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

Option 2: Our accommodation officer, Rhiannon, will match you to an Oxford TEFL host which meets your specific needs and preferences. (€550 for one month).

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Who will I stay with?

(Options 1 and 2)

You will stay in a private room in a shared flat. Your host (or hosts) will be English teachers, local Spanish people or foreigners who have a spare room to rent. You may have the chance to either practice your Spanish or get first-hand advice on English teaching!

Where is the accommodation?

(Options 1 and 2)

Some of our accommodation is within walking distance of the school and for some, you will need to get a metro or bus. Transport is cheap and efficient in Barcelona and your maximum journey time will be about 30 minutes.

Barcelona has a modern, efficient underground system, which allows you easy access to Barcelona’s most famous areas. The bus network runs from 5 am to 11 pm and also offers a lower frequency night service.

The 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.

What is the accommodation like?

We can guarantee that you will be provided with an adequate room (single or double) with bedding. You will have access to the kitchen and cooking facilities as well as the communal areas. You will be expected to cook and tidy up for yourself.

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.

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

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions (option 2)

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

  2. The accommodation service fees are €550, and 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.

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 in this webpage: Application for the CELTA course in Barcelona (open in a new tab). On the application form, you will see the option to ask for help finding accommodation.

If you have already been accepted, you can ask for more information by replying directly to your place offer email.

Meet Rhiannon, our Accommodation Officer

Rhiannon Lambe is our Accommodation Officer and one of our English teachers in Barcelona. She was born and raised in the UK and in Barcelona which means that she is a fluent English, Spanish and Catalan speaker.

She has been teaching English since she gained her Trinity CertTESOL in 2012 and has taught English in the UK, Colombia and the Netherlands.

In addition to this, she has experience in management, as a student rep and is well-connected in the city of Barcelona. So, she is the ideal person to match you to one of our friendly hosts.