Madrid, is the capital of Spain and it is one of the most international and welcoming cities of the country. It has one of the best options for many foreign students who decided to study in Spain.
It is located in the center of the peninsula and it is the most populated city in Spain with more than 6.5 million inhabitants including the whole autonomous region.
Due to the strategic location of Madrid, is easy to reach interesting cultural places by bus or train in a short period of time. It is common to make a one day trip to cities like Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca or Cuenca.
Madrid is the headquarters of the Spanish monarchy since 1951, nowadays it has many historical monuments like Palacio Real, Catedral de laAlmuedena, Puerta de Alcalá and Plaza Mayor.
Also while walking around Madrid we can find the famous square called Plaza del Sol in which the monument El oso y el madroño is located and it is considered as a symbol of Madrid. In Plaza del Sol thousand of people gather each year in the new Year´s Eve to celebrate the end of the year eating 12 lucky grapes.
Close to this square, we can also visit the Communications Palace, nowadays it is the Town Hall of Madrid. In front of it we can find Fuente de Cibeles, a symbol of Real Madrid, there the fans go to celebrate the victories of the club.
Madrid has uncountable parks and gardens and many of them were built up for Spanish kings to spend their leisure time. That is why one of the most preferred places to study in Spain is Madrid.
Inside the city we can enjoy parks like Retiro, Jardines de Sabatini or Templo Debot which has magnificent views to the Royal Palace and the Cathedral.
One of the most important parks is called Casa de Campo, also known as the lung of Madrid. It is perfect for having a walk, do exercise or having a picnic outdoor. Casa de campo is also well known for hosting cultural and leisure activities.
Madrid also has many theaters and museums Museo del Prado, orMuseo Reina Sofía.
An advantage of living in Madrid is the weather and the bright sun during the whole year. The climate in Madrid during a winter period is moderately cold with an average temperature from 5ºC to 10ºC. During the summer the climate is dry and warm with temperatures from 28ºC to 35ºC depending on the year.
Rain is not frequent in Madrid, it rains in autumn and spring during October, April and May. Because of the mild climate conditions, Madrid is a perfect place to study in Spain.
University life in Madrid
Madrid has the most prestigious universities to study in Spain such as public universities Universidad Complutense and Universidad Autónoma or the private university Universidad Europea , which has the best option for many foreign students twho decided to study in Spain.
Due to the prestigious universities hosted in Madrid and the variety of university degrees offered by them, Madrid is a student city par excellence.
Those universities are located inside big campus where you can find all kind of services for the students like libraries, coffee shops, restaurants, sport facilities.
Also in the city we can find libraries opened everyday and some of them are working 24h a day. The most outstanding is Biblioteca Nacional de España, also Biblioteca Pública Eugenio de Trías in the park called Retiro or Biblioteca Pedro Salinas opened 24 hours a day.
If you want to study in Madrid you should know that the cost of living in Madrid is one of the most expensive in the whole Spain. The accommodation has the highest expenses, which depends on the location and the conditions of each one.
We can have a general idea of the living costs in Madrid with the following list of prices:
- One room in a shared flat: 350€ -500€ monthly
- Individual study: 600€ - 800€ monthly
- Student residence full board:700€ - 1000€ monthly
- Food expenses: 150€ - 200€ monthly
- Single bus or underground ticket: 1,50€ - 2€
- Monthly transport ticket for young people: 35€ - 45€
- Menu in a restaurant: 10€
- Cinema ticket: 8€
- Ticket to a club: 10€ - 15€
- Beer in a bar: 1,50€ - 2€
- Coffee: 1,20€
The most common mean of transport in Madrid among students is the underground, one of the most modern in Europe. It is the fastest option to move around Madrid from 6 a.m. until 1:30 a.m.
Also there are urban and long-distance buses coming and going frequently during the day. There are also night buses called búhos.
Another option is the train, called Renfe and Cercanías, very useful to visit close cities like Toledo or Segovia. It is also widely used to travel inside the autonomous community of Madrid like to El Escorial or Aranjuez. You can find in the link more information about the timetables and destinations.
The new public biking service in Madrid is more and more used by the citizens of Madrid. You can borrow and give them back in many places in the center of Madrid. Those bikes have an electrical engine which let you arrive fast to the desired destination.
To take a taxi is a good option when we are lost, late or if it is too late to take the other mean of transport. Although in some areas with huge traffic jams it can take us longer than expected.
Normally to take a taxi you should rise up your hand when you see a free one in the street or go to a taxi stop. There are also some phone numbers to call them in case we need it. Taxies usually charge depending on a distance and time.
