Why Madrid?

Madrid, the capital of Spain, has an amazing mix of history and modern, urban life. For studying and working abroad, Madrid offers great opportunities in different business sectors and gives you a opportunity to live and experience the life of a Madrileño, enjoying the food, going shopping and having a siesta during the day! Madrid is a very big city with lots of different areas to explore so we want to give you the best insider tips to avoid the tourist trail and enjoy all that Madrid has to offer.


"I would highly recommend Madrid as a year abroad destination. Although its name may not have the same attraction as other major cities such as Barcelona or Paris, it is an incredible place to live. Every day you find something new in the city and there are so many cool areas to it. Admittedly it's not a place to go on holiday, but you have to live here to fully appreciate it."

El Museo del Prado

The amazing Art museum in Madrid, cannot be missed and it’s free for students!

Mercado la Cebada

This is a really cool, outdoor market with lots of stalls and live music.

Calle Ponzano

If you’re wanting to get drunk in Madrid, this is your place to go. Countless bars with happy hour cocktails and cheap student discounts, it’s the perfect start to your night.

Retiro Park

On a nice day, enjoying a cold caña and chilling out in Retiro Park, you’ll enjoy the laidback side of Madrid.

Explore these unique experiences and amazing tours


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  • Bike
  • Public Transport
  • Taxis

BiciMAD is the newest bike scheme in Madrid. It is supplied by 100% electric bicycles: clean, healthy and sustainable method of transport. 

Metro card that costs 20 euros a month for unlimited travel. 100% needed. RENFE (trains) to travel from city to city. Loads of coaches as well.
Ubers are also very reasonable (around 5.50€ in the centre) and good for coming back from a night out. Cabify is a similar system.

Our Community

Talk to one of our ambassadors for bespoke advice or read our students blogs.​​

Olivia Nono

"Hello! I’m Liv and I’m currently doing my year abroad in Madrid. I’m remote working for a eco-tech start-up - which sounds fancy but my day to day is me sat on the couch. I was supposed to go to Argentina for the second half but the pandemic has made it not possible. Message me about any worries or dilemmas you have with regards to the whole process of moving abroad!"

Izzy Vivian

"Hey, I’m Izzy! I graduated from the University of Bristol in July 2020 and spent my year abroad studying at Université La Sorbonne in Paris and then taught English to business professionals for six months in Madrid. I had the best time and learnt so much over the year. I’d love to help with any questions you might have about living in France and Spain, studying at a French uni or finding a work placement in Spain!"

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