ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the Italian lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of Italy. All ISA Housing options are either within walking distance or conveniently located to public transit routes. Travel times to campus vary, however students should expect a 10-40 minute commute time. Please note: All housing in Florence is subject to availability.
The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded and reasonable at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in Italy and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility. With this in mind, you can become a true Florentine!
Rent is included in the program price. Students are placed in furnished, centrally located apartments. Bedrooms are double and triple occupancy and apartments have 1-3 bedrooms, lounge/living room, kitchen and bathroom(s). Each apartment is equipped with basic furnishings and supplies, including one single bed per student, a closet/clothing storage space, basic cookware and kitchenware, a table and chairs and furnished sitting area. Bed linens are provided but towels are not. A regular cleaning service is also provided. Many apartment units include a laundry facility in house or on-site. While apartments are standardized in terms of basic amenities, they can vary greatly in terms of both aesthetics and proximity to the university.
All apartments are same-sex, non-smoking environments. Meals and laundry service are not included.
*A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
Living with a host family is the best way to be fully immersed in true Italian culture. Each homestay has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to accommodate students' specific needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. The majority of the ISA homestays do not speak English; however, some may have basic skills. Students typically share a bedroom with another ISA student. ISA participants living in homestays will be provided traditional Italian meals (7 breakfasts and 5 dinners per week) and laundry service once per week for the official duration of the program.
*Homestays are not availble during the J-Term or Intensive Month programs. The homestay option is NOT included in the ISA program price. Please contact ISA for additional homestay fees.
Student Residence (The Student Hotel):
The Student Hotel is offered at an additional price and is the best choice if you would like to be independent while living in a more student-centered environment. The Student Hotel is a renovated 19th-Century palazzo, combining traditional architecture with modern amenities and interiors. Rooms are double-occupancy and availability is limited. The dorms have shared kitchens on each floor and coin-operated laundry facilities are available. There are also common spaces like a study room and a game room. You will also have access to additional amenities such as weekly cleaning service and a daily breakfast buffet for an additional cost.
You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
Students may opt to secure housing independently. Students who select this option receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.
*All housing assignments are based on space available and student responses on the Housing Questionnaire.