Home Sweet Home. Housing in Barcelona.

Here are some general rules, tips, and expectations to help you become accustomed to your new home!



Each homestay will include the following:

  • breakfast and dinner every day (Even on weekends! #moneysaver)
  • a set of keys to the apartment to come and go as you please
  • blankets, pillows, and sheets
  • communal living space or kitchen with a table and chairs
  • shared bathrooms which include toilet and bathing area
  • two meals per day: Breakfast and dinner
  • laundry service once a week

 Students must abide by the Homestay rules. 


Fully equipped shared living spaces that students may live in jointly with other students – American or international (4-6 per apartment usually). Students who choose to live in an apartment do not get meals included, but have kitchen and cooking facilities.

Each apartment will have the following:

  • blankets and pillows
  • fully equipped kitchen with a stove-top range, refrigerator and sink
  • communal living space or kitchen with a table and chairs
  • shared bathroom which includes a toilet and a bathing area

Please note that although CISabroad makes every effort to provide your preferred form of housing, we cannot guarantee that all personal preferences are met. We have carefully selected safe and adequate housing for each student and each living arrangement is distinct and special in its own way.

Every housing placement is different with different pros and cons. Your accommodations will be different than what you’ve come to expect in your home country. In general, be prepared for a relatively small living space in an older building with very basic amenities. Now is the time to open your mind and get ready to experience something different; this attitude is in the spirit of your decision to study abroad. Please also remember, that when you are abroad, you will be representing your home institution and your home country; behave appropriately.

There are no housing changes allowed during the first 2 weeks of the program. There is a natural adjustment period to life abroad and making any housing change decisions during this time is usually premature.

clean up after yourself

Keep your room and the common areas clean; this is especially important when you are sharing a bedroom, apartment, residence, or dormitory.


In order to avoid disturbing the neighbors or housemates, please use headphones when listening to music, or keep the volume low, and please keep your voices down.

Utilities and use:

  • Heating and air conditioning should be used sparingly. NEVER leave heating or air conditioning units on while you are not home. If you must have them on when you are sleeping, keep them low.
  • Always turn off the lights when you leave the apartment and when you are not in the room.


  • You should lock the apartment door at all times. Also, when leaving the apartment, make sure the windows are closed and locked. CISabroad or the housing company will not be responsible for any stolen items.
  • If the keys to the apartment are stolen, lost or misplaced, all locks to the apartment will have to be replaced at the student’s expense, including key copies for all apartment members.
  • If the keys are left inside the apartment/bedroom and the locksmith has to open the door for you, you will have to pay for this service.
  • It is strictly forbidden to throw any object or substance from windows, balconies, terraces, or roofs. This includes keys, cigarette butts, or anything else big or small.

Guests and Alcohol Policies:

  • No overnight guests allowed
  • Disrespectful behavior related to alcohol consumption will end up in dismissal from the housing and you will have to find your own housing at your own expense.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the apartment.
  • The consumption of drugs, as well as keeping or dealing them, is absolutely prohibited

Financial Liability:

  • You will have to pay for any damage done to the apartment (doors, walls, floors, furniture, kitchen supplies, washing machine, etc.).
  • If extra time is needed to clean the apartment, or if items are damaged or missing, you will be charged and those charges will be deducted from your housing deposit. Housing deposits will be returned 8-12 weeks after the program has ended

Helpful tips for living with other people:

  • Respect your hosts and the other people that live in the building.
  • Remember that you are not on a college campus and not in your own home. Respect the property and get out of the “college campus” mentality.
  • Talk to your roommates if they do something that bothers you. Talking it through is the easiest way to solve a small problem before it gets bigger.
  • Talk to the staff if a problem arises and you cannot work it out with your roommates.

Warning process:

  • If any of the above rules are broken, you will receive a verbal warning. This warning will also be written and sent to your home school.
  • The second infraction of any of the above rules will result in you being evicted from your apartment. You will need to find a new place to live at your own expense.
  • Please read through all of our behavior policies noted in the CISabroad Policy Handbook, linked inside of the attachment to your acceptance email


I am arriving early, can I move into my housing before the specified move‐in date?

No. Due to liability issues, the specified arrival date is the earliest you can move in. If you arrive early, you should arrange for your own accommodation until the official program starting  date.

Can I contact my roommates before I arrive?

Due to privacy concerns, we cannot release the names of your roommates before the program begins. However, the best way to find out who you will be living with is to join the CISabroad Spain Facebook page, and post on the wall to see who might be living with you!

Does the apartment have sheets and towels?

Your housing will provide sheets/bedding.

Towels may not be provided. We suggest you bring a towel so you will have one upon arrival, but towels will be easily purchasable once in spain, and the onsite staff will assist you as needed!

Can I stay in the apartment after the program is over?

Students MUST completely move out of the program housing by noon on the day
their program ends without exception.  We are happy to provide you with a list of
inexpensive hotels and hostels where students have stayed in the past if you plan
to stay beyond the program dates, otherwise it’s best to buy your return flight for
the program departure date.

Do Barcelona apartment buildings all have elevators?

Elevators  are  now  fairly  common  across  the  city,  but many  older  buildings  simply
don’t  have  the  space  for  them.  Although  an  elevator  is  guaranteed  for  90%  of
apartments,  in  case  your  building  doesn’t  have  one,  you  will  not  be  placed  in  an
apartment in which you have to climb more than two flights of stairs to reach the
front door.