Accommodation via the British Institute of Florence
If you need help in finding accommodation The British Institute of Florence can assist in making a reservation for you.
A fee will be charged for this service.
The options available range from a room in a shared flat or a homestay with an Italian family. These can be booked from the day before your course begins until the day after it ends.
All accommodation options are subject to availability and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Rental costs for both types of accommodation are variable throughout the year taking into account the higher costs of utilities during the winter and peak times of year with increased visitors to the city. The British Institute of Florence does not set the prices for accommodation.
With this option you stay in someone’s home, usually a single Italian lady or a couple. 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.
Prices usually start from €35 per night
- Half board:
You will have breakfast and evening meal prepared for you by your host.
Prices usually start from €45 per night (Limited availability)
- Use of kitchen: You will buy your own food and prepare your own meals in your host’s kitchen. Prices usually start from €35 per night. (Limited availability)
Some things to consider when reserving homestay accommodation:
- The vast majority of homestays have a strict no smoking policy.
- Several homestays are situated on the upper floors of apartment buildings and not all have elevators.
- Some hosts have pets.
- Some hosts are very present and love to chat, whereas others are often busy at work and you will see them less frequently.
- Homestay hosts are not professional chefs, although those who offer half board are usually good home cooks, and do not have formal training in special diets. If you do have any special dietary needs or requirements please be aware that you may have to be very specific in communicating these needs and patient if they are not entirely met.
- Not all homestays have an internet connection.
- Many of our homestays have more than one room available for guests and you may not be the only visitor to the family during your stay.
- Many homestays have double and matrimonial rooms available as well as singles.
Please be sure to add all of your specific requests to your form so that our accommodation officer can identify the best homestay for your requirements.
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 visitors. Landlords provide sheets and towels. Kitchens are fully equipped and all flats have a washing machine.
Prices for shared flats start from €550 per month for a single room and €450 per person for a bed in a double room. 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 at least €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.
Shared flats are normally subject to a minimum stay of one month. The choice of apartment and its subsequent location will be made by the British Institute, month by month, according to the number of participants requesting this option. Spaces are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis
Once we have arranged your accommodation we will send you the details including the name of the landlord and the address. 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 persons staying for more than one month, payment must be made for the first month on arrival and monthly in advance thereafter).
PLEASE NOTE that the British Institute acts as an intermediary between participants and landlords or host families during the reservation process and cannot take any responsibility for any issues that may arise between the participant and the landlord or host thereafter. In the event of problems with a landlord or host family the British Institute will assist in a linguistic capacity only.
Participants are asked to read and comply with the guidelines for accommodation. Participants 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 participants when they are no longer studying at the British Institute.
FAQs: Frequently asked questions about reserving accommodation through The British Institute of Florence
Q. AT WHAT POINT IS ACCOMMODATION RESERVED?
A. If you have requested help with reserving accommodation this will be arranged after the confirmation of your enrolment and accommodation fee have been received. We will provide you with the details and address of your accommodation as well as contact details of your host or landlord.
Q. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO BEFORE ARRIVING IN FLORENCE?
A. You have to contact your landlord or host to tell them when you are arriving.
Q. HOW DO I GET TO MY ALLOCATED ACCOMMODATION?
A. You make your own way to your accommodation when you arrive in Florence. If you require assistance in understanding which is the best option for getting to your accommodation please contact us about this before you arrive.
Q. HOW DO I PAY FOR MY ACCOMMODATION?
A. You pay for your accommodation directly to the landlord or host upon arrival, monthly in advance. We will send you details once your accommodation is confirmed. The British Institute does not take payment for accommodation.
Q. IS THE ACCOMMODATION LOCATED IN THE CENTRE OF FLORENCE?
Most homestays and flats are centrally located, within a 10-20 minute walk to the Institute. If the accommodation is further away we will point this out to you specifically. During peak season centrally-located accommodation fills up quickly.
Q. IN HOMESTAY ACCOMMODATION IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE SOME DAYS HALF BOARD AND OTHER DAYS ONLY BED AND BREAKFAST?
A. In most cases this is possible. If you tell us when you enrol we will point it out to the host. If you decide later then discuss with your host.
Q. IN HOMESTAY ACCOMMODATION DO THE HOSTS SPEAK ENGLISH?
A. The homestay experience gives participants of our Italian courses full immersion into the Italian way of life. Some of the hosts speak a little English but not all of them do. You will be expected to speak in Italian.
Q. WHAT ARE THE AGES OF PEOPLE THAT USUALLY STAY IN SHAREDFLATS?
A. Shared flats tend to be occupied by people of student age (18-25).
Q. ARE SHARED FLATS EQUIPPED WITH EVERYTHING NECESSARY OR DO I NEED TO BRING CERTAIN THINGS FROM HOME?
A. All flats are furnished and have equipped Italian kitchens. 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 I EXPECT TO PAY FOR UTILITY BILLS EACH MONTH IN A SHARED 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 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 you should expect to pay at least Euro 40-50 a month for bills in the summer and Euro 50-70 in the winter.
Q. IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE SINGLE SEX FLATS?
A. In general men and women share flats however if you would prefer to be in a single sex flat you should say so in your accommodation request and we will try to arrange it.