Know your Housing Options
Puentes offers many options for comfortable, pre-screened, and well-located housing during your time in Buenos Aires. Using our years of experience in Buenos Aires, we have created these housing guides to help you choose the best housing option for you.
Keep in mind that while each of our housing options comes with unique benefits, all are located in nice, residential neighborhoods, such as Recoleta, Palermo, Barrio Norte, and Belgrano, with nearby bars, clubs, cafes, and public transport. All Puentes housing also includes bedding, towels, weekly cleaning, and Wi-Fi access.
Please review the descriptions below to find out which housing option suites your specific goals for your abroad experience.
Fully immerse yourself in Argentine culture and improve your Spanish by living with a homestay family. We carefully select families who share our enthusiasm for cultural exchange. You have a private bedroom, a private or shared bathroom, and access to shared living areas.
You are provided with traditional Argentine breakfast daily and dinner five evenings a week, which you will share with your homestay family. Do keep in mind that Argentine meals may be different from what you are used to eating at home.
Argentine breakfasts are quite simple in comparison to American standards. You most likely won’t get eggs or french toast, but your host will give you just enough to start the day. Expect cereals, fruit, toast, or medialunas, accompanied by coffee, tea, or mate (a strong Argentine herbal tea).
Dinners, on the other hand, are much more substantial. Expect lots of meats and dairies with veggies and starch. A typical dinner might be an Argentine quiche, meat, pasta, empanadas, or milanesa (breaded meat or chicken), which is usually accompanied with potatoes, rice, or veggies.
If you have are a vegetarian or have any sort of food allergies, it is important to let us know as early as possible so that we can find a host that is able to meet your dietary needs. Students with serious dietary restrictions may find one of the other housing options better suits their needs.
While most students find their homestays to be one of the most rewarding experiences of their time in Argentina, it does come with some unique conditions, which you should consider before choosing this option:
Be respectful: While all participants are “ambassadors” for Puentes, their university, and home country — and thus are expected to be respectful of Argentine culture, habits, and rules — interns who choose homestays will have the closest contact with Argentine families and culture. It is thus very important to be respectful and always follow the guidelines of the homestay family and Puentes.
Cooking: You may be your dorm chef, but at the homestay, please leave the cooking to your family. Most homestay hosts do not allow you to use the oven and stove because of safety issues.
Damages: You will be responsible for the costs of any damages to your housing, so please leave your housing in the same condition as you found it — or better.
Drinking: Argentina’s legal drinking age is 18, and the city is full of fun clubs and bars where you can partake with friends, but please do not bring alcohol into the homestay. Of course if your family invites you for a glass of Argentina’s famous wine, feel free to raise a glass and say “salud!”
Visitors: Always ask your homestay hosts for permission before you invite visitors to your homestay. Just like bars, if Buenos Aires has anything, it is cafes. The city is blessed with everything from old style bodegones to trendy unique coffee shops, and there are even the occasional Starbucks. If you need to study or hang out with a friend, a cafe is a great option.
Sleepovers: No overnight guests.
Make friends with your roommates, while also enjoying greater independence. You have your own bedroom in a fully furnished and equipped apartment with other international interns and possibly young Argentines. Your roommates may be from Puentes or other international programs You share all common spaces, the kitchen, and the bathroom with your roommates.
While the shared apartment gives you greater independence, your exposure to the Spanish language can vary widely depending on the nationality of your roommates and how much effort you put into socializing in Spanish. With great independence comes great responsibility; it will be up to you to make the effort to socialize and use the Spanish skills you learned at home or during your Puentes Spanish Jumpstart classes.
Students who choose this housing option will also be responsible for purchasing and cooking their meals and cleaning after themselves in common spaces. Although there is a weekly cleaning service, it is important to be respectful of your fellow roommates and not leave common areas in disarray — similar to any roommate experience you had back home.
Shared apartments are co-ed, but not in the same room. This is a great option those who are more social, students who already have a good grasp of the Spanish language, or those who like a little more independence.
Live with other international interns and students in a residence hall. The residence is similar to a university dorm in that you are in a house or a building with other young people interested in meeting each other. The residence has double bedrooms with shared bathrooms. These rooms are same sex only, but both males and females can live together in the residence. You have access to a shared kitchen and living area.
The main difference between the shared apartment and the student residence is the amount of people you will come into contact with while at home. Instead of one to three roommates in a shared apartment, you can expect to live with up to twenty international students and interns in a student residence. These roommates may be part of Puentes or other international programs.
Here, you are not likely to have much exposure with Spanish speakers, as many of your housemates will also be from non-Spanish speaking countries. So you should think carefully before you choose this option if your main goal is improving your Spanish. Or make a personal commitment to take Spanish Jumpstart prior to starting your internship and to go out and make friends with locals who are always happy to welcome you into their circle.
Student residences provide high independence, and similarly it will be up to you to provide your meals, cook, and clean after yourself in common spaces. Although there is a weekly cleaning service, it is important to be respectful of your fellow roommates and not leave common areas in disarray — similar to any dorm experience you had back home.
Student residences are great for those who are more social and independent. Plus the sheer number of residents living in the house means you will likely make fast friends with others and venture out more often to explore the city.
As with all living situations, you will be in a centrally located part of the city, surrounded by bars, clubs and cafes and close to public transport.
PRIVATE APARTMENT OR HOTEL
If your preference is to stay in a private apartment or hotel during your time in Buenos Aires, we can help you with the arrangements. Simply contact us, and we will provide pricing and options according to your request.