Our Guide to Accommodation

Watch out for agency fees and always read the contract when signing for a flat with estate agents. If you are going as a student it is important to stress the importance of having a look around houses once you arrive and not paying for anything in advance. It is better to stay in temporary accommodation whilst househunting, using networks like airBnB to help you. Idealista is an app that allows you to directly contact landlords looking to rent properties directly, avoiding any potential scams. Do not be surprised by the slow way of life in Spain. There are a lot of public holidays and your timetables give you a lot of time to explore/find a hobby. It can be difficult to keep yourself motivated in Spain so you have to try to motivate yourself.

Universal resources for accommodation in Spain

Accommodation in Madrid

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Places like Sol, Malasaña, Chuesca and Goya are better areas to live with good night life and bars and are very central. It is recommended to live as central as possible because metro/buses stop pretty early so you want to be able to get around easily whatever time of day.

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Accommodation in Barcelona

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The main areas we recommend would be Eixample or El Born. The neighbourhoods closest to the centre, such as Barrio Gotico, Raval, Zona Universitat or Barri de Gracia are usually quite expensive and more open to pickpockets and noise. Since Barcelona is perfectly connected to public transport, the best option is to find an accommodation in a more distant place. Living here is not for everyone, so take time to research the best areas that suite you.

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Accommodation in Valencia

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Area wise, Blasco Ibañez/anywhere near the university is great for nightlife, cheap nights out and is quiet (ish). Would say that’s where most of the students were situated, however also in the centre, right by the high street is a really beautiful area to be on the footstep of the historic town. It’s minutes away from the Mercado Central, and only takes 10 mins on the Valenbisi to get to the university area. Russafa is also a really nice district with lots of buzzing nightlife and pubs if you are just visiting on holiday.

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Accommodation in Seville

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Most people live in Triana, Nervion or central in Alfalfa. Triana is on the other side of the river, but Seville is so small you can walk from one side to the other in less than 30 mins. Nervion is further out, but only like 20 minutes from centre. The resources at the top are always useful but also RoomSevilla. Although they can be a bit cheeky.

Accommodation in Zaragoza

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Easy Piso and Idealista are good websites. Definitely try to live with other students. There is a huge Erasmus community and there are loads of flats around the San Francisco area. Most of the Spanish students live at home though so everyone tends to live with other Erasmus students. Be careful who you accept to live with and what rules you are agreeing to follow.

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Accommodation in Marbella

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