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Housing

In Barcelona and Syracuse, you’ll live in student apartments. In Florence, you’ll be in a student dorm. On-site staff in each location will work to match you to a housing situation that suits your preferences before departure. Each place you live will vary in size and condition. Living spaces in Europe tend to be older and smaller than the California standard. Storage space will also be limited, so pack light and plan to do laundry often.

Barcelona Apartment

You’ll share an apartment with one to three other students in the central neighborhood of Gracia. Once an independent town, Gracia still has a local village feel with narrow streets and leafy squares. Tourist buses don’t go to this neighborhood. Traffic is minimal; in fact, many of the streets are pedestrian-only, so it’s very walkable. It’s also alternative and artsy with plenty of independent art galleries and musical theaters. You’ll see classes in yoga, reiki, and swing dancing. Food is affordable and multicultural with plenty of vegetarian options.

Accommodations

  • Shared bedroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • No meal plan

Live with

  • International students
  • UC students

Commute

Housing is a convenient 30-minute metro ride to the Ciutadella campus where you’ll be taking classes. The metro runs every five minutes, so is easy to catch any time of the day.

Florence Dorm

The student dorms are in the Santa Croce neighborhood of Florence. Santa Croce is known for a fabulous food and drink scene and plenty to do after dark. At the popular nearby bakery, Via del Canto Rivolto, you can buy fresh-baked croissants in the early morning hours.

Accommodations

  • Shared bedroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • No meal plan

Live with

  • International students
  • UC students

Commute

By bus or on foot, classes are about 30 minutes from the dorms. 

Syracuse Apartment

The apartments are near the bridge to Ortigia, a small island that is the historical center of the city of Syracuse. 

Accommodations

  • Shared bedroom
  • Shared bathroom
  • Off campus
  • No meal plan

Live with

  • International students
  • UC students

Commute

It’s about a 20-minute walk from the apartments to the Syracuse Academy where classes are held.