The airport in Madrid is called Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas has many national and international destinations. It is located in the north-east of the city and is easily reachable by the underground.
The social life in Madrid is very intense, there are always people in the streets at any time and season of the year. The neighbourhoods with more social life are Latina, Lavapiés, Malasaña, Tribunal, Huertas and barrio de las Letras
In any of those neighborhoods we can try typical food from Madrid like chocolate and churros, cocido, squid sandwiches or tortilla de patatas.
It is very popular among young people in Madrid to go out to drink some beers and take snacks. Snacks usually go along with drink for free.
Every sunday it is very traditional to visit a street market called “Rastro” in the center of Madrid where we can find all kind of stuff like food, clothes, handmade jewelry, shoes, plants or decoration for the house.
Citizens of Madrid are very open minded, for example they organize Gay Pride Parade at the beginning of July and is considered one of the most joyful and attractive parties in the whole Europe, attracting each year thousands of foreigners.
In addition, Madrid is get used to host a big amount of national and foreign students each year, and has a wide variety of night life options. There are bars, pubs and clubs opened every day with different music styles. The most common day to go out for students is on Thursdays because some of them not have lessons on Fridays.
There are a lot of concerts and Jam Sessions in Madrid, covering different styles like jazz, blues, flamenco or fusion music.
Finally, we would like to point out that Madrid has a wide offer of sport events, especially related to football. We can find Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid football clubs in Madrid. In Madrid there are also many facilities very well equipped where you can practice all kind of sports and they even offer discounts for university students.
Each university also offers their own facilities and sport competitions for students. You can have more information in your Spanish university.
Surroundings of Madrid
If you come to study to Madrid, you can visit very interesting places without travelling far away.
In the north Madrid´s mountain chain Sierra de Madrid is located just one hour away from the city center by public transport. It is a perfect natural resource to spend your day, to go on a trekking and even skiing in winter.
Very close to Sierra de Madrid we can visit the monastery called El Escorial, built up by Felipe II between 1563 and 1584.
In the south of Madrid we can find Aranjuez, declared as World Heritage Site by Unesco. It has an impressive royal palace and beautiful gardens among many other monuments.
We also recommend visiting those cities: Toledo, Segovia, Salamanca and Cuenca. You can get there by taking an economic and comfortable train (Cercanías). It takes one hour to go to the cities mentioned above.
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It is a coastal city and one of the most important touristic cities in Spain. It is very intercultural and cosmopolitan, considered as one of the most preferred cities by foreigners to study in Spain.
Barcelona has more than 5 million inhabitants and is the second city most populated in Spain after Madrid.
It is famous due to its modern architecture, counting the monuments like Hospital de la Santa Cruz y San Pablo or Palacio de la Música. However, without any doubts the most famous modernist architect is Antonio Gaudí, a designer of monuments like Catedral de la Sagrada Familia, park Güell or Casa Batlló. Many of those monuments are considered as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Barcelona hosted very important international events like the Universal Exhibition in 1988, the Universal Exhibition in 1929, the Olympic Games in 1992 and the Universal Forum of Cultures in 2004.
Due to those important events, many valuable buildings were constructed and nowadays they are considered symbols of the city. Some of those buildings are Arco del Triunfo, el Palacio Nacional, Fuente Mágica, andPueblo Español.
The most famous promenade in Barcelona is called Las Ramblas, beginning in Plaza Cataluña and ending in the old port where the statue of Cristobal Colón is placed. Through this promenade we can find flowers and press sellers, street artists, painters and draughtsman.
On the one side of las Ramblas, we can find Barrio Gótico, an ideal neighborhood with narrow streets, small bars and terraces to have a drink or a snack.
On the other side of Las Ramblas, we can find the old town, called L´´Ciutat Vella L, where the town hall, the Palace of the autonomous community of Cataluña and the Jewish neighborhood are located.
Apart from the famous Parque Güell you can also visit Parque de la Ciudadela, Parque Central de NouBarris, orParque del Laberinto de Horta.
An advantage of living in Barcelona is the Mediterranean climate because of the proximity to the sea. During winters temperatures are around 12 º C and 15 º C and during summers temperature rises up to 25ºC or 30ºC. In addition the rain is not usual, just at the end of the summer or at the beginning of October. Due to this type of climate, Barcelona is a perfect place to study in Spain.
You can enjoy outdoors activities for the whole year and during hot days you can also go to the Barceloneta beach, located not far away from the center or take a train to Sitges beach , Badalona beach or Montgat beach . That is why one of the most preferred places to study in Spain is Barcelona.
