Residencia de Estudiantes Halls

Since its foundation in 1910, the Residencia de Estudiantes Students’ Halls of Residence was the first cultural centre in Spain and one of the most lively and fruitful hotbeds of creativity and scientific and artistic exchange in Europe during the interwar years.

Located at the Salamanca neighborhood, it is a place where many of the Spanish 20th century renowned culture figures resided as students - including the poet Federico García Lorca, the painter Salvador Dalí, the filmmaker Luis Buñuel and the scientist Severo Ochoa. It was frequented, as visitors or residents while they were in Madrid, by figures like Miguel de Unamuno, Alfonso Reyes, Manuel de Falla, Juan Ramón Jiménez, José Ortega y Gasset, Pedro Salinas, Blas Cabrera, Eugenio d’Ors, Rafael Alberti, and many more.

The Residencia de Estudiantes is one of the oldest cultural centres in Madrid. Today it holds numerous public events featuring personalities from arts and sciences such as conferences, panel discussions, concerts, poetry readings, conferences and exhibitions. This makes the Residencia a place open to debate, creation and critical thinking about the trends of our time.

As a curiosity, a room of the Pabellones Gemelos can be visited in which a historic room of the  Residence has been created, exhibiting decor that is reminiscent of the rooms in which these illustrious writers, scientists and artists stayed. The elements that are used as furniture belong to the patrimony of the Residence and the Free Teaching Institute. Others have been reproduced for the occasion.

Staying in a building with history

The Students’ Residence continues offering accommodation to researchers, artists and creators from diverse fields and origins, who usually stay there for periods of less than a week. To do so, it has 90 rooms and offers cafeteria and restaurant services, which are open to residents and the general public.

It also offers weekend stays (Friday and Saturday), long weekends, Christmas and Easter.  

For bookings, phone  91 561 32 00 or send an e-mail to:

Residencia de Estudiantes




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del Pinar, 21-23
Touristic zone: 
Barrio de Salamanca
Opening Times: 

Mon - Sat 11:00 - 20:00 h. ; Sun 11:00 - 15:00 h.

(+34) 91 563 64 11
(+34) 91 564 38 90
Gregorio Marañon (L7, L10)
República Argentina (L6)
Local train (Cercanías): 
Madrid-Nuevos Ministerios
7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 27, 40, 45, 51, 147 y 150

Free access.