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Housing

For the first four weeks during your Spanish language program, you will live in a prearranged homestay. For the remainder of your program, you can choose to remain at your initial homestay or find your own apartment or shared house.

First Four Weeks - Santiago Homestay

During the first four weeks in Santiago, you’ll be in a private room in a home or apartment. Hosts vary in their interactions with renters. Most students live in the neighborhoods of Providencia or Ñuñoa which feature boldly Italian-influenced buildings and lovely parks.

Accommodations

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

Live with

  • UC students
  • Local residents

Commute

Commute varies based on your homestay location but the typical commute is 10–15 minutes walking, biking, or by bus.

Remainder of the Program - Apartment

If you decide to leave the homestay after the first four weeks, you’ll access the private rental market to find housing. Living with a local Chilean family or in a pensión with other Chilean students is the best way to learn everything you can about Chilean culture. In an apartment or pensión, you can expect to have a private bedroom while sharing a bathroom, kitchen, and living space with other students. In some pensións, a breakfast and light dinner is included depending on what you negotiate. Bring your own hot sauce because Chileans do not crave spicy food like most Californians.

Tip: After the initial four weeks, you may find it useful to stay at your homestay until your next housing is available; otherwise, you’ll need to arrange temporary accommodations like a hostel or hotel.

Accommodations

  • Private bedroom
  • Private or shared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • Meal plan (varies)

Live with

  • International students
  • UC students
  • Local Chilean students

Commute

The commute to campus varies based on the location of your residence and you have the option of walking, taking the bus, or bicycling to class.