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Living Arrangements

The London & Florence program gives you the rare opportunity to compare two very distinct styles of living internationally. Whether you’re practicing Italian with your host mother in Florence or trying your hand at cooking in your flat in London, you’re sure to be challenged and inspired by both experiences.


During your first few days in Florence, you and your fellow students will live in a small Italian hotel, called a pensione, as you begin your orientation and intensive language study. For the rest of the semester, you’ll experience authentic Italian culture by living with an Italian host family selected by program staff.

ACM host families come from diverse walks of life—your host family may be large and multigenerational, a couple without children, or a single woman. No matter the size of the household, each one is eager to welcome you as a member of their family.

In the morning, you and your ACM roommate will eat breakfast at home, usually a typical Italian meal of coffee and pastries, before heading off to classes by walking or taking the bus. Your daily commute from your homestay to the centro will likely be 15-30 minutes.

After a full day of classes, excursions, and other activities, you’ll return home for a leisurely dinner with your host family. Italian culture savors time spent in the company of friends, family, and a delicious meal. While some members of your host family will speak English, dinnertime is the perfect opportunity to practice speaking Italian.

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Experience the hustle and bustle of London by living in a shared flat with other ACM students!

You will be living in apartments at Ability Towers, located near Islington’s trendy Upper Street. The one or two-bedroom/one or two-bath flats will house two to five students with a shared kitchen, luxury bathroom, and living space. There will be two to three students per bedroom. The facility has an elevator to all floors.

The flat is a thirty-minute walk from your classes in Russell Square and a ten-minute walk to the closest tube train—Angel Station. There are several bus stops just minutes from Ability Towers. Ability Towers is in a hip, trendy area with plenty of shops, bars, and restaurants. The building and its neighborhood are central to the entire city. It is an easy tube ride to central London and the West End from your flats. London’s theatres, parks, markets and cathedrals, etc. are just a short tube ride away.

“Homestay in Italy gave me the perfect opportunity to learn more about Italian family life through conversation with my host parents. In contrast, apartment life in London compelled me to learn more about life beyond the home. Both living situations provided unique opportunities for exploration and reflection on my way of life.”

Kristin Anderson, Luther College, art and English major

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