In Logroño, most Middlebury students live in shared apartments with Spanish or international students. Apartments typically range from a 15-20 minute walk from campus. Other options such as homestays and residence halls may also be available.
During the first week in Spain, students look for apartments with the help of Spanish orientation assistants, who will help them communicate with landlords, visit apartments, and review rental agreements. Although Middlebury assists students in the housing search, the contract is between the student and the landlord. Therefore, Middlebury College is not liable for any conflict or litigation that may arise.
If students wish to familiarize themselves with apartments in Logroño prior to arrival, they may browse the Universidad de La Rioja’s “bolsa de pisos”, a service that gives information about availability, prices, and location of apartments in Logroño. If students are unable to find an apartment in the “bolsa de pisos”, Middlebury staff will help them find other options. We recommend that students visit the apartments before signing a contract.
In the past, Middlebury students have stayed at the Residencia Universitaria La Ribera. Like other Spanish residence halls, it is privately owned and not affiliated with a university. This residence hall is a 5-minute walk from campus and offers internet, individual rooms, a shared kitchen, and an optional cleaning service. Prices vary according to the room size and optional services such as cleaning and meals.
If students are interested in this option, please contact Sarah Vance, the Student Affairs and Housing Coordinator.
Living with a host family is a great way to become immersed in Spanish culture and experience daily life in a Spanish home. Students benefit from living with experienced families who are eager to host international students. Homestays are a great opportunity to meet Spaniards of all ages, share traditional meals, and even participate in family gatherings and outings. Placements are arranged through Fundación Universidad de La Rioja.
If students would like to live with a host family, contact Sarah Vance. Students who are interested in this option commit to living in the homestay for a minimum of one month. Each student has a room and prices are typically 650 euros for three daily meals.
Admitted students should communicate their housing preferences with Student Affairs and Housing Coordinator, Sarah Vance (firstname.lastname@example.org), before July 1 or November 1. She will advise students regarding different options. Once in Logroño, Middlebury staff will be available during every step of the housing search. Orientation assistants (Spanish students) will also be available to help students communicate with landlords, visit apartments, and review rental agreements.
In the spirit of the Language Pledge, undergraduate students should live with Spanish-speaking students or international students who do not speak English as a first language. This will help maximize their Spanish language learning while they are in Spain.