Barcelona, August 3rd-14th


Barcelona is a very popular tourist destination, especially in August. You should not wait until the last minute to book your travel or accommodations. As time goes by availability goes down and prices go up.

We have pre-booked rooms in two accomodations (see options 1 and 2 below). There are of course many other accommodations options in Barcelona, which you are free to explore if these do not suit your needs. We have chosen not to endorse any specific web sites, but there are many. If you choose to rent private accommodations, be careful to do so through a reliable site. The city has become vigilant in recent months about controlling unregulated rental offerings. If you choose to look for something on your own, the closest areas to the ESSLLI site are Poblenou, Glories, Clot, the Vila Olimpica, and Fort Pienc.

Option 1: Urbany hostel

Particularly with students in mind, we have blocked a group of rooms at Urbany Barcelona Hostel. This hostel is about a 10-15 min. walk to the ESSLLI site and very conveniently located to public transportation and a large shopping center with many food options in all price ranges.

All of the rooms at Urbany are shared, with either 4, 6 or 8 beds. There are some all-female rooms, but most are mixed. Each room has its own bathroom and reasonably-sized, individual, secure lockers. Breakfast is included, and the hostel has cooking and washing facilities and free wifi. Though a meal plan is in principle available, we have opted not to include it because the dining hours are not compatible with the time of the evening activities and because we felt that there were sufficient alternatives available. The hostel is air-conditioned. We have the following date options and prices for this housing:

4-bed room:
     One week - 6 nights (2-8/8 or 9-14/8): 180€
     Two weeks - 13 nights (2-14/8): 390€

6- or 8-bed room:
     One week - 6 nights (2-8/8 or 9-14/8): 162€
     Two weeks - 13 nights (2-14/8): 351€

The hostel has offered us 32 4-person rooms, 14 6-person rooms, and 9 8-person rooms.

Please keep in mind:

- Accommodations must be paid for at the time of registration; they are included as a separate option on the registration web page.

- This reservation option can be guaranteed to be available only until April 30th, except for those students who are presenting a paper or poster in the student session, who will have until 10 days after notification of acceptance to make a reservation.

- Reservations must be made on an individual basis. However, if groups of you want to arrange to share a room, please send an email to with the list of individuals who want to share and we will pass that information on to the hostel. We will do our best to accommodate such requests, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so in all cases. Please be understanding.

Option 2: Onix residence

For those who prefer an individual or 2-person room, we have also blocked rooms at the Residència Onix, about a 15-20 min. walk from the ESSLLI site and also very convenient to public transportation. This is where lecturers will be offered accommodations. The rooms at Onix all either have kitchens incorporated into them or share a kitchen with one other room. Onix does not have a dining facility. The rooms are air-conditioned. However, PLEASE NOTE: while the residence has free internet via LAN cable in the rooms, and via wifi in the common areas, there is no wifi access to internet in the rooms at this time, though the residence managers say they are working on making wifi available in the rooms. Instructions on how to overcome this issue with an iPad can be found here (and can be adapted to other devices).

The prices Onix is offering us are listed in the following chart. (Note: Shared kitchen options are not listed here - if you are interested in such an option, please inquire directly with Onix.) 





Single room or double room with single use (private kitchen)

266 € + 10% VAT

50 €+ 10% VAT

Double room with private kitchen (all have 2 single beds)

350 €+ 10% VAT

61 €+ 10% VAT

Triple room (= double room with extra bed)

420 €+ 10% VAT

79 €+ 10% VAT

Quadruple room (= double rooms joined by a kitchen)

450 €+ 10% VAT

97 €+ 10% VAT


40 €+ 10% VAT

15 €+ 10% VAT

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Demage deposit (refundable) 100 € 100 €

Payment info:

- Onix is giving us preference for reservations until APRIL 30.

- Onix requests payment in full by June 15.

- ALL GUESTS will be asked to leave a 100€ refundable deposit (typically in the form of a hold on your credit card) upon arrival, to cover any damage/loss to material in the room. 

- ANY CANCELLATIONS AFTER JULY 3 cannot be refunded.

To reserve with Onix, please send them an email directly at: and mention the following promotional code:

Onix code