Study Abroad at the University of Granada

Arcadia in Granada
Housing Information

Return to Spain housing information page Please Note: STEM Summer Research Students, the Apartment with International Roommates is the ONLY housing option available.

Homestay

  • Arcadia University will place one or two students per homestay depending on what the students select on their housing preference forms in Passport (shared or single). Shared means that you will share your room with another Arcadia student and single means that you will have your own room, most likely as the only student assigned to your particular homestay family.

  • The housing staff in Granada 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 Granada. For confidentiality reasons, no student will receive housing assignments with family names and addresses prior to orientation.

  • Homestay families will provide their students with three meals a day, seven days a week. The families will also pack students meals should the student be out in class or traveling during one of the meal times that they might miss.

  • 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 Granada Center will examine these forms carefully and work to provide reasonable accommodations to all students. That said, the program has been successful in the past in accommodating vegan and vegetarian students.

  • An internet connection is provided in homestays. Computers and internet access (including wireless) are also available at Arcadia’s Center and at the CLM building. 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 Granada. Your Program Manager will send tips on how to do this during the pre-departure process and the Arcadia in Granada 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 Granada. Commute times to the CLM and UGR can range from 5-25 minutes, walking or taking the bus.

  • Please be aware that many homestay families host other international students living in their homes as well, so a shared homestay may include an international student that is not studying through Arcadia.

  • 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 Granada. Like most Spaniards, these families are dedicated, generous and passionate about sharing their home and culture with our students.

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Student Residence

  • The Residencia Carlos V is the University of Granada’s student dormitory located on the Cartuja Campus (25-30 minutes away from the center of town). Students who elect for this option need to be aware of the location, as it is up on Cartuja hill, set a bit away from the center of Granada, the Arcadia Center and the Centro de Lenguas Modernas. Students who are considering living in the Residencia Carlos V need to understand that they will have to leave sooner for scheduled classes and activities at the Center or CLM, so as to account for the location and commute required (longer walk or bus ride required—staff will instruct students on commute at orientation).

  • The majority of students at the Residencia are Spanish.

  • The availability of student rooms is quite limited and it is normal for the residence to not have enough rooms to accommodate every student's first choice. The staff will try to accommodate your choice, though it cannot be guaranteed.

  • One of the most important factors in the housing assignment process is each student's special needs and medical conditions (i.e. disabilities, allergies, dietary restrictions, etc.). Please take into account that all personal preferences can be considered only after special needs are taken into account.

  • Moving out of the residence after orientation can only be allowed in the most necessary of cases, so please speak to the staff to understand your options. The Carlos V residence is under the administration of the University of Granada and not Arcadia University, so it is important to understand that University of Granada’s policies dictate what is possible at the Residencia as far as moving or changes to a student’s accommodation.

  • Rooms are single or double and have a private bath, a small fridge and a microwave. Pillows and blankets are provided.

  • During the housing portion of orientation, Arcadia will provide students a "welcome pack" to make moving in easier (new linens, etc.).

  • It is the student’s responsibility to keep the room clean.

  • On-site laundry facilities at approximately €3 per load.

  • Meals: Students have a meal plan and eat in the cafeteria (breakfast plus lunch or dinner) every weekday.

  • On weekends, holidays and for their third meal each day, students will need to provide their own meals, reasonably priced at university and nearby cafeterias and cafes.

  • Arcadia cannot always guarantee that 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 preferences forms in Passport. The Arcadia in Granada Center will examine these carefully and work to accommodate you.

  • An internet connection is provided in the Residencia. Computer work stations and internet access (including wireless) are available at Arcadia’s Center and at the CLM. 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 Granada. Your Program Manager will send tips on how to do this during the pre-departure process and the Arcadia in Granada Center staff is also a fantastic resource to approach regarding this during orientation.

  • Housing assignments will be distributed at the orientation hotel once you have arrived in Spain.

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. Granada 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.

  • All rooms are single, which means you do not share your bedroom with any other students.

  • As a general rule of thumb, Arcadia will rarely assign more than two of its own students to live in the same apartment. Nevertheless, students can request one another on the housing preferences form in Passport. Staff in Granada will try their best to match up students who have mutually requested one another, though for a variety of reasons, this is not possible to guarantee in any way.

  • Keep in mind that apartments do not belong to Arcadia. Arcadia maintains a relationship with landlords in Granada. Given that they are the private property of the landlords, please allow for great variability in what apartments look like. Apartments will have common areas such as kitchens and bathrooms for students to share, as well as 2-4 bedrooms. All apartments do not necessarily have living rooms, but desks and bookshelves are provided in bedrooms. Remember 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. An optional meal plan is available on a monthly basis at a nearby facility at an additional cost (subject to availability). 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.

  • Students who take their fitness seriously will be glad to hear that a gym membership and access to sports facilities are provided in the cost of housing. Please speak to the staff at orientation for more details.

  • 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 internet are available at the CLM and the Arcadia center (wireless). 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.

  • Lockable storage boxes are available at a small additional cost and are recommended. In addition, all bedrooms have functioning locks.

  • Landline phones are not available for student use. Students can easily purchase pre-paid cell phones once in Granada. Your Program Manager will send tips on how to do this during the pre-departure process and the Arcadia in Granada Center staff is also a fantastic resource to approach regarding this during orientation.

  • Pillows, blankets and sheets are provided. We recommend students purchase towels once in Granada.

  • Apartments and roommate situations vary significantly; international roommates often come for short periods of time. You may have several international roommates throughout the semester, whereas Spanish roommates will most likely stay for an entire academic year.

  • Student apartments are centrally located in beautiful downtown Granada, about a 25-minute walk from the CLM. Public bus routes and inexpensive taxis also connect the two locations if you are in a hurry.

  • Apartment management staff are on duty 24 hours a day. Security staff check apartments every evening.

  • Apartments are cleaned weekly, but 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 misuses defined by the housing contracts that students sign at orientation.
Note 1: Please note that Spring and Academic Year students choosing to take direct-enroll classes at UGR will have to extend their stay in program housing to align with the Spanish university calendar. Refer to the fees page to understand additional costs implied.

Note 2: The dormitory-style residence is available only for Semester and Academic Year students. This housing option is not available to students enrolled in summer study.

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