Learn Spanish in Barcelona: Accommodation
Barcelona is a wonderful city in which to learn Spanish, but it is a large city and so commuting is an inevitable part of every day life. The public transportation system is excellent and will enable you to move around the city quickly and at little cost.
Choose from one of the following accommodation options:
Private households/Spanish hosts
- Open to 16 yrs + age group
- Most families live near the school and are rarely more than 20 minutes away by public transport
- Occasionally, a family may be up to 30 minutes from the school as some of the most elegant districts of Barcelona are on the edge of the city
- All hosts live in flats, as there are practically no individual houses in Barcelona
- Apartment buildings (both old and modern) are rarely more than 8 floors high
- A typical flat will have 3 or 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, a dining room and living room
- Some flats have terraces; almost all of them have balconies
Stay with local hosts, in apartments in either single or shared rooms (if travelling as a couple or with a friend) on a B&B or half-board basis. Staying with hosts allows you to speak Spanish with local people out of class and they are generally no more than 20/25 minutes commute from the college, occasionally hosts are 30 mins from the college (as some of the nicest residential areas are further out from the centre).
It is difficult to describe a typical Spanish host as there is such a variety; some are young couples, some have children still living at home, others – perhaps the majority – have grown-up children who no longer live at home, but who often appear for lunch on Sundays! Lunch is usually eaten quite late – around 2.30 p.m., and dinner is usually at about 9.00 p.m.
All hosts are carefully selected by the school accommodation officer 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 heating and lighting facilities and a desk or table where students can work
to provide basic laundry facilities and 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
Executive private households/Spanish hosts
- Open to 21 yrs + age group only
Please read through the host description above, however in addition these hosts live in larger “up-market” apartments and can offer the student a private bathroom. These hosts will also undertake to do their students’ washing and ironing. There are only a few hosts in this category, so please reserve this option well in advance. The higher price charge for these hosts reflect the extra services and facilities they provide.
- Open to 18 yrs + age group only
- Centrally located apartments for rent, to share with other students
- Generally 10 to 20 minutes commute from the college
- A deposit will be required in Euros, once in Spain
- The apartments consist of a communal kitchen and bathroom and a single bedroom each
- Bedding and towels provided
- Beach towels must be brought with you
In the shared apartments, you can choose to stay in a single or shared room. Each room is furnished with a bed, desk and wardrobe. Each apartment also has a kitchen, bathroom and living room which you share. These apartments are fully furnished and facilities include a washing machine and TV. Some apartments also have telephones but these are programmed to accept incoming calls only. Each student is provided with a set of keys so that they can come and go when they please. You are provided with sheets, blankets and towels, but you should bring your own beach towels. The apartments are cleaned once a week and bed linen is also changed weekly.
Deposit: You are asked to pay a deposit on arrival. This deposit is refunded when the keys are returned and after the apartment has been checked for loss or damage. Any loss or damage which is attributed to the student will be deducted from the deposit before the balance is returned.
Arrival: Students arriving on the Sunday before the course begins should make their own way to their apartment (unless a transfer has been requested). You must inform us of travel arrangements and your estimated time of arrival; this will avoid the person handing over the keys having to wait in the apartment unnecessarily, or you having to wait in the street.
Note: Please note that we try to place people of the same age and sex together in the same apartment. However, this isn’t always possible. If you do not want to share an apartment with people of different ages or sex, you should make this very clear on your application form.
Standard Student Residences
Residencia de Estudiantes Roca
The residence occupies the whole of the first floor and ground floor of a large, smart, apartment building in one of Barcelona’s posher residential districts, Tres Torres/Bonanova.
- Availability/ Year-round in single rooms
- Shared rooms in July to September
- Open to students aged 18 yrs +
- 49 bedrooms in total including single rooms, double rooms and some triple rooms
- The residence has a capacity for 70 students
- All of the bedrooms have wardrobe space and tables and 6 of the bedrooms also have their own private bathrooms
- The residence, which is normally used to accommodate female university students, is extremely well maintained and kept very clean
Students can be accommodated either on a bed and breakfast basis or half board. Full board accommodation can be arranged on request. The menus are varied and balanced and the quality and quantity of food provided is very good. Water is provided with meals and other drinks are available from a vending machine. Breakfast is from 08.00 to 10.00 and dinner from 20.00 to 21.30.
Students are not permitted to use the kitchen to cook in, but they are allowed to keep food in the refrigerator and make use of the microwaves. There is one refrigerator in each flat, 8 in total.
Students have access to a washing machine, iron, etc. The washing machine functions with tokens that cost €2 each.
Bed linen is changed every week and towels are changed twice a week.
5 comfortable TV lounges
Public telephones for students’ use, including incoming calls
There is always a member of the residence staff available and on-site during the day and at night there is a residence guard.
Each student is given a key and is free to come and go as he/she pleases.
Colegio Mayor Lestonnac
Our standard student residence, the Lestonnac university college residence, is located in the central Eixample district of Barcelona, just 15 minutes’ walk from the school.
