Host family accommodation is available throughout the year. Most families live near the school and are rarely more than 20 minutes away by public transport.
All of our host families live in flats, as there are practically no individual houses in Palma. Apartment buildings (both old and modern) are rarely more than 8 floors high. A typical flat will have 3 or 4 bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchen, a dining room and living room. Some flats have terraces; almost all of them have balconies.
It is difficult to describe a typical family as there is such a variety; some are young couples, some have children still living at home, others, perhaps the majority, have grown-up children who no longer live at home (but often appear for lunch on Sundays!). Lunch is usually eaten quite late (around 14.30) and dinner is usually about 21.00.
All host families are carefully selected by our Accommodation Department and all agree to fulfil the following conditions:
To provide you with a single room (unless a couple both attending courses or individuals request to share), which is comfortably furnished, has adequate heating and lighting facilities and a desk or table where you can work.
Not to accommodate students of the same nationality at the same time (unless you specifically request that).
To provide basic laundry facilities and to change bed linen and towels weekly.
To make a daily bath or shower available.
To provide an adequate continental breakfast and -- if you are being accommodated on a halfboard basis -- a substantial dinner at night.
To provide you with a door key so that you can let yourself in and out.
To treat you as a family guest and generally behave in a friendly and hospitable manner.
We also have a limited number of host families who live in larger apartments and who can also offer you your own private bathroom. These families will also undertake to do your washing and ironing. We therefore classify them as "Executive Families" and the higher prices we charge for these families reflect the extra services and facilities they provide.
Included: Exclusive use of a private bathroom; laundry and ironing service.
Not included: Use of telephone.
Shared rooms are available upon request for 2 people travelling together.