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For students seeking to truly immerse themselves in Italian culture, living in a Homestay is an incredible opportunity. Students who choose this housing option live with an Italian family. Homestay residents are invited to participate in cultural engagement activities.

There is no “typical” kind of Homestay. Many Homestay hosts are traditional families with children while others are single individuals or couples. Some families have pets. Most families host more than one student, but a few host just one student at a time. The amount of contact between the family and the student varies from one situation to another. Students in both Homestays with Meals and Homestays without Meals report that most contact takes place at meal times.

Homestays are the best way to learn Italian and live the local lifestyle. Some Italian families speak English but those that don't make an effort to understand and be understood. Students who live in Homestays tend to learn Italian very quickly and experience Florentine life in meaningful ways. NYU’s host families are accustomed to hosting students, so they are tolerant and receptive to cultural differences. There are no curfews or difficult-to-follow house rules in the Homestays. Usually common sense respect is enough.

Students should indicate their interest by checking the Homestay option on their housing application and email any additional preferences, allergies, or needs (e.g. older or younger children, no pets, some knowledge of English, etc.) to florence.studentlife@nyu.edu. Roommate requests are welcome. Breakfast and dinner are included in the cost of a Homestays with Meals, but access to kitchen facilities is not included. In a Homestays without Meals, students are welcome to use the host family’s kitchen. Students who choose the Homestay with Meals option should be specific about dietary needs and food allergies.

In both Homestay types, one load of laundry per week is included per student. Some host families show students how to use the washing machine while others prefer to do the students’ laundry for them. Wi-fi is available in all homestays. There is no cleaning/linens service, but sheets, blankets, and pillows are provided. Students must bring their own towels

*"With meals" means breakfast and dinner are provided daily.  If you do not have a plan with meals you will have kitchen access to make your own food.

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