Where To Live as a Student in Barcelona?
The countdown has started… in a few weeks/ months you will be living in one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world.
But, what do you know about Barcelona? Apart from the Sagrada Familia and Las Ramblas, do you know which neighborhood suitsyour personality? Or which one is the most convenient to go to the beach?
Deciding where to live is key to make the most out of your year abroad and without the right information it can be very difficult. But don’t worry about it…with Beroomers’ neighborhoods guide it will be easy!
Let’s start from the beginning…. Choosing a neighborhood.
Barcelona is divided into 10 districts, which at the same time are divided in 70 neighborhoods. In this article we are just focusing on the areas of interest for students:
- The City Centre: Ciutat Vella and Eixample Dreta
- University Area: Eixample Dreta, Corts and Gracia
- Residential areas: Horta- Guinardó, Nou Barris, Sant Andreu and Sant Marti
1. The City Centre
Well, let’s start from the beginning… Ciutat Vella (Old City) is comprised of four different neighborhoods (Barri Gotic, El Raval, Barceloneta, El Born). It is one of the most beautiful and charming areas of the city. If you have ever visited the city before, you probably felt in love with this area and you decided that this was where you wanted to live one day!
This area is jammed with bars, music venues, restaurants, etc. so it might be noisy in some parts, especially in Barri Gotic, where pedestrian streets are quite narrow. If you like to be in the middle of the action you just found your area!
However, when you choose your apartment just make sure that there is not a bar or restaurant terrace below.
This is a very touristy area and, as a consequence, the cost of living might be more expensive, especially for grocery stores and restaurants. In terms of rent, it is an affordable area. The average rent for a two bedroom apartment goes from 500 to 700 € per month.
In general the Old City has great transport connections with the rest of the city. The Gothic Quarter, Raval and El Born are connected with the University Area by the tube Lines 1 and 3. Barceloneta’s connections are not as good, only the tube Line 4 reaches there.
Verdict: the perfect area if you want to be in the middle of the action.
This large area named Eixample is located beyond Plaça Catalunya and is divided in two parts, ‘Eixample Dreta’ and ‘Eixample Esquerra’ by Passeig de Gràcia. In this area the buildings are built in an easily recognizable grid shape designed by the architect Ildefons Cerdà.
Eixample Dreta is one of Barcelona’s most exclusive neighborhoods. It has a great location as you can walk to Plaça Catalunya and Sagrada Familia. You are also close to Passeig the Gracia which is an exclusive shopping area and to the Gothic Quarter where you can enjoy Barcelona’s nightlife. It also has great tube connections as L1, L2, L3, L4 and L5 stop in this neighborhood.
Rent in this neighborhood is generally quite high, still you can find some nice apartments with an affordable rent. Conversely, Eixample Esquerra is a student area.
Verdict: great location but rent might be higher than in other student areas.
2. University Area
Eixample Esquerra & Corts
Eixample Esquerra and Corts neighborhood form the University Area (Zona Universitaria), where the majority of students live, since many universities are based there, for instance ‘Universidad de Barcelona’, ‘Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña’ or ESADE.
Corts is also the financial neighborhood of the city, where many international companies, businesses and hotels are located. Nightlife in this area is quiet since the majority of professionals don’t live here and students tend to head towards Eixample, especially around Plaça de la Universitat. In this area there is also the Barcelona FC’s stadium Camp Nou, so if you are a Barça fan you just found your neighborhood!
Transport connections are also great. The tube lines L1 and L3 can take you to ‘Ciutat Vella’ in less than 20 minutes.
Verdict: good area to live in because it is quieter than ‘Ciutat Vella’ but it still has a nice, lively atmosphere.
Gracia is the new hip upcoming neighborhood which used to be a town until 1897, when it got incorporated to the city. It still maintains its bohemian style, with large squares where bars set up their terraces, local markets and independent stores. It has the famous Parc Guell from Gaudi.
Many students are moving to this neighborhood because of its trendy scene. Moreover, it has great connections to the University area by the tube line 3 and to ‘Ciutat Vella’ and Barceloneta beach by line 4. It is also possible to cycle but there is quite a stip hill.
Rent in Gracia is cheaper than in other areas like ‘Ciutat Vella’. Apartments tend to be larger and an average rent would go from 500 to 700 € for a three bedroom apartment. We can help you find your housing in Gràcia if you like!
Verdict: this is your neighborhood if you want to experience the bohemian side of Barcelona.
3. Residential Areas: Horta- Guinardó, Nou Barris, Sant Andreu and Sant Marti
These are residential areas, where mainly families live. Even though they are not originally student areas, many students are starting to move here due to the advantages that they offer. Flats tend to be bigger and rent is cheaper than in more central areas. For example, in Horta- Guinardó and Nou Barris the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment goes from 400 to 600 €.
Furthermore, they are really well connected with the city centre and the university area. If you are coming to Barcelona for an internship and your company is located outside Barcelona this area might be convenient for you.
Verdict: perfect choice if you are on a budget and you want to live in a quiet area.
So, have you decided where to live? Find your perfect apartment in the neighborhood you have chosen on Beroomers!!
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