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Accommodation in Barcelona

What are my options?

We offer two options for accommodation in Barcelona which are comfortable, low-cost and close to the school: 

Option 1: Join our Accommodation Group

Find your own accommodation via our Facebook group, which is only for trusted hosts and trainees. This is a free service (fees for accommodation vary). 

Option 2: Personalised Accommodation Service

Let our accommodation officer, Becky Ray, handle finding your accommodation. You can choose to stay for either one month (32 days), two months (64 days) or three months (96 days).  The fee for this service is €600 per month (€700 from August 1st 2024), which includes your accommodation, bills and assistance.

After you have made your payment, Becky will send you a questionnaire to understand your preferences. She will then match you with a host who best fits your needs. Once matched, you will receive photos and details of your specific accommodation. However, please note that it is not possible to view photos or details of potential accommodations before payment and the matching process.

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Where is the accommodation?

(Options 1 and 2)

The location of your accommodation will vary. Some flats are within walking distance of the school, while others may require a commute via metro or bus. Regardless, your maximum journey time will be approximately 30 minutes. Barcelona boasts a modern, efficient transportation system, which ensures easy access to all the city’s attractions.

Our school is situated in the central district of Barcelona, near the key Gaudí Art Nouveau buildings and the city’s best shopping, bars and restaurants. More information about transport in Barcelona.

Who will I stay with?

(Options 1 and 2)

You will stay in a private room in a shared flat. Your host(s) may be English teachers, local Spanish people, or foreigners with a spare room to rent. This gives you a unique opportunity to practice your Spanish or receive first-hand advice on English teaching!

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What is the accommodation like?

Whether you choose our accommodation service (option 2) or use our Facebook group to find your own accommodation (option 1), you will be staying in a comfortable environment. The apartments are in buildings with multiple levels, some of which have a lift. Many are in a traditional Barcelona style with tiled floors and some are modern.

You’ll have a private room (single or double) with bedding and access to the kitchen and communal areas. You will be expected to cook and tidy up for yourself.

If you choose to use our accommodation service (option 2), after responding to the questions sent to you by our accommodation officer, you will be sent the details of your host. We are unable to provide multiple options to choose from but we can guarantee that your flat will meet all the requirements outlined below.

All our registered hosts fulfil the following requirements (options 1 and 2):

  • Be within a maximum of 30 minutes’ commuting time to our centre from door to door (walking, metro, bus). We cannot guarantee that accommodation will be within walking distance from the school as this will depend on availability at the time of enrolment.

  • Have a heater in the room (or central heating available) to host during winter months.

  • Have a fan in the room (or AC available) to host during summer months.

  • No charging of deposits (unless agreed by the trainee).

  • Provide clean bedding and at least one towel.

  • Have drawers/wardrobe in the room.

  • Have Wi-Fi.

  • Be welcoming (give info of surroundings and how to commute to the school, help adjust to living in BCN).

  • Allow the student to access/use all spaces of the flat freely (other than bedrooms).

  • Be a maximum of 4 people living in the flat (with the trainee included).

  • No children under the age of 12 living in the flat.

How do I request accommodation?

If you haven’t submitted your application for our CELTA course in Barcelona yet, you’ll need to do that first on this webpage: Application for the CELTA course in Barcelona (opens in a new tab). On the application form, you will see the option to ask for help finding accommodation.

Once you have been interviewed and offered a place on the course, you will receive a link to join our Facebook group (option 1).

If you decide to use our Accommodation Service (option 2), you will be able to pay for one, two or three months of accommodation at the same time as your course fees.

Payment must be received at least 7 days prior to your arrival date in order for us to match you to a host.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions (option 2)

  1. Allocation is on a strictly first-come, first-served basis.

  2. The accommodation service fee is €600 per month (32 days) (€700 for payments received after August 1st 2024). The following deadlines apply:

    • Standard deadline: The full fees must be received at least 7 days before your arrival date.

    • Deadline for visa applicants: The full fees must be received at least 14 days before your visa appointment.

    • Deadline for multi-person stays: If you would like to be accommodated with your partner, the full fees must be received at least 21 days before your course start date.

  3.  All utilities (electricity, water, gas, and internet) are included in the accommodation fees.

  4. Any broken or missing items are expected to be replaced at the expense of the trainee.

  5. If, for any reason, the trainee changes the dates of accommodation and notifies Oxford TEFL.

    • …at least 28 days in advance, and before the host has been confirmed: There will be no charge.

    • …at least 28 days in advance, but after the host has been confirmed: A €50 administration charge will need to be paid before the trainee can be matched to a new host.

    • …between 15 and 27 days in advance: 50% of the accommodation fees will need to be repaid before the trainee can be matched to a new host.

    • …14 days or less in advance: The full accommodation fees will need to be repaid.

  6. If, for any reason, the trainee cancels the accommodation or is unable to attend the course and notifies Oxford TEFL…

    • …at least 28 days in advance: 100% of the accommodation fees minus a €50 administration charge will be refunded.

    • …between 15 and 27 days in advance: 50% of the accommodation fees will be refunded.

    • …14 days or less in advance: No accommodation fees will be refunded.

  7. If you have booked two months (64 days) or three months (96 days) of accommodation, we may provide more than one host for the duration of your stay.

Becky Ray was born and raised in the UK and has been living in Barcelona since 2011. A keen traveller, she has visited many parts of Asia, the USA, Australia and New Zealand and lived in many different countries in Latin America.

She has been teaching English since she gained her Cambridge CELTA in 2012 and is currently studying for the Trinity DipTESOL.

In addition to this, she loves to work out, walk her dog and travel around in her campervan. Her experiences abroad and with her strong connections in Barcelona mean she is the ideal person to match you to one of our friendly hosts.


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