Housing in Granada: Homestays, Student Residence, Independent Options
Most students live with carefully selected Spanish host families in Granada within a 20-minute walk from school. There are numerous benefits to living with a host family, the most important of which is the constant exposure to Spanish language, cultural norms and cuisine.
In a homestay, all meals are provided and shared with the family (as work and class schedules allow); and daily conversations around the table can be a wonderful
way to expand your vocabulary and understanding of current events in Spain. Bed linens and towels are also provided and students’ laundry is washed weekly.
Students are given keys to the home (generally a “piso” similar to a condominium) and can come and go as they please.
There is no curfew, only an expectation of common courtesy and open communication. Internet access is also provided in every home-stay accommodation.
It is important to make note that, as in the USA and elsewhere, the composition of a Spanish family will vary from home to home. A “family” may be comprised of a full family including mother, father, kids and a dog, or a single mom and her kids, or a young couple with no kids, or a widowed señora and her adult son/daughter, etc., etc.
It is also a possibility that CASA students (one or two to a home) will share their residence with another international student. The University of Granada (UGR) is the most highly requested destination among ERASMUS students (European study abroad students) and is also a popular destination for Asian, North African and Latin American students. This brings a young, engaged international community not only to the city of Granada but to the homes of its residents as well. CASA Granada students often learn a great deal about other countries and cultures through friendships with their international housemates and continue to improve their Spanish as it is generally the shared language!
Limited spaces are available at a centrally located, full-board student residence where serious CASA- Granada students can live and study with UGR students in a caring and supportive environment. Interested students should make this preference known as soon as possible to improve their chances of reserving an available room.
Independent Housing in Local Apartments
CASA students may choose to secure their own housing in local apartments with other university students. Only students who have lived on their own previously should consider this option. Students who choose this housing arrangement are responsible for locating an apartment, signing a lease, finding roommates (in some cases) and living independently (grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc.).
The ideal arrangement is to live with local and international students from non-English speaking countries. Students who live with other English speakers will be at a serious disadvantage when it comes to practicing and improving Spanish language skills. With over 60,000 students in a city of 250,000, Granada does have many student-oriented apartments, cafeterias and cafés, where independent students can find economical accommodations and meal options.