Non-Sponsored Housing

You can absolutely live in an apartment if you're not interested in Suffolk Madrid's housing options. If you do, however, please keep some important things in mind before you sign a lease.

Things to Be Aware of

  • You'll probably have to open a Spanish bank account.
  • Apartment owners typically require you to pay a fianza, or security deposit. In most cases, this is the equivalent of two or three months' rent.
  • You may have to pay one month's rent as your realtor's fee if you use one.
  • Partial or total waivers of your housing fee may reduce your financial aid for the current academic year.

Suffolk University Madrid Campus staff cannot assume any of these responsibilities for students who seek housing on their own, or any financial or legal obligations related to such housing.

If you're thinking about getting your own apartment, you must:

  1. Have lived in Madrid for at least one semester
  2. Be at least a sophomore
  3. Have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA
  4. Have a good command of Spanish
  5. Be capable of dealing with contracts, landlords, maintenance workers, and/or technicians who might be needed for any repairs or unexpected housing situations
  6. Be capable of arranging for your telephone lines, internet access, and utilities to be installed and running properly

If you fulfill these requirements, you'll need to formally request a housing waiver.

Housing Waiver Requests

You must fill out a housing waiver request form and submit it to our housing coordinator before the relevant deadline below. If your request is approved, you'll then have to sign a housing liability waiver at the start of the semester.

If you plan to live with family:
  • You must provide written confirmation from your family stating so.
If you plan to live on your own:
  • You must provide the address of the apartment where you’d like to live and your contact number.
  • You must provide a copy of your lease at the start of the semester.

Housing Waiver Request Deadlines

  • Fall Semester & Academic YearJune 1
  • Spring SemesterNovember 1
  • Summer SessionApril 15