Quality Accommodations:

We provide visiting students with quality accommodation at a very reasonable cost, in a safe and pleasant environment and close to the university. “Residencia Universitaria Alma Mater” was specially conceived to satisfy the special needs of visiting students, is oriented to a younger clientele and provides a student-friendly atmosphere in which to live and study.

The proximity of the Residence to UCR allows you to participate in academic and extracurricular activities and engage in the best the University of Costa Rica has to offer.

Besides your private room you can use the Residence’s public spaces (living rooms, dining room, terraces, office, kitchen, laundry). Different spaces can be used for group-work or individual study, as well as for preparing your meals and sharing mealtimes with other students.

You will feel right at home at our Residence, enjoy our unique character and ambience, as well as the company of other students from different parts of the world.


Specially Discounted Monthy Rates:

The Residences offers different housing options for you to choose from: standard or superior rooms (single or double) and apartments (double or triple). For shared rooms or apartments, you must have your own roomate.

International students registered at the University of Costa Rica for one trimester, one semester or one academic year, are eligible for our specially discounted monthly rates:

Standard Room

Standard Room - Occupancy: SINGLE
with private bathroom & small fridge.
Monthly
Rate: $400 per month
($13 per day reduced from a $50 daily rate)

Standard - Occupancy: DOUBLE
with private bathroom & small fridge.
Monthly
Rate: $350 per person per month
($11.67 per day
reduced from $35)


Superior Room

Superior Room - Occupancy: SINGLE
with studio and Kitchenette.
Monthly
Rate: $480 per month
($16 per day
reduced from a $60 daily rate)

Superior Room - Occupancy: DOUBLE
with studio and Kitchenette.
Monthly
Rate:  $380 per person per month
($12.67 per day
reduced from $38)


Apartments

Apartments-Occupancy: DOUBLE
with one bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchenette, balcony or Spanish Patio.
Monthly
Rate: $425 per person per month
($14.17 per day
reduced from $45)

Apartment-Occupancy: TRIPLE
with one bedroom, bathroom, living room, kitchenette, balcony or Spanish Patio.
Monthly
Rate: $300 per person per month
($10 per day
reduced from $30)


Breakfast is optional, it can be served at the Residence ($75 per month or $2.50 per breakfast, reduced from $4), you can prepare your own (buying at near-by supermarket) using our kitchen and dining room, or go to the many cafeterias in and around the university. Lunch or dinner can be provided on order at $7 per meal , or the students can prepare their own meals at the Residence at no extra charge. The use of our laundry facilities costs $4 per wash (washer, dryer, detergent and iron).

Our rates include cleaning services for your room & bathroom three times per week, linen (bedding) and towels are changed once a week. Also included are public utilities (water, electricity), free WIFI throughout the building, cable TV with international channels in every room and security 24/7.

All our units are fully furnished (beds, side tables, desk & chair, armchair, tv, fridge, lamps). Kitchenettes in our Studios and Apartments have refrigerator, microwave, dishes & silverware. The Residence’s kitchen is a common space the students can use (equipped with refrigerator, stove, microwave, percolator & coffeemaker, pots & pans, dishware & tableware). Besides your private rooms, students can use the Residence’s public spaces: living rooms, dining room, kitchen, study rooms, covered terraces and open terraces.

Students are welcome to use of our laundry facilities at a cost of $4 per wash (use of washer, dryer and iron). We provide regular detergent, if you want a special detergent or fabric softener, you can buy your own at a nearby supermarket. To save water and energy the machines should be used only for full loads (typically clothing for one week), and tennis shoes are not allowed in the washer or dryer.

Students can reserve a chauffeur of our trust to pick them up at the airport. This avoids getting lost trying to find the Residence or being overcharged by taxi drivers. To reserve this transfer, all you need to provide is your name, flight number and arrival time. The fee is $30 for up to 3 people arriving on the same flight (airport taxis charge $35/$40), payable directly to the driver


Reservations & Payment:

For students visiting the University of Costa Rica to confirm reservations at our Residence, we don’t need advance payment or the deposits all other establishments require. All we need is an email giving your name, country of origin, passport number, and indicating the kind of accommodations you prefer (standard single or double, superior single or double, apartment double or triple). Your arrival and departure dates at first can be tentative, and confirmed when you have purchased your plane tickets.

Payment is once you are in Costa Rica and satisfied with the quality of our services. Payment is due on during the first week after arrival, and on a monthly basis thereafter. Payment is in cash, check in US $, bank deposit or international bank transfer.