It’s time to take off! A memorable Erasmus is waiting for you.
Get ready to live a mindblowing adventure in the charming chief town of Tuscany, a unique region with a worldwide popular culinary tradition and a beautiful artistic heritage. Florence, cradle of Italian Renaissance, will make you live an unforgettable experience through its enchanting spots and city life. We want to let you enjoy each moment of this journey, therefore, here are some tips to get settled here by looking for apartments in Florence, meeting young internationals, travelling and partying.
When you applied for the Erasmus program it’s been quite exciting, but now it comes the first challenging step: looking for an accommodation in Florence and our first tip is to start the flat-hunting with some months in advance, to get the room or flat that fits you better.
As we just wrote, flat-hunting is one of the most trying parts of this journey, cause your new home will affect your whole experience.
There’s something you should take into account when it comes to choose your housing solution: first, set up a budget, keeping in mind that it varies depending on the area.
Moreover, if you’re really down for a truly mind changing experience, you should share a flat with other international students or young workers: you’ll have your own room and you’ll keep living your daily life your new family, collecting uncountable memories with them.
Just like all the millennials, we guess that sharing memories with your friends and family is a big and important part of this adventure abroad. In order to achieve that, you should check if your mobile phone plan is valid in Italy (European citizens won’t have problems, just reduced data). On the other hand. if you come from a Non-EU country, our tip is to pick one of the cheap options available in italy: Wind, Vodafone, Tre, Tim, Fastweb Mobile, Iliad, etc.
Thanks to the agreement you signed back home, your stay in Italy as an Erasmus student will be covered up till the end of the program. But, if you plan to extend your stay, looking for a job or an internship, then you have to know how to get legal and obtain the Visa in Italy. European citizens can stay in the country up to 90 days just by using their ID or Passport, while the Non-EU ones should apply for the Visa as soon as possible.
Get a look here and discover how to get it!
Guess how many emotions you’re about to live! Happiness, fears, excitement, worries and much more. We swear that this Erasmus will blow your mind. You will fall in love with every spot of Florence, it’s artsy vibes, its incredible food and the unique, warm and hilarious spirit of the locals, the “fiorentini”.
The best way to get in touch with more people - especially before your arrival - is to join communities on Facebook, looking for keywords such as “Erasmus in Florence” or “Expats in Florence”, and to live in a shared flat with other international students and young workers.
Get a look at our living guide to discover more about how to get the most out of your Erasmus!
Pack your suitcase and get ready to live a truly unique Florence experience!
See you soon,
Beatrice, an italian passionate about coffee (and food) that fell in love with Madrid, its international vibes and its latin rhythms. She's a dreamer that loves telling stories and travels through her photos.