Off-Campus Housing in Madrid

Students who meet certain requirements may be eligible to apply for a housing waiver to live off campus. This means that you will be responsible for finding—and paying for—your own accommodation and all meals while living in Madrid.

In order to be eligible to apply for a housing waiver, you must meet all conditional requirements:

  • You must have studied at SUMC for at least three full semesters (waiver would be granted for your fourth semester in Madrid)
  • You must have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • You must not have any major prior disciplinary incidents at either Suffolk campus (Boston or Madrid)
  • You cannot be on academic probation
  • You must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish. This can be demonstrated with an official language exam, grades from Spanish courses taken at Suffolk, and/or an interview with SUMC staff

Please note that applying for the waiver, even if you meet all the criteria, does not automatically mean you will be approved. SUMC reserves the right to approve or deny each housing waiver request on a case-by-case basis. All housing waiver requests will be reviewed by the SUMC Housing Coordinator as well as the University Director.

Suffolk University reserves the right to revoke a housing waiver that has already been granted at any time, if the student commits violations of the Community Standards, or does not meet the stipulated requirements for the waiver.

Students who have a close relative living in Madrid may also apply for the housing waiver, even if they do not meet all criteria. The request must still be reviewed and approved by the SUMC Housing Coordinator and University Director. 

Once your housing waiver has been approved, you must provide SUMC with proof of your housing situation (for example, a rental contract, AirBNB payment receipt, etc.) as well as your housing address and all relevant contact information. This information must be provided at least 3 weeks prior to your arrival for it to be valid.

Download a copy of the Housing Waiver release from Liability [PDF]