For foreign student who wants to study in Spain, looking for accommodation can be one of the main concerns.
It is important to know various accommodation options you can find in Spain in order to choose an appropriate place to live.
The best date to start looking for accommodation in Spain is June or July, because the universities usually start their courses in December and in August all the students are looking for accommodation.
If you want to study in Spain, there is a wide range of websites offering accommodation in each city, also real state agencies, private owners and in many cases universities also offer services to help the students to find accommodation. They even have their own student residence.
One of the best options to find accommodation is visiting the neighborhood where you would like to live and try to find advertisements where is written “se alquila”, (it means “for rent”). Afterwards arrange a meeting and visit the flat or student residence yourself. It is not recommended to rent accommodation without visiting it yourself first because there could be a big difference between what is written in the advertisements and how it is in reality.
We should also have to take into account that there is a wide range of possibilities to live in and the prices could vary significantly. Besides that big cities like Madrid and Barcelona are more expensive than other smaller like Murcia or Valladolid.
Finally, it is important to speak Spanish when you have to look for accommodation to study in Spain because not everyone can speak English or your mother tongue in Spain and they can take and advantage out of this situation. If upon your arrival you are not fluent in Spanish yet, you should try to find someone who could speak Spanish to visit the flats, rooms and residences.
Those are the most common types of accommodations to study in Spain:
STUDENT RESIDENCES TO STUDY IN SPAIN
Student residences are very well known among spanish and foreign students studying in Spain. In the student residences there are individual rooms or shared rooms with common areas for the students. They also offer cleaning, laundry and ironing services, internet, restaurant, library … Usually this accommodation is located close to the universities or even inside the campus.
There are many kinds of student residence to study in Spain, and it is common to include in the price full board, cleaning and laundry services. This kind of student residence costs around 800€ monthly.
On the other hand you can also find student residences where there is a big kitchen to be shared between the students, bathrooms and showers are also shared and there is no cleaning and laundry services. Those kind of student residences are cheaper and cost around 300€ or 400€ monthly.
Also there are student residences to study in Spain only for men, only for women, related to religious associations and seculars.
In many cases the universities offer student residences and the prices are a bit more affordable.
Student residences are recommended for the first years of studies in Spain because it is easier to meet new people and be integrated in the university environment.
RESIDENCE HALLS TO STUDY IN SPAIN
Residence halls are similar to student residences but more traditional and with special features. This kind of accommodation to study in Spain belongs to the university, and there live international lecturers, researchers and students.
The main difference is the promotion of cultural, scientific and sport activities offered to the students. Students living in the residence halls organize sport competitions, music performances, excursions, artistic expositions, theater plays….
Residence halls offer facilities to organize all those activities including music halls, sport courts, big halls for many kind of activities and they have their own university culture and offer an environment of integration among the students with the same interests and hobbies.
They also frequently offer food, cleaning and laundry services and are placed close to the universities. There are also residence halls to study in Spain only for men, only for women or for both.
On the other hand in the residence halls there are many rules which have to be respected. There are schedules to come in and out of the residence hall, restrictions about hosting guests and restrictions about goods allowed to keep in your room.
Prices for residence halls are similar to the student residences and depend on the city where you will study in Spain, being Madrid and Barcelona the most expensive places to live. The price for residence halls is around 600€ and 1000€ (all included).Prices for residence halls are similar to the student residences and depend on the city where you will study in Spain, being Madrid and Barcelona the most expensive places to live. The price for residence halls is around 600€ and 1000€ (all included).
For more information about this kind of accommodation to study in Spain, please follow this link: Residence Halls
SHARED FLAT TO STUDY IN SPAIN
To rent a room in a shared flat sharing expenses is also very common among people who want to study in Spain because it can be cheaper and it is more independent way of living.
This kind of accommodation requires more responsibilities and cooperation because all the house duties have to be shared among the flat mates. On the other side it is more difficult to be integrated in the university culture and meet new people, therefore this kind of accommodation is recommended for higher courses in your studies when you are already adapted to the new environment.
There is a wide range of prices in this kind of accommodation depending on the city where you want to study in Spain, the proximity to the center and the flat. You can find rooms from 200€ per month up to 400€ per month (in big cities).
There are many advertisements in the internet, specialized websites, advertisements on information panels in the universities or even the ones hanging in the streets.
Real state agencies could be another option especially if you want to rent a flat with your friends. However, they will charge a commission fee for their services.
ACCOMMODATION WITH A FAMILY TO STUDY IN SPAIN
Another good option to study in Spain improving Spanish skills quickly and knowing Spanish culture is living with a Spanish family.
This kind of accommodation usually offers individual rooms including cleaning and full board for a lower price than a student residence or a residence hall.
Another possibility (even cheaper) is living with old people who are usually alone and offer very affordable rooms or even in exchange for some help in the house duties.
For more information about this kind of accommodation to study in Spain you can surf the internet or ask in your Spanish university for more information.