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Arriving in Madrid

Welcome to Saint Louis University. We're looking forward to meeting you in Madrid. Prepare for your arrival in Madrid by completing the items below.

Students on SLU-Madrid campus.


Book Your Flight

Summer 2018 Students

Homestay move-in begins at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
Homestay move-out day is Sunday, June 24, 2018. If you would like to stay longer, you need to make your own  arrangements for accommodations after move-out.

Fall 2018 Students

Permanent first-year and transfer students: Make your flight arrangements so that you can be at SLU-Madrid by noon Saturday, Sept. 1.

On Saturday, Sept. 1, you will head to the Fray Luis de León Cultural Complex, a retreat center located in the scenic Guadarrama Mountains outside Madrid for the two-day Welcome Session. Bring a small backpack or suitcase with everything you'll need to spend two nights there. Keep in mind that you will do activities such as hiking, tennis, soccer basketball, volleyball and softball during the session.

Study abroad students: Make your flight arrangements to arrive at Madrid-Barajas Airport on Sunday, Sept 2. SLU-Madrid staff and campus ambassadors will be in Terminal 4 of the airport to welcome you between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Homestay move-out day is Saturday, Dec. 22. Final exams are held from Dec. 17-21. Professors are not permitted to move exams to accommodate student travel. If you would like to stay longer, you need to make your own arrangements for accommodation after move-out.

Complete Your Arrival Form

The arrival form allows SLU-Madrid to ensure that a host family knows when you expect you (if you have chosen host family accommodation). If you change your travel plans after you have entered your arrival information, email Student Life at with the updated information.

Complete the Form

Read Arrival Materials

  • Arrival Information: practical information on arrival logistics.
  • Antes de venir: Information and advice to help prepare for life in Madrid as a SLU-Madrid student.

Get Your Finances in Order

Exchange currency so you have at least 50 euros in cash before coming to Spain to cover immediate costs, including taxi fare and other incidentals. Bring more than one bank card, preferably a Visa or Mastercard, in case you encounter a problem with one of your cards. American Express is not widely accepted in Spain.

You may also need to activate your debit and credit cards before you leave for Spain in order to be able to withdraw cash from ATMs.

Find Your Way Home

All students are responsible for making their own way to their housing assignment on move-in day. We don’t recommend using the Metro de Madrid to and from the airport, as transporting luggage in the metro escalators is difficult. We recommend taking a taxi to your destination. The fare from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport to any location in Madrid is fixed at 30 euros. Taxis cannot charge an extra fee for luggage.

Be sure to carry on you the complete address of your destination. Ask the taxi driver for a receipt (Necesito un recibo, por favor) before getting out of the taxi. The taxi driver's license number appears on the receipt, which allows you to make contact in case you leave anything in the vehicle or you wish to file a complaint. Tipping taxi drivers is optional in Spain. If you received good service, you may wish to tip one or two euros (maximum).

Many of our students use airport shuttle services such as Mad Shuttle or Aerocity. These operators are run independently of SLU-Madrid and are responsible for the delivery of their own services.

Housing placement is currently underway. If you have not received the contact information for your university-arranged housing assignment one week before the official move-in day, contact

You may not move in with your host family prior to 8 a.m. on move-in day. If you arrive early, you are responsible for your own accommodations. If you need to store your belongings while you travel, you may use a storage company. Students in the past have had positive experiences with Bluespace.