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Spanish Host Family / Homestay

Living with a Spanish host ("homestay") family is a great way to experience life in Madrid, learn more about Spanish culture, and of course, an additional opportunity to improve your Spanish.

AIL recommends staying with a Spanish host family for students wanting to learn Spanish quickly  and get the most out of their Spanish course in Madrid. Staying with a Spanish family allows you to be totally immersed in the Spanish lifestyle and customs in a relaxed and comfortable environment conducive to study.

You will find your Spanish hosts welcoming, kind, talkative and friendly. Many of our students stay in touch with their Spanish host family after leaving Madrid. 

Accommodation in Madrid Homestay / Spanish family
Our students having dinner with their host family

AIL ’s Accommodation Advisors will ask you to complete a questionnaire two weeks prior to your arrival. This will allow us to identify your preferences and dislikes (such as smoking, pets, young children) and enable us to ensure you are placed with a suitable Spanish family.

You will be able to contact our support team at any time during your stay. And, if for any reason a student is unhappy in a host family, they will be moved, no questions asked.

Staying in a host family is ideal for students who are looking for a culturally enriching experience, giving you independence in your host family, as well as making friends in our school.


  • Half board: You will have breakfast and dinner with your host family every day. Dinner will give you the greatest opportunity to understand the Spanish lifestyle and to practice your language, as through gastronomy and living together, you will discover more about Spanish cutlure.
  • Host families can be couple of people living alone, with or without children.
  • Families can host several students at once, but never more than 4.
  • You should be prepared to adapt to the rules and lifestyle of your host family (such as eating times).
  • You will be giving keys to the house, so that you can come and go as you please, providing you keep to any rules for co-living the family may have. Guests are prohibited.
  • You will have Spanish classes at AIL Madrid and can participate in our Afternoon Activities Program.

Spanish Host Family / Homestay Price

Price per week/person (EUR)
Single Double
Spanish Host Family
210 189
Accommodation Madrid Host Family Homestay
          AIL Madrid´s students with their Spanish family

Prices listed above are only available for AIL Madrid. If you would like to book a host family only, please consult our Madrid accommodation service.A damage deposit of 60€ is required for stays in host families. The damage deposit is due on your first day at school and should be paid by debit/credit card. The guarantee is refunded to your debit/credit card or bank account on departure once AIL Madrid have received the keys and your room has been satisfactorily inspected*. Please note part or all of the guarantee may be retained if: 

  • The student has damaged furniture or any part of the installations in the home
  • The student hasn't handed in the keys upon departure

*The guarantee will be refunded in a period of less than a week following your departure.

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