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Housing in Barcelona

Students will have the option to be housed in shared homestays with Spanish families, which include daily breakfast and dinner, or in shared apartments, where students will be responsible for their own meals. Students will be placed together and may request roommates on the housing application form.

IAU’s hosts come from a cross section of society. They represent a diverse definition of ‘family,’ from young families with children to older retirees. Some work busy schedules while others may spend most of their days at home. Some of our hosts have several rooms that they rent out to students, and some have just one room.  Hosts are selected for their interest in sharing a cultural exchange with students, 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, and will in all likelihood find the attitude rewarded. 

Under certain circumstances, an additional fee for apartments applies.

PLEASE NOTE: Homestay schedules are aligned with the IAU academic calendar.  Students should be aware that they will need to vacate their homestay during the December/January holiday period and at the conclusion of the Spring term in May.  If a student is enrolled in a summer session, they will need to vacate the homestay at the conclusion of that session in mid-July.   


“My host family was amazing. They treated me like I was truly a part of their family. The meals my host mom made were delicious, and my host siblings always included me in their plans with their friends. I still keep in contact with them. I really couldn't have asked for anything better.”

-Summer Student, West Chester University