Accommodation in Florence
We can help you find the right accommodation in Florence, from hotel, shared flat or homestay with an Italian family.
There are a number of options for accommodation in Florence depending on your preference and budget.
We can arrange the following types of accommodation and can usually book this from the day before your course begins until the day after it ends. We charge an administration fee of €40 for arranging accommodation.
With this option you stay in someone’s home, usually a single Italian lady or a couple. Homestays provide an excellent opportunity to practise Italian outside of the classroom. There are three categories of Homestay accommodation:
- Bed and Breakfast:
You will be given breakfast in the morning but will not have any other meals or access to the kitchen at other times. Please note that Italian breakfast is usually very light.
Approximate cost €25 per night
- Half board:
You will have breakfast and dinner with your host.
Approximate cost €35 per night
Use of kitchen: You will buy your own food and prepare your own meals in your host’s kitchen.
Approximate cost €25 per night. (Limited availability).
Once we have arranged your homestay, we will confirm the details with you including the name of your host and their address and how much you will need to pay.
These range in size from 2 to 7 people. If you choose this kind of accommodation you will have to share a bathroom, kitchen and communal area with the other students. Landlords provide sheets and towels. Kitchens are fully equipped and all flats have a washing machine.
Prices for student flats start from €550 per month for a single room and €450 for a shared double room per person. Utilities are not included in this price and are paid directly to the landlord at the end of the month. Utility charges are quite high in Italy and you should expect to pay around €50-70 during the winter months and €30-50 during the summer.
All flats also have a deposit payable at the beginning of the stay. This will be refunded at the end of your stay less any charge for damage.
Student flats are subject to a minimum stay of one month. Once we have arranged your flat we will send you the details including the name of the landlord and the address of the flat. You will need to contact your landlord directly to arrange a meeting to collect the keys and provide them with a photocopy of passport when you arrive.
Once you have arrived you will be expected to pay your landlord directly within the first three days of arrival (for students staying for more than one month, payment must be made for the first month on arrival and monthly in advance thereafter). We are on hand to help if you have any problems contacting the landlord.
Palazzo Lanfredini apartment (at the British Institute Library) available for mature students
A unique flat in the early 16th century Palazzo Lanfredini on the Lungarno, bequeathed by British scholar Harold Acton and formerly residence of the Director of the British Institute. Consists of large sitting/dining area, a fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, two bedrooms (one double / one single), bathroom and terrace. Towels and bed linen provided. Step-free access.
WiFi available. No TV. Minimum stay: four weeks. For rates enquire at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We can also make bookings for you in a hotel or pensione. If you would like us to do this please email the accommodation adviser with your price range at email@example.com
Prices for pensione start at about €50 for a single room with private bathroom per night including breakfast.
PLEASE NOTE that the British Institute acts as an intermediary between students and landlords or host families and cannot take any responsibility for any issues that may arise between the student and the landlord or host concerned although where possible we will do our best to help. Students are asked to read the guidelines for accommodation. In the event of problems with their landlord or host family they should let us know immediately. Students may keep their accommodation from the day before the start of their course until the day after the end of their course. The Institute cannot arrange accommodation for students when they are no longer studying at the British Institute.
Frequently asked questions
Q. WHEN DOES THE INSTITUTE ARRANGE ACCOMMODATION
A. We will arrange your accommodation approximately one month before you are due to arrive and details of the accommodation that has been arranged will be sent via post, fax or e-mail at that point. If you have requested accommodation and have not heard from us by 2 weeks before you are due to arrive please contact us immediately:
Tel: 00 39 055 267781 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. HOW DO STUDENTS GET TO THEIR ALLOCATED ACCOMMODATION?
A. You will make you own way to your accommodation when you arrive in Florence. We will provide you with the address and telephone number of your accommodation and you should get in touch with your host/landlord directly to let them know when you are due to arrive. We strongly advise you to get a taxi to your accommodation to avoid getting lost on the first day.
Q. HOW DO I PAY FOR MY ACCOMMODATION?
A. You will need to pay for your accommodation upon arrival, monthly in advance. We will send you details once your accommodation is confirmed.
Q. ARE ALL HOMESTAYS CENTRAL?
A. Yes all our homestays are central and are within walking distance of the Institute.
Q. IN HOMESTAY ACCOMMODATION IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE HALF OF THE WEEK WITH HALF BOARD AND HALF WITH BED AND BREAKFAST?
A. In most cases this is possible. If you would like this kind of arrangement please include it on your enrolment form in the accommodation section and we will try and arrange it for you.
Q. IN HOMESTAY ACCOMMODATION HOW MANY OF THE LANDLADIES SPEAK ENGLISH?
A. Not many. The homestay experience gives students a full immersion into the Italian way of life and culture. Some of the families/hosts speak a little English however all can make themselves understood.
Q. WHAT ARE THE AGES OF STUDENTS THAT USUALLY STAY IN STUDENT FLATS?
A. Student flats tend to be occupied by our slightly younger students (18-25). If possible we try and put students in flats with other students of more or less their age. We do not arrange private appartments for students wishing to rent on their own but can provide a list of English speaking rental agencies and landlords.
Q. ARE ALL STUDENT FLATS CENTRAL?
A. All of the student flats are found in the centre of Florence. Some are closer to the centre than others, however none are more than 30 minutes walk from the Institute.
Q. ARE STUDENT FLATS EQUIPPED WITH EVERYTHING NECESSARY OR DO STUDENTS NEED TO BRING CERTAIN THINGS FROM HOME?
A. All flats are furnished, have fully equipped kitchens although they may lack some of the things you would expect to find in an English kitchen eg electric kettles and toasters. They all have washing machines and televisions. Landlords provide sheets and blankets but please check with us first whether you need to bring towels as this can vary from one apartment to another. If anything is missing or broken on your arrival please let your landlord know immediately.
Q. HOW MUCH SHOULD STUDENTS EXPECT TO PAY FOR UTILITY BILLS EACH MONTH IN A STUDENT FLAT?
A. Utility bills are usually calculated according to a meter that can be found in the flat. If bills are not included in the price of your rent then the landlord/apartment manager will read the meter in the flat before you arrive. They will then take another reading at the end of the month and calculate the bills according to how much you have used. In general students should expect to pay between Euro 40-50 a month for bills in the summer and Euro 50-70 in the winter.
Q. ARE ALL THE FLATS MIXED BETWEEN GIRLS AND BOYS OR IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE SINGLE SEX FLATS?
A. In general we do mix girls and boys in flats however if you would rather be in a single sex flat then please mention this on the enrolment form and we will try our best to arrange it.
Q. CAN THE INSTITUTE BOOK A HOTEL/PENSIONE FOR STUDENTS?
A. We can book a hotel/pensione for you and can also provide a list of the hotels/pensioni with whom we regularly collaborate if you wish to make your own booking. Some hotels/pensioni impose a cancellation fee and we will advise you if this is the case with a hotel we have booked for you. If you do then cancel any fee payable will be your responsibility.