Accommodation during your stay in Barcelona

We aim to provide you with comfortable, low-cost accommodation, within easy reach of the school.

Option 1:

Find your own accommodation.

  • We have a Facebook group (Oxford TEFL Accommodation Barcelona) for hosts to upload information about the accommodation they wish to rent
  • Hosts are able to add a photo album and write a description of their home for trainees to read
  • Interested trainees will contact the host directly to ask any further questions or check availability
  • Payment is made to your host on arrival

Use of this group is optional and free of charge.

The prices for each flat are at the top of the descriptions of each album. Prices are per night/ month to allow flexibility, and a single/double room will usually cost €12 – €20 a night, so staying from the Sunday before the course starts until the Saturday after a standard 4-week course finishes would cost around €350 – €450. You pay this directly to your host on arrival. Prices include rent, bills, but not food or use of the telephone.

Option 2:

Let us do the work!

  • We match you to a host based on your needs and requirements
  • We send you the contact details and other information about the host and their apartment
  • Our accommodation officer is the first point of contact for anything related to your accommodation, including communication with your host in case you don’t speak their language
  • Payment is made to Oxford TEFL in advance

Our accommodation officer, Taylor Grabowski, will get in touch with you as soon as payment for this service has been received.

Who will I stay with?

You can stay in a 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?

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 5am to 11pm and also offers a lower frequency night service.

The school and most of our apartments are 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.

How much will it cost?

The accommodation service fees are €475. This includes us matching you to a host, communication with your host before and (if necessary) during your stay, your rent for the first month, bills, but not food or use of the telephone.

What is the accommodation like?

We can guarantee that you will be provided with an adequate room with bedding, a desk and a quiet place to work and study with wifi connection. You will have access to the kitchen and cooking facilities, and will be expected to cook and tidy up for yourself.

All our registered hosts fulfil the following requirements:

  1. Be within a maximum of 30 minutes commuting time to our center from door to door (walking, metro, bus).
  2. Have a heater in the room (or central heating available) to host during winter months.
  3. Have a fan in the room (or AC available) to host during summer months.
  4. No charging of deposits (unless agreed by the trainee).
  5. Provide clean bedding and at least one towel.
  6. Have a desk and chair in the room. If not, then a quiet study area provided with desk/chair.
  7. Have drawers/wardrobe in the room.
  8. Have WiFi.
  9. Be welcoming (give info of surroundings and how to commute to the school, help adjust to living in BCN).
  10. Allow the student to access/use all spaces of the flat freely (other than bedrooms).
  11. Be a maximum of 4 people living in the flat (with the student included).

Terms and conditions (option 2)

1. Full payment for the accommodation service (€475) must be received at least 7 days before a host can be confirmed. If you require accommodation details for your visa, payment must be received at least 14 days prior to any visa application. If you would like to be accommodated with your partner, we would require payment at least 21 days prior to arrival. Allocation is on a strictly first come first served basis.

2. If, for any reason, the trainee cancels the accommodation or is unable to attend the course giving:

a) more than 28 day’s notice: a 100% refund of accommodation service fees minus a €50 administration charge will be given.
b) between 27 and 15 day’s notice: 50% refund of the accommodation fees will be given.
c) between 14 and 0 day’s notice: 0% of the accommodation service fees will be given.

3. All bills are included in the accommodation fees (heating, water, light or wifi)

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

Once you have applied and been offered a place on the course, we will send you full details of our accommodation services.