Where to Stay? Accommodation Options for New Teachers

Plane Lands

You’ve landed, now what?

With the start of the school year right around the corner, many of you are eagerly packing your bags for your flight to Spain. If you are anything like I was, you are excited, nervous and definitely ready to leave! But one of the biggest problems when arriving to your new Spanish city is accommodation. How do you find a nice apartment, and where can you stay while searching?

Luckily, there are many possibilities for short-term accommodation in Spain. Here are a few options many auxiliares and other English teachers in Spain choose.

1. Hotel 

Hotel in Spain

It’s probably the most obvious option, but also the most expensive. It might be nice to treat yourself to one night of hotel accommodation upon arrival to catch up on beauty sleep before fully throwing yourself into the apartment hunt. Multiple nights, however, will add up quickly leaving less money for tapas and travel!

 2. Hostel 

Hostel Dorm

This is an affordable option but also an uncomfortable one. Who really wants to share a room with a bunch of eager backpackers after a long flight overseas with multiple suitcases? It might be worth your while to see how much hostels charge for private rooms, that way at least you have your privacy and don’t have to worry about theft.

3. Private Rentals 

Apartment rental

This can be a very attractive option for your first week or two in Spain. Companies such as Wimdu offer private room or apartment rentals allowing you some peace and quiet as you adjust to a new city. I choose to stay in a private room rental when I first arrived to teach English in Seville, and although it was more expensive than a hostel, I definitely don’t regret it. I was able to catch up on sleep, not worry about my things, and take my time comparing apartments. If you get a group of new teachers together before coming you could even opt for the full apartment rental ensuring roomies who are all in the same situation.

4. Couchsurfing 


Staying with a stranger for free is also an idea if you choose to couchsurf upon arrival. Probably the cheapest option (free!), couchsurfing is a way to meet a native who could possibly help you adjust to your new city. The cons are that couchsurfers rarely stay more than a few days and there is no guarantee of safety.

5. Au Pair or Nanny

Kids Playing

If you want to arrange accommodation for the entire school year before arriving in Spain, perhaps you should consider being a nanny or au pair for the year. Most families offer room and board and sometimes a small stipend in exchange for English lessons and/or childcare. If it is something that sounds appealing, definitely check it out; however, make sure to go over all the small details of living together before signing a contract!

These are only some of the options new English teachers and auxiliares in Spain have to choose from when arriving and searching for an apartment. Have you tried one of these options? How was your experience?

Images: Lauren Aloise, Steve Conroy, Barnacles Hostels, Justin Halleverydaypants


  1. I will be moving to Spain next September and trying to find housing is making me nervous. I know I have a year to really get into it but it still makes me nervous.Thanks for the information. I will research some of these options.

  2. I’m planning to Au pair in Spain very soon. I think it’s an excellent option for those who are new to the country or want to travel cheaply.

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