Angel Academy is really top notch for learning the classical realist style, hope you enjoy it there! Some great young artists have emerged from there such as Dorian Iten, Shane Wolf, Cesar Santos.
My sketchbook: http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=205399
I will be attending AAA this autumn yaaay =D
Anyone else going there? Or maybe FAA.
Would be cool to hear from you!
I'm looking at apartments atm. I got a link from Jonas to housinginflorence.com seems nice, though expensive.
http://www.affitti.it/ This site seems to list cheaper apartments like 300euro for 1room.
Its an alternative, but maybe its better to go through an agency first. And then scout for cheaper apartments when you get there.
Anyways, just wanted to share
School is great, good atmosphere and all =)
Most students had already gotten apartments before getting here. Like on craigslist. Housinginflorence.com, agencies.
I actually havent asked around about this too much ^^ since i got an apartment 1 week after i came =P
Me and another new student got an apartment together through an agent. All agents take a fee, like 1 months rent.
Another agency said you could get a 1 studio/apartment, for about 450 euro.
At housinginflorence the cheapest is 550. + agency fees and electricity and so on, so about 650.
Going through an agency is probably easiest anyway
I was looking a lot at easyroomate.com, seems you can get a room for about 300+
Nice. Good to hear! I think it would be much easier to find a place if I just went and stayed in a hostel or hotel so I could actually go look at places. Only thing is, I don't know about whether I need a place to live prior to applying for the student visa... guess something I should find out.
So excited! Bought my plane ticket yesterday!
Thats what I did, stayed at a hostel (Sette Santi). My flatmate from India did the same. He had to spend a couple of days at the police office at first, and I believe they where pressing him about how long he was going to stay at the hostel, when he was going to get an apartment and so on.
...He just told me, he got a VISA, but only because his sisters friend was working at the Italian embassy =P
I asked a classmate from the states and he said, to get a VISA you need to show them proof that you are attending a school, and that you have a reservation for an apartment.
In his case, he had paid a deposition for an apartment before coming here.
When you get here, you have to get a residence permit (about 100euro/year). And a tax number (free), with this you can get a bank account and so on.
I do agree its nice to come here first, and look at apartments, and if you go through agencies maybe they can help with Italian translation of contracts and stuff.
But ye, bear in mind you can/will have problem getting visa. Ask the embassy or similar, to get a definite answer.
Tomorrow I can ask some people how they got their apartments.
How can you guys afford that? My family is laughing at me, telling me to forget my dream of getting an education. I am not allowed to take loans, and it does not look very good with grants here as well...
It's all about the money huh? And it does not matter which school. Repin Academy, Cecil Studios, Waterstreet Atelier, Studio Escalier in France, etc,... all the same.
Anyways, I am happy for you that you can study there. Please use it well and work hard.
Savings and loans. The Angel Academy of Art is only about $12k per year + living expenses. I plan to study hard the first year and get scholarships for the 2nd and 3rd so really only need enough for the first year.
TobzArt... I would love to hear what you found out about how people got their apartments. I looked at the student visa page and it doesn't say you need to show where you will be living. Just the address of the school and flight itinerary showing which city you are flying into in Italy. Maybe I am missing something? Hopefully I am able to just go there are search for an apartment when I arrive.