Living in Florence

In Florence, students can choose between three options for housing: a homestay with an Italian family, apartment, or The Student Hotel. Students will indicate preference in one of these three options in the Housing Form questionnaire found as a post-acceptance item on their OrangeAbroad student portal (spring 2022 students: this will be made available in early October).

Please note that while we will try to honor your housing preference, we cannot guarantee that you will be placed in the housing option that you prefer.

Architecture students: You are assigned apartment housing by default and may request to live in a homestay on your Housing Form. Homestay assignment may be granted based on availability. Architecture students who wish to live in The Student Hotel will be required to file a petition with the Director of the Architecture Program in Florence prior to the housing form deadline and will also need to indicate that they have filed this petition on their Housing Form.

NOTE: All students, regardless of placement, are required to stay in program housing.


Homestays (host family)

Student with host mother and dogWhile you’re studying in Florence, you may live with a host family. Time and again, Florence alumni say their host family experience was the most valuable part of their time abroad. The combination of formal Italian lessons and home-based language practice with native speakers has proven to be an authentic, effective means of learning a language. Moreover, being part of a family means participating directly in Italian daily life—the best way to gain insights into and integrate fully with a culture.

Syracuse Florence has been working with our host families for years (and decades, in some cases)! Host families are carefully screened by the Florence Housing Office. Staff will use the information from your housing form to choose a family that is compatible with your needs (dietary, smoking/non-smoking, pet allergies, etc.). Your hosts represent all walks of life and professions: large families, retired couples, divorced or single parents, and young couples with children. Host families are located throughout Florence, with the maximum distance of a host family being a 35-minute commute from the Syracuse Florence Center (by combination of transportation and walking).

Spring 2022 host family features:

  • Single or shared bedroom with common space and shared bath
  • Utilities covered; Wi-Fi; sheets/linens included
  • In kitchen, use of small pantry space and microwave
  • 12 meals weekly (7 breakfasts, 5 dinners)
  • Two monthly bus pass reimbursements

Apartments

Apartments are booked in advance by the Florence Housing Office and assigned to students by using the information from your housing form. All apartments are fully furnished including bedding, and are equipped with basic utilities such as washing machines and kitchen utensils. Apartments are located throughout Florence, with the maximum distance of an apartment being a 35-minute commute from the Syracuse Florence Center (by combination of transportation and walking).

Spring 2022 apartment features:

  • Shared bedroom in 3-to-6-person apartment; shared kitchen
  • Utilities covered; Wi-Fi; sheets/linens included
  • Food allowance
  • Monthly common area cleaning
  • Two monthly bus pass reimbursements

The Student Hotel

We offer single or double rooms at The Student Hotel (TSH). This trendy hotel accommodates short term travelers but also offers long term residence to students. Per its website, “Our Florence location is more than a hotel: it’s a hub for co-living and co-working where travelers, locals and students get together to learn, stay, work and play.” In this hotel, which is set in a converted palazzo, students will stay in a fully furnished room and will have access to a shared kitchen, on-site laundry, study space, pool (seasonal), and many more amenities. The Student Hotel is a 20 minute walk from the Syracuse Florence Center.

Spring 2022 TSH features (single room):

  • Single room with private bath; access to on-site shared kitchen
  • Wi-Fi; sheets/linens included
  • Food allowance
  • Bike rental included
  • Gym and pool access

Spring 2022 TSH features (double room):

  • Shared room with shared bath; access to on-site shared kitchen
  • Wi-Fi; sheets/linens included
  • Food allowance
  • Bike rental included
  • Gym and pool access