Housing

Living in NYU Florence Housing is a mandatory part of program enrollment. Housing is only available for the dates of the program, August 30 – December 16.

Student Life & Housing FAQs

  • When do I need to arrive?

All students MUST arrive on August 30 as indicated on the program calendar. Late arrival is not permitted.

  • When will I sign up for housing and what are my options?

You will sign up for Housing when the Study Away Confirmation Portal becomes available on November 7. You will have until November 18 to enter your housing preferences there, along with other details such as your emergency contact and passport info.  Your $1000 housing reservation fee is not due until this time.  More information about the Portal will be made available on this blog.

For more about housing options in Florence, please visit the Housing section of our web site. Please note that room types — single, double, triple, quad — indicate the number of students per room.

  • What is the likelihood of securing a single room?

There is a very limited number of single rooms available, which cannot be guaranteed. Students registered with the Henry and Lucy Moses Center for Students with Disabilities who are approved for a housing accommodation are given priority.  Please look at their website for information about reasonable housing accommodations and what is evaluated when assessing need.

  • When will I receive my housing assignment?

You will receive your housing assignment about two weeks before the start date of the semester. Information about roommate(s) will be provided when you arrive.

  • Can I choose my roommate(/s)?

Yes, you can request to live with other students of your choice. You will be able to do this when you fill out your housing preferences in the Study Away Confirmation Portal. Please make sure all students wanting to live together request one another and rank their preferences in the same order.

Please be aware that in an effort to best accommodate the largest number of students, NYU Florence will only consider roommate requests for the same bedroom (i.e. double, triple), not based upon a larger groupings (i.e. a suite, an entire floor or residence, residences located in the same vicinity, etc.).

While we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet your request, we do make efforts to accommodate these requests where possible.

  • Can I find my own housing?

All students are required to live in NYU provided accommodation although exemptions may be granted in limited circumstances (such as staying with a close relative who is already living near the academic center). You can submit a petition by the link below.

Student Exemption Request Form

The student must also ensure that the proposed host completes the following link and sends proof of residence as per the instructions on the form.

Proposed Student Host Form

Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee exemption and appeals will be evaluated by a housing committee on a case-by-case basis.  All completed exemption requests (i.e. both forms and proof of residence) for the fall semester must be received by April 15; all exemption requests for the spring semester must be received by November 15.  Students will be notified of the decision via email following the respective deadlines.  Completed requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered

  • Am I able to cancel my NYU assigned housing? Will I receive a refund?

All students are required to live in NYU provided accommodation although exemptions may be granted in limited circumstances (such as staying with a close relative who is already living near the academic center). You can submit a petition by the link below.

Student Exemption Request Form

The student must also ensure that the proposed host completes the following link and sends proof of residence as per the instructions on the form.

Proposed Student Host Form

Please note that submitting a request does not guarantee exemption and appeals will be evaluated by a housing committee on a case-by-case basis.  All completed exemption requests (i.e. both forms and proof of residence) for the fall semester must be received by April 15; all exemption requests for the spring semester must be received by November 15.  Students will be notified of the decision via email following the respective deadlines.  Completed requests submitted after the deadline will not be considered.”

  • How do I get a phone for use abroad?

For your safety, it’s important to obtain a phone that can make and receive calls in Florence (without relying on wi-fi availability). Students have a few options when considering a phone for Florence. You can:

  • research international plans through your current wireless provider,
  • unlock your smart phone prior to departure and replace the SIM card when you get to Florence (if you have a GSM phone), or
  • you can buy an inexpensive phone in Florence from one of the service providers.
    • Many students opt for this third option and purchase cellular phones for personal use throughout the semester because they are easily available, relatively inexpensive, and operate on a debit system.
    • You can purchase a SIM card and phone during orientation upon arrival.

Please report your local phone number to the office of student life when you arrive in Florence. This can be very important in various situations, especially in the event of an emergency.

Please remember that the office of student life strongly discourages students from entering into a contract with an Italian telephone provider. Not only is it very expensive but these companies require a credit card guarantee and it is also very difficult to break the contract.

Cellular phones can be bought at the following addresses in Florence. Customer service is also offered.

