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Housing in Florence, Ferrara and Rome

Students who study at the School in Italy must live in host families or with at least one Italian. Why is this a requirement? Homestays are just about the best way to learn Italian and to enter immediately into the Italian way of life. At the School in Italy, living with Italians in a homestay allows students to practice the Italian language in a safe environment, to learn what the locals like to do, to taste regional cuisine with home cooked meals on a daily basis, to find a home away from home, and to learn through observation the Italian culture, customs and habits.

The details about housing are laid out in the Handbook under “Housing.” There, it states that, “students must live with Italians and may live with a maximum of one other student from the program. Students may not lively solely with other Americans or on their own unless no other form of integrated housing is available, and then only with prior approval from the director of the School in Italy.”

The School in Italy offers a housing pre-selection service to all students who request it. The housing pre-selection helps students to find an accommodation before arriving in Florence, Ferrara or Rome.

By  the end of May for the Fall semester and the end of October for the Spring semester, all students enrolled in the program will have to complete a questionnaire found in the online Middlebury application portal.  Once the questionnaire has been answered, students who requested information on housing pre-selection will be contacted by the Sede and given the dates when the pre-selection service will be available to reserve an accommodation (around the second half of June and November). Students will then receive a catalogue and an online form to use for selecting their preferred accommodation choices. After viewing the housing options, students can decide whether or not to use the pre-selection service, and must:
•    send the form back by the deadline indicated, with their choices in order of preference
•    after receiving confirmation that the accommodation is available, pay the landlord the security deposit and first month’s rent by wire transfer to reserve the accommodation
•    send the payment receipt to the Sede within 24 hours of the payment
Students will receive the landlord’s home address, telephone number, and email address once the deposit has been received so they can contact the landlord to communicate the date of arrival.

IMPORTANT:  Requesting to use the housing pre-selection service is not binding and the student is not obligated to choose one the proposed housing options. 

General Information

Catalogue: in the catalogue you will find a listing (page) for each room option available along with a few photographs, the main characteristics of the apartment, and the name of the street. The rooms are in apartments shared with other Italians: families (professionals or retired) and university students (when available).
Use of the kitchen: You will be sharing the common areas of the apartment: kitchen, living room, bathroom, etc.  You are responsible for buying food and preparing your own meals.
Half Board: Breakfast and dinner are prepared for you daily for the number of days indicated in the listing. All meals not included in the plan need to be taken outside of the home.  Unless otherwise agreed upon with the family, the kitchen is not to be used, however, you will have use of the refrigerator to store a few cold items.
Utilities: May or may not be included in the rent. They are the electric, water, gas and condominium, etc. bills which are paid monthly.
Cleaning products: Use usually not included and must be purchased. Half board option includes a weekly room cleaning, unless otherwise indicated in the listing.
Area: Before choosing a room you can find where the apartment is located in the city using either of these websites: or Google Maps
Price: The price indicated in the catalogue is how much the rent costs and must be paid at the beginning of each month. The rent is calculated on a monthly rate (example: September 1 – September 30) and cannot be calculated for periods less than a month.
Payment: Regarding methods of payment, the student is responsible for paying any bank fees incurred.  
Additional Costs: Any other costs such as registering the rental contract, utilities (if not indicated that they are included in the rent) and other costs not specified are NOT INCLUDED in the rent and must be paid separately.