SOI-129 Ch.2-Trento Housing Community

Application deadline: January 31, 2024
Application deadline: January 31, 2024 (you will be redirected to the ECIU website)


Challenge provider Opera Universitaria
Instructor Maria Laura Frigotto
Period Spring Semester
Application deadline January 31, 2024
Challenge Trento Housing Community


The TRent portal serves as an institutional platform designed to aid students in finding accommodation. It functions as a virtual bulletin board. Opera Universitaria oversees the portal’s integrity, ensuring accurate information and legitimacy, particularly for private owner listings.

The key challenge goals involve increasing awareness of TRent among students, solidifying its position in the accommodation search sector. Simultaneously, efforts should be directed towards boosting student enrollment and expanding the platform’s range of listings.

The challenge

The TRent is an institutional portal created by Opera Universitaria in 2021 to support students in the delicate phase of choosing accommodation, facilitating the meeting of students and property owners, and the demand and supply of housing in Trento and Rovereto. It’s a sort of virtual bulletin board that presents a diverse, updated offer of housing solutions with clear and detailed information. At the same time, it gives property owners the opportunity to showcase their offerings in a modern, intuitive, and easy-to-navigate “storefront,” available in both Italian and English.

Opera Universitaria oversees the correct use of the portal through a sample check of the data entered during registration, as well as all the information that is added. It also verifies that the announced property actually corresponds to an address and has the described amenities. This check is exclusively done for ads placed by private owners, who are marked with the OU stamp.


Approximately 3,000 registered students, 160 landlords with their own properties (private owners, property managers, intermediaries, university colleges), about a hundred accommodations listed, 150 available accommodations, and around 19,000 users who, in the last 6 months alone, have interacted with the portal, mainly from Italy but also from Spain, France, Germany, the UK, the Netherlands, and Brazil.


The primary goal is to elevate awareness of TRent among students and fortify its presence in the accommodation search realm. Simultaneously, a key objective should be to augment the student enrollment figures and work towards expanding the platform array of listings.

Calendar & Syllabus

This challenge is organized in the form of Hackathon. Your presence is required in Trento in the following days:

Fri 15.03.24 h.10-21, Sat 16.03.24 h.10-18

Accommodation should be organized on a personal basis. The International Office of the University of Trento will send some suggestions for housing opportunities.

Students should contact the International office at their home University to ask for mobility funds.

Learning Outcomes

– Analyze the problem, the challenge provider and the challenge itself by gathering information in creative ways

– Work effectively in multidisciplinary and multinational teams

– Learn to implement sound solutions which are meaningful for the challenge provider

Application deadline: January 31, 2024