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Finding accommodation in Barcelona can be an arduous and tricky task, given that the number of students coming to Barcelona is larger every year. For this reason, IBEI has signed an agreement with the Barcelona Housing Service which offers assistance to the students of the master programme in looking for a flat or a room to rent.

Barcelona Housing Service for Students

This is the accommodation service offered jointly by all the universities in the Barcelona area. It offers different options: shared flats, rooms in shared flats and/or provisional accommodation:

Torrent de l’Olla, 219
Tel: 93 238 9072
Web: www.bcn-housing-students.com 
Email: info@bcn-housing-students.com


For your first few days in Barcelona, the cheapest option is to stay at a hostel.

Alberg Barcelona Mar
Sant Pau 80, 08001 Barcelona, Tel.: 93 324 8530
Web: www.barcelonamar.com/espanol/homespanol.html
Alberg Pere Tarrés
Numància, 149-151, 08029 Barcelona, Tel.: 93 410 2309
Web: www.peretarres.org/alberg/pmf_cs.asp
Melcior de Palau 70-74, 08014 Barcelona, Tel.: 93 490 5965
Centric Point Barcelona
Passeig de Gràcia, 33, 08003 Barcelona, Tel.: 93 231 2045
Email: www.centricpointhostel.com

Servei d’Habitatge Jove

The Servei d’Habitatge Jove offers a number of services:

  • Information and consultation service.
  • A range of flats to rent for young people.
  • Rooms in shared flats.
  • Guests' club: living with a family.
  • University halls of residence.
  • Youth groups and associations.
  • Accommodation for students and academic staff.

Secretaria General de Joventut 
Oficina del Programa Habitatge Jove 
Calàbria, 147, 08015 Barcelona
Tel: 93 483 8392

University Halls of Residence

Normally there is a limited number of spaces available and the price is relatively expensive, but they have complete services, with rooms with bathroom, heating, telephone, internet connection, furniture and other, shared services.

Agora BCN. 
Psg. dels Castanyers, 21, 08035 Barcelona, Tel.: 93 166 9000
Email: agora.info@cett.es , web: www.agorabcn.com
Sardenya, 326-328 entl. 2ª, 08025 Barcelona, Tel.: 93 436 7739
Email: info@barcelonaresidencias.com
Melon District (Poble Sec)
Av. Paral·lel, 101, 08004 Barcelona, Tel.: 93 217 8812
Email: info@melondistrict.com , web: www.melondistrict.com
Melon District (Marina)
Sancho de Ávila, 22, 08018 Barcelona, Tel.: 93 217 8812
Email: info@melondistrict.com , web: www.melondistrict.com 
Residencia ONIX         
Sardenya 101-137, 08013 Barcelona, Tel.: 93 266 6100
Email: reservas.residenciaonix@icyesa.es , web: www.residenciaonix.com
Vila Universitària
Campus de la UAB s/n, 08193 Bellaterra (Cerdanyola del Vallès), Tel.: 93 580 3095
Email: vila@vilauniversitaria.com , web: www.vilauniversitaria.com

Rented flats

An option that may be cheaper is renting a room in a shared flat. Depending on the size of the room and the flat, and on the neighbourhood where it is located, the rental price will range between 300 and 400 Euros per month. Generally renting gives you the right to use the whole flat, although that is not always the case.

The best option when it comes to finding a room in a shared flat is the portal www.loquo.com or the university notice boards.

It is also possible to rent an entire flat, although the economic requirements and guarantees, if you rent through an estate agency, are usually quite strict (normally they request a permanent work contract, a bank guarantee and 2 or 3 months rental in advance). There are many estate agencies throughout the city offering rental.  

It is also possible to rent a flat over the Internet; some portals have adverts from estate agencies, but also private individuals. 

Websites to find flats for rent: 

Viure i Conviure Programme

Another option is through the Caixa de Catalunya's “Viure i Conviure” Programme, which offers the chance to live in the home of an elderly person in exchange for keeping that person company.

For more information: http://obrasocial.caixacatalunya.es/osocial/main.html?idioma=1