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Villa Natalia

All Freshman Year in Florence students are required to reside at NYU's historic La Pietra estate. Upperclassmen can request to live in available space. Florence is a small city, so you can easily walk or use public transportation to get almost anywhere. Students reside in single, double, triple, or quad bedrooms. A meal plan consisting of continental breakfast and dinner showcasing local cuisine is included in the cost of housing for on-campus students.

On-campus facts:

  • All freshmen are required to live on campus.
  • This housing option includes a mandatory meal plan, which is comprised of continental breakfast and dinner buffet served daily in the Villa Natalia cafeteria.
  • There are no on-campus cooking facilities, and cooking devices are prohibited in the rooms.
  • Students live in Villa Natalia or Villa Colletta.
  • Rooms are single-sex, unless otherwise requested, floors are mixed-gender.
  • Residential Life staff lives in both buildings, and Villa Natalia’s reception desk is staffed 24-hours a day
  • Smoking is prohibited indoors but permitted in designated outdoor spaces.

Villa Natalia

Villa Natalia was the home of 16th Century Italian writer and poet, Giovanni della Casa. In the 19th Century the villa was enlarged and restored to house the exiled Serbian Queen, Natalia. It was from this young woman that the villa derived its name. Villa Natalia was renovated in Fall of 2000 and houses 80 students.

  • single, double, triple, quad bedrooms
  • desks
  • individual closet & drawer storage
  • bedding
  • en-suite bathrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • weekly linen service (sheets and towels)
  • weekly cleaning service
  • computer stations
  • exercise room
  • lounge
  • cafeteria
  • laundry facility
  • vending machines
  • microwave and refrigerator/freezer
  • air conditioning

Villa Colletta 

Villa Colletta was built in the 1400’s and named after the Neapolitan historian, Pietro Colletta. Although parts of the building are modern, the villa is very much in character with the rest of the estate. Villa Colletta houses 25 students.

  • single, double, triple, quad bedrooms
  • individual closet and drawer storage
  • bedding
  • shared hallway bathrooms
  • Wi-Fi
  • weekly linen service (sheets and towels)
  • weekly cleaning service
  • computer lab
  • two classrooms
  • lounge
  • laundry facilities
  • microwave and refrigerator/freezer
  • air conditioning

Colletta residents have equal access to all Natalia facilities.

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Costs (per person) Fall16/Spring17:

Single Bedroom  1 person to 1 bedroom  $10,990
Double Bedroom 2 persons to 1 bedroom   $9,045
Triple Bedroom 3 persons to 1 bedroom   $8,265
Multi-person Bedroom  4 persons to 1 bedroom  $7,990
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Living in Italy

A note about Internet in Off-Campus Residences: In Italy, Internet service may not be as efficient or consistent as that to which students are accustomed. Students should expect that at times, Internet service may be sporadic. NYU Florence, the landlords, and the telephone company work to reinstate service when connections fail, but issues are not always quickly or easily resolved. Students can help with the process by maintaining communication with the Facilities Office in Florence. Sometimes repairs require time and therefore patience on the part of the residents affected. 

According to Italian National Anti-Terrorism laws, only those persons registered to live in a particular living situation may spend the night there.

NYU Florence can only register students enrolled in the program as living its housing, and housing assignments are specific and registered in advance, so no overnight guests are permitted under any circumstances.

Guests must stay in hotels or find other accommodations. Daytime guests are permitted between 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. All students and guests must follow visitation rules. 

In wintertime, students should be prepared for rooms to be kept at lower temperatures than is customary in the U.S. Local law permits a maximum temperature of 20°C (68°F), with a tolerance of 2 extra degrees only, and heat may only be on for a total of twelve hours each day per the law. Furthermore, there are laws that specify when in the year heating systems may be activated and must be deactivated (usually November 1st and April 15th respectively). While air conditioning is available on campus, this is a rare commodity off-campus and varies in effectiveness. This is not a service that students should expect. Students who need air conditioning for health reasons should request to live on campus. 

Because Italy has limited energy resources, the city of Florence is highly concerned with energy conservation. As such, students should plan to use less hot water, electricity, and heat than may be standard elsewhere. Hot water heaters may be limited in capacity, causing hot water to run out quickly. Average utility costs are included in the housing charge. Students need to be careful about usage. 

Housing Process and Availability

NYU Florence staff will try to accommodate student preferences; however, due to space limitations, students may be placed in any of the housing possibilities regardless of preferences. Upper-class students should be aware that on-campus options may be very limited, and priority is given to students who have a documented need to live on campus. 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 students may request a living situation offered in a prior term, be aware that the off-campus properties sometimes change from term to term, and factors besides a request to live in a specific location have to be considered in meeting student needs. NYU cannot release roommate information prior to arrival due to privacy laws. 

Villa Natalia dining room
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