Arcadia in Barcelona Housing Information
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- Arcadia University will place one student per homestay. The housing staff in Barcelona will select a homestay that seeks to meet your personal preferences, needs and expectations. As a result of this, it is absolutely essential to complete the housing and Personal Health forms on Passport in a thoughtful manner. All students will receive housing assignments and meet their homestay families during the first few days of orientation once they have arrived in Barcelona. For confidentiality reasons, no student will receive housing assignments with family names and addresses prior to orientation.
- Students who are considering a homestay should be aware that this housing option carries an additional fee. Please see your term’s fees document on this page in order to see more specifics.
- Homestay families will provide their students with two meals a day (breakfast plus dinner) seven days a week. Please see the Estimate of Additional Expenses spreadsheet on the fees page to budget for this third daily meal.
- Arcadia cannot always guarantee that all special dietary requests can be met. If you have special dietary needs, please be sure to include details in the Personal Health form and housing preference forms in Passport. The Arcadia in Barcelona Center will examine these forms carefully and work to provide reasonable accommodations to all students.
- An internet connection is not always to be expected in homestays, as it is entirely up to each individual family to have internet service at home or not. While Arcadia cannot guarantee homestay internet availability, computers and internet access (including wireless) are also available at Arcadia’s Center. With this said, it is recommended that students bring laptops with wall adapters for Spanish electrical sockets. You can purchase these at electronics retailers in the U.S. as well as in Spain.
- Landline phones are not available for student use. Students can easily purchase pre-paid cell phones once in Barcelona. Your Program Manager will send tips on how to do this during the pre-departure process and the Arcadia in Barcelona Center staff is also a fantastic resource to approach regarding this topic during orientation.
- Pillows, blankets, sheets and towels are provided by homestay families.
- Students are encouraged to participate in homestay activities and to engage in meal time discussions to improve Spanish language skills and increase their knowledge of Spanish culture. Homestays are ideal for students seeking a true immersion experience, so they are encouraged to get the most out of their stay by participating as much as possible.
- Homestay families are located throughout the city of Barcelona. Students need to understand that this is one of Spain’s largest cities and should prepare to walk and use buses as well as the excellent underground metro system. Staff will cover these topics and provide instruction to students during orientation. In a large, bustling city like Barcelona, students should plan to leave from home with plenty of time to account for commutes to the Arcadia Center, UB or UPF campus locations. Average commute times from homestays to these locations can range anywhere from 15-35 minutes.
- Keep in mind that Arcadia cannot in any way guarantee the make-up or characteristics of your homestay family—some families have children and others do not; some families are older on average, while some may be younger. Just like in the United States, families in Spain come in all shapes and sizes, so to speak. What Arcadia can guarantee, however, is that you will be assigned a family that is experienced in hosting American and international university students in Barcelona. Like most Spaniards, these families are dedicated, generous and passionate about sharing their home and culture with our students. Nevertheless, students who elect for homestays are expected to be curious, worldly and open-minded ambassadors of their home culture to their new families.
Apartment with International Roommates
- Please consider that the other residents in your apartment may hail from many other nations around the world, as well as Spanish students from different cities throughout the country. Barcelona is renowned for being a great university town; naturally, this draws an international, diverse and educated group of students each year.
- Approximately 2-6 students will share each apartment and its common areas (bathrooms, kitchen facilities, terraces when available). Most apartments are mixed-gender given that students only share common areas, though housing staff will only assign two students of the same gender to each bedroom.
- As a general rule of thumb, Arcadia will not assign students from the same home university to live in the same apartment. Staff in Barcelona will try their best to match up students who have mutually requested one another on this form ahead of time in Passport, through for a variety of reasons, this is not possible to guarantee in any way.
- Keep in mind that apartments do not belong to Arcadia. With low availability and relatively higher housing costs in a major city such as Barcelona, students need to be aware that Arcadia maintains a relationship with individual landlords in the city. Given that they are the private property of these landlords, please allow for great variability in what apartments look like. Apartments will have common areas such as kitchens (with cooking equipment and utensils), and bathrooms for students to share. Given that there are strict laws that govern construction in older cities such as Barcelona, remember that corridors, rooms and elevators will be much smaller than what you may be used to in the U.S. With these differences in mind, the Arcadia staff considers safety and comfort to be paramount, ensuring that you will have everything you need to be comfortable, and that this is an amazing opportunity to live in your very own apartment in a beautiful Spanish city.
- Students are responsible for all meals, as all apartment kitchens are furnished with basic cooking appliances and utensils. Nevertheless, grocery shopping for excellent Spanish produce and cooking it back at the apartments is not only enjoyable, but relatively inexpensive as well. Please refer to the Estimate of Additional Expenses in the fees page for more.
- Please keep in mind that internet access is not guaranteed in all apartments, as landlords may or may not elect to contract internet service. Computers and wireless internet access are available at the Arcadia in Barcelona Center, as well as UPF and UB campus facilities. With this said, it is recommended that students bring laptops with wall adapters for Spanish electrical sockets. You can purchase these at electronics retailers in the U.S. as well as in Spain.
- Landline phones are not available for student use. Students can easily purchase pre-paid cell phones once in Barcelona. Your Program Manager will send tips on how to do this during the pre-departure process and the Arcadia in Barcelona Center staff is also a fantastic resource to approach regarding this during orientation.
- Pillows and blankets are provided to all students. We recommend that students purchase towels and sheets once in Barcelona. Please take into account the mattress size differences between the U.S. and Europe, so be sure to not bring sheets from home. All of this will become clear after the housing portion of your orientation, so please wait to purchase sheets until then.
- Apartments and roommate situations vary significantly; international roommates often come for short periods of time. You may have several international roommates throughout the term, as they will be working with the slightly different calendar that Spanish universities follow.
- Student apartments are located throughout Barcelona’s central neighborhoods, so it is important to prepare for commute times that may combine walking, metro and bus rides between your location and the Arcadia Center, UB or UPF campus facilities (in a large city, this can range anywhere between 15 minutes to 40 minutes).
- All students are responsible for keeping apartments tidy and the kitchens clean.
- Housing checks are performed periodically, and all students complete incoming and outgoing inventories to ensure the condition of the apartments. It is very important for students to treat the property responsibly, as they may be responsible for damages or repairs needed due to misuse, as defined by the housing contracts that students sign at orientation.