Housing + Meals


There are two housing options: Homestay with a Spanish Family or Student Residence Hall. Regardless of the living arrangements, students should remember that they will be spread out all over the city and in most cases will need to use public transportation (with Trinity-provided tickets) to get around.  Students will have anywhere from a 5 to a 30 minute commute to the Trinity space and the university every day and will most likely not return to their home until the end of the day when classes have ended.

Standard Housing Option: Homestay with a Spanish Family

Homestays are the standard option for Trinity in Barcelona students, and are strongly encouraged by the College. Homestays are an integral component of the program for students who have some Spanish, as they enable students to rapidly improve their Spanish language proficiency while learning about the culture and people of Barcelona. Homestays are carefully selected by on-site Trinity in Barcelona staff and many have been working with the program for several years. Families host either one or two students. Students have a private bedroom, Wi-Fi, shared bathroom, keys to the apartment, and weekly cleaning and laundry service.

Alternative Housing Option: Student Residence Hall

Students choosing the Residence Hall option at  ​will live in an area called Marina, located close to the Trinity space, the university, and many amenities. Students who stay in Garbi Student Residence stay in a single bedroom or in a single bedroom within a cluster of rooms (limited rooms available in clusters). All single bedrooms have a private bathroom and mini kitchenette inside their bedroom. Students living in a single bedroom within a cluster of rooms will have a private bathroom and mini kitchenette inside their bedroom and share a full kitched and living space with other non-Trinity students. Students in the residence hall are provided with weekly cleaning and linen changes​, lounges and laundry facilities. Social events for both local and foreign students are organized. The residence hall is not located close to most homestay families. The Garbi Student Residencis located just outside of the Sants train station and the Sants Bus Station.

Housing Disclaimer

Housing assignments for Trinity in Barcelona are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Accepted students MUST complete their Housing Form in the Post-Acceptance section of their Trinity in Barcelona application as soon as they have been accepted to the program.  Please note that while Trinity in Barcelona cannot guarantee the housing option, every effort is made to accommodate student requests. Trinity in Barcelona on-site staff make housing assignments based on the information provided by students in the housing form. For this reason, students should include any and all special considerations (including allergies and dietary restrictions) in the housing form—the more information the better. Residence room assignments are given upon check-in at Garbi Student Residence in Barcelona.


Trinity in Barcelona is pleased to offer full board to all program participants, regardless of housing option chosen. Students living in Garbi Student Residence are provided with breakfast and dinner at the cafeteria. Students living with homestay families are provided with breakfast and dinner seven days a week. All students are provided with lunch vouchers for use at the university cafeteria (Monday to Thursday) and an extensive choice of Barcelona restaurants (Friday to Sunday).  Students with dietary restrictions should disclose thier restrictions in their housing form and to on-site Trinity in Barcelona staff.