Essential guide before moving to Barcelona

All the tips you have to know if you are thinking of moving to Barcelona to live an academic experience


Barcelona is a fantastic destination for all types of audiences. Especially if you are young and at the university stage, since Barcelona is a very important city in Europe to study, both for Erasmus programs and for Spanish and rest of the world students. That is why every year many undergraduate and specialization students come together in the Catalan capital, such as postgraduate and master’s degrees.
So, in the Catalan capital there is an international and young atmosphere at all times thanks to the fact that it is a cosmopolitan city full of life that you will love to live an academic season.

That is why today, at Xior Diagonal Besos we bring you a complete post so that you can discover the tips you should know before moving to Barcelona. Don’t forget that Barcelona is always in fashion, so it’s time for you to pay attention to this post with the most important tips you should know.


The best Catalan universities

Barcelona is not only the capital of art, fashion, bohemia and technology, but it is also the headquarters of many universities, specialized centers and most important business schools in Spain and Europe. For this reason, when we talk about Catalan universities, the references are the University of Barcelona (UB), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Polytechnic of Catalonia (UPC) and the Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

On the other hand, there are also internationally prestigious business schools such as IESE Business School, considered the best in the world, or ESADE as well.

However, these are just some of the known centers, since in Barcelona you can find many more specialized centers in all humanistic and technological subjects depending on what you want to study. If you want to know more about the most prestigious universities in Barcelona, ​​take a look at our post about which are the best universities in Barcelona that you cannot miss.

It’s time to learn Catalan

You have to know that the official language in Barcelona is Catalan. Although local people almost always address foreigners in Spanish, we remind you that it is important that you become familiar with the Catalan language, because it will make your life easier in many ways. In this sense, depending on the degree you are going to take and the subject you have chosen, you may be asked for Catalan as an essential requirement.

Our advice is that you be receptive and take it as a great opportunity to learn a new language, since if you know Spanish it is very easy to understand. In fact, the vast majority of foreign students, regardless of the country they come from, take Catalan as a challenge and as something positive given the possibility of learning two languages ​​at the same time during their stay in Barcelona.
But don’t worry, we tell you that most classes always teach in Spanish and also in English.

Where to live in Barcelona

Your best option to live in Barcelona is undoubtedly our university residence, located in the heart of the city. Unlike shared flats, where you don’t have independence, individual flats that will run out of budget, university residences like ours are a splendid option to live in a calmer way and, thus, also take advantage of your free time to enjoy to the max in the city.

We assure you that it is a solution that is worth living, without taking time away so that you can dedicate it to your learning or to get to know Barcelona in the most profound way as if you were a lifelong Barcelonian.


How to move through the city

We tell you that the public transport network in Barcelona is perhaps one of the best in Europe. Therefore, it will be very easy for you to move around the entire city and the metropolitan area without any problem.

In addition to conventional public transport such as the metro, tram and bus, you can also use the Bicing service, undoubtedly a sustainable way to move around the city and also play sports.

Likewise, if you have your own bicycle you can also move without problem thanks to the fact that Barcelona has thousands of lanes that connect practically all of Barcelona, ​​a good option to walk at your own pace and discover each neighborhood and each environment of the city.

Places to eat

Without a doubt, Barcelona has a great culinary offer for all tastes and budgets. When you are a student, the cheapest options are the ones that attract your attention the most, such as eating in our student residence thanks to our food service that will conquer your appetite.

However, if you are one of those who prefer to eat out and want to indulge yourself and go out to eat with friends, then we encourage you to visit our article with the best places to eat in Barcelona on a student budget.

So, if you are going to eat out we advise you to avoid the tourist areas to eat, because we are sure that you do not want to ruin yourself with the exorbitant prices or the food of not very good quality. And in Barcelona there are many very good places where you can enjoy the best food for little money, but for this you have to know how to find them, something that you will only know by living in Barcelona as just another local citizen.

We advise you not to limit yourself to searching the internet, but also to find friends from Barcelona who can give you the best recommendations for all budgets.

Are you ready to move to Barcelona? Surely with our post today you are already up to date with all the tips you need to know.
And remember that at Xior Diagonal Besos we want to be part of your stay in Barcelona, ​​always giving you everything you need to live an unforgettable experience. For this, our goal is to become for you the best student accommodation in Barcelona.
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Have a good start to the academic year!

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