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Personal Expenses

To help you budget for additional out-of-pocket expenses in London & Florence, see an estimate of what ACM students have spent in the past. 

Sample Budget

London & Florence (15 or 18 weeks) London or Florence (10 weeks)
Passport $135 $135

Pre-departure medical costs

Varies Varies

Airfare (Chicago to Florence or London, round trip)

$1,0001,500

$1,2001,500

Transportation between program sites

$300400 N/A

Personal expenses¹

$1,000–3,000 $1,0002,000

Meals²

$1,0002,000 $400800
Books and supplies $150 $75
Cell phone $65 $65

¹ Includes personal travel and entertainment. See the cost of living in London and Florence for examples of common personal expenses.

² In London, you are responsible for all meals. In Florence, your host family provides breakfast and dinner; you are responsible for your own lunch.


Cost of Living in London and Florence

As you look at the following cost estimates for common personal purchases in London and Florence, refer to www.xe.com for the current exchange rate between the US dollar, the British pound (£), and the euro (€).

  London Florence
Newspaper £0.90 €1
Bus ticket £4 €1.20
Taxi per km £4 €2.50
Taxi from airport to anywhere in city N/A 22
Movie ticket £12 €7.50
Museum admission Free 8
Pint of beer £3 €4.50
Liter of milk £3 1.50
Lunch takeout £5 €8
Cup of coffee £2.50 €1.50
Box of cereal £1.50 €3.50
Shampoo £3 €4
Soap £1 €1
Cold medicine £4 €10

This page was updated on January 23, 2017.