Barcelona is very well known for its young university environment, being one of the cities with the highest percentage of foreign students who decided to come to study in Spain.
There are a lot of foreign students, especially from Italy and France, who decide to live and study in this city, with Erasmus scholarships and exchanges to learn Spanish or to study in Spain the whole year of studies.
The most important public universities in Barcelona are Universidad de Barcelona and Universidad Autónoma and the private university Universidad de Ramón Llull, the best option for many foreign students who decided to study in Spain.
In Cataluña the main languages spoken are spanish and catalan. On the other hand you will not have any problem to study in Cataluña because most of the population and universities are bilingual (especially the private ones) and they also offer Spanish courses and degrees in English.
If you come to study to Barcelona, you will be able to enjoy a cozy environment that will make you feel like at home, no matter your nationality or your native language.
Regarding the cost of living in Barcelona for a student, it can be about 900€ - 1100€ monthly. You can have a general idea of the living costs in Barcelona with the following list of prices:
- One room in a shared flat: 300€ -450€ monthly
- Individual study: 500€ -600€ monthly
- Student residence full board:700€ - 1000€ monthly
- Food expenses: 150€ - 200€ monthly
- Single bus or underground ticket: 2€
- Transport ticket for young people (for 3 months): 105€
- Menu in a restaurant: 10€
- Cinema ticket: 8€
- Ticket to a club: 12€ - 15€
- Beer in a bar: 1,50€ - 2€
- Coffee: 1,20€
In addition, in Barcelona there is a wide cultural and spare time offers. There are uncountable art galleries, theaters, cinemas, music performances and many other activities with discounts for students.
In Barcelona we can find an extensive gastronomic offer, like exclusive cuisines, international, Spanish or Catalonian cuisine. We have to take into consideration that even if they offer “Tapas” for tourists, those snacks are not traditional in Cataluña and you will have to pay for them if you order it.
Nightlife in Barcelona is very active and there are many bars and pubs with different music styles. The areas with more activity during the night are barrio Gótico, el Raval and the surroundings of las Ramblas, where you can have dinner in a restaurant, have a drink or a dance.
Another quite a popular place to go out due to the proximity to the sea is Paseo Marítimo de la Barceloneta or Villa Olímpica. This area is full of pubs and clubs with views to the sea; the prices are pretty high, though.
A bit more informal and economic are the neighborhoods Eixample and Gracia. Those areas are a bit farther from the center, but they are the most preferred by locals. In this area is also located Gaixample, where you can find most of the gay places in Barcelona.
If you are looking for an original club, it is recommended going to Razzmattazz, one of the most famous clubs in the city. It has 5 dancehalls with different music styles.
You can have more information about cultural life and events in Barcelona in the following cultural guide.
Barcelona also has many sport activities and facilities to do sports in an efficient and cheap way. Such activities like dancing, martial arts, gymnastics are always offered there.
However, there are many people who prefer to do sports outdoor and enjoy the weather. We can find many outdoor facilities in parks and beaches like basketball, football and volleyball courts, ping-pong tables, skate parks and bike lanes.
Also you can practice aquatic sports due to the proximity to the sea. There are many people who practise surfing, windsurfing, kayaks or sailing professionally or as a hobby.
Besides that if you study in Barcelona, you can visit the Camp Nou stadium and watch a game of Barcelona (one of the most important football clubs in the history).
The center of Barcelona is very crowded by cars, motorcycles and taxies, that is why the most efficient means of transport are the public bikes and the underground. Locals and students usually use those means of transport.
The underground is opened from Monday until Thursday from 5 a.m. until 12p.m., on Fridays from 5 a.m. until 2 a.m., on Saturdays is open for 24 hours until Sunday at 12 p.m.
The public system of bicycles is one of the first ones in Spain and one of the most preferred in Barcelona because of its independency and comfort.
In addition urban buses are going frequently in the day time also some night buses as well. In some specific areas of Barcelona you can find trams.
To reach areas out of the city center there are long-distance trains and buses.
A taxi can be another option if we need to reach a place urgently but we should try to avoid it in case we are in the city center because there are many traffic jams and it can be extremely expensive. You can take a taxi in a street, in a taxi stop or order it by phone.
In addition, Barcelona has an airport called El Prat. It is connected nationally and internationally.
There is also a port in Barcelona, manly used for goods transportation and for cruises.