  • Telefonia 3, via dei martelli 20r, tel. 055-215526
    Cellular phones with 3 chips are sold here. A second location is in piazza della libertà 37/38r, tel. 055-5536958.Cellular phones can be bought at the following addresses in Florence. Customer service is also offered.
  • Rgf srlm, Viale don minzoni 46/a/r, tel. 055-5002020 or Viale gramsci 20/r, tel. 055-244021
    RGF sells and repairs all types of cellular phones. Don’t forget to mention that you’re an NYU student.
  • Ritar, Via fra’ buonvicini 12, tel. 055-583770
    This cellular phone shop handles both sales and repairs. Before purchasing, let the salesperson know that you are an NYU student.
  • Mondo wind, Via de martelli 33, tel. 055-292273
    Cellular phones with wind chips are sold here.
  • Centro tim, viale spartaco lavagnini 28, tel. 055-473747
    Cellular phones with tim chips are sold here.

If you prefer, some phone companies, such as AT&T, also offer study abroad plans that allow you to keep your U.S. number and pay lower rates. Ask your provider!

  • How do I access money abroad?

You can change dollars at the airport when you arrive but the exchange rates are notoriously bad. To avoid the bad exchange rates many travelers prefer to withdraw money when they arrive abroad from an ATM machine at the airport. You might have to pay withdrawal fees, but with ATMs you’ll get a much better rate of exchange because your bank itself sets the rate. You can find up-to-date currency conversion rate information at http://www.xe.com/ucc/.

If you want to arrive with a small amount of Euro, you can check with your local bank to exchange some dollars (for a fee) before departure; some banks may need to special order Euro, so be sure to check with them a few weeks in advance of your departure for Florence. Some additional tips:

  • Avoid opening a local bank account. Few banks allow foreigners to open accounts, services are limited, and fees are high. Given that you’ll be abroad for a relatively short period of time, it’s hard to justify spending long hours dealing with complicated government policies.
  • Instead, we recommend that you maintain your bank account at home and use ATMs to retrieve local currency. ATMs also allow you to receive the most up-to-date exchange rates—and they can be found almost everywhere! If you take our advice and plan to use your ATM card abroad, here are a few things you should do ahead of time:
    • There is an ATM on campus – for the Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze
    • Find out if your bank charges a fee for international withdrawals and check to see if they have partner banks abroad – that will help ensure that your ATM withdrawals are as inexpensive as possible.
    • Inform your bank of your change in residence and the length of your stay abroad to prevent them from blocking your purchases or placing a “hold” on your account.
    • Set up online banking – you’re unlikely to find a branch of your bank abroad and will want to keep track of your spending and ensure that all your purchases are legitimate (unfortunately, fraud can happen anywhere).
    • Make sure your debit/credit card has a 4-digit PIN number – other lengths of PINs often won’t work abroad.
    • Visa and Mastercard are accepted quite widely throughout Florence and much of Europe; American Express less so.
    • Photocopy all your cards (front and back) in case your card is lost or stolen and you need to cancel it; leave a copy with a friend or relative both in your home country and abroad (not in your purse or wallet – they might get stolen as well).
    • Check your bank and credit card statements online regularly to help you identify any unusual activity.
    • Beware of pickpockets!
  • What is my address in Florence?

No matter where you are living (Villa Natalia, Villa Colletta, an off‐campus residence, or a homestay) you should receive your mail at Villa Natalia. Simply give your friends and family the following address:

  • Your Name
    c/o New York University
    Villa Natalia
    Via Bolognese 106
    50139 Florence, Italy

For other important Site contacts, please visit the Contacts page of our site.

  • Do you have advice on sending mail to Florence?

Please note that students are not able to mail items ahead of arrival.

All mail should be sent to the address above. Customs in Italy is very strict and there are items that you should avoid or limit when shipping. Please reference the mailing advice document to review important information on sending packages to NYU Florence. You will receive the address of your accommodation when you are emailed your housing assignment 2 weeks before the program start date.

  • Where can I find a list of packing and travel tips?

We’ve compiled lists of suggested items to pack in your checked luggage and carry-on, items to leave at home, and travel tips to consider before you depart linked here.

  • I don’t know anyone else on the program. Help!

Whether you are an NYU or Visiting student, don’t worry if you don’t know anyone else on the program. Many of the students who study abroad on our programs go independently and are looking to meet new people. In fact, most students who go report feeling comfortable abroad because of the small, intimate communities there.

We’re confident that you’ll make friends and find your niche within your NYU program. We’ve created the NYU Florence Spring 2017 Facebook Group specifically for students to “meet” each other before the start of the semester. This is particularly helpful for students that are not in the NYC area who may not be able to attend pre-departure events. So make sure you join and don’t be shy!  Once you arrive on site, various orientation activities, social and otherwise, will help you to further get to know your new classmates.

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