Living in Barcelona

We know, living in Barcelona is one of the highlights of your student life!
We have prepared a Barcelona Travel Guide to arrange your stay, so that you can enjoy more and worry less.

International Students

For international students deciding to study abroad comes with worries of finding a new home and adapting to a new culture.
Here we are, to help you overcome these worries and turn them into memorable experiences.

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city that stuns with its diversity, making it a unique Mediterranean city.

There are numerous reasons, why the city is a heaven in terms of quality of life and business opportunities.

Names such as Gaudi, Dali and Picasso are only some part of the proof of the city’s creative DNA.

Barcelona is living high times, thanks to the excellent business environment, that allows the growth of its biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, design, ICT, audiovisual and other clusters, and it is the nursery of many leading international initiatives.
Barcelona is also the main port of the Mediterranean Sea and a strategic logistics center.

The city has a historical culture of entrepreneurship and attraction of multinationals and foreign investment. Therefore, European rankings place it among the five best cities in Europe for business and executive education.

Barcelona combines everything that is most charming about Mediterranean cities – relaxed place, monthes of endless sunshine, unbeatable food – with a cutlural and design clout. 

In the center of Barcelona you can find the Roman city (urban fabric, walls, Historical Museum of the City), next to great medieval buildings like the Palau de la Generalitat, the city hall, Palau de la Musica, palaces of Montcada street, the Cathedral, Santa Maria del Mar, St. Pau Camp or Sta. Maria del Pi and urban structures prior to the industrial revolution (as in Raval and Barceloneta).

Barcelona is also a privileged city for theater, opera, music and contemporary dance. This avant-garde trend does not exclude the richness and the reinvention of the traditional Catalan culture, the creation and exchange of artistic expressions of recent and historical immigration, and the use of the streets as a space for experimentation, coexistence, party and meetings. 

In short, Barcelona is today one of the most innovative, dynamic and interesting cities in Europe to study and deepen in its culture. 

The importance of Barcelona as a tourist destination, as well as its international trade fairs and congresses, set up the Barcelona brand. And beyond Gaudí postcards or Barca success, Barcelona has reached the category of city for business.

The visionaries who created the Eixample or Modernism and inherited the Gothic quarter, had given a scenario that helped the Olympic flame forge a partnership between the public and private sectors, now part of a brand that aims to facilitate business.

Besides the design, architecture and urbanism, it bursts in Barcelona biomedical research, mobile technology, gastronomy and intense logistics activity, facilitated by the expansion of the port, which beyond being a leading dock for cruise ships, it aims to become the southern gateway to Europe for import and export of products from all over the world, but specially the Asian ones.

And its privileged location settles Barcelona as the center of an emerging Euroregion, the Mediterranean capital, bridge with the Maghreb and a platform for Latin America. es que su privilegiada situación geográfica hace de Barcelona el centro de una euroregión emergente, capital mediterránea, puente con el Magreb y plataforma para América Latina.

Biotechnological  «Cluster» and third tourist destination of continental flights, over the last 14 years Barcelona remains as the European city with better quality of life for employees, according to the European Cities Monitor. A circumstance that helps to concentrate the bulk of foreign investment in Catalonia, as evidenced by the fact that since 2007 the metropolitan area has been placed among the top ten in the world in attracting foreign investment.

Frequently asked questions

The weather in Barcelona is pleasant most of the year. However, the best weather is from May to late July. September is also a good month.

August can be very hot during the day (sometimes reaches 34 ° C, 95F).

The weather in October and November is still pleasant, but it starts to get a little cooler (21 ° C down to 15 ° C, 69 to 59F). You will not see a radiant sun every day, so you should be prepared for days when expected a little rain.

Remember that these are only indications and the weather can vary slightly from year to year. Especially, in recent years there have been a few fluctuations.

In Barcelona there are many companies offering mobile phone service. The main ones are Telefónica Movistar, Vodafone and Orange.

Requirements: In case you choose to have a prepaid card, you will only be required your passport. On the other hand, if you want to have a contract, you will be requested your passport and temporary NIE or just your permanent NIE. In any case, you will always be asked for a Spanish bank account.

The companies offering mobile phone services also offer Internet connection (ADSL).

All foreign students coming to a Spanish university or business school must have a health insurance.

Those students from any country of the European Union, European Economic Area or Switzerland, who entitled to Social Security in their country of origin, will receive healthcare service under the same conditions as nationals.

If you come from another country, you should see if it has bilateral agreements with Spain, if so, you can receive healthcare after you’ve got the address certificate (“Certificado de empadronamiento”). Finally, if you are not from any of the above two groups, you must take out private insurance.

For any emergency, public hospitals are:

Hospital Sant Pau (L5 “Hospital de Sant Pau”) santpau.es

Hospital Clinic (L5 “Hospital Clinic”) hospitalclinic.org

The electricity supply in Barcelona is 220 volts and plugs are with two round pins.

If in your country, as is the case in the UK, 240 volt and three pins are used, a simple adapter can be used to resolve it.

In the case of countries where the voltage is 120, you should use a voltage transformer.

Tap water is drinkable. It is normally used for cooking, but people prefer to drink bottled water.

Gas service is the same as in most countries.

Emergencies: 112

Ambulance: 061

Fire: 080

City Police: 932 91 50 92

Barcelona Airport Transport: aena.es

Bus/Metro of Barcelona: tmb.es

Barcelona Tourist Information Center: Tel.906 301 282  barcelonaturisme.com

Catalonia Tourism Information: Tel 93 238 40 00 – gencat.es/probert

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