Housing in Madrid
Students in Madrid have the option to be housed in shared homestays or shared residence halls. Students may request roommates on the housing application form and IAU will to its best to accommodate such requests. All IAU housing is within convenient access of public transportation and within an approximately 40-minute commute time to the IAU Madrid Center. Students should expect to utilize public transportation every day. Note that air conditioning is not common, so it should be an expectation that this will not be available in accommodations in Spain.
All program participants are required to live in IAU-arranged housing.
Students who select the homestay option live with local Spanish host families. IAU's hosts come from a cross section of society: some are families with young or grown children, others are single retirees; some work full-time while others may spend most of their days at home; some hosts are multi-lingual, while others may only speak a limited amount of English. Living with a host allows students the opportunity for both language immersion and cultural exchange, and IAU alumni consistently remark on the growth and insight offered by the homestay experience. Students must be flexible and accepting within their Spanish household -- particularly when it comes to adapting to meal schedules and the family's timetables -- and will in all likelihood find the attitude rewarded.
Students in a homestay receive daily breakfast and dinner. All lunches are the student's responsibility. Some hosts may have only one bedroom that they rent to students while others may have several rooms that they rent out. Students may share their bedroom with another IAU student, although each student will always have their own bed. All bathroooms are shared by students and the host. Students will have access to wifi in their homestay and access to laundry facilities once per week. All linens (bedding and towels) are provided.
Students in shared residence halls will live in European style dorms with access to multiple common areas. The residence halls typically house both local Spanish and international students, which offers IAU students the opportunity for culture and language exchange. Rooms may be single or double occupancy and all linens (bedding and towels) are included. All bathroom facilities will be shared. No meals are included with residence halls, so students are responsible for all meal costs and preparation. In the residence halls, students have access to shared, fully equipped kitchens, social and study spaces, and laundry facilities. Residence halls are located throughout the city and students should expect to commute up to 40 minutes to campus.
PLEASE NOTE: Housing schedules are aligned with the IAU academic calendar. Students arriving early or staying late after the conclusion of the academic calendar will be resposbile for their own idependent housing.