As promised in my last post I am going to share my own experience and give you some tips when looking for a room in Barcelona.
In my last post I mentioned that it was pretty hard for me to find a nice accommodation in Barcelona. I wasn’t looking for something super nice, but for something small, clean and taken care of and I guess that’s what most of the students would look for.
Some websites I found useful when looking online for a room:
They are meant to be for local people so they tend to be cheaper and are mainly offered by other students like you. There are also a lot of letting agencies that can help you with your search.
Good areas when looking for a room are:
Eixample; Plaza Cataluña; Barri Gotic; born; Plaza España; Gracia, Les Corts; Sants, etc.
Those are the main quarters in Barcelona’s city centre, but it really depends where exactly your University is, how far from it you’d like to live and of course the prise of the rent. Also have in mind that Barcelona has a really good and regular public transport so almost every part of the city is within minutes to get to by metro, buses or tram. Another good option are the public bikes that you can get from almost everywhere.
Some questions and things to keep in mind before signing any contract:
Who is renting out the room?
For how long can you rent the room?
Which expenses are included?
Is there Internet?
Is it an interior room or exterior?*
How many roommates are sharing the flat?
Smoking or non-smoking?
How much for a deposit?
When was the apartment last refurbished?
Is there heating or air conditioning?
How safe is the neighbourhood?
Where and which is the closest Supermarket?
*For those who don’t know most of Barcelona’s buildings are square shaped with a small open public area in the middle of that ‘square’, making them look a lot like chimneys. Exterior rooms are the ones that are situated in the front of the buildings, looking at the street, the interior ones are the ones looking at that small area, I mentioned. Before I moved to Barcelona I thought that the interior rooms are better, because they don’t have as much noise coming from the streets. Later I realised that inspire of being quieter, most of the time they have really tiny windows, letting just a bit or almost no natural light or air coming into the room (especially if the flat is situated in one of the lower floors of the building). So keep that in mind.
So this is just the main things to know before renting a room or flat in Barcelona. I am sure if you’re patient you’ll find the perfect place for you. One thing I would advice you is try to visit the place you would want to rent before paying any money for it.
Finally, Barcelona is a great city to live in so don’t waste too much of your time and nerves if you can’t find a good place to live or if you don’t get along with your flatmates, because I promise you, you will be spending a lot more time wondering around and exploring Barcelona than staying in that flat of yours.
I hope this was useful!