Accommodation in Florence

Richmond selects accommodation in the historical center of Florence typically about 10-30 minutes walking distance from Richmond’s Florence Study Center. We ensure your accommodation is the right environment to provide our students with the best experience.  Whether you share an apartment or live in a home stay, our housing options will enhance your Italian language skills through cultural immersion and help make your stay in Florence truly memorable.  You will find that living in typical Italian housing will enable you to experience Italian life, meeting your neighbours, your landlords and talking to shop owners down the street will help you integrate and better understand Italian culture and way of living. Così impari  meglio a parlare l’italiano!

Homestay

  • With an Italian family
  • Single or shared room
  • Residential neighborhood of Florence

Self-catering Student Apartment

  • Fully furnished
  • Share with up to 9 other RICHMOND students
  • Centrally-located

Housing

Typical accommodations might be with an Italian host family (a single person or retired couple) in a residential section of Florence or in a carefully selected apartment shared with up to 9 other students. If in an apartment, approximately 325 euros for the semester is paid directly to the landlord in cash upon arrival as a deposit for utilities. Housing is located a 15-30 minutes walk from the Study Center.

Apartment Option

Each apartment is privately owned and is unique in location, atmosphere, size, design, facilities, floor plan, and number of bedrooms. A typical apartment houses two to ten Richmond students in double bedrooms. Up to four students will share one bathroom and all students share the kitchen and sitting area.  Apartments are provided with washing machine, internet, basic kitchen supplies, furnishings, blankets, two sets of sheets per student. Towels, telephones, clothes dryers, air conditioning and microwaves are not provided. Students pay a utility fee of €320 per person per semester in cash directly to the landlord to cover the cost of utilities consumption.

Meals 

The meal plan is one of the highlights of the Florence program, with almost 100% of students rating it “excellent” or “good.” It gives you a unique opportunity to become part of the Florentine culinary culture, dining alongside locals in selected restaurants and trattorias or shopping in neighbourhood grocery stores. You will receive 10 vouchers per week (five breakfasts plus five lunches or dinners excluding during excursions) that can be used in restaurants, coffee shops, delis and supermarkets, giving you the flexibility to eat out or pool resources and cook in your apartment with your fellow students.