Neighbourhoods for students

Where to live: The best neighbourhoods for students

In this “Best neighbourhoods for students guide” you will find which is the area that suits you best! Are you wondering where to live during your studies or new job? Whether you are looking for your apartment or room for rent, just keep reading to find out which neighbourhood in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, London and Boston would suit you best!

1. Neighbourhoods for students in Madrid

Madrid is the capital of Spain, a lively city…people say that it never sleeps! It’s a good idea to choose the location of your home depending on how you would like your experience to be.  Keep on reading to know more about the neighbourhoods for students in Madrid!

Neighbourhoods for students in Madrid: Malasaña

Malasaña neighbourhood (Madrid). Source:


Atocha neighbourhood is the area surrounding Atocha railway station and close to El Retiro Park, one of the biggest green areas in Madrid. The area is mainly busy and touristic, with a lively nightlife and wide cultural offer, although there are some quieter adjacent streets with home-made food. The new and used books street market is really special, don’t miss it!


This is a safe bet if you would like to be near the University City and most private unversities.  This is one of the neighbourhoods in Madrid with a higher density of student population. It is calm and friendly, and has one of the best places in Madrid to try Spanish omelette.


Chamberi is a residential and quiet neighbourhood, near universities and well-connected to the city centre. Spanish and international students live here, along with local families. It’s an ideal place if you are looking forward to tasting delicious local food in a sunny terrace…And, of course, some great facilities and a lively nightlife!

Neighbourhoods for students in Madrid: Sol

Sol neighbourhood (Madrid)


Sol is the city centre, that part of Madrid that you shouldn’t miss! It’s a very touristic area, but it’s also always crowded with locals going shopping and eating out. It’s really well-connected, has beautiful buildings and is surrounded by relaxing green areas…so if you like to be in the middle of things then you will love this one!


Salamanca is known in Madrid as the most upscale neighbourhood of all! It’s located northeast the historical centre and hosts some of the best private universities in the country. Business people and the cultural elite live in this area with a regular grid pattern and impressive architecture. If you’re dreaming of stylish nights, top notch restaurants and trendy bars you don’t need to look any further 😉


An inclusive and gay-friendly atmosphere is what you can expect to find in Chueca neighbourhood! This area is still part of the city centre and has really nice places to eat, dance and have a drink. But it also has family-run small stores to fill your pantry or find some gems going shopping!

La Latina

La Latina has become one of the trendiest areas, in fact it’s the perfect mix between traditional and trendy! The terraces here are perfect for tapas lovers…and the flea market is a meeting point for locals and tourists alike, where you can find almost everything you can imagine!

Terrace in La Latina (Madrid)

La Latina neighbourhood (Madrid). Source:


And last but not least, Malasaña has a hipster and alternative feeling to it that makes it really special. Vintage and trendy are other words that describe this area, which distinguishes by its underground area and second-hand shops.

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2. Neighbourhoods for students in Barcelona

Barcelona is known around the world for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, shops and the beach…Are you looking for housing in Barcelona? The area your choose to live in can make such a difference. Just continue reading to know more about the student neighbourhoods in Barcelona!

El Clot – Camp de l’Arpa

El Clot and Camp de l’Arpa are two residential neighbourhoods, well-connected to the city centre, and where it’s really easy to do your groceries. Nightlife is pretty relaxed here, although there are some pubs in the area. The main cultural attraction is the skyscraper Agbar Tower.

Les Corts

Les Corts hosts the main campus of UB, UPC and IESE Business School. This quiet residential area, located west of Barcelona, is perfect to eat on a students’ budget, stroll down it green areas and drink tasty cocktails at night!

El Raval

Bohemian, trendy, multicultural…all of these adjectives point to El Raval neighbourhood! Immigrants and bohemian people coexist here and fill its markets, supermarkets and small shops. Don’t miss the wide cultural offer in one of the more hip neighbourhoods for students.

Square in El Raval (Barcelona)

El Raval neighbourhood (Barcelona).

Sants and Hostafrancs

The residential neighbourhood of Sants and Hostafrancs has an industrial past and is very popular amongst middle class workers and students. In this area you may find almost everything, from a shopping mall to green areas. And there is some nightlife too!

Vila de Gracia

This is one of the most popular neighbourhoods for students in Barcelona, with its narrow and bustling streets of this former independent village. This self-sufficient neighbourhood has large sunny squares with terraces and is really close to vast green areas.


L’Eixample neighbourhood is a really nice place to live in, as it has some of the most beautiful modernist buildings in the city. International luxury brands and local markets lie next to theatres and museums…You will always have something to see here!

Gothic Quarter

If you would like to get lost in the Middle Ages, then you will feel at home in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. It’s a very touristic place with a lively nightlife and nice places to eat next to the Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona!

Gothic Quarter (Barcelona)

Gothic Quarter neighbourhood (Barcelona). Source:

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3. Neighbourhoods for students in Valencia

Valencia is a welcoming city for students! There are plenty of neighbourhoods for students in Valencia. Would you like to know where to choose your home here?

