Preliminary Housing Information, Salamanca

2017-2018

NOTE: THE PROGRAM DOES NOT PAY HOUSING EXPENSES. STUDENTS SHOULD INCLUDE THESE COSTS IN THEIR BUDGET.

I. FAMILY HOUSING

Living situation:  You will be living in a single room in the apartment of a Spanish family. Another foreign student may also be living in the apartment, although you will never be asked to share a bedroom and any other foreign students must be non-English speaking. Your room will include, as a minimum: a desk, a bed and a closet. You are provided with keys to the apartment. Bed linens are also included and will be washed for you by the family. Some families provide towels for students, but this is not a requirement. All meals are supplied, with the option for bag lunches or dinners should you not be able to return home for a meal. All family homes have internet.

Selection of families: The families have been selected by the office of Cursos Internacionales at the Universidad de Salamanca and screened by the Director of the Georgetown program. Every effort is made to respect student preferences indicated on family housing applications, especially those conditions indicated as priorities. The program strives to house GU-Salamanca students with families who have gotten good evaluations from previous GU students. A family may consist of one individual, a couple living alone or parent/s and child/ren of any age  (sometimes live-in “children” may be in their 30s). If you put a premium on speaking with and spending time with family members, do not assume that your best option will be to live with sons or daughters of your own age; in the experience of our students, oftentimes young people are already busy with their own activities and friends, and it is the host mother and/or father who will spend the most time with our students.

Price: The 2017 price is 23. 50 €/day for 2017 and 24 €/day for 2018 (705 € and 720 €, respectively for a 30-day month). This daily rate will be charged whether or not the student is travelling. Reduced daily rates are available only during the Universidad de Salamanca Christmas or Spring Break dates for a student who is absent from  a homestay for 5 or more consecutive nights. If done by the family, laundry and ironing service costs 14.00 € (in 2017) or 14.50 € (in 2018) for two Spanish-sized wash loads (smaller than US—a standard washer holds 5 kilos, or ll lbs of clothing). Students may also choose to bring their laundry to a “lavandería” service.

Payment: Once assigned a family, students will be responsible for housing payments to Cursos Internacionales, on a month by month basis. Payment may be made by credit card or in cash. Checks are not accepted. The exchange rate is not determined by Cursos Internacionales, but by US banks and credit cards. Students are responsible for researching charges and fees associated with their cards. 

Change of families:  Should change of family be necessary, Cursos Internacionales will facilitate the name of another family to the Director. Since the student is on-site s/he should visit this family before deciding to move in with them. GU-Salamanca requires students to give families a one-week notice of intent to move.

Georgetown University follows the host family accomodation terms laid out by Cursos Internacionales at the Universidad de Salamanca

II. DORM HOUSING

Note:  The majority of dorm residents will usually be freshmen.

A. Dorm room with kitchen shared between two residents: Residencia "Colegio de Cuenca" (Universidad de Salamanca)

Living situation: Most students choose to live in an individual room with private bathroom and shared kitchenette in the Residencia Universitaria Colegio de Cuenca (associated with the Universidad de Salamanca), in the undergraduate wing. Students can also opt to live in the graduate wing, which is more expensive, but quieter (students sensitive to noise are not advised to live in the undergraduate wing, unless they request to be on a special “quiet hall.”) Students lodged in graduate wing rooms do not share a kitchen. The dorm has internet service, laundry facilities and some common areas. The Spanish students who live in this dorm are primarily freshmen.  This dorm is the only possibility available for students who want to cook their own food. Note that the kitchenettes do not have an oven.  

Price: The 2016-2017 fee for the individual room with a shared kitchen is 478,50 €/month and an individual room with private kitchen in the graduate wing is 544,50 €/month. Not included in this price: water (fixed price of 16 €/month) and electricity (40 €/month; price adjusted—up or down--at end of semester to reflect your usage).  The deposit was 700 € in 2016-2017 (to be confirmed for 2017-2018), and you will need to pay this with a credit card before you arrive in Salamanca. For a complete list of services provided by the dorm as well as prices for other types of rooms, please see its website (below).

Payment: Students will be responsible for housing payments to the dorm management, with payment due at the beginning of every month. Payment may be made by credit card or bank transfer. Checks and cash are not accepted. The exchange rate and credit limit is not determined by the Colegio de Cuenca, but by US banks and credit cards. Students are responsible for researching charges and fees associated with their cards. 

"Colegio de Cuenca" dorm website

+Spain/@40.9679691,-5.6795215,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0xd3f263080bc87a5:0x50b5f7c401c47c57">Location of the dormThe Residencia “Colegio de Cuenca” is close to the “Campus Nuevo,” which includes the Facultad de Derecho (Law and Political Sciences) and the Facultad de Filosofía, Económicas y Sociología (FES). The Campus Nuevo is about a 20 minute walk from the Plaza Mayor.

Dining Hall: If you do not want to cook every day, you can buy meal tickets and eat at a nearby dorm with a dining hall:   

Application process: Contact your overseas advisor for more information.

B. Dorm room with full room and board. Private dorm.

Note: Private dorm offerings are dependent on availability, which can be limited in the second semester. The private dorm “Residencia Helmántica. Isidro Segovia” anticipates having some vacancies.

Living situation in the "Residencia Helmántica": You will have an individual room in a dorm with approximately 60 residents. Included in the price are three meals, with the possibility of getting a sandwich and fruit to go if you have class during the lunch hour. Your dorm payment also includes daily room cleaning as well as clean towels and laundry service on a weekly basis. Friends are permitted in the dorm until 11pm. The dorm has common areas and internet service.

Price: 550 €/month. No pro-rating; you must pay for a full month. A four-month stay: 2,200 €; five-month stay: 2,750 €.  Half-month deposit required. The on-site program will pay this deposit, which will be charged to your student account at the current exchange rate

Payment: Students will be responsible for housing payments to the dorm management, with payment due at the beginning of every month (a month is counted starting from the date you enter). Payment must be made directly into the dorm's bank account (no foreign checks accepted). 

"Residencia Helmántica" dorm website

LocationApproximately 10 minutes walk from the Plaza Mayor and a 15-minute walk to campus buildings.

Application process: Contact your overseas advisor for more information

C. SHARED APARTMENTS WITH SPANISH STUDENTS

This option is offered exclusively to full-year students in their second semester in Salamanca. If you are a full-year student and think you might like to find yourself a shared apartment in your second semester, please let the Resident Director know from the very beginning of your stay.  If you move out of your GU-assigned housing and into a shared apartment, you must sign an independent housing agreement accepting full responsibility for your own housing.