The main difference lies on the personal experience you wish to have. Staying with a host family is the best option if you are looking for direct contact with Spanish customs and culture and/or practice the language as much as possible. In fact, we do not offer accommodation + breakfast services, since, to us, it is important to share, at least, one meal with the host family, thus spending time with them practicing the language or exchanging your views.
We offer two types of accommodation in Valencia
A host family or
shared apartments with other international students from the school.
In both cases, electricity, gas and water expenses are included. However, if you are planning to stay at a Student Residence, the school can assist you on which is the nearest one to our centre.
If you are under legal age, you must stay with a host family.
The host families we work with have of our abiding trust and we have work together for many years. We are sure you will feel welcome and comfortable, since the Spanish culture is very warm and hospitable. Also, the host families are friendly and open, but do not expect to speak English; most of the ladies do not know how to speak it!
Yet, for many, the experience of living in an apartment with other international students from the school is completely different.
You will have a single room in the home and you will share the common areas: kitchen, living room, and bathroom. You are responsible for keeping said areas clean and buying food/groceries. Also, you are in charge of buying the necessary cleaning products, toilet paper, washing-up liquid, etc., which you will all share.
We have learned from experience that students often build good relations with their fellow roommates, probably developing a long-lasting relationship, especially when it comes to long-term stays. Although they must take into account that, most of the times, the common language is English, since it is possible that your level of Spanish is not the same.
The difference between the Comfort and Standard apartments is the number of people that share the bathroom. That is, in Comfort apartments there are no more than 2 people, whereas in Standard apartments there are 3 or 4. In some cases, Standard apartments are older, where the kitchen and the bathroom show signs of usage. However, Standard apartments are closer to the school; therefore, it is less likely for you to use public transport to come to the centre.
In short, if you are a person who pays much attention to the financial aspect of your stay, a Standard housing is perfectly decent for your stay in Valencia. But if you are more interested in comfortable living accommodations and, having to share a bathroom with other roommates is crucial, then Comfort apartments is the choice for you
If you are planning on a long-term stay in Valencia, a very good option is dividing your time between both options, for example, half your stay with a host family and subsequently moving to an apartment when you have acquired a higher level of Spanish. Besides, if you wish to continue with the type of accommodation you have previously chosen, there would not be a problem.
Finally, we offer you a link to the instruction booklet we will give you the first day you come to the centre. In it, you have detailed explanation of the housing services on page 8. Please, do not hesitate to write should you have any additional questions.