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Housing Options for Study Abroad, Transfer and Upper-Classmen

Host Family Arranged by the University

Saint Louis University arranges accommodation with host families. This often proves to be one of the most rewarding experiences students have outside of the University in Madrid. All host families have been screened by SLU-Madrid and placements are limited.

Learn more about living with a host family arranged by the University 

Housing in Madrid not Arranged by the University

Host Families not Arranged by the University 

SLU-Madrid has no contracts nor agreements with any of the following companies. However, we have learned from SLU-Madrid students that these providers offered them a good service and that they had good experiences.

Some of these companies offer other housing options as well as host families, such as shared apartments. When choosing an area in the city in which to live,  the following are closer to SLU-Madrid: Ciudad Universitaria, Chamberí and Moncloa.

Student Residences

Privately run dormitories for university students are available. They do not belong to SLU-Madrid nor to any university, in particular. You must apply directly to the residencies. You may reside in them for a full academic year, single semester or during the summer sessions, depending on availability.

Nexo Residencias offers several co-ed residences for students. Single and double rooms are available. 

Colegios Mayores

Colegios mayores are private dormitories that provide a Spanish immersion experience, as most of the residents are native Spaniards studying at universities in Madrid. Single-semester housing is not an option.

The application and admission process is carried out directly and solely with the colegio mayor, as they are private businesses.

The application period for a colegio mayor is from early April to late May for the following academic year.

Amenities include full board (with the option of lunch at SLU-Madrid), community washers and dryers, weekly cleaning and change of bed linens and towels, group study rooms, Wi-Fi and 24-hour security.


Finding your own apartment in Madrid can be a somewhat difficult undertaking, as most apartments are rented by the individual owner, who is sometimes assisted by an agent or friend.

For those who wish to find an apartment independently, we have found that students have had good experiences with Madrid Easy,, Friendly Rentals, Bluestripe and Study Abroad Apartments. These agencies are interested in working with students on short-term (i.e., less than one calendar year) leases. Students have found them helpful and trustworthy in the rental process.

SLU-Madrid does not recommend Airbnb as a housing option. To date, the Spanish government has not established legislation for this housing option and while many landlords are trustworthy, we have learned about others who were not.