- Availability: Single rooms all year round (except over Easter & July/September)
- Offering twin rooms at Easter and in the Summer
- All with shared bathrooms
- A purpose built residence with more than 100 rooms in total
- Rooms are equipped with single beds, a built-in wardrobe, a desk, book shelves, and a wash-basin and they look out onto a sunny interior courtyard and terrace
- Rooms are cleaned and linen and towels are changed weekly
The residence has its own kitchen and all meals are prepared on-site, although there is also a picnic option available on request, for those students who prefer to take their lunch with them.
A large dining room
A living room with sofas, TV and daily newspapers
A room with a piano for those who wish to play music during their stay
Libraries (one shown in the photograph, above) and study rooms
A good-size indoor swimming pool open in the evenings (from 7pm) and at weekends
A small gym
Laundry rooms with washing, drying and ironing equipment
Snack vending machines
Free wi-fi on all floors
Monday to Wed.: 07.00 to 00.00 (midnight)
Thursday: 07.00 to 05.30 (Friday)
Friday: 07.00 to 02.00 (Saturday)
Saturday: 07.30 to 05.30 (Sunday)
Sunday: 08.00 to 00.00 (midnight)
The Lestonnac university college residence is run by a religious order and houses mostly young, female university students all year round. The staff is very intent on creating a welcoming and friendly environment for all their students.
Standard Plus Student Residence
This higher standard residence, “Barcelona Resident”, is located in the El Born–La Ribera district, in Barcelona’s old town, just 10 minutes’ walk from the school and very close to the beach. This is a beautiful historical and cultural area with plenty of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. There is even a chocolate museum serving delicious hot chocolate next door to the residence!
- Availability/ Throughout the year (except August, when it may be available, on request)
- The residence is situated in a modern building
- 42 bedrooms distributed on 3 floors
- All rooms are single with private bathrooms
- They are all equipped with a 90 x 200 cm bed, bed sheets, towels, a desk, a chair, a built-in wardrobe, a 22″ LED TV, free WiFi and high speed cable internet connection, a mini fridge, telephone, air conditioning and heating, and double-glazed windows
- Rooms are cleaned and bed sheets and towels are changed weekly
The kitchen-dining area contains an oven, a microwave, some toasters, a water cooler, dining tables and chairs, etc. Meals are all good-quality Spanish food and are provided in catering style. Each resident has a small fridge housed in a small cupboard, locked with a key, where meals are delivered daily. Students can eat them whenever they want.
Breakfast is continental (fruit or fruit juice, cereal with milk, or cheese, toast or a sandwich). Coffee is not included but is available from a machine for a very low price. Dinner includes a starter, a main course, dessert, dressings and bread.
Self-service laundry, with washing, drying and ironing facilities
A large kitchen-dining area
A study room
A living area with a 50” TV, sofas and cushions where residents can relax and meet other people
Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day with 24-hour customer services at reception, thanks to its fantastic location and high standard accommodation, this residence is definitely a good option for students who want to live comfortably and in style while learning Spanish.
Private Studio apartments
- Open to 21 yrs + age group only
- 15/20 mins commute to college
For older students who prefer a greater degree of luxury a range of private studio apartments are offered. All fully furnished and suitable for one or two people with a kitchenette, bathroom and a main living/sleeping room. Larger 2 or 3 bedded rooms available on request. A deposit will be required in Euros, once in Spain. Early bookings recommended.
Accommodation is also available throughout the year in hostels, several of which are located near the school. Both single and shared rooms are available – though shared rooms will only be provided for students who enrol together.
Meals : Hostels sometimes provide meals for guests but usually this is not the case.
Prices : Hostels are the most economic alternative to families, shared apartments or residences, with prices ranging from €30 to €40 per night for a single room without a private bathroom and without breakfast.
There are a wide range of 1* to 5* Hotels in Barcelona, please let us know your preference when booking. Higher standard Hotels are ideal for adults on short term courses, but not recommended for younger students travelling on their own. There are very few one star hotels so the most economic category is usually a 2-star hotel.
Prices : Prices vary, but a single room in a standard 2-star hotel with private bathroom and breakfast included, currently costs from €60 to €120 per night. 3-star hotels with private bathroom and breakfast cost €120 to €160 per night, while 4-star hotels start at around €150 per night for a single room. Due to significant variations in prices, even for hotels of the same category, we prefer quoting prices on request in all cases.
Arrive: Sunday PM
Depart: Saturday AM
We recommend students fly to Barcelona’s airport, 12 km south west of the city, and take the train/metro connection to their accommodation or a taxi (but as its quite a way out the train is generally a better option). Public transport in Barcelona is good value for money, efficient (allowing for traffic congestion) and easy to tackle even if this is your first visit to Spain. You are welcome to take the college transfer service at additional cost from Barcelona airport to your accommodation (one or two way service offered) if preferred. The transfer service is recommended for younger students.