Study Abroad in Spain Housing Information
Absolutely Essential Information
As a participant on an Arcadia University program, you are guaranteed housing. Your program fee includes accommodation, however, the cost for meals and meal plans varies depending on location and placement.
Arcadia University's priority is to provide accommodation that supports your studies and enables you to experience the local culture. Accommodation is selected by Arcadia University based on these factors, in addition to considering safety, security and cost. For these reasons, Arcadia reserves the right to alter or change accommodation options at any time.
To indicate your housing preferences, submit them using your Arcadia Passport. Before completing this form, you should review the information below as well as the Arcadia University Housing Policy located in the Student Handbook. Students are welcome to submit one roommate request (except for Barcelona); however, requests must be mutually submitted on your housing form. While we will work to honor your housing preferences and roommate requests, specific assignments cannot be guaranteed.
In order to consider your preferences, Arcadia must receive your Housing Preferences by the housing deadline. If they are not received before the housing deadline, you will automatically be assigned to available program accommodation.
- Spring Semester: November 1
- Fall Semester: May 15
- All Year Programs: May 15
- Summer Programs: April 15
If you require accommodations for any special needs—including dietary, medical or physical—you should indicate this in your Housing Preferences. Any information will be treated as confidential and will only be shared with those individuals involved in your housing placement.
Living in Spain: Options
Arcadia University encourages students to live in housing sponsored by the host university or provided by Arcadia. Although housing is guaranteed for students participating on Arcadia programs, you have the option to decline this service and find your own independent accommodation. If you decide to opt out of Arcadia-arranged housing, please notify your program manager to speak about your options, and submit a written request to live apart from Arcadia-arranged housing. We ask that you make this request as soon as possible so the appropriate approval process can be completed. If you fail to secure approval before the appropriate housing deadline listed above you will be subject to penalty fees in accordance with the Arcadia University Housing Policy. Students living independent of Arcadia provided housing assume any risks associated.
Arcadia University encourages students to live in housing sponsored by the host university or provided by arranged Arcadia. Although housing is guaranteed for students participating on Arcadia programs, you have the option to petition to decline this service and find your own independent accommodation. If you decide to do so, please notify your program manager to speak about your options and submit a written request to live apart from Arcadia-arranged housing. We ask that you make this request as soon as possible so the appropriate approval process can be completed. Failure to complete this process before the appropriate housing deadline listed above you will be subject to penalty fees in accordance with the Arcadia University Housing Policy. Students living independent of Arcadia provided housing assume any risks associated.
Language and Cultural Immersion
Language and cultural immersion is an integral component to studying overseas. Your housing arrangement – although important – should not be the sole measure that determines your academic and personal success overseas.
From city to city, there are varying opportunities to living in a home-stay, residence hall, or apartment. For example, apartment and residence life may accommodate Spanish, international, or program students in either a single, double, or triple room. And, home-stay life may include variations between nuclear and extended-family living.
Regardless, observing and participating in the day-to-day activities of a Spanish living arrangement is one of the best ways to be completely engaged with Spanish language and culture. If you are living in a home-stay, residence hall, or apartment, the greatest opportunity to meet Spaniards, develop your language skills, and become culturally immersed is to get involved in extracurricular activities.
Choose something that you already have an interest in, such as a sport or volunteer activity or branch out and try something entirely new. As an Arcadia program student, you will have access to the host university's student unions and university-subsidized cultural centers.
Each student union sponsors a wide variety of clubs, associations, cultural events and mini-courses that cater to virtually every interest from chess to mountaineering. In some cases, the town hall (ayuntamiento) may even organize and sponsor some of the teams and clubs to which students belong. Our staff can offer you insider's advice about finding out about these clubs and other extracurricular opportunities available in your host city.
Very Important Additional Points:
- The housing options below are offered for the Fall, Spring, All Year and Summer programs (*one exception: the Student Residence at the University of Granada is not available during the Summer).
- Every room is different and unique and while Arcadia ensures that all rooms satisfy general standards, there is no way to guarantee uniformity of apartment and room sizes, distance from your university, furnishings or facilities.
- Spain is an environmentally friendly country and air-conditioning and central heating are not standard in a typical residence. If your housing does not feature these amenities, remember that it will take some time to adjust to the climate.
- Internet access will vary depending upon your housing venue. Regardless, internet access is available through Arcadia study centers, host-institution libraries and study centers, and internet cafés.
- As an Arcadia program participant, housing will remain available to you during the semester, including breaks within the semester. However, accommodation is not available before the program start date, once the program has ended, or for All Year students, the break between each semester.
- Most housing venues provide bed linens, blankets and pillows. If not, the Arcadia staff will be able to direct you accordingly after you arrive. As packing space is limited, bringing these materials is not recommended.>
- Please note that housing is for Arcadia students only; no overnight guests are permitted in Arcadia housing.
- Arcadia reserves the right to alter or change accommodation options at any time should circumstances warrant.
Program Specific Housing: