Where to Live as a Student in Granada?
Granada is one of students’ favourite cities to go for their Erasmus not only because of its university tradition but also because it is a very cheap city in Spain. Moreover, Granada has a strategic location, 1 hour away from the beach and 1 hour away from the mountains where it is possible to sky in winter time, and the best of everything …. Granada’s tapas!!
If you are going to study there and you are a bit lost, read our insight guide to the different neighbourhoods!
The Historical Centre
This is a very touristy area where you can find some of the most characteristic buildings of the city, such as ‘La Capilla Real’ where the Catholic Kings are buried. The centre is divided in two areas: Centro- Sagrario, Realejo- San Matías.
Realejo is the old Jewish neighbourhood, which has kept a special charm with Narrow Street. The main plaza, Campo del Principe has many nice tapas bars. It is a nice area to live although rent is a bit expensive and apartments might be a bit old. Plus, parking in the street is almost impossible.
The shopping centre is located around Recogidas street. This zone bounds on the north with Avenida de la Constitución and Gran Via de Colon and here you can find all the main clothes shops such as Zara, Mango, etc. There are also some night clubs. In terms of Universities, in this area there are the University of Law, Political Science and the Music Conservatory.
North- Albaicin, Beiro
Albaicin is one of the most famous neighbourhoods in Granada and it faces the Alhambra directly. You can find the best view of the Alhambra from Nicola’s viewpoint. Its snaky streets are a mark from the Islamic times, when it used to be the centre of the city. If you go southern you can find Elvira Street, which has plenty of “shawarmas”, bars and little shops. Although it is a beautiful area it might not be so accessible to live.
Beiro hosts the University of Medicine and it is a popular student area, especially around ‘Plaza de Toros’ (the bullring). The urbanism was built on the seventies, so the apartments are newer than in other areas. There are also more green zones and parking spots, since streets are wider. Beiro is also known for its ‘tapas route’ that nowadays is an obligatory stop for tourists.
West – Chana, Camino de Ronda
Chana is a popular student area because the universities of Fine Arts, Architecture. Telecommunications and IT are located here. This is a very alive neighbourhood, with plenty of bars that offer amazing tapas for every drink you order. The famous concert hall and electronic music club ‘El tren’ is also very close. So even if it is a bit far from the city centre you won’t miss it at all. And in case you do, it is really well connected by public transport. The price of the rent is also a plus in this area.
In Camino de Ronda it is located the University Campus of Fuentenueva, which hosts the universities of Engineering and Science. All the buildings are linked by green areas and walks and there are also sport facilities available.
This area is also known because of its nightlife. Close to the university campus there is the “botellódromo”, a large area prepared to drink in the street. Normally students come here to drink before going out to the clubs or to Pedro Antonio Street, which has plenty of pubs and clubs.
South- Zaidin, Genil
Zaidin hosts many important international research and innovation centre. It is also home for the Granada F.C. stadium. This used to be a marginal, working class area but due to the construction of these modern buildings it has improved a lot. The apartments in this area are quite large and many of them have shared facilities such as pool, gyms, etc. It is a bit far from the city centre but it is well connected and rent is cheaper, so it might be worth it.
The zone of Genil runs along the banks of the Genil River heading towards Sierra Nevada Mountain. It is a relaxing area with a nice walk that offers an amazing view to the mountains. Along the riverside there are nice houses with terraces and swimming pools but the rent here is quite high.
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