Berklee Study Abroad - Valencia, Spain
Housing, Meals, Weather
Emerson students will live in a modern, well-equipped student residence hall called Galileo Galilei located on the Valencia Polytechnic University campus. The property is centrally located, just two miles from the Berklee campus. The residence hall is a 15 minute bus ride to the Berklee Valencia campus, or the city center. It’s a 15 minute bike ride or 30-40 minute walk to campus. The beach is a 10-15 minute walk from the residence hall.
Emerson students have a choice of a single room with private bath or double room with bath shared by the two roommates. Your roommate may be a Berklee College of Music student. The layouts of each room vary, but each room comes with a private bathroom, twin size bed (including a pillow, blanket and bedspread), desk, shelves, closet, chair, telephone, wake-up service, heat or air-conditioning depending on the season, and Internet. The cost of housing includes sheets/towels and weekly cleaning services. Each room is different, but most rooms are filled with natural light, are spacious and modern and have a small balcony. The residence hall has laundry facilities, t.v. rooms, study rooms, a gym, a music room, games room, photo lab, open-air terrace and a full kitchen on each floor. Galileo Galilei Residence is close to public transportation, and there is a pizza shop, cafe, bakery and convenience store located on street level. The residence also offers a wide range of educational, leisure and sports activities.
Students will have the opportunity to request the type of room they want after they are accepted to the program and attend a cultural orientation session. Students can request a specific room mate or have one assigned randomly. Room numbers will be assigned during Orientaion week in Valencia.
RESIDENCE HALL SERVICES
- Personal Laundry Service - Students can hire weekly laundry service, up to 6 kg, including ironing for €60.50 per month.
- Self Service Laundry - Washing machines cost €4 and dryers €2 per cycle.
- Small fridge rental - €11/month
- 19" t.v. rental - €11/month
The costs of meals are not included in the program. Students are NOT required to purchase a meal plan. Valencia is filled with many inexpensive and highly rated restaurants, so students have many choices for meals. If students decide they would rather purchase their own meals there are quite a variety of inexpensive restaurants to choose from.
PURCHASE YOUR OWN MEALS
- The Berklee Valencia campus has a cantina where students can buy breakfast or lunch.
- A one plate lunch at the Berklee Cantina is €3 and if you want a full meal (a couple of plates, coffee, drink and dessert it's around €6).
- A full course meal at a restaurant in Valencia is about €15
OPTIONAL MEAL PLAN
Once accepted to the program, students will have the option to sign up for one of several monthly meal plans offered by the Residence Hall student canteen. The self-service canteen is open 7 days a week.
- A 2 meals per day plan (breakfast plus either lunch or dinner) runs €180 (approximately $230 per month)
- NOTE: Breakfast is mostly pastries.
- Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is €300 (approximately $400 per month)
- Extra canteen services: Breakfast €3, Lunch €6, Dinner €6
WEATHER AND PACKING
LATE SUMMER August is generally the warmest month in Valencia. You can expect, on average, temperatures between 27 ºC - 30 ºC (84 °F) during the day and 22 °C (72 °F) in the evenings, with mild humidity. However, like other Mediterranean coastal cities, Valencia is comfortable as there is always a local sea breeze.
FALL TERM Usually autumn is the season with mild and comfortable temperatures. September averages between 26–27 °C (79–81 °F) during the day and 18–19 °C (64–66 °F) at night. Throughout the season, September through December, Valencia receives plenty of days when it rains for a short period of time. October and November is very pleasant with daytime temps in the 60 °F range and evenings around 52 °F at night. Students will need a sweater or light jacket for the end of term.
SPRING TERM: Spring is a wonderful time to be in Valencia. The winter months, December, January and February are the coldest months, with average temperatures around 16 °C (62 °F) during the day and 7 °C (45 °F) at night. There will be a dozen or so days in the winter where the temperature exceeds 20 °C (68 °F). Spring months bring blue skies, mild weather, and sea breezes.
Check World Weather Information Service for temperature averages across Europe. Use this service to aid in packing.