Depending on the program and the location, SACI student housing includes a variety of housing solutions that enable students to experience the unique Italian lifestyle. In SACI apartments, we will help you feel comfortable and independent in your Florentine home as you integrate into the community and culture. With homestays, you will be immersed in Italian culture by sharing everyday life with an Italian host family. If attending our Summer Venice program, you will be housed in a university residence hall, facing the beautiful Giudecca canal.
1. SACI Apartments in Florence
SACI apartments are available during all terms in Florence, and are fully furnished to allow you to live independently. The apartments differ in style, furnishings, and amenities. Although most have been recently renovated, each apartment is unique; some apartments are in buildings dating back to the Renaissance and others are only a few decades old.
You can choose to be housed in a double room or a single room. The standard housing fee covers a shared room (SACI Double) in a shared apartment, but you can also opt for a single room (SACI Single) in a shared apartment, for which you will be charged a supplemental fee. A limited number of single rooms are available each term and are assigned based on the date that the General Program Deposit is received.
SACI apartments meet health and safety standards and are covered by fire and third-party liability insurance. In accordance with Italian law, all apartment contracts are duly registered with authorities and the names of occupants are filed each term with the local police.
Wifi is provided in all SACI apartments. Though the apartments do not have telephones, you can easily arrange for a private portable cellular phone rental if your budget allows.
Important SACI Apartment Reminders
SACI's Director of Housing & Student Affairs has prepared some important SACI Apartment Reminders for you!
2. SACI Housing in Venice
Students attending the Summer Venice program or the Full Summer Florence + Venice program are housed in an air-conditioned university residence hall in the center of Venice — facing the beautiful Giudecca canal. You can choose to be housed in a double room or a single room. There are also a number of communal areas, such as sitting rooms, a fitness room, study rooms, entertainment rooms, a bar/cafeteria, and a terrace.
3. Homestays in Florence (Fall and Spring)
During the Fall and Spring terms, you can choose to share everyday life with an Italian host family in Florence—the best housing option for students seeking to understand the Italian culture and the way of life in Florence. It is strongly recommended for students who wish to improve their knowledge of the Italian language.
You can choose to share a room with another SACI student (Homestay Double) or pay a supplemental fee for a single room in your host family’s home (Homestay Single).
For meals, the host family provides a continental breakfast every day and five dinners a week.
4. Independent Housing in Florence
Should you not wish to live in SACI Housing or a SACI homestay, you may also choose to find your housing independently. Because of the intense nature of the Venice Summer program, students are required to stay in SACI housing in Venice order to facilitate group sessions and travel.
SACI Housing Rules and Regulations
Please review these rules and regulations while preparing for your stay in SACI Housing or SACI Homestays.
- You will receive your housing assignment upon your arrival in Florence or Venice. You may not access to your housing prior to the official arrival date posted on the fee and calendar sheet. If you arrive before that day, you must arrange for other accommodations. There are no exceptions.
- SACI housing is not provided between terms. Academic Year, Post-Bac, MFA, and MA students staying in Italy over Christmas break between Fall and Spring terms can remain in SACI apartments for an additional fee of $400. Students in Homestays must vacate their rooms during the holidays (personal items can be kept in the SACI basement between terms). Students staying between Spring and Summer I terms may reserve SACI housing between terms for an additional fee of $600. There is no additional fee for students enrolled in the Full Summer Florence + Venice program who wish to remain in SACI Florence housing until the Venice term starts.
- All SACI housing is non-smoking.
- Overnight guests are not allowed in SACI housing.
- Pets are not allowed in SACI housing.