Pla del Real

The residential and upscale Pla del Real in Valencia is one of the most popular areas for students in Valencia due to its location next to UV Campus Blasco Ibañez. Its atmosphere changes completely when there’s a match going on in Mestalla Football Field. Don’t forget to enjoy the pubs with character near Aragon Avenue!


The expansion of the old city centre in Valencia is known as Extramurs, whose buildings following a grid pattern were built between 1900 and 1960. Foodies are welcome here, as it’s possible to taste some of the best tapas and tortillas of the city! Don’t miss its nightlife and the atmosphere during the local feast (Fallas) in March!

Ciutat Vella

The Old Town is imaginarily delimited by the old medieval wall, so it’s no wonder that you will feel really special strolling down its narrow winding streets. A varied gastronomic offer, lively nightlife, local markets and cultural offers and attractions are waiting here for you 😉


Ayora is a nice area to live in, pretty close to the University Area and with rather cheap housing. Traditional bars welcome locals and students alike. The area is well connected, so if you want to go shopping just head to the centre! And there’s some lively nightlife within walking distance. This is another of the most popular neighbourhoods!

Extramurs ovverview (Valencia)

Extramurs neighbourhood (Valencia)


This trendy and multi-cultural area has become really popular to see exhibitions, drink coffee at trendy cafés, shop vintage clothes, go out at night and eat at expensive (and cheap) cozy restaurants. Living here is a unique experience!


If you would like to feel like if you were living in a village, but in fact fully integrated with the city, then Benimaclet neighbourhood is just perfect for you. Local people still know each other in the street, which is surrounded by orchards. Original cafes and typical Valencian drink orxata make this area somehow different.


Algiros neighbourhood is nearby the University Area and is divided into two parts by a wide green area, where it’s frequent to see people running. It’s close to the sea and has a lively nightlife and pleasant restaurants where to try out (again and again) well thought out tapas!

El Carmen

El Carmen is the old city centre, it’s a touristic and noisy place, very popular at night. Don’t miss the fresh foods in the Valencian Central Market! And, of course, the historic buildings, libraries and museums in one of the most special areas in the town.

Street in Ruzafa (Valencia)

Ruzafa neighbourhood. Source:

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4. Neighbourhoods for students in London

And who hasn’t heard about London? The following neighbourhoods for students in London have something in common: that you would love to find your new home here!

Maida Vale

The Maida Vale neighbourhood in London has a picturesque atmosphere which is difficult to forget. Did you know that here lives a houseboat community living in floating homes? Despite this, this area is overlooked by tourists so it’s pretty quiet. Cozy cafes will make your experience here incredible.


Small private and public gardens next to white stucco buildings are what best describes Pimlico neighbourhood. This is the place to find vintage and second hand objects! The area is connected to the rest of the city via the Pimlico Tube Station.


One of the most popular neighbourhoods for students in London is Bayswater. With a British classic feeling, this area is located beside Kensington Gardens and it’s safe and cosmpolitan. Definitely an interesting place to stay!

Bayswater student neighbourhood in London

Bayswater neighbourhood (London). Source:


Trendy, bohemian and hipster. Shoreditch hosts really unique street markets and is one of the best retreats for foodies and people for a different way of life.  Are you an artist or would you like to feel like one?


Fulham neighbourhood is upscale, quiet and residential. It is also the home of some of the most beautiful green areas in London. Plus, it’s beside Thames River. Yes, everyone would love to live here!

Fulham restaurant (London neighbourhood)

Fulham neighbourhood. Source: Herry Lawford (

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5. Neighbourhoods for students in Boston

And last but not least, the following neighbourhoods for students in Boston are very popular! Reading the information below it will be easier to choose your room or flat!

Mission Hill

Students, families and young professionales live in this area, pretty close to downtown Boston, which has a wide cultural offer, including museums and libraries. This is one of the cheapest areas, with plenty of convenience stores.

South End Boston

Located south to the city centre, South End Boston has a multicultural atmosphere. People from dozens of different nationalities live in the Victorian buildings to be found here. Plus, this is a very artistic area!

South End Boston neighbourhood

South End Boston neighbourhood (Boston). Source:


Harvard University and MIT are located within the boundaries of Cambridge neighbourhood. It has a bustling university atmosphere and a lively student nightlife. It’s really easy to fill your pantry here, just choose your favourite supermarket and go ahead!


Located near the city centre, Fenway/Kenmore neighbourhood is perfect for students (and for sports lovers, as the Red Sox play here!). Small shops, supermarkets, green areas, libraries…you’ll find almost everything here 🙂


This is one of the most trendy and bustling student neighbourhoods in Boston and it’s well connected to the city centre. If you like to do your groceries near home, or like thrift stores, then you’ll certainly like to live here!

Boston neighbourhoods: Allston/Brighton

Allston/Brighton neighbourhood (Boston). Source: David Berkowitz (

Jamaica Plain

Are you looking for a hip neighbourhood? This one is located next to Jamaica Pond. Here you’ll find a quirky nightlife, trendy and ethnic cafes, green areas and even a zoo!

Back Bay

Live between the city centre and the river in this upscale neighbourhood in Boston! You’ll have all the shops really near, green areas and sport facilities. A very nice place to stay indeed.

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