School of Transnational Governance

Student Life

EUI Campus

Drone Badia

The European University Institute is located on the Tuscan hillside overlooking Florence,  spread over several villas from the Renaissance period which have been restored along with their landscaped gardens.

The heart of the institute is the Badia Fiesolana, which hosts the Department for Political and Social Sciences together with the Academic Service, the Offices of the President and the Secretary General and the Institute’s library.

buontalentiOther units, such as the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, the Max Weber Programme for Post-doctoral Studies or the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU), are located in other areas of the EUI Campus.

Currently, the STG is based in the Badia Fiesolana and in Villa Pagliaiuola, hosting the STG Faculty, the Master classes and a number of offices. 

Soon it will move to downtown Florence. The 16th century Palazzo Buontalenti will accommodate students and staff in its training and seminar rooms, student residences and administrative offices. For the time being, the Palazzo is being renovated and the individual areas will be opened gradually. The move is planned between the end of 2020 and June 2021. The connection to the EUI will be ensured by regular shuttle buses


The EUI holds an internationally recognised social science research library with the status of European Documentation Centre (EDC), an official depository of EU publications and documents. Most of the Library’s print holdings are on open shelving. Users have access to an extensive collection of databases, full text e-journals, ebooks and e-working papers.

EUI Library

A team of experienced librarians and information specialists provides support to all visitors. In addition, the library organises research skills training sessions to help researchers to organise their work. Last but not least, the library offers a perfect learning environment: besides the fully equipped learning infrastructure, the renaissance building offers a quiet place to focus and get inspired.



EUI FlatsThe EUI Housing Office offers support to all newcomers in finding accommodation in Florence.  EUI members can apply for EUI residential accommodation and rent one of the 71 EUI apartments located close to the institute at Ponte alla Badia (PAB) or Pian Del Mugnone (PDM). The STG has reserved sufficient flats for its future Master students. Selected candidates will receive relevant information from the Admissions Officer.

Another option is to find accommodation on the private local market through the EUI concessionaire Florence Housing Services, which provides a free personalised property finding service to EUI members.

Extracurricular Activities

Do you have a hobby that you would like to share with other EUI members? Or would you like to try out some new activity? No problem: whether rowing, hiking, knitting or gardening; the EUI is the perfect place to engage in extracurricular activities together with other people, no matter if student, researcher, professor or staff member. Take a look at the big variety of cultural and sporting activities offered.

STG Rowing Cluc DGCMoreover, different sports and cultural events take place at the EUI throughout the year. Most famous example is the Coppa Pavone. The football tournament takes place in early June, at the EUI's very own campo sportivo at Villa Schifanoia. Other ‘famous’ events are the De Gasperi rowing cup or the June Ball, which takes place each year after the conferring ceremony.


Fiasco Social Club

EUI Fiasco In the “catacombs” of the Institute, there is lot to discover: Fiasco is the EUI’s common room, where you can hang out with friends, have a drink, play table football or simply relax after work and study. The club also hosts extracurricular activities, jam sessions, sports screenings, as well as the occasional party. Fiasco is open to all EUI-members and runs on a voluntary and non-profit basis. Everybody is welcome to join the Fiasco management team and contribute to the functioning of the club by volunteering to keep the common room open, or by organising events.