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Spanish host families

Stay with a host family carefully selected by our Accommodation Department: great extra practice for your Spanish and the best way to make your stay a truly immersion experience

Spanish host family, Type A

All our host families live in flats, as there are practically no individual houses in Barcelona. Apartment buildings (both old and modern) are rarely more than 8 floors high. A typical flat will have 3 or 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, a dining room and living room. Some flats have terraces; almost all of them have balconies.

It is difficult to describe a typical family as there is such a variety; some are young couples, some have children still living at home, others - perhaps the majority - have grown-up children who no longer live at home, but who often appear for lunch on Sundays! Lunch is usually eaten quite late - around 2.30 p.m., and dinner is usually at about 9.00 p.m.

Prices 2018 & 2019

Price per week Up to 4 weeks 5 or more weeks Extra night
Bed and Breakfast €210 €200 €35
Half Board €250 €240 €42

Location Most families live near the school and are rarely more than 20 minutes away by public transport. Very occasionally, a family may be up to 30 minutes from the school as some of the most elegant districts of Barcelona are on the edge of the city.

Spanish host families, Type B

We also have a limited number of host families who live in larger, 'up-market' apartments and who can also offer students their own private bathroom. These families will also undertake to do their students' washing and ironing.

The higher prices we charge for these families reflect the extra services and facilities they provide.

Prices 2018 & 2019

Price per week Up to 4 weeks 5 or more weeks Extra night
Bed and Breakfast €250 €240 €42
Half Board €305 €295 €51

Travel arrangements

On arriving (on the Sunday before the course begins), unless a transfer has been requested, you should make your own way to your host family. We will send you the host family address when your booking is confirmed.

You should inform your family of your travel arrangements and estimated time of arrival; this will avoid the family having to wait at home unnecessarily, or you having to wait outside in the street.

Please also let the school know your estimated arrival time just in case the message to the family does not arrive.

All our Spanish families

All our host families agree to fulfill the following conditions:

  • to provide students with single rooms (unless a couple both attending courses, or individuals, request to share), which are comfortably furnished, have adequate heating and lighting facilities and a desk or table where students can work
  • to provide basic laundry facilities and to change bed linen and towels weekly
  • to make a daily bath or shower available
  • to provide an adequate continental breakfast and, for those students who are being accommodated on a half-board basis, a substantial dinner at night
  • to provide students with a door key so that they can let themselves in and out
  • to treat students as family guests and generally behave in a friendly and hospitable manner


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