On a student budget, the prices for a room can range from 450€ to 800, in average, and for a studio from 800 to 2000€.
You have several options: get a room in a shared a flat, in a student residence, get a studio/whole flat or go in a host family.
From personal experience, I would recommend anyone to get a room in a shared flat. It’s can be a cheap option, where you get to meet amazing people from all over the world and who can become real friends, while still keeping your privacy in your own room (except if you also share you room with someone else, which you can do).
Until now I have never heard people complaining from really bad experience with flat-sharing, and I can definitely say that my first flatmates were the best thing that happened to me during my first semester in Barcelona!
ROOM IN A SHARED FLAT
Prices: Should range between 450€ and 650€
Good points about sharing a flat:
- It’s cheap
- You get to meet people from all over the world
- Your flatmates can become real friends
- It’s your home
- Sharing your home with people you don’t know
- Having to accept different ways of living and attitudes
- Most of the time you can’t visit the flat before moving in
Not being able to visit before moving in can seem to be quite scary, as you never know if it’s a scam or not. The website I used seemed to verify the flats and would leave me 48h to decide if the flat was corresponding to the pictures and description on the website and give the money of the first month rent to the owner.
The websites I used/recommend:
I found my room on Spotahome, which interface is well designed and easy to use. You can zoom on the map to get the area you want to live in, and once you click on the rooms you want, they give you the price, the description of the flat, the features included, and the owner’s rules (some are not for students for example, or non-smoker etc.), and also the other rooms available in the flat.
From personal experience and what I have heard, 3 to 5 people to share a flat with is the optimal number of people. I had many friends sharing their flat with 7 or 8 people, and they thought it was very difficult to keep the flat clean, trust everyone to leave your bedroom’s door open etc.
- You will be surrounded by other students, maybe some from your own university
- Cleaning services and common areas are usually great (TVs, games, computer rooms, study rooms etc.)
- Meals can be included
- It’s usually quite expensive
- It can be small and not so comfortable
- The walls are usually really thin
Some I found on my school recommendations:
Double room: 875€
Single room: 920-995€ (depends if you have a private or shared bathroom)
Double room: 880€
Single room: 1045€
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Cleaning service (one time a week, change of bedsheet, and laundry room)
- Common areas with sofas and tv with Canal+
- High speed internet
- Study room
Single room with kitchen: 800,80€
Single room without kitchen: 741,40€
Double room: 674,30€
- Reception 24/7
- Cleaning every week + laundry room
- Printing and photocopies
- Common area with sofas, tv and DVDs
- Game room (videogames: PS4, Wii, etc., ping-pong, babyfoot)
- Study room
- Music room
- Computer room
Large single room: 1550€
XL single room with terrace: 1680€
Double room: 950€
Double room with terrace: 1070€
Studios with kitchen: range from 835€ to 1670€
- 2 meals (with option of 3 meals for +110€) – organic buffet
- Picnic service
- High speed wifi
- Outdoor gym
- Game room (playstation, projector, cinema)
- Tutoring and language private classes
- Self-service laundry
- Snacks machines
- 3D printing
- Parking (also for bikes and electric cars)
- Photocopy and printing
- Cleaning service
- 24h reception
- STUDIOS AND FLATS
- It’s your own home so your rules
- You can decorate it as you want (even if furnished, can add stuff)
- You’re alone, so not easy to meet people at first
- Have to clean on your own (except if you take a cleaning lady)
- It’s expensive
Prices: a single room flat should range between 700€ to 1300€
Websites I recommend:
Where to live?
It depends of what you want and where is situated your university/workplace.
In general, I would still recommend living in the centre as it will encourage you to visit Barcelona in your free time rather than staying at home!
The areas I would recommend would be:
- El Raval
- El Born