A home-stay is a unique opportunity to improve your Spanish outside the classroom and to engage with local life.
It is quite natural to feel a little shy or unsure about where to put yourself at the beginning, but most students bond quickly with their host family and enjoy being looked after.
Living with a family doesn't mean you completely relinquish your independence. You are given a key and can come and go as you please, providing that you are considerate about letting your family know if you plan to be out for lunch etc.
Families come in all shapes and forms: some have young or teenage children, other have elderly parents staying at home, some are ladies on their own who have lots of time to dedicate to their foreign guests. The bottom line is that they are friendly and welcoming… and will speak to you in Spanish!
ISLA can accommodate requests from vegetarians or students with other food issues. You will often be “sharing” your family with another foreign guest of a different nationality.
Shared self-catering flats offer more independence and personal responsibility. It is fun to live with a bunch of other ISLA people. Students are responsible for feeding themselves, doing their own laundry, cleaning the flat and for putting themselves to bed!
Bear in mind that you will have to make an effort to ensure that the common language in the flat is Spanish. But all ISLA flats have a TV so students can carry on listening to Spanish while relaxing at home.
Student flats in Spain resemble student flats in most European countries and this means décor and facilities are considerably more basic than the home of Mom and Dad or Apart-hotels you might have stayed in while on holiday. But ISLA flats are cleaned prior to a new student's entry and equipment/furniture are checked.
Flats sleep approximately 4 to 6 people, with a shared kitchen, bathroom(s) and usually a sitting room. Parties are strictly forbidden and permission must be sought from ISLA for houseguests (for whom there is a charge). ISLA makes an effort to house people according to age and stage.
Residences provide rooms with shared or ensuite bathrooms with B&B, half board or full board. All are within 10 minutes walk from ISLA and the centre.
Residences range from the smaller (approx 15 pax) to the larger (60 pax) . All the residences that ISLA sends students to have free wireless internet facilities, a TV room and a fridge and microwave for student use.
Although there may be Spaniards living at the residence as well as foreign guests this does not mean that here will necessarily be lots of chatting and mixing so if your aim is to speak Spanish at home it is better to go for a homestay. And generally speaking, if you feel you would appreciate having someone to be there for you for a chat and to ask about your day, better go for a family. If, however, you are pretty confident and independent and want to come and go as you please then a residence will suit you... and there is a very good chance that you will be living with several other like-minded beans!
You might prefer a place to yourself, for you and your partner or you and your family. ISLA Apartment is on the same square as the school and comprises two bedrooms, each with a double bed, and sitting room-come-kitchen with views to the square and bathroom. This apartment is simple, sweet and spotlessly clean with a lookout on the lovely Basilios square.
All linens, are provided, it has a TV, wireless internet signal. In addition to the usual kettle, toaster, washing machine, fridge, microwave, small oven and ironing facilities, it has a Nespresso machine, milk heater/foamer and hairdryer.
If you are a family with teenage kids who might struggle with sharing a bed ask about renting a whole ISLA flat.
Check in for the ISLA Apartment is after 14:00 and check out before 12:00. Pets are not allowed at the ISLA Apartment and we thank patrons for only Smoking on the balcony.
People who are accompanying students but not participating in a course themselves are welcome to share these spaces.
Our new accommodation option is full board at a simple hotel with a good restaurant. This will suit those who wish to have an en suite bathroom and for whom a hotel is an appealing alternative to the more institutional student residence. The hotel has Wifi throughout and is well located, on the Gran Via about 7 minutes walk from ISLA. Supper can be taken at the establishment's sister restaurant on the Plaza Mayor. Students enjoy a choice of several dishes at all meals. Towels are provided and rooms are cleaned daily.
For shorter stays, hotels are a contender as there are some seriously good offers to be had. Here is a list of our favourites (we can help you with any bookings):Hostal Plaza Mayor and Hostal Catedral
These two simple family run "hostales" (small hotels) are well located near the Plaza Mayor and Cathedrals respectively. They offer good value at 30 euros/single, 45 euros/double. http://www.hostalplazamayor.es and http://www.hostalcatedralsalamanca.comHotel Eurostars Las Claras ****
Right beside ISLA and by several excellent tapas bars, this 4 star hotel couldn't be more ideally placed for ISLA people. Booking.com regularly quotes 60 euros/night/double. Save on breakfast and pop up the road to Trastero for a cafe con leche. http://www.eurostarslasclaras.comPalacio de Castellanos ****
A stone's throw from ISLA with a wonderful interior patio and café with views to the San Esteban Convent. From 75 euros/night. http://www.nh-hotels.com/hotel/nh-salamanca-palacio-de-castellanos
|Accommodation Option||Min. Age||Meal plan||Wi-fi||Room cleaning|
|Family||16||half board or full board||yes||yes|
|Residence||18||half board or full board||yes||yes|
|Budget hotel with meal plan||18||full board||yes||yes|
|Accommodation Option||Overnight visitors||Am I allowed to cook||Towels provided|
|Budget hotel with meal plan||no||no||yes|
|Accommodation Option||Laundry facilities||Are sheets provided?||Is there a fridge for my stuff?|
|Budget hotel with meal plan||no||yes||no|