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Valencia is a city located close to the Mediterranean Sea with an impressive climate and it is one of the most preferred places to study in Spain. Valencia has around 800.000 inhabitants in the city and more than one million in the autonomous community becoming the third most populated city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.
Valencia is a good option to study in Spain because it has a privilege location, being at the same distance from Madrid and Barcelona and very close by boat to Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera islands. One of the best advantages of studying in Valencia is the magnificent beaches you can find in the autonomous community and inside the city like La Malvarrosa and Las Arenas. That is why one of the most preferred places to study in Spain is Valencia.
Besides, it has many natural resources like Parque Natural de la Albufera (one of the biggest in Spain), amazing landscapes and a wide variety of flora and fauna.
However, Valencia is not only about beaches and sun, this city has an incredible cultural and artistic heritage due to the influence of different civilizations like the Romans, Muslims, Jewish and Christians.
The old town has many interesting monuments like La Catedral composed of the bell tower called “Miguelete”, Torres de Serranos and Torres de Quart. In the neighborhood Barrio del Carmen there are the rests of the medieval wall and another area called Lonja de la Seda that was declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
We can also find modern popular buildings like Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias designed by Santiago Calatrava, Casa Consistorial de Valencia, Estación del Norte and Mercado Central.
In addition, there are important museums like Museo de Bellas de Valencia (one of the pioneers in Spain) and Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno (IVAM) which has the purpose of becoming a well known modern art reference.
In Valencia we can also enjoy many parks and gardens, where we can have some fun or just relax. The most important parks and gardens are Jardín del Turia, Jardín Botánicode Valencia, Jardines del Real and Jardín de Ayora.
On the other hand Valencia has a fabulous climate with more than 320 sunny days per year that will let you enjoy all those green areas, nature and social life outdoors. During summers the temperature is around 25ºC and 30ºC and in winter around 12ºC and 18ºC. Precipitations are not frequent; there are some in September and in October. Therefore, Valencia is a perfect place to study in Spain.
Valencia is chosen by many international students to study in Spain because of the climate, nature, idyllic beaches, university atmosphere, welcoming locals, wide range of leisure time and cultural activities, as well as the prestigious universities.
Among the universities we could stand out the public universities Universidad de Valencia and Universidad Politécnica de Valencia and the private university Universidad Europea de Valencia, the best option for many foreign students who decided to study in Spain.
In Valencia there is another coofficial language besides Spanish called Valenciano. However, most of the universities offer their degrees in Spanish and English.
Valencia has more than 39 municipal libraries offering wide timetables of working hours and some of them opening even 24 hours a day.
In addition, each university offer their own libraries with flexible working hours depending on the season of the year.
Valencia has a living cost lower than Madrid or Barcelona. The living cost for a student is around 700€ - 800€ monthly. We can have a general idea of the living costs with the following list of prices:
- One room in a shared flat: 200€ -250€ monthly
- Rent a flat for two people: 500€ -550€ monthly
- Student residence full board: 500€ - 700€ monthly
- Food expenses: 150€ monthly
- Single bus: 1.5€
- Single underground ticket: 2.10€
- Monthly transport ticket (for 3 months): 105€
- Dinner in an average restaurant: 12€
- Cinema ticket: 7€
- Coffee: 1,20€
Valencia also has a wide offer of leisure and cultural activities for all kind of audiences. Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias is an outstanding place where many activities are hosted like cinema projections IMAX, 3D, exhibitions, theatre, concerts, sport events and the biggest aquarium in Europe.
In Valencia there is a big network of theatres with a diverse programming. We can find such theatres as Teatro Principal, Rialto andOlympia. Once per year takes place the international cinema festival of Valencia, very well known internationally.
Musical events are also very important in Valencia. Some of them are Certamen Internacional de Bandas de Música or MTV Winter where artist from all over the world participate. There are also many performances and concerts in Palacio de la Música and Palacio de las Artes Reina Sofía, the headquarters of the opera and the orchestra of Valencia.
Besides, Valencia has many malls to go shopping, bowling, watching movies or iceskating. You can find more information in the following guide.
A very important event in Valencia is called Las Fallas, where thousands of people gather around big dolls full of fireworks prepared to be burned.
If you decide to study in Valencia, you can enjoy the Mediterranean cuisine typical in the area and the most popular regional dish called paella. There are different ways to prepare this dish; with vegetables, seafood, snails, black rice, pasta, squid’s ink,etc.
You can try the traditional cuisine in almost any bar or restaurant in Valencia. In the area called Carmen (in the old town) there is an extensive variety of bars and pubs to have a drink or dinner. In the area of the Port you can find plenty of cozy places, especially when the weather is nice.
