Are you thinking of living in a shared flat in Florence? Be aware that you will find a variety of options: single rooms, shared rooms and complete apartments with more than one room. You will surely find the ideal type of accommodation for you, with friendly and fun roommates.
An interesting fact to keep in mind is that Florence has the perfect size for students. It's small enough to get around on foot or by bike, but big enough to have plenty of events, activities, and places to go. You can easily enjoy your exchange to the fullest!
Here are some of the most important pros and cons of the capital of Tuscany:
Save on rent. The cost of accommodation in Florence is usually very high, especially considering the size and quality of the apartments.
Learn the language together with Italian flatmates. Try to find roommates who are of another nationality or who speak another language, this way you will force yourself to practice Italian or at least English.
You will be able to share day-to-day life with your flatmates, integrating yourself into life in the city more easily and learning about its cultures and ways of life.
In the accommodation options available in Florence you will be able to choose between spare single rooms and shared rooms.
Many of the apartments are part of old buildings. They are also usually small, so they are expensive for their size. As a general rule, the more in the centre the apartment is, the smaller the space will be.
You will have to share the common areas of the house, such as the living room, bathroom and kitchen, so very rarely will you have the entire place to yourself.
There are several apps for Erasmus+ that you will be able to download and use for different aspects of the exchange. For example, you will find a lot of information on the procedures to be carried out, as well as advice from students from previous years (including affordable places to try typical food, such as trippa alla fiorentina, pappa al pomodoro or ravioli di cinghiale) and the different processes to follow to validate subjects and request another mobility.
One of the best ways to meet people when you arrive in the city is to share a flat and connect with your colleagues since with them you will share your day to day in the apartment. You can also use some of the following options:
Student life in the capital of Tuscany is very good, largely thanks to the associations that organize various events, activities and affordable plans for young people. Some of the faculties have their associations and there is also the ESN Florentia, which in addition to planning activities offers some discounts for Erasmus.
In the Facebook groups created by the associations, students take the opportunity to find out about the different events and trips that are organized. In the case of the groups that are divided according to the academic year, young people take the opportunity to solve doubts they have and connect.
Some of the associations, such as ESN Florentia, create WhatsApp groups where they include different students who are in the city and want to join the organized plans and events.
Keep in mind the following when looking for a shared flat in the capital of Tuscany:
Florence is a very touristic city and the central streets are usually crowded, especially during the summer and tourist seasons. Take this into account when choosing the neighbourhood in which you will live during your exchange.
The faculties of the Universidad Degli Studi di Firenze are spread throughout the city. You should determine where yours is located to find nearby accommodation or accommodation that can be reached by bike, the favourite transport of students.
It is important to have transparent communication with your roommates, especially concerning house rules, to avoid issues that arise from living together.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Florence?|
|The price of single rooms usually has a minimum of €280 and shared rooms of €250 per month.|
|Where to look for shared flats in Florence?|
|We recommend that you do it in the Erasmus Play search engine, where you will find both single rooms and shared rooms and entire flats in which you will be able to choose your roommates.|
|How to meet people in Florence?|
|If you want to be accompanied as soon as you arrive in the city, you should choose a shared apartment to live in. Once there, you can join the student associations and the Facebook and Whatsapp groups created for young people.|
|Share a flat or live alone in Florence?|
|The preferred option for young people is to share a flat since you will be able to save on rent and utility costs, as well as share the experience closely with students from different parts of the world.|
|How to choose ideal roommates in Florence?|
|Ideally, everyone living in the apartment should have a similar or at least compatible lifestyle. We also recommend that one of them being Italian, so that you can constantly practice the language. Take the opportunity to learn it well!|