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Student Accommodation in Spain

studentAccomodationThere is a growing interest of Cypriots and Cypriot residents in higher education in Spain. Over the last few years more and more undergraduate students have contacted us asking about the Spanish Higher Education system. Because of that, Aula School has started offering a new counselling service to guide students throughout the whole process of starting a university education in Spain: from choosing studies and university to doing all the necessary procedures to be able to register at the university of their choice.

One of the issues future university students and their parents are more interested in knowing is the cost of living in different cities in Spain, enquiring specially about kinds of accommodation for students and their cost.

In all of Spain accommodation possibilities range from Residencias Universitarias (Halls of Residence), Colegios Mayores (colleges) to flats students might want to rent on their own, with other students or simply rent a room in. I have chosen 4 Spanish cities in different areas of the country which I consider representative of the situation in Spain and I am going to give you a brief introduction to each one of these 4 cities and provide you with some useful links related to accommodation in them. These four cities are Granada, Zaragoza, Barcelona and Madrid.



granadaGranada is the capital city of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, in the south of Spain. It is located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, very close to the Sierra Nevada Ski Station, yet only one hour from the Mediterranean coast. The population of the city of Granada proper is around 250,000, the 13th-largest urban area of Spain.

The prestigious University of Granada, founded in 1531, has about 80,000 students spread over five different campuses in the city. I recommend you visit the University web page at www.ugr.es to check the vast offer of studies of the University many schools and to realize the magnitude of the institution we are talking about .

The University of Granada offers an accommodation service to members of the University community. You can check Halls of Residence in the city at this link and colleges here.

For information about shared flats and rooms  this web page offers info about accommodation throughout the country, not only in Granada.



zaragozaZaragoza , also called Saragossa in English, is the capital city of the Zaragoza Province and of the autonomous community of Aragon. It is situated on the Ebro river, in a valley with a variety of landscapes, ranging from desert (Los Monegros) to thick forest, meadows and mountains.

In September 2010 the population of the city of Zaragoza was 701,090 ranking fifth in Spain.

The city is famous for its folklore, a renowned local gastronomy, and landmarks such as the Basílica del Pilar, La Seo Cathedral and the The Aljafería Palace. Together with La Seo and the Aljaferia, several other buildings form part of the Mudéjar Architecture of Aragon which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The University of Zaragoza has five campuses (Zaragoza, Huesca, Jaca, Teruel y La Almunia de Doña Godina). It has over 32.000 students and offers 74 different degrees, which you can check at www.unizar.es

About accommodation, you can check all the Halls of Residence and Colleges of the city in this page of the Town Hall of Zaragoza:

Moreover, the University offers a search engine to find flats and rooms available in the city


barcelonaphotoBarcelona is the second largest city in Spain after Madrid, and the capital of Catalonia, with a population of 1,621,537 within its administrative limits. However, the urban area of Barcelona extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of between 4,200,000 and 4,500,000 being the sixth-most populous urban area in the European Union after Paris, London, Ruhr area, Madrid and Milan. It is located on the Mediterranean coast.
Barcelona is today one of the world's leading tourist, economic, trade fair/exhibitions and cultural-sports centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities. Barcelona is the 16th-most-visited city in the world and the fourth most visited in Europe after Paris, London, and Rome, with several million tourists every year. Barcelona is the 16th most "livable city" in the world according to lifestyle magazine Monocle. Similarly, according to Innovation Analysts 2thinknow, Barcelona occupies 13th place in the world on Innovation CitiesTM Global Index.

There are 7 Universities and 2 Business Schools in Barcelona, which I list below together with their web pages so you can check the studies they offer. 










On the web page of the Pompeu Fabra University you can find useful links to different kinds of accommodation: 

Here, for example you can check the offer available of shared flats and rooms in shared flats.

Rooms, flats, dorms, halls of residence

Very high standard residences and here



madridMadrid is the capital and largest city of Spain. The population of the city is roughly 3.3 million and the entire population of the Madrid metropolitan area is calculated to be 6.271 million. It is the third largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin, and its metropolitan area is the third largest in the European Union after London and Paris.

As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political centre of Spain. While possessing a modern infrastructure, it has preserved the look and feel of many of its historic neighbourhoods and streets.

Madrid is considered the major financial centre of Southern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula; it hosts the head offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies. It is the most touristic city of Spain, the fourth-most touristic of the continent, and is the 10th most livable city in the world according to Monocle magazine, in its 2010 index. Madrid also ranked among the 12 greenest European cities in 2010.

In the Autonomous Community of Madrid there are 15 universities, seven of which are public and eight of which are private, which I list below together with their web pages so you can check the studies they offer.


Public Universities

Universidad de Alcalá

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

Universidad Nacional a Distancia (UNED)

Private Universities

Universidad Alfonso X el Sabio

Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Universidad Camilo José Cela

Universidad CEU San Pablo

Universidad Europea de Madrid

Universidad Francisco de Vitoria

Universidad Pontificia Comillas

Universidad a distancia de Madrid (UDIMA)

In the web page of the Autonomous Government of Madrid you can check all the information about Halls of Residence and Dorms in Madrid .

For assistance on how you can enroll in the Spanish Universities and how exactly you can get accommodation in the city you would choose please contact us to give you a quatation for each of your choices.