The Rooney Family Center:
A space for everyone
and Preparing for Summer 2021
The Rooney Family Center (RFC), a beautifully renovated former monastery in Arezzo's historic center, is the epicenter of all OU in Arezzo activities and provides a safe, family-like atmosphere designed to support students during their experience abroad. Even students who do not reside in the center — those in short-term summer accommodations — have access to the center for classes, studying, socializing, laundry and other needs.
The RFC is a popular spot among all OUA students. Those who reside in B&Bs and hotels enjoy all of the common areas. Some of the most popular areas for summer students are: The garden for BBQs, the library for the perfect study environment, and the Great Hall to play or listen to the piano.
Join us on the tour of this beautiful living-learning facility, which was created by University of Siena interns in fall 2020!
The outdoor area with the Dean Family Terazza and the Edith Kinney Gaylord Tuscan Garden is a real gem due to the unique landscaping and beautiful flora. The garden even has an area for growing herbs! Multiple activities take place in the garden and its great for enjoying an outdoor meal.
The Mewbourne Library is the most popular spot to study for students. With personal lighting and outlets and thousands of books (including textbooks), the library is essential in the RFC.
The Lacy and Brian Holderread Seminar Room, the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation Classroom, the Distance-Learning Classroom, and the Conference Room are equipped with comfort and modern technology. The classrooms are used widely for classes in the summer and for meetings during the semester.
The monastery was our home-away-from-home and that made me feel comfortable enough to explore other places in Arezzo and Italy — always knowing that we had a place to come home to!
I liked the fact that the Rooney Family Center was always buzzing with activities for us and for the community. There was always something interesting going on with the local Italians!
Very clean and had everything I needed. It felt like a castle! The library was a life-saver for studying.