Living in Madrid

In Madrid, students can choose between three options for housing: a homestay with a Spanish family, a spot in the El Faro residence hall, or placement in the Hubr residence hall.

The Homestay Experience

Madrid host family
A. Grzesiowski with host family

In a homestay, you will be welcomed into the home of a Spanish family in Madrid. Students in homestays have an opportunity to experience typical Spanish customs, meals, and celebrations. Our Spanish families are friendly and hospitable, and their objective is to create a welcoming environment where you can feel at home for the duration of your semester abroad.

The experience of each student is unique, as there is no such thing as a typical family. You may live with a family with children, a married couple, or a single person who may be an older widow or a single businessman or woman.

Students generally feel that the homestay is one of the most enriching parts of their study abroad experience. With the help of locals, students make a much smoother transition when trying to adapt to their new neighborhood, city, and country. If you come to Madrid with an open mind and a willingness to learn a new culture, you will have an enjoyable and unforgettable experience.

Students residing with a host family will receive 14 meals weekly, breakfast & dinner daily. Bedding is provided, as well as weekly laundry service. Students typically live with another student from the Syracuse Madrid program, either in single rooms or doubles. All homestays are located within a 35-minute commute by public transportation or walking to the Syracuse Madrid Center. Spring semester students are responsible for their housing & meals during the mid-semester break (10-days) and will need to cover the costs out of pocket.

NOTE: Students residing with host families may make specific roommate requests in the post-decision process.


El Faro Residence Hall

The residence hall, Colegio Mayor El Faro, is situated in the Moncloa neighborhood of downtown Madrid and is a 30-minute walk to the Syracuse Madrid Center. The rooms are double occupancy and include a small kitchen with a sink, mini-fridge, and microwave. Bed linens and bath towels are provided and laundered weekly by the cleaning staff. Three meals a day in the El Faro cafeteria are included in this option.

In the residence hall, you will live with Spanish and other international students. This will give you the chance to be culturally immersed and practice your Spanish language skills with your international peers.

Considering room availability in El Faro is limited each semester, there is no guarantee that your request to live in El Faro will be fulfilled.

All students who are placed in the residence hall will need to pay a $300 deposit and sign a housing agreement form to confirm their placement in El Faro.


Hubr Residence Hall

The Hubr residence hall is located in the Salamanca neighborhood of central Madrid and is a 20-minute walk to the Syracuse Madrid Center. The rooms are double occupancy and each floor has a kitchenette with a sink, microwave, dining area and full-size refrigerator. Bed linens and bath towels are provided and laundered weekly by the cleaning staff. Forty meals per month in the Hubr cafeteria are included in this option (20 breakfasts and 20 other meals).

In the residence hall, you will live with Spanish and other international students. This will give you the chance to be culturally immersed and practice your Spanish language skills with your international peers.

Considering room availability in the Hubr residence hall is limited each semester, there is no guarantee that your request to live in Hubr will be fulfilled.

All students who are placed in the residence hall will need to pay a $300 deposit and sign a housing agreement form to confirm their placement in Hubr.

For financial details, please visit the Cost & Aid section for the Madrid Center programs.