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Housing

You can live in any type of housing in an area that best suits your interests and lifestyle. Finding an apartment, homestay, or residence hall, comparing features, costs, and amenities then getting to know your Madrid neighborhood is all part of the study abroad experience. The study center provides housing resources to help you make all of your arrangements before arrival, including the contact of a housing agent who has several years of experience matching UCEAP students with local homestay families. If you need temporary housing before your permanent housing is available, the study center provides a list of recommended youth hostels and hotels. 

Apartment

Neighborhoods are called barrios. The Atocha, Malasaña, and Moncloa barrios are popular with students. Living spaces in Madrid are small, so Spaniards typically live their social life outside the home in parks, restaurants, bars, etc. Most students take to cafés and libraries for studying. 

Accommodations 

  • Private or shared bedroom 
  • Private or shared bathroom 
  • Off campus 
  • No meal plan  

Live with 

  • International students 
  • Local Spanish students 
  • UC students 
  • Local residents 

Commute 

Most students enjoy living in the city center and commuting to campus for classes. A typical commute is about 45 minutes by bus or inter-city train. The transportation system is highly developed, efficient, and easy to use. 

Dorm

The residence halls at the Carlos III University in Getafe are typically reserved for student staying for the year, but there are several private residence halls open to all students within the city of Madrid.

Accommodations 

  • Private or shared bedroom 
  • Private or shared bathroom 
  • On campus 
  • Meal plan varies 

Live with 

  • International students 
  • Local Spanish students 
  • UC students 
  • Local residents 

Commute 

A typical commute is about 45 minutes by bus or inter-city train. The transportation system is highly developed, efficient, and easy to use.

Homestay

Homestays consist of a rented room in a house or apartment, and you'll work with a housing service to arrange your stay. Most hosts have been welcoming UCEAP students for many years. You’ll be accepted into their home as a renter and may or may not be included in the daily activities. In some cases, the same family may host a second student (UC or international). 

Accommodations 

  • Private or shared bedroom 
  • Shared bathroom 
  • Off campus 
  • Meal plan (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) 

Live with 

  • International students 
  • UC students 
  • Local residents 

Commute 

A typical commute to campus is about 45 minutes by bus or inter-city train. The transportation system is highly developed, efficient, and easy to use.