Italy Housing and Student Life
Accommodations While Studying in Florence
We understand that moving into a new country means exciting new challenges, but it also can be stressful and concerning. You may ask: What is my room like? Who will be my roommate? How safe and convenient is the housing? All of your concerns and worries are our concerns.
Students stay in apartments throughout the heart of Florence. Apartments are fully
furnished with bed linens, a kitchen, washing machine, TV, and Wi-Fi. Students will
need to bring their own towels. Packing lists will be given in your orientation packet.
Apartments are shared with two to eight other students in the program, and it is possible to submit a roommate request.
Everything is within walking distance and the local transportation system (buses, taxi, etc.) are less than a 5-minute walk away. During the first week of orientation, students are given walking tours to get to know the area, and staff is always available to assist students in whatever they need.
Student Life in Florence
Once their academic obligations are met, students are free to live their own lives and are encouraged to take full advantage of the cultural and recreational activities available to them.
By living in shared furnished apartments, students have an opportunity to be independent. Students will find themselves spending many an evening discussing art, business, and politics, or the hottest Italian pop singer, as they linger in central Florence over late-night meals of pizza and gelato.
Students contribute enormously to the campus and community through the generous volunteering of their time and energy for various activities and events. The Student Services team at Webster Florence can help you make the most of being in Florence with information on the local area, activities and events across the city!
Students may take Italian cooking lessons, visit the Gucci Museum, volunteer at Caritas Diocesana Firenze Association, go rafting, participate in a language exchange program, go to the opera, attend a soccer match, and watch Italian movies.
Students will have the opportunity to cook their own meals or enjoy the many family trattorias and restaurants in town. Florence truly loves its food
Webster-Florence at KSU-Florence is a comprehensive academic and cultural program. In addition to completing a full course load, students have many opportunities to get acquainted with Florence and Italy.
Open to all students and included in the program fee are these activities introducing Italian life and culture:
- A Night at the Opera: Enjoy a celebrated opera by one of the great Italian composers performed in beautiful St. Mark’s Church.
- Kent State Cinema: Great Italian films shown with English subtitles, including classics like Fellini’s 8 1/2 and Rossellini’s Open City.
- River Rafting: Admire the architectural beauty of Florence from a new perspective: a relaxing rafting trip down the Arno.
- Volunteer: Through Caritas Diocesana Firenze, you can befriend neighborhood nonni, and keep Florence clean with Angeli del Bello.
- Soccer Match: Join 40,000 Italians in going wild over their national sport as you wear purple and cheer on the Fiorentina.
- Italian Cooking Class: Prepare classic Italian dishes under the guidance of trained chefs, and then enjoy every delicious bite!
- Ferragamo & Gucci Museums: Florence and fashion are inseparable. Bask in the work of two geniuses of 20th-century Italian style.
- Museum Pass: Semester-long access to Florence’s most extraordinary art and sculpture galleries, churches, museums and villas.
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