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In Merida there is always something fun to do around town, and all the great Mexican food you can eat! And the excursions were not only educational, but fun since we got a lot of down time to either explore the sites we were at or just relax with the people in our program.
– Tori Paris
Central College

housing and meals

As a student on the Merida program, choose from two living options, based on your desired immersion level:

The Central College Abroad house

Live in the Central College house where students learn about Yucatecan customs and traditions through daily interaction with the on-site staff. Located in a residential area of Mérida, the house was once the private residence of a former governor. Living arrangements include:

  • Two-to-four person bedrooms
  • Living area
  • Dining area
  • Reference library
  • Classroom
  • Computer space and wireless network

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided Monday through Friday, and brunch on Saturdays. All Meals are served family style and combine Yucatecan, Mexican and international cuisine. Students have access to kitchen facilities on Saturdays and Sundays.


For students looking for complete language and cultural immersion, living with a family is an invaluable option not to be ignored. Interaction with a family improves language skills and allows students the valuable opportunity to experience traditional Yucatecan hospitality while still having full access to the Central College Abroad house.

All Central College Abroad host families have been carefully selected and most have a long history of receiving students in their homes.

Students are served breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch on Saturdays. Students living with host families also have access to Central College Abroad kitchen facilities on Saturdays and Sundays.

Please contact the Central College Abroad office for additional living arrangement details.