Nightlife in Valencia is very famous because it has many different interesting places.
There are places with all kind of music like pop, rock, latino or electronic music. Some of them close at 3 a.m but normally the mayority of them works till 6 a.m.
In the city there many areas with and active night life like the traditional area called Carmen or the alternative area called Ruzafa, where you can find rock, jazz or fusion music and a real international atmosphere.
There is also an exclusive area called La Marina, which is close to the sea, it is a perfect place to have a relaxing drink.
And there is a university area called Aragón (between Aragón Avenue and Cedro street) famous for the university parties from Thursday until Sunday and for the international atmosphere; the area called Júcar is also very likeable and famous.
On the other hand, Valencia, due to the great weather and the proximity to the sea, suggest a great possibility to enjoy indoors and outdoors activities. For this purpose there are many facilities to practise sports like athletics, tennis, equestrian sports, swimming, golf, football and basketball. In Valencia there two football clubs playing in the first Spanish professional division; Valencia CF and Levante UD.
We can also practise adventure sport, skating, biking, jogging and water-sports like canoeing, surfing or sailing in the Mediterranean Sea.
There are many transport options in Valencia; for those living in the center the best option is going on foot or by bike. There is a public bike service very popular among the students.
Others means of transport are the underground and tram. They have very modern facilities and connect the whole city including the closest beaches.
Valencia also has a big bus network with urban and intercity buses coming frequently.
If you want to visit other regions of Spain you can use the train and the high speed train (AVE).
Valencia also has an airport 8 km away from the city with a wide offer of national and international flights. You can reach the airport by bus or underground.
Finally, it is also important the Port of Valencia, connecting the city with islands like Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza and Formentera.
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Murcia is a small city in an extraordinary location in Spain with around 440.000 inhabitants. It is located in the south-east of Spain, very close to Alicante and to Mediterranean Sea. The weather is very sunny; there are over 300 sunny days during the year. With no doubt this is one of the best options to study in Spain.
Due to the small size of the city, it is possible to visit the whole city on foot. We can find monuments like Catedral de Santa María with gothic and baroque style, Real Monasterio de Santa Clara, Casino and the hall town of Murcia.
Another historical and cultural city in this region is Cartagena, it is located on the south. This city was a strategic point of many cultures and has a unique artistic background.
We can also visit gardens and outdoor natural resources like jardines de Floridablanca, Malecón, Pólvora and Seda, perfect places to rest or have a walk.
Apart from those outdoor places inside the city, Murcia also is surrounded by very interesting parks like Parque Regional El Valle and Carrasco and protected areas called valle de Ricote or Sierra Espuña.
As mentioned before, Murcia is close to Mediterranean Sea and Menor Sea, therefore there are amazing beaches like Calblanque or Percheles, extraordinary natural paradises.
In Murcia the weather is incredible; it is possible to enjoy natural resources during the whole year. The temperature in summer is between 25ºC and 35ºC, and in winter around 12ºC and 16ºC. There is almost no rain during the whole year. Due to this nice climate, Murcia is a perfect place to study in Spain.
Nowadays Murcia hosts more than 50.000 students in local universities; the public university of Murcia and the private university of Murcia UCAM, the best option for many foreign students who decided to study in Spain.
Many students decide to study in Murcia because of the high quality of life, the climate, the proximity to the sea, the lower cost of living and the welcoming character of the locals.
Murcia es sinónimo de tranquilidad, con mucho menos estrés que en las grandes ciudades, ygente agradable, especialmente cercana, hospitalaria, extrovertida y familiar.Si vienes a estudiar a Murcia, podrás comprobarlo al pasear por la calle, entrar en un bar o comprar en una tienda.
One of the main advantages of studying in Murcia is the low cost of living, one of the lowest in Spain. That is why one of the most preferred places to study in Spain is Murcia.
The cost of living for a student in Murcia is around 500€ - 600€ monthly. We can have a general idea of the living costs with the following list of prices:
- Two rooms apartment: 350€ monthly
- One room in a shared flat: 300€ -450€ monthly
- Food expenses monthly: 100€ - 120€
- Single bus ticket: 1.10€
- Dinner in an average restaurant: 15€
- Cinema ticket: 7€
- Coffee: 1€
- Beer: 1€
Cultural activities and spare time activities are one of the attractive aspects of the city. Murcia has many museums like Museo de la Ciudad, Museo de Santa Clara or Museo de Bellas Artes, and there are also many exhibitions and art centers.
