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Saint Louis University — Madrid can help students find the best housing option for their education journey in Madrid.

Students walking the streets of madrid close to the Royal Palace.

Though SLU-Madrid does not have a housing requirement for students, we do have recommendations for safe housing options where you can live with fellow Billikens. Going abroad is brave — living with other students can help ease the adjustment to living in a new place.

Check out our housing recommendations below, and please contact us at with any questions.

For students participating in a study abroad program: Some study abroad students' home institutions have housing requirements. Please confirm your housing option with your study abroad advisor before you apply for a host family or arrange other accommodations.

Off-campus Residence Halls 

Yugo Residencias operates several student residence halls close to campus and throughout Madrid that house SLU-Madrid students. For years, students have lived in three particular Yugo residence halls that are a 10-15-minute walk from campus. These are:

SLU-Madrid doesn't own or operate any residence halls, so students who choose to live here work directly with each residence hall to create a housing contract. Contact the residences directly for more information or to apply for housing.

What you can expect living in a residence hall:

  • 24-hour-a-day reception/security.
  • Bed linen/towel service, weekly cleaning, internet access and all utilities.
  • Furnished rooms with ample storage, kitchenettes and bathrooms.
  • A meal plan with in-house dining that gives you access to lunches on the SLU-Madrid campus:
    • Dining services can accommodate dietary restrictions, so be sure to work with the El Faro staff early about how to meet your needs.
    • The meal plan is available every day following traditional Spanish meal times. The only days the dining spaces are closed are for Christmas break and during Holy Week.
    • Study rooms, game rooms, a workout facility, dining rooms, outdoor terraces, vending machines, laundry access and parking.
    • Social activities, cultural events and sports.
    • Opportunities to meet other residents who are students from universities across Madrid.

SLU-Madrid Reminders

Though you may be signing a direct contract with one of these residences, Student Life staff is available to help and to serve as a liaison if you need us. Email any time with questions.

Living in an off-campus residence hall comes with a lot of freedom. We value your freedom and right to privacy, and we remind you that with that freedom comes great responsibility. You are responsible for your own space and actions, regardless of where you live while studying at SLU-Madrid. 

If you are aware of or involved in a violation of your residence hall's policies and fail to take reasonable actions to stop the violation, your actions could be reported to SLU-Madrid, and you could be held responsible through the University's Student Handbook.

Host Family Housing

We encourage students who are interested in experiencing Spanish culture, language and food to live with one of SLU-Madrid's host families. 

These families have years of experience working with SLU-Madrid students, and are ready to help you to settle in and learn your way around Madrid. They are also eager to work with you on speaking and understanding Spanish if you don't already.

Our students frequently tell us that living with a host family during their first year was a life-changing experience and that they formed connections they carried with them through their time at SLU-Madrid and beyond.

What you can expect:

  • Immersion in Spanish language, food and culture.
  • Bed linen/towel service, cleaning, internet access and all utilities included.
  • Laundry services of two loads of laundry per student per week.
  • Single or double room options.
  • Options for students who want their host families to cook for them or if they want to live more independently and cook for themselves. Many families can accommodate dietary restrictions, so please be sure to note any needs in your application.

In your application, we will ask questions to place you in a home that meets your needs. Sometimes, however, your needs change and you might want to switch houses. At any time, you can contact or come by our offices on the main floor of Padre Rubio Hall, and we can walk you through your options to move with a different host family.

There is no refund for students who decide to leave the host family system.

Host-Family Options

We have two categories of host families: room and half board, which includes breakfast and dinner provided by your host family, or semi-independent living, where you cook for yourself in your host home. Check out the full breakdown of the differences below.

Room and Half Board (Media Pensión)

  • Your host family provides you with breakfast (typically a traditional Spanish breakfast of toast, coffee and/or juice) and dinner.
  • Your host family will talk to you upon arrival about meal times so you can prepare accordingly, as Spanish families eat their meals later than in many other countries.
  • If you have dietary restrictions, please list that in your housing application so we can match you with a host family that offers those accommodations.
  • This option does not include lunch, nor does it permit the use of the host family's kitchen.
  • This option includes all of the information listed above regarding laundry, cleaning and other amenities.

Semi-independent Host Family (Familia Anfitriona Semi-independiente)

  • For students who want a little independence or who have specific dietary needs and would rather prepare their own meals.
  • Students purchase their own food and can use the kitchen facilities in their host family home to make their meals.
  • Students are responsible for cleaning up after themselves in the kitchen.
  • Host families are still nearby to help students settle in and learn more about Spanish culture, navigating Madrid and more.
  • There are limited options available for semi-independent host family homes, so apply early! We will assign people who want semi-independent housing in the order their applications are received.
  • This option includes all of the items listed above in terms of laundry, cleaning and other amenities.

Application and Payment Information

The host family housing application is live, so please apply as soon as possible using the online housing application. If you have any access issues, email There is a 200-euro, non-refundable application fee to complete the process.

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SLU-Madrid Reminders

These host families welcome international students into their homes and are eager to help with transitioning to live in a different country. Out of respect for everyone's needs, we created the following documents that highlight the rules and expectations of living in a host home. 

Other Housing Options

Madrid is a large city with many neighborhoods that are all well-connected through the city's public transportation network. If you wish to live within walking distance from the SLU-Madrid campus, the neighborhoods closest to campus are Ciudad Universitaria, Chamberí and Moncloa.

SLU-Madrid has neither contracts nor agreements with the following companies. However, SLU-Madrid students have shared that these providers offered them good services. Some of these companies offer other housing options, such as shared apartments and host families.

  • Madrid Easy
  • Oh My Place
  • Your Family in Madrid
  • Innfamily
  • Study Abroad Apartments
  • Colegios mayores are private dormitories whose residents are native Spaniards studying at universities in Madrid. Single-semester housing is not an option. The application and admission processes are 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.
Our Transgender, Gender-nonconforming and Gender-diverse Students

SLU-Madrid staff are committed to respecting and honoring the dignity of all people, and will work to find every student a housing option that aligns with their needs. If you are a student who identifies as transgender, gender nonconforming or gender-diverse, and you would like to discuss housing options, please contact our housing coordinator at This process is completely confidential.

Students Under 18

Under Spanish law, students are considered minors until age 18. Minors are not allowed to apply for host-family housing arranged by the University.