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Learn Spanish in Playa del Carmen: Accommodation

Student Residence

  • Open to students aged 18 yrs +
  • Stay in the school residence
  • Single rooms
  • Shared rooms (for friends or couples)
  • Self-catering or
  • Breakfast only or
  • Half-board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Commute of 5 mins walk to school

The school offers a purpose-built student residence opened in June 2005 and has quickly become the students’ most popular accommodation option. The residence is located in the centre of Playa del Carmen, in a very quiet street, beside the town’s main church and just two blocks (or a 5-minute walk) from the school. The residence has three floors and a basement. The ground floor consists of the reception, an office, the kitchen and 6 bedrooms; there are a further 10 bedrooms on the first floor and the second floor has 6 bedrooms and four terraces. All 22 bedrooms have twin beds and each bedroom has its own private bathroom. Bedrooms also have a desk, a TV, ceiling fans and air-conditioning, as well as a small fridge.

Note that meals are served in the residence itself. If you prefer, you can have the “no meals” option, in which case you can use the fully-equipped kitchen in the residence.

Mexican hosts/Private households

  • Open to students aged 16 yrs +
  • Single rooms
  • Shared rooms (for friends or couples)
  • Breakfast only or
  • Half-board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Commute of 15/20 mins walk to school

A Mexican host family can be a great way to ensure you learn the maximum possible amount of Spanish. Host accommodation is available in Playa del Carmen throughout the year. Most families live within a 20 minute walk from the school. Very occasionally hosts may be up to 15-20 minutes from the school by public transport.

The majority of the Mexican host families live in relatively new, one or two-storey houses, although some live in apartments. A typical house will have a living room/dining room, a kitchen and bathroom and 3 or 4 bedrooms. There is often a yard outside which people use as an extension of the house. Note that very few families have air-conditioning, although most families will be able to provide their guest students with a fan. The families will often have children or grandparents living with them so there is normally plenty of opportunity for conversation practice! Be prepared for the fact that few families will speak another language, although those that work in tourism may have an elementary level of English, French or German.

All host families are carefully selected by the school’s Accommodation Department and all agree to fulfil the following conditions:

  • To provide students with single rooms (unless a couple both attending courses or individuals request to share), which are comfortably furnished, have adequate lighting and a desk or table where students can work
  • To change bed linen and towels weekly
  • To make a daily bath or shower available
  • To provide an adequate continental breakfast and — for those students who are being accommodated on a half-board basis — a substantial dinner at night
  • To provide students with a door key so that they can let themselves in and out
  • To treat students as family guests and generally behave in a friendly and hospitable manner

Student apartments

  • Open to students aged 18 yrs +
  • Single rooms
  • Shared rooms (for friends or couples)
  • Self-catering
  • There are several apartments on-site at the school
  • Other apartments are centrally located and are between 5-20 minutes from the school on foot or by public transport
  • A deposit against damages is required on arrival

The school provides a number of furnished apartments, where language students can share together or book an apartment for sole occupancy. The normal minimum period for renting an apartment is 2 weeks, although shorter rentals can sometimes be arranged on request. These apartments are entirely self-catering, which means that no meals are provided.

The apartments include:

  • your own individual bedroom
  • sheets and towels (but you should bring your own beach towels)
  • use of the kitchen, bathroom and living room and/or terrace
  • cleaning and change of bed linen once a week
  • keys, so that you can can and go as you please


There is a good selection of Hotels to choose from. Please be aware that during the high season, prices go up and rooms are in demand. High season runs from late December to Easter and July/August each year.


Arrive: Sunday PM
Depart: Saturday AM

We recommend students fly direct to Cancun International airport and then take a bus to the Playa del Carmen, from the bus terminal in Playa del Carmen students can take a taxi to their accommodation. Alternatively students can use the college transfer service from the airport to the accommodation.