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 practice 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.