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Housing

You can live in any type of housing in an area that best suits your interests and lifestyle. Finding your own housing, comparing features, costs, and amenities then getting to know your Madrid neighborhood is all part of the study abroad experience. You’ll make all the arrangements before arrival. The study center will provide you a list of websites you can use to research dorms and apartments. Or, if you prefer to live in a homestay, the housing coordinator can assist you. 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 metro. The transportation system is highly developed, efficient, and easy to use. 

Dorm

You can choose to stay in one of three dorms: Gregorio Peces-Barba is the newest and has private rooms with private bathrooms. Fernando de los Rios and Fernando Abril Martorell have private or shared bedrooms with private bathrooms. Each hall has cafeteria dining, reading rooms, and study halls plus common rooms with televisions and gaming equipment. Get your workouts at the onsite gym and park your bike in the secure bike parking. Each hall also organizes a regular schedule of activities like debates, sports events, trips, and movie nights.    

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 

The dorms are a short walk to classes. 

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. The transportation system is highly developed, efficient, and easy to use.