Neighbourhoods for students in Barcelona: El Clot – Camp de l’Arpa
El Clot and Camp de l’Arpa are two well-connected to the city centre neighbourhoods with a residential and quiet atmosphere. Are you still not sure of where to live in Barcelona? Check out the guide for these neighbourhoods in Barcelona and see if this is the best place to find your housing!
Source: Oh Barcelona (www.flickr.com)
Housing in Barcelona within Sant Martí district
Camp de l’Arpa and El Clot are two neighbourhoods within the district of Sant Martí in Barcelona, along with: La Verneda, Poblenou (including the area called 22@) and El Besós i El Maresme. The area is delimited by Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, Dos de Maig Street, Sant Antoni Maria Claret Street and Navas de Tolosa Street.
Residential and quiet neighbourhoods for students
El Clot is a residential and quiet neighbourhood for students, whose origins date back to Mediaeval times, when it was an agricultural area which supplied Barcelona with food products. In the XIX it took part in the industrialization process of the city, so now you can see some old industries standing next to middle class and medium rise buildings. The center of El Clot still holds a village-like atmosphere, but the majority of the neighbourhood is more urban.
La Farinera del Clot Cultural Centre. Source: www.ajuntament.barcelona.cat
On the other hand, El Camp de l’Arpa is a neighbourhood of contrasts. It’s also residential, but there’s a clear distinction between its western part, which was remodeled by the expansion plan of 1860, and the rest of the area, whose residents rejected the transformation.
Both neighbourhoods are quiet overall, although each of them has activity hubs on the pedestrianized Rogent and Clot streets. Friendly people and local families who like to live outside tourist attractions are to be found here! If you like things to go slow, don’t miss these neighbourhoods. And when you’re feeling in need of a little bit more bustle, just use the public transportation and head to the city centre!
Old umbrellas factory. Source: www.vestigiosdebcn.wordpress.com
Clot Street and Market Square have the highest density of bars and restaurants in the area, where you can find different types of cuisine and some places suitable for a student’s budget. If you rather discover new possibilities to eat out each time, we recommend you to stroll around and let the neighbourhood surprise you! Some highly recommended places are: Nanaya Japanese restaurant nearby, Tasta’mm… or Celler Ca la Paqui traditional food or He Cheng Chinese restaurant.
To choose the right place, do as locals do and go into the most crowded places, as they will tend to be the best in the area!
Nightlife in this neighbourhood in Barcelona
Nightlife in El Clot or Camp de l’Arpa is pretty relaxed. If you like to sit down after dinner and drink a cocktail or prepared with love mojito, here you’ll find several places to do so. Moorea and Naranjito are two bars you definitely need to try!
Piratas Disco is the only dance club in the neighbourhood, so if you want to party till dawn the best option may be to go to the city centre, which is well connected underground.
On the first fortnight of November, popular celebrations take place on the streets of the neighbourhood. During the Festa Major honouring Catholic St. Martin, gigantic figures, fireworks and cultural activities capture the attention of locals. It’s quite a demonstration of Catalonian tradition!
Festa Major. Source: www.ca.wikipedia.org
El Clot and Camp de l’Arpa neighbourhoods’ facilities
Mercat del Clot (Clot Market) is a non-tourist local market to do your groceries, where locals buy fresh food: seafood, meat products, fruits and vegetables, poultry…Stall owners are very kind and always willing to help, so if you want to find out how to cook certain typical products they will inform you really well!
Mercat del Clot. Source: www.commons.wikimedia.org
Plus, for a faster way of filling your pantry ask where the nearest supermarket to your home is. There are several around here! This neighbourhood in Barcelona is a residential one, which is why it’s so easy to do your groceries.
Around Clot Street and Market Square is the highest concentration of family-run shops in El Clot, whilst in Camp de l’Arpa the shopping hub is Rogent Street. You won’t find large shops or international clothing chains within the neighbourhood, but you won’t miss them either.
In addition to these small shops, the shopping mall Glòries just outside its boundaries is a good place to discover Spanish and international brands, or even to join one of their cooking workshops. However, if you like to find little treasures amongst thousands of used products, don’t miss the flea market of Els Encants Vells (“the old charms” in Catalan) or Fira de Bellcaire.
The flea market Els Encants Vells. Source: www.constructalia.com
Wondering if it’s possible to do sports in El Clot and Camp de l’Arpa? The private gym McFit and the Public Sports Center Clot de la Mel are two good options, well equipped and cheap!
Apart from smaller green areas, Parc del Clot (Clot Park) is a 3.5 ha large green space in the city, pretty unknown we could say. It was built a few decades ago on the grounds of former industries, whose remains are fully integrated on the landscape. It’s not difficult to see children playing, local families taking a walk or young people doing sports.
Clot Park. Source: Oh Barcelona (www.flickr.com)
Cultural offer and attractions
El Clot hosts one of the most famous buildings in the city: the skyscraper Agbar Tower. It’s visible from many neighbourhoods in Barcelona, clustering offices from different companies.
Plus, the building of the Municipal School of Arts and Crafts is a clear example of local modernism with its red bricks and ceramic decorations.
The cultural offer in Barcelona is very rich, and this neighbourhood doesn’t stay behind. The cultural center in La Farinera del Clot organizes workshops, exhibitions and conferences. Moreover, in Glòries shopping mall you can go to the cinema.
Agbar Tower. Source: Ania Mendreck (www.flickr.com)
When exam times arrive, you’ll find a quiet place to study in Camp de l’Arpa-Caterina Albert Library. It’s located in the northern part of the neighbourhood. Of course, you’ll always be able to study at your university’s library.
The Barcelona city centre is just 13 minutes away going underground (L1), starting from Clot metro station. The times to reach universities are the following:
- UPF: 18 minutes by the tube (L1).
- UPC: 25 minutes going underground (L2 and L5).
- UPC Campus Sur, UB Mundet Campus and UB Diagonal Avenue: it will take you 30 minutes to reach there (L2 and L3).
- UAB Bellaterra Campus: it’s outside the city, 55 minutes away ( L1 and regional train S55).
El Clot and Camp de l’Arpa are well connected neighbourhoods, due to the subsequent metro stations: Glòries and Navas (L1), Clot (L1&L2) and Camp de l’Arpa (L5). Plus, the tram lines T5 and T6 (La Farinera and Cam Jaumandreu stops) and the railway station of El Clot-Aragó link the area to the rest of the city.
Rogent Street. Source: www.mapio.cz
Rental rate: apartments for rent and rooms for rent
This area has one of the lowest rental rates in Barcelona, which is something to appreciate if you’ve already decided that you want to live here. Check out the rooms and flats available!
Short and sweet
- Atmosphere: quiet, residential, urban.
- Location: in the northern part of Barcelona, not too close to the city centre.
- Residents: local families, old people and students.
- Local traditions: Festa Major El Clot-Camp de l’Arpa is a demonstration of Catalonian culture.
- Facilities: local market and supermarkets, flea market, family-run shops and shopping mall, sporting facilities, green areas (Clot Park), libraries, cultural attractions (Agbar Tower, modernist buildings…), cultural offer (cinemas, exhibitions…).
- Transportation: well-connected neighbourhood by metro, train and the tram.
- Rental rate: one of the lowest rental rates in Barcelona.
- Area of Barcelona: El Clot and Camp de l’Arpa are in Sant Martí district.
Would you like to know if living in this neighbourhood would be the best option for you? Don’t miss the rest of reviews of neighbourhoods for students in Barcelona and our complete guide of neighbourhoods for students!
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