Student Life Arrival FAQs
Where is my residence and what is it like?
All of the homestays and apartments are located in the town of Villaviciosa de Odón, the same town where UEM is located. If you take a bus (#518 or #519) from Avenida Príncipe de Asturias to the campus, approximately a 10 minute ride gets you to the campus.
The homestays might be apartments or houses. Only one student is placed with each family to provide an immersion experience. You will be included in the family’s activities. Each apartment typically contains 3-5 private single bedrooms and 1-2 shared bathrooms living/dining/kitchen area. The apartments are fully furnished (beds, wardrobe, TV, sofa, etc.) and the kitchen is equipped with utensils such as cookware, silverware and dishes. Each bedroom also has private study facilities with a wireless or non-wireless internet access point.
Is bed linen provided?
Bed linen and towels are provided by the host families. However, if you will be living in an apartment, you will have to provide your own bed linens, comforter (duvet), pillows and towels. You may choose to bring some with you from home or you can buy some when you arrive.
Where can I buy linen and towels?
IKEA has the best prices and is located in Alcorcón. Avenida Europa, 22, Centro Comercial Parque Oeste. Open Monday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. Metro Sur, Parada Parque Oeste, Autobus # 1 from Alcorcón Central Train Station.
Where can I buy phone cards to call home?
International phone cards can be purchased at most newsagents, at the post office, at tobacco shops and at small telephone shops called locutorios. In Villaviciosa de Odón you can purchase phone cards at the Centro Comercial Villacenter, en Fonocenter, S.L. Local B-15, Avenida Príncipe de Asturias, 129 and at the Tobacco Shop, La Cava de Villa, Avenida Príncipe de Asturias, 157. Although you can use the phone cards with your cell phone to call home, it is much less expensive to use your family’s home phone.
Where should we go out on our first night?
Explore Villaviciosa de Odón. There are many restaurants and cafes where you are sure to meet Spanish students.
Where is the closest library?
Students can use the UEM library and computer room, Biblioteca Dulce Chacón, Building C, open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm and Sunday from 9:00 am to 2:45 pm. You will also have access to a reading and computer room in Building A, open from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm, Saturday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. There is also a reading room in the Sports Complex Building, open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm, Saturday from 9:00 am to 9:30 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. There is also a library with computers at the Coliseo de Cultura in Villaviciosa de Odón and all FIE students become members.
What about transportation?
FIE will provide you with a personal transportation card for travel within Villaviciosa de Odón and to Madrid on arrival day. You must purchase the monthly transportation ticket at the tobacco shop (estanco) Avenida Príncipe de Asturias, 157. You will need it for travel during orientation. This ticket is valid for one month for the B2 zone which is your zone. The transportation pass allows you to travel by bus, by tube (Metro) and by suburban train (Cercanías) in the zones A1, B1 and B2. You will recieve specific information about transportation costs before you arrive.