Active Learning Abroad


Students may choose from the following housing options: Home Stay, Residence Halls (at an additional fee), Shared apartments, and Independent living. ALA always tries to provide first student housing choice, but we cannot guarantee it. It is why we recommend students to apply in advance so they have better chances to obtain their preferred option.

Home stay:

Staying with a host family is a way to enrich student’s experience and to reinforce the knowledge gained during the program. We select our families carefully and know them for years. All of them have extensive experience accommodating foreign students. Upon arrival students receive a key of the house so they may come and go as they please. Two daily meals are provided and one laundry load per week.


This is an off-campus student’s residence. Spaniards and international students are residents of this option mostly in double rooms, depending on availability some singles may be offered as well. Kitchen and bathroom may be private or shared. There are also common areas. Usually, the residence offers laundry facilities and meals may be, or not, included. An additional fee is required.

Shared apartment:

These apartments are shared by international students. They mostly have double bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen with cooking utensils, washing machine and refrigerator, and shared bathrooms. Students must respect building community rules and maintain the apartment in decent conditions. The price of accommodation includes the cost of utilities (electricity, gas, water) within reasonable expending. Meals are not included.

Independent living:

This is an option for students who do not want to be lodged by ALA. They will receive a rebate but ALA’s staff will not help them in their housing search.