In addition, there are theaters like teatro Romea, one of the most important in the city and some modern cinemas. As well the cinema Xpand 6D was one of the first in Spain to combine 3D projections, movable seats, rain effects, wind, fog, lights and colours.
You can have more information about leisure activities in the following guide.
Among all, the strongest point of Murcia is a nice atmosphere in the streets during the whole year, especially in the spring time when streets are full of people day and night. In the center there are many bars and restaurants, especially in the area called La Merced o de Tascas, where you can enjoy the terraces having some drinks with snacks or dinner.
The cuisine of Murcia is mainly compound of vegetables mixed with fish or meat and it offers dishes like Zarangollo (a stew of vegetables) and Caldero del mar menor (rice with traditional fish from the region).
In this area there is a wide offer of night pubs and clubs from Thursday until Sunday due to the big amount of students living in the area.
There are many concerts and all kinds of live music as well. An outstanding Festival SOS is one of the most popular in the region.
Murcia has traditional events during the whole year, where locals and foreigners enjoy together outdoor. Some of the most popular events are Cartagineses y Romanos, Moros y Cristianos, Fiestas de la Primavera , Carnaval Murciano or Semana Santa.
In addition sport activities have an important role in Murcia and many aquatic sports are being practiced, due to the proximity to the sea. You can practise sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, scuba diving. This area is considered as one of the best places in the country to practice scuba diving.
Murcia also has facilities to play football, basketball or volleyball among other sports.
Finally, in Murcia there are many options to move around the city. The first one is on foot because Murcia is not a big city, and apart from that, there is a public biking service perfect to move around the city.
Another alternative mean of transport is electrical cars which is a new project introduced in Murcia. Murcia is becoming a model of this kind of transport.
However, Murcia does not have an airport, however it is near by the airport San Javier (45km) and Alicante-Elche airport (70km).
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Valladolid is a city in the north-east of Spain, it belongs to the autonomous community Castilla y Leon and it is located 180 km away from Madrid. There are around 300.000 inhabitants. Valladolid is a good option if you want to study in Spain and enjoy a small city with a long history.
Valladolid was one of the main characters of the spanish monarchy, it was the capital of Spain twice. Also in its history there is such an important writer as Cervantes, who finished writing El Quijote in Valladolid, and Francisco de Quevedo.
The old town of Valladolid is composed of narrow streets, a big square surrounded by noble buildings and several temples. You can find out such outstanding buildings as the cathedral Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, a gothic church called Santiago and the church Santa María la Antigua. In the center of the city we can find Plaza Mayor, from the XVI century, in which is hosted the hall town among other buildings.
In Valladolid, due to the influence of the monarchy, there are many palaces and royal building in the old town. Some of them are Palacio Real, (previously the residence of some Spanish kings like Carlos I or Felipe II and Napoleón Bonaparte for a while) Palacio de los Pimentel or Palacio de los Marqueses de Valverde.
Besides, there are many museums in the city, like Museo Nacional de Escultura known worlwide, or Museo de Valladolid. The houses of the writers Cervantes and José Zorrilla turned into museums and are also allowed to visit.
In addition, in the center of Valladolid, we can find one of the most important parks in the city, Campo Grande. In this park there are many peacocks and squirrels. Also close to the park the cavalry academy is located.
In summer it is very common to have a bath and spend a day in the shore of the river Pisuerga.
Valladolid has a privilege position to be able to visit very interesting villages like Simancas or Tordesillas just by taking a car half an hour. A bit farther we can visit other cities like Salamanca, Burgos, León, Ávila and even Madrid.
The weather in Valladolid is cold and dry in winter with temperatures around 0ºC and 5ºC and sometimes even less than zero with small snow showers. However, in summer it is hot with temperatures around 30ºC and 35ºC with colder nights. During summer the difference of 20ºC is noticeable between day and night.
There are not many precipitations, only around 70 days per year. It mainly rains in autumn and spring but sometimes the rain appears during any season of the year. Due to the climate, Valladolid is a perfect place to study in Spain.
Valladolid, apart from the historical and cultural importance, also has an outstanding young atmosphere due to the public university of Valladolid and the private university called Universidad Europea Miguel de Cervantes, and it is considered as the best option for many foreign students who decided to study in Spain.
Many students come to study in Valladolid because they can find many advantages of living in this city. Some of those advantages are the size of the city, the location, the lifestyle and the high standard education. Undoubtedly, one of the main advantages of living in Valladolid is the low cost of living compared to big cities.
