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Barcelona facts and features
Barcelona, the city
Barcelona is one of the most attractive destinations for students from around the world and, particularly Spain. Students of degree, master, postgraduate, University practices... find their place in one of the best cities of the continent as an educational destination.
Barcelona attracts all manner of students attending various programs from undergraduate to post graduate or extended studies. The quality of its schools and the city’s welcoming attitude have helped build its reputation as a premier academic destination in Europe.
Barcelona is home to more than 20.000 students whose attendance is spread across its seven universities. It also has top world ranked private schools and more than 10,000 the city’s students are international students.
The city serves as a cultural and architectural benchmark in Europe. It boasts nine UNESCO World Heritage sites, miles of beaches, design wherever you look and amazing cuisine...
Barcelona, the climate
Barcelona enjoys a consistently temperate climate throughout the year. The winters are relatively mild and the summer stretches until the end of September. Due to a climate that can be described as mild Mediterranean, days with extreme temperatures, hot or cold are few with the maximum/minimum temperatures being in the middle range.
Escape to the beach especially in August, when the temperature averages 29 ° C in January with an average temperature of 10 ° C you won’t have to bring an eskimo suit.
Barcelona, the cuisine
La Boqueria on Las Ramblas, is the largest market in the city and one of the most visited places. Typical Mediterranean elements come together with other influences from around the world and result in a cuisine that is traditional and modern, cosmopolitan and international.
You will find a little bit of everything in this city with hundreds of restaurants, bars and cafes that are part of the everyday cultural life here. Bread topped with fresh crushed tomato is omnipresent, olive oil lives prominently in every kitchen and taking advantage of all the fresh produce made possible by close proximity with sea and farmland is mandatory.
In Barcelona there are dining options to fit every budget. Tapas in la Barceloneta, on premise dining in gracia’s inventive restaurants or buying something to go in one of its famous "rotisseries" are just some of the many options popular with students.
Barcelona Student Housing do recommend staying away from the touristy restaurants on las Ramblas and exploring favorite local haunts. Patatas bravas in bar Tomas, tapas at La Cerveceria Catalana or self service feasting on seafood at La Paradeta are a few not-to-be-missed items.
Getting around barcelona
The metro is the fastest transportation option and most widely used by locals. Metro card T-Jove, for students under 25 years of age, is by far the most economical alternative if you plan to make several trips a day. With the same card you can use the metro, bus, tram and light rail trains within the city limits. Because of the pleasant climate and the manageable dimensions of the city, the bicycle is gaining more converts every day. The Barcelona City Council makes Biking available to the public, the economic (and organic) way to move from Barcelona. This consists of a city-wide bike sharing system, which costs 47 euros a year. There are bicycles stationed at practically every other block around Barcelona and you can download an app on your phone to inform you of the nearest stations and how many bikes available.
Bus, tram, subway or bicycle? We can tell you what the quickest way to get from your college apartment to the University is.
You have several alternatives from the airport: The Aerobus, a bus which connects the two terminals of the airport to the center of Barcelona. The ticket price is € 5.90. Since February 2016 you can also use the subway to get to downtown by 4.50 €. If you prefer a taxi, the price is around 25-30 €. Our flats are centrally located and well connected to the subway, so once in Barcelona, will be very easy to get to your new apartment.