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Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a Mediterranean and cosmopolitan city interspersed with Roman remains, medieval districts and the most beautiful examples of Modernism and 20th century vanguard. Nature is very present in the region with beautiful beaches and the mountains one step away.

Its more than two millennia of history support an incredible cultural development that has encouraged the most innovative artistic trends. Many artists linked to design, music, fashion, art, literature and cinema choose this city to live and be inspired.

Barcelona stands out for its creative and entrepreneurial environment. Museums, alternative art galleries, festivals, fairs and exhibitions of all kinds fill the calendar with open proposals to promote talent and new ideas.

Today it is one of the main tourist destinations in the world due to its multicultural, dynamic and open nature.

Top tips for living in Barcelona

Living and studying in Barcelona is a more complete experience than just coming on holiday for a few days in the summer. The city will be your home for years while you study in the BAA so it’s important to make the most of what it has to offer. Here you’ll find some tips to help you feel at home and start enjoying the city from the minute you arrive.

We offer to provide the help you need and to solve all your doubts when looking for accommodation before arriving in the city and during your stay in Barcelona.

Do not hesitate to contact us at info@academyofartbarcelona.com

Your student accommodation in Barcelona

One of the first decisions you’ll have to make is where to live. The three best options, based on the experience of other students in previous years, are as follows:

1

Student Housing

2

Renting a shared apartment or room

3

Family Stays

4

Hotels and Hotels near BAA

1

Student Housing

Student residences can be a good option if you want to book your accommodation online in advance, have a fully equipped room and live with fellow students from around the world.

Barcelona has many residences for students located in different areas. Find out more!

2

Renting a shared apartment or room

The most common way to look for flats or rooms to rent in Barcelona is online.

There are plenty of websites that offer this service, but here are the most popular for both long and short term rental.

The advertisements that are available on this kind of websites are from agencies or directly from the owners, but in any case, beware it is recommended to see the flats before making any contract or payment to be sure that the ad matches the reality.

Also, be sure to check if the bills are included and calculate any upfront costs you’ll need to account for:

Useful web sites:

Long term rental:
Barcelona Allotjament | Badi (habitaciones) | Idealista | Fotocasa | Habitaclia | yaencontre.com | pisocompartido.com

Short term rental:
Aibnb | Aparteasy

Other links of interest:
Habitatge Jove | Altiro 2000 | Barcelona Centro Universitario | Ficasso | Live Further | Oh Barcelona | Resa Housing Service | Sh Barcelona

Facebook Groups:
Recomendamos que también busques en los siguientes grupos de Facebook donde las personas se ponen en contacto para alquilar habitaciones o pisos en Barcelona, en particular:
BAA Students Pisos y habitaciones de alquiler en Barcelona | Barcelona Rentals | Rooms/Flats for rent in Barcelona

3

Family Stays

Undoubtedly the best choice for the student who wants to learn about the country’s culture and traditions. A cross-cultural experience between students and families that mutually benefits both parties. Students improve their Spanish in the warmth of a family environment while acquiring first-hand insight into life in Barcelona. A rich cultural experience.

Contact in the following link

— Upscale apartments in safe, residential neighbourhoods.
— Private room.
— Breakfast and dinner.
— Utilities, Wi-Fi and laundry included in price.
— Many include weekly cleaning.
— No visits without prior permission.
— Student decides level of interaction with host family.

4

Hostels and Hotels near BAA

When you first arrive to Barcelona and need a provisional accommodation while you are looking for a room or a flat, a good option can be to stay in a youth hostel. Also, for your visitors and Easter and Summer Workshops.

In this document you will find the whole range of hostels and hotels near the BAA.

Practical aspects

Weather


Barcelona has a pleasant Mediterranean climate. For reliable information and forecasts, visit the Catalan Weather Service (Servei Meteorològic de Catalunya)

Cost of living


In the following link you will find a document with the different costs of the different services that you will have to hire to study in Barcelona:
— Cost of accommodation
— Cost of Trasportation
— Cost of eating out
— Cost Fine Arts Materials

What to see in Barcelona


Barcelona is a city where you can find a great cultural offer of Museums, events, and great gastronomic culture. Also parties and activities. You can subscribe to our monthly Newsletter as well as see our proposals in this document.

Language


In Barcelona, people generally speak both Spanish and Catalan. Most people can also speak English, so don’t stress out over a language barrier. Check with us the offer of Spanish classes with the BAA either in our center or in collaborating centers.

Health


If you come from outside the EU you will need travel insurance to get the study visa. At BAA we always recommend, whether or not you are a European student, to have life insurance that covers your entire stay in Barcelona. Check with us the different options.

Visa


If you come from outside of the European Union, you will need a student visa . The conditions to obtain one may vary, so please contact the Spanish embassy or consulate in your country for advice and check our tips and procedures to obtain it.

Transport

The Barcelona City Council website offers complete, detailed information on the public and private transport the city offers in order to get around to wherever you want.

Barcelona
Metro

All the practical, updated information on the Barcelona metro service and lines.

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Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat
(Railways of Catalonia)

The railway company owned by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government)

+ info

Tram

Operator of the “Trambaix and Trambesós” tram networks that cover the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.

+ info

Bicing

Urban bike-sharing transport system. A simple, practical and sustainable service that you can use for your journeys around the city.

+ info

Transport

The Barcelona City Council website offers complete, detailed information on the public and private transport the city offers in order to get around to wherever you want.

Barcelona
Metro

All the practical, updated information on the Barcelona metro service and lines.

+ info

Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat
(Railways of Catalonia)

The railway company owned by the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government)

+ info

Tram

Operator of the “Trambaix and Trambesós” tram networks that cover the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.

+ info

Bicing

Urban bike-sharing transport system. A simple, practical and sustainable service that you can use for your journeys around the city.

+ info