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First-Year Housing

All first-year students are required to live together for a full academic year in one of two residence halls located within walking distance of campus. This requirement contributes to building SLU-Madrid’s unique and diverse community.

SLU-Madrid has partnered with  Nexo Residencias to provide an extraordinary residential experience for its first-year students.

Your role in being a part of SLU-Madrid’s extraordinary international community takes place both on and off campus.

Your first-year residence is more than just a place to sleep in. It provides community. Living, learning and growing with students studying at SLU-Madrid and other local universities will enrich your education in ways that cannot be matched. Research confirms that students who live in residences perform better academically, graduate earlier that those who live off campus, get more involved and have stronger connections to their peers.

As a future new student at SLU-Madrid, follow the steps below to reserve your new home at SLU-Madrid.

Colegio Mayor El Faro and Residencia Galdós

SLU-Madrid works closely with Nexo Residencias and reserves spaces for its students in two of their colegios mayores (university residences): El Faro and Galdós. Both residences are located within walking distance from campus and offer amenities you need to support you in your studies and to transition to life in Madrid.


  • Amenities include bed linen/towel service, internet and all utilities.
  • Well-furnished double rooms, with ample storage, individual kitchenettes and bathrooms. 
  • The meal plan includes in-house dining as well as lunches served on campus at the Unity (by Sodexo), seven days a week (except for Christmas and Easter Week).
  • Both residences have study rooms, games rooms, gyms, dining rooms (with outdoor terraces), vending areas, laundry service and parking.
  • The residence halls offer social activities, cultural events and sports.
  • Also on-site are Residence Advisors, upper-class students who attend SLU-Madrid and support first-year students with their transition to college life.

In these two residential communities, you and your SLU-Madrid roommate will reside with students from SLU-Madrid and from other universities in Madrid, positioning you to connect with students with whom you can share your academic interests, plans and goals.

First-Year Housing General Information


Safety is our highest priority. Access to the residences and the rooms are with electronic key cards. A CCTV system is located in all common areas. Reception is staffed 24/7, available to help students. 


Students will be in double rooms. 


Our housing department will assign you a roommate based on your preferences, likes and dislikes, according to the housing questionnaire you will complete.

You can also request a specific roommate during the initial application. While every effort is made to provide you with the housing and roommate you want for the upcoming year, you may not receive your first choices. 

First-year housing exemptions

New first-year students are required to participate in our housing program. They are also expected to abide by SLU-Madrid’s housing policies. However, if you have a significant medical, financial or other need that prevents you from participating in our program, you may apply for an exemption.

To do so, submit the residency exemption form in the Housing Application Platform, along with supporting documentation to the housing department. Do not make arrangements for alternate housing until SLU-Madrid grants you the exemption in writing.

Other living expenses while living at the student residence

Living in a residence means you don’t have to pay extra for living expenses, such as electricity, water, gas, internet, cleaning, food, and laundry of your bed linen. You should, however, be aware of the what’s not covered:

  • Laundry (machines are on-site)
  • Meals during breaks (Christmas and Easter)
  • Transportation
  • Toiletries
  • Other personal expenses