardano is a public University College opened in 1974 following transformation of the Hall of Residence Brichetti, opened in 1962 and initially intended to accommodate foreign students from African countries. The College is located on the left bank of river Ticino and was renovated and completed in the early 1980s. The building currently houses 120 male and female students from a variety of Italian regions and foreign countries.
For over thirty years, Collegio Cardano is home to the Rowing College of the Italian Rowing Federation and lists numerous world and olympic champions among its alumni and alumnae. Access to the College is through a public competition that takes place on a yearly basis according to rules published by EdISU (Ente per il Diritto allo Studio) Pavia.


The purpose of a public University College such as Cardano is to enable capable and deserving students to access to Higher Education, regardless of their financial means.
A further mission of the College is to forge in the students a strong set of human and social values that will nurture a sense of citizenship and civil responsibility.

In order to achieve this goal, the College encourages and promotes :

( i) internal mentoring activities in which older students help younger ones to face and overcome the initial difficulties of their course of study ;

( ii) debates and discussions on current topics , both scientific, social and cultural also in collaboration with other Colleges ;

( iii) the involvement of its students in the management of the College itself



Rector is Prof. Joseph Faita, Professor of Organic Chemistry.

Viale Resistenza, 15 - 27100 - Pavia (PV)

Tel. 0382-301271

Fax. 0382-304623



For further information about the admission procedures, college fees, etc please consult the EdISU website (




GUEST ROOMS: n. 10 single rooms and no. 3 double bedrooms

BATHROOM: each room has its own bathroom

PORTER: from 7.00 am to 1.00 am Monday to Friday - from 8.00 to 23.00 Saturday - closed Sunday and holidays, in addition to closures as academic calendar

KITCHEN: n. 2 kitchens for students and n. 1 kitchen area for guest

MEALS - BREAKFAST ROOM: n. 1 room breakfast

BAR SERVICE: vending machines for hot / cold drinks and snacks

INTERNET: wireless internet in all rooms and in public areas

COMPUTER ROOM: n. 2 computer rooms, equipped with n. 8 seats

LIBRARY: n. 1 library with 30 seats

STUDY ROOM: n. 6 study rooms with 8 seats

HALL MEETINGS / CONFERENCES: n. 1 conference room with 90 seats equipped with a video projector and an overhead projector and n. 1 meeting room with 18 seats

TV ROOM: n. 1 TV room with DVD player and SKY

GAMES ROOM / RECREATION: n. 1 game room with table football

LAUNDRY: n. 1 laundry room where you can hang the clothes out to dry

AIR CONDITIONING : available in the libraries, computer rooms and offices

GYM: n. 2 gyms (1 gymnastic and 1 equipped with weights)

SPORTS: n. 2 tennis courts and n. 1 football pitch


PARKING: available indoor parking for bicycles

DISTANCE TO BUS STOP: stop lines 2, 3 and 10 in about 10-15 minutes

DISTANCE TO THE TRAIN STATION: by car (2.5 km; 5 min.); by bicycle (2.5 km, 10 min.); walk (2 km, 33 min.)

DISTANCE TO BUS STATION: by car (2.5 km; 5 min.); by bicycle (2.5 km, 10 min.); walk (2 km, 33 min.)