How’s the Living?

It’s almost midterms in our 2nd semester here in Italy. Towards the beginning of the semester many people were changing their house arrangements. I, as well, decided to change where I was living. I found a home here in Italy that is incredible. Although it is a bit farther from the school it is nice to come home to a beautiful house. Many of the girls here have very nice accommodations fitting their needs wither it is silence, space, comfort, convenience or affordability. Most of the living in Italy isn’t newly built but the rustic antique vibes can be fantastic when trying to find that burst of inspiration. Some of the first year girls have decided to room with other girls in second year, some girls have found apartments by themselves or home stays and a few (like me) are living with Italians. The possibilities are endless, if you don’t feel comfortable living with Italians you can room with a friend but the quickest way to learn Italian is living with people that speak it fluently. Thank You F.I.T. for giving me the opportunity to live in such a beautiful city!!

3 thoughts on “How’s the Living?

  1. Hi I just read your post and I’m going to Florence for 2012/2013. I was wondering if you had any advice about good areas to live in, and if there are some areas one should stay way from.
    Thank You

    • Hi Krissia!
      I’m so excited for you to study abroad next year! As Florence is a beautiful and safe (for the most part) city, I would recommend not living too close to the train station, where there are a lot of commuters going in and out of Florence, it can get pretty sketchy at night. Other than that, I think the majority of Florence is a pretty safe city :) Most students live right in the center of the city by the Duomo. If you want specific streets, I would suggest looking at apartments on Via de’ Conti #5 & #6. I currently live in #5, and absolutely love it! And my neighbors are also FIT students so it’s a lot of fun. We have a balcony with a view of the Duomo and the bedrooms are quite nice and big :)
      Oh and a street I wouldn’t want to live on is Borgo La Noche. Many FIT students lived on that street, but moved out after one semester because it was quite loud. The street vendors start pulling out their carts as early as 4am, and I heard it was terrible listening to all the carts rolling out for hours.
      Hope this helps somewhat, if you have any specific questions, feel free to email me @ daisyo@gmail.com :)
      -Daisy

      • Hei Krissia, I’m currently living in Via Conti and I have to say it’s probably one of the best locations. It’s 2 minutes away from the Duomo, the supermarket is close, about 5 minutes from the train station, 1 minute away from the San Lorenzo market (where you can buy leather bags, journals, souvenirs, fresh fruits and vegetables). Getting to school isn’t a hassle either since you can ride the tram, the bus, and/or walk. I would stay away from places near the train station for it can get a little sketch. Especially where I lived first semester Via Canacci. Apart from that most places in Florence are great! Finding an apartment is also quite easy and fast so I wouldn’t worry that much about it, when you get to Florence the school orients you and will guide you step by step. They also introduce you to this agency: http://www.florenceandabroad.com/ and almost everyone in FD1 and FD2 found a place in the first day of apartment hunting. I would actually also recommend finding an Italian home to stay in. I know of some people doing it and they love the experience. Some get authentic Italian meals cooked for them.
        Well good luck! You’re going to love it! :)

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