Contributor: Thimjo [Albania]
Barcelona dorms – the university option
Pros: Not spending much time on everyday transport, hanging out easier with other students from uni and attending more uni parties
Cons: You’ll be out of the Barcelona (uni is in Bellaterra, around 1 hour with train from the city center), therefore it’s gonna be less practical if you want to explore the city (there’s tremendous amount of things to do).
Where to look for: Your local coordinator (for MathMods it is Prof. Aureli) will contact you during summer and tell you about it.
Student flat in Cerdanyola (small town near uni)
Pros: The most economical option
Cons: Not in uni, not in Barcelona => more challenging to socialize
Where to look for: Different websites (pick yours and look down for Barcelona section)
Student accommodation in Barcelona
Pros: Student accommodation in Barcelona has A LOT of advantages!!!
Cons: Distance from uni, you’ll spend at least an hour to go for classes and 1 more to come back
Where to look for: The most used website is idealista.com . There are others easy to find online, but this is the most used one.
Areas to look for:
- I would recommand Gracia, the “bohem” neighborhood of Barcelona. It’s full small streets, bars and placas. You can chill around, enjoy good art and meet interesting people. Also uni from here is 40-50 mins.
- There is also Gothic area, the old town and the most touristic part of Barcelona. It’s mostly internationals living there, the area is also full of events. Again uni is easy to access from here (just a single train)
- Barceloneta used to be inhabited by fishermen before. Really beautiful zone, by the sea and central, but a bit not well connected to our uni.
- Poblenou is by the sea also, a bit further from the center, although easier to access from uni than Barceloneta. It’s also cheaper than the other ones.
Student flat for international students
To get a whole student flat is not that easy cause you have to work in Spain, or relatives working here that can guarantee that you’ll pay the rent (for some reason scholarships don’t count).
Previous students experience
What we did: We booked an airb’n’b all of us for the first month (MathMods in Barcelona) and then we looked for places while here.
What people before us did: The generation before us went for uni dorm for 1st semester and Barcelona for the 2nd one.
We’re all happy with our choices of student accommodation in Barcelona, so relax either way you’ll have fun