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Arriving and Living in Madrid

Welcome to Saint Louis University. We're looking forward to meeting you in Madrid. Please review the list below for information about the things you must do before and upon your arrival.

Students on SLU-Madrid campus.
Arrival Dates

Book your flight and complete the arrival form. All students must arrive in Madrid no later than one day before their first Welcome Session is scheduled, in order to settle in with their host family or student residence and to participate in the mandatory Welcome Sessions. 

If you change your travel plans after you have entered your arrival information, please e-mail Student Life at studentlife-madrid@slu.edu with the updates. 

Spring 2022

Book your flight to arrive in Madrid no later than Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, to be in SLU-Madrid for the Welcome Sessions that will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 12, and the start of classes on January 13. 

Students staying with host families may not move in with their 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.

Housing placement follows the chronological order of the date in which the applications are received. Spring housing assignments start in October. If you do not receive the contact information for your university-arranged housing assignment one week before the official move-in day, contact housing-madrid@slu.edu.

Summer 2022

Book your flight to arrive in Madrid no later than Sunday, May 22, 2022, to be in SLU-Madrid for the Welcome Sessions that will take place on Monday, May 23, and the start of classes that same day right after the Welcome Sessions. 

Students staying with host families may not move in with their 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.

Housing placement follows the chronological order of the date in which the applications are received. Summer housing assignments start in March. If you do not receive the contact information for your university-arranged housing assignment one week before the official move-in day, contact housing-madrid@slu.edu

Summer M.A. in Spanish Session

Book your flight to arrive in Madrid no later than Sunday, June 26, 2022, to be in SLU-Madrid for the Welcome Sessions that will take place on Monday, May 27, and the start of classes that same day right after the Welcome Sessions. 

Students staying with host families may not move in with their 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.

Housing placement follows the chronological order of the date in which the applications are received. Summer housing assignments start in March. If you do not receive the contact information for your university-arranged housing assignment one week before the official move-in day, contact housing-madrid@slu.edu

Visa

All students must check whether they need a visa or not, and any other documents they need to come to study in Spain, whether as a degree-seeking student or a one-semester study abroad student. 

Please check with your Spanish Consulate and the SLU-Madrid Office of Admissions about this matter and about your documents for the visa application process and/or to study in SLU-Madrid. 

Legal Status once in Spain

All students entering Spain with a visa and all EU citizens must come to the Office of Student Life with their passport within the first 30 days of arriving in Spain to start the process of applying for residence in Spain as a student. 

Read Arrival Materials

Read the Pre-departure Information, including all the communications you will receive via email prior to arrival and our guide to Madrid.

Get Finances in Order

Exchange currency so you have at least 50 euros in cash before coming to Spain to cover immediate costs, such as taxi fare and other incidentals. Bring more than one 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, and traveler's checks are no longer valid. 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.

Packing, Mail and Packages

Do not send packages or objects by post or courier in advance. Custom fees and other taxes, plus the lack of a Spanish fiscal number, make it difficult to clear packages from customs. Medications will not clear customs. You may find a list of things to pack here.

Transport upon Arrival

All students are responsible for making their own way to their housing assignment on move-in day. We recommend taking a taxi to your destination, as the Madrid Metro can be complicated to navigate transporting luggage in the escalators. The taxi 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 choose to do it, one or two euros is more than enough. 

Welcome Sessions

All students must attend the mandatory Welcome Sessions