Top 5 apps for international students in Barcelona

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If you are an international student that has just arrived in Barcelona, you might wonder which apps you should download to enjoy your new home to the fullest. We have written “Top 5 apps for international students in Barcelona” to help you.

Here, you will find some of the apps that our staff at BEBS uses almost every day. Moreover, we have selected some of the most relevant events for business-mind people like you.

Before we present the apps we have chosen for you, there are a few things that you should know. First, all the apps that we have selected were created by start-ups that were founded right here in Barcelona. As you might know, Barcelona is a thriving city in Europe for start-ups: by the end of 2018, there were 1.197 start-ups just in Barcelona.

Second, when it comes to business events, there are few cities like Barcelona. Every day there are events for entrepreneurial minds. If you are an international student at BEBS Barcelona Executive Business School, you should check the 2 Business events you can not miss in Barcelona at the end of the blog post.

Top 5 Apps to download for international students living in Barcelona:

From food to finding the perfect flatmates, we have covered everything you might need during your time in Barcelona.


Let’s start with the basics: finding a shared flat. Looking for flatmates or a home can be a real nightmare. However, Badi will help you through this process. It is a hybrid between the characteristics of a dating app and a classical housing app, making it easier for Badi’s users to understand if they could be a good match as flatmates. You are lucky that Badi was created here because it is extremely popular in Barcelona. In other words, it will be easy to find other international students to share the flat and new experiences.


Imagine this: you just come back from a busy day at BEBS, and you are too tired to cook your dinner. What could you do? Well, relax, sit on the sofa and check with your friends what you can order from Glovo. The app allows you to filter the food by categories (Thai, Italian, Indian, and so on), by proximity, rating, and delivery fee. Through Glovo, you can also order the grocery, medicines, or videogames.


You already found a flat to share with other international students, sometimes you order all together a pizza from Glovo. There is just one thing left: find interesting activities to enjoy Barcelona to the fullest. Xceed is the answer to your problems. Even during Covid-19 times, the platform is rich with cultural events across the city. Moreover, it recommends you which bars you can not absolutely miss and discos you should check once they will open again.


It is the only exception to our rules of apps created in Barcelona. However, the list would not be complete without this app. It is similar to Xceed, but Meetup will help you meet other international students and expats like you. It is a good option for networking. Several start-ups and co-working spaces publish their events on this app. There is so much offer that we are sure you will find some relevant activity from a personal or professional point of view.


Your experience abroad has come to an end, or maybe you are just changing flat, and you want to get rid of a table or other items. This app is the solution for you. Wallapop is the leading start-up for selling and buying second-hand items. From bicycles to I-phones there is no limit to what you can find in this app. It is very easy to use, and it counts on thousands of users in Barcelona.

Now that you have downloaded the top 5 apps for international students in Barcelona, it’s time to expand your network.

Have a look at the 2 Business events you can not miss in Barcelona

1) The Mobile World Congress (MWC):

It is THE world’s most influential exhibition for the connectivity industry. This year, it will be held from the 28th of June to the 1st of July, 2021. As you can read from their website: “In 2019, up to 2,400 exhibitors, 8,000 CEOs and 59% of the industries’ most important decision-makers gathered here”.

2) EU-startups summit:

From the 29th to the 30th of April 2021, Barcelona hosts the EU-startups summit. The event gathers start-up enthusiasts and founders, companies, and media from across Europe. The summit aims at inspiring entrepreneurs and investors, fostering collaboration and international partnerships.

To stay updated on the latest news in Barcelona, make sure to regularly check websites like Barcinno and Itnig. Here you will find all the most relevant start-up events happening in the city. It can be the perfect occasion to expand your international network and develop new ideas.

Want to know more?

If you are curious about the story behind these apps and their respective start-ups you can not miss our next e-book. We will talk about what makes Barcelona a thriving innovation hub. Furthermore, we will share with you the 8 Start-ups and 3 co-working spaces to watch in 2021.

You can download the e-book for free by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn in the next weeks.

And in case you are still adapting to your new life in Barcelona, you can read our blog post “must-know things before coming to study  in Barcelona”

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