Student Life & Accommodation


THE RESIDENCE. Colegio Mayor Fray Luis de León is the only official Universidad de Salamanca residence located within the Old City, and it is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The residence lies a few steps from the old and new cathedrals, the main historic university buildings, and the beautiful Plaza Mayor. Named after Golden Age theologian and academic Fray Luis de León who was famously imprisoned during the Inquisition for daring to translate part of the Bible into Spanish, the residence hosts some of the university’s top students during the year and is in great demand due to its central location in the city. 

The Colegio Mayor features a fully modern interior while the exterior bears the quintessentially Salamancan stone de Villamayor found throughout the Old City. The rooms, most of which have their own bathrooms, enjoy magnificent views of the cathedrals or the Plaza Fray Luis de León. Our program has exclusive use of the residence, which includes a large common area, a central outdoor patio, a library, and a game room. Students will be issued a personal ID card and have full access to the university’s libraries and sports facilities during their stay.

STAFF AND SUPERVISION. All programs have central offices open daily from 8:00am until midnight where students can seek advice and answers to their questions. The Program Director and residential staff members live in the same residence as the students, ensuring availability and care around the clock.

ACCOMMODATIONS. All rooms are simple, comfortable doubles and have a private toilet and shower. The rooms have space for studying, and there are larger common areas where students can work together. Rooms are furnished with a bed (linens and towels provided), a dresser or wardrobe, and a desk and chair.

MEALS. Students enjoy a buffet-style breakfast and dinner in the residence cafeteria. Breakfast is continental-style with choices such as cereal, fruit, yogurt, cheese, and bread. Dinner is a variety of standard cuisines and regional foods, including a vegetarian option, fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, and dessert. Lunch is at each student's discretion and provides an opportunity to sample the cuisine at various restaurants, grab a sandwich or bocadillo nearby, or dine in local cafés.

COLLEGE FACILITIES. Beyond the classrooms and dining hall, students have the use of a common room for socializing and watching television or movies. There are on-site public telephones and message boards, and students collect their mail daily from the Program Office.