The cost of living for a student can be around 600€ and 700€ monthly. We can have a general idea of the living costs with the following list of prices:
- Rent a flat for two people: 400€ monthly
- One room in a shared flat: 150€ -200€ monthly
- Food expenses monthly: 100€ - 150€
- Single bus ticket: 1€
- Dinner in an average restaurant: 10€ - 15€
- Cinema ticket: 5€
- Coffee: 1€
- Beer: 2€
The most used mean of transport in Valladolid is a bus, however due to the small size of the city you can always go on foot. There are urban buses and intercity buses to visit near villages or cities. You can have more information about timetables and destinations online.
The city has a train station connecting many other Spanish cities. Apart from the traditional trains, there are also high speed trains called AVE, they allow to reach cities like Madrid in just one hour.
Not long time ago, a public biking service with many bike stops all over the city was integrated.
Besides,Valladolid has an airport called Valladolid-Villanubla, located 10km away from the city center.
Valladolid is a student city and has a network of libraries. All the universities have their own libraries and during the exams season they usually extend their working hours. Also there is a place called Aulario opened 24 hours during the exams season and there is a very calm library called San Nicolas a bit away from the center.
Regarding cultural and leisure time offer, Valladolid has a wide range of possibilities like theatres, exhibitions, musicals, cinemas and concerts. There are two facilities hosting most of the cultural events: Centro Cultural Miguel Delibes and Teatro Calderón.
Among the traditional events and celebrations we can stand out Semana Santa, Seminci (an international cinema festival) , Feria de Valladolid and Feria de la Virgen de San Lorenzo, Festival de Teatro en la Calle or Concurso Nacional de Pinchos.
In Valladolid the traditional cuisine has dishes like meat and lamb stews, baked pork or goat and a long tradition of wines called Ribera del Duero or Rueda. It is also very popular the goat cheese, local bread, asparagus from Tudela De Duero or various soups.
In addition, desserts and sweets from Valladolid are well known, especially in fairs and special events. Some of them are mantecados de Portillo, pastas vallisoletanas or bolla de chicharrones.
Among young people it is very common to go for a snack or a drink (ir de pinchos o de tapas) in the center. The most popular areas are Plaza Mayor (even being very touristic offers the best quality) the area called Moroo and the area around the Cathedral. The last two mentioned have lower prices, therefore fits better for students.
The night life in Valladolid offer many options for university students on Thursdays and during the weekends. Sometimes the faculties organize parties depending on the university.
There are many bars and clubs with different music styles to choose from. The most popular areas to go out are Poniente, where you can find many places with house music like Versus, Tintín, Ohm or Molly Malone. The surroundings of the Cathedral are an area with more alternative places like La Negra Flor, or El Desierto Rojo. If we feel like for dancing and meet up new people we can go to the area called San Miguel where pop music is played.
Finally in Valladolid we can practice almost any kind of sport due to the sport facilities offered by universities or the municipal sports centers. The most popular sports are rugby, football, basketball, handball and ping pong. In Valladolid there are three outstanding professional clubs: two rugby clubs called El Salvador and VRAC and one football club called Real Valladolid playing in the first division of the Spanish professional league.
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Las Islas Canarias are located close to the Atlantic Ocean in the south of Spain in front of Morocco´s seaside. It is a natural paradise with incredible tropical weather and spring temperatures during the whole year. That is why one of the most preferred places to study in Spain is Canary Islands.
Canary Islands consist of 7 islands: El Hierro, La Gomera, La Palma, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria y Lanzarote.
The population is a bit more than 2 million inhabitants distributed mainly among Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
In Canary Islands there are 4 national parks, various nature reserves and some places declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Tenerife is the biggest and most populated island in Canary Islands and has a population of 900.000 inhabitants, that is why many students decide to study in this island in Spain.
The capital of Tenerife is Santa Cruz de Tenerife where there are around 200.000 inhabitants living.
In Santa Cruz de Tenerife there are very interesting places to visit like playa de las Teresitas, Lago Martiánez consisting of several swimming pools designed by the architect Cesar Manrique and Loro Parque, also one of the biggest zoos in Europe.
Some of the most important parks and gardens in the city are Parque García Sanabria and Parque de la Granja (unique for the palm trees).
The architecture of the city is colonial and contemporary and has many monuments. The most important of them are Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Auditorium de Tenerife and Recinto ferial, designed by Santiago Calatrava, or TEA (Tenerife Space for Arts).
