Students in JMU's European Union Policy Studies graduate program live with each other in shared apartments managed by Florence and Abroad, an agency specializing in Florence housing since 1983. The central location of the apartments and the compact nature of Florence mean that getting to JMU’s office and classroom space in Palazzo Capponi (at Via dei Michelozzi 2) is an easy walk.
Each apartment varies in size and structure, but all are completely furnished and provided with bed linens, kitchen utensils, refrigerator, stove/oven, washing machine, TV, and DSL connection. The apartments are suitable for a minimum of 2-to-3 students to a maximum of 6-to-7 students and consist of a living room, kitchen, bedroom/s, and bathroom/s. All are within the historic city center and situated in venerable buildings.
EUPS program staff help to place JMU students in particular apartments. In doing so, they rely on information, provided by accepted students, about roommate preferences and lifestyle habits. All ordinary accommodation-related expenses and utilities (e.g., all expenses not related to negligent or destructive behavior by tenants) are included in the EUPS program fees.
Upon arrival, students are given a welcome pack full of useful information-- instruction booklets, manuals, maps, guides, etc.—about their apartments (in English). The agency also arranges an informative housing meeting to students further information about their apartments and tips about living in Florence.