We also recommend to visit the old town of La Orotava, Puerto de la Cruz, Garachico, Arona, Adeje and specially San Cristóbal de La Laguna, declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Undoubtedly one of the main reasons to choose Tenerife to study in Spain is the amazing beaches all over the island. If you decide to study in Tenerife you should visit Playa de los Cristianos, Playa de la Troya, Playa Jardín, Playa de la Arena, Playa Fañabé or Playa de las Américas.
Another strong point of the island is the nature reserves you can enjoy if you come to study to Tenerife. The most famous nature reserve and symbol of the island is Parque Nacional del Teide, where there is a volcano; it was declared as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
In addition, there are some other places to enjoy nature like Macizo de Anaga, Parque Ruran de Anaga, Parque Rural del Teno and Barranco de Masca among others.
The climate of the island is subtropical with warm and light temperatures during the whole year. The average temperature is between 20º C and 25ºC and that is why the island is called “Island of Eternal Spring”.There is almost no rain in the island but maybe in the north of the island rains a bit more than anywhere else. Due to the nice climate this is a perfect place to study in Spain.
Many national and international students decide to study in Tenerife because of the warm climate, the low cost of living, the atmosphere, the welcoming and cheerful locals and relaxing lifestyle.
In Tenerife there are various prestigious universities like Universidad de La Laguna (ULL) (public one) and Universidad Europea in Canarias (UEC), the first private university in the island and the best option for many foreign students who decided to study in Spain.
Universidad Europea de Canarias (UEC) is located in Orotava, a beautiful city located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and close to Parque Nacional del Teide.
Tenerife has a wide network of libraries that can be very useful for all students.
The cost of living in Tenerife is one of the lowest in Spain and the monthly average cost of living for a student is around 500€ and 600€.
Those are some common prices you can find in Tenerife:
- Rent an apartment for two people: 400€ monthly
- One room in a shared flat: 150€ monthly
- Student residence full board: 400€ - 500€ monthly
- Food expenses: 150€
- Single bus ticket: 1.25€
- Cinema ticket: 7€
- Dinner in an average restaurant: 15€
- Coffee: 1€
Regarding the cultural offer, Tenerife has many outdoors possibilities because of the climate and beaches. In addition, in the city you can find concerts, theatres, cinema and exhibitions. Many cultural activities like theatre, music, dances and performances are organised in Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín.
Another cultural place of the island is TEA, Tenerife Space for Arts, where exhibitions, alternative cinema sessions and other cultural activities take place. You can find the cultural agenda of Tenerife in the following link.
To do sports is another good option to spend your leisure time if you decide to study in Tenerife. You can practise many water sports like surfing, windsurfing and kite surfing, especially in the beaches of Orotava, Playa de las Américas and El Médano. Some other popular water sports are scuba diving, swimming and sailing.
Finally, we cannot forget to mention other popular sports in the island like football, beach volley, golf, trekking, motocross, karting and rally.
Nightlife is very active during the whole year because there are many clubs, bars, pubs all over the island. The places to mention are Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz, Los Cristianos and Las Américas.
In the south of the island there are many big clubs close to the sea and different music styles, especially in Las Américas and Costa Adeje.
In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the north of the island, there is an area called Avenida de Anaga where many bars and clubs are gathered. In this area there are calm places to have a drink until 2 a.m. or clubs to dance opened until 6 a.m.
Tenerife is also famous because of traditional festivities which attract thousands of tourists each year. Students who choose Tenerife to study in Spain have the opportunity to enjoy the famous Carnival. The Carnival is the most important event of the island and was declared as the Event of International Touristic Interest. It lasts 10 days and there are many custom contests and traditional dances in the streets.
Other traditional festivity in Tenerife is called Romería that has a religious meaning. Some of the most important Romerías are Fiestas de la Virgen de la Candelaria, Fiestas del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna and Semana Santa.
The gastronomy in Tenerife is based on the local fish and meat offering dishes like rabbit with salmorejo, fried goat and canarian stew. Undoubtedly the most famous dish of the island is called papas arrugadas con mojo, that accompanies any main dish or can be also served as a snack.
On the other hand if you go to study to Tenerife you have to know the most famous mean of transport in the island called “Guaga”. Those buses connect the whole island.
Tenerife also has two trams to connect the main areas of the island: Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna, Hospital Universitario de Canarias and El Cardonal.
In 2017 the government is planning to construct a railway connecting the north and the south of the island.
There are also two airports in the island; Airport in Tenerife Norte, and Airport in Tenerife Sur. The latter one is the most important.
In addition, Tenerife has two seaports connecting all the islands. They are called Puerto de la Cruz and Puerto de los Cristianos.
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