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Barcelona is one of the world's most popular destinations, the capital of Catalonia and located in the north-east of Spain. This city is appealing to students, executives, families and young professionals’ alike. In Barcelona apartments for rent are in high demand, but Nestpick has a huge selection of furnished apartments to choose from, and booking one is as simple as a few clicks. Whether you are interested in rooms for rent or fully furnished apartments, Nestpick has the widest selection and will help you rent a flat in Barcelona.

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Renting an apartment in Barcelona

Barcelona - the city's name alone conjures up a variety of images - from its famous art and architecture, including Gaudi's celebrated Sagrada Familia and Parc Guell, to the sun-kissed beaches of Barceloneta. There's no better city on which to enjoy a drink from a roof top terrace and soak up the evening sun. The wonderful climate, vibrant street life and rich culture make the capital of Catalonia a unique and special location. Barcelona is divided into 10 districts and 73 neighborhoods. The city extends from the Mediterranean coast to the east to Tibidabo mountains to the west. The excellent public transport systems, ‘Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona’ (TMB) and the trams (TRAM) are the best options for getting about the city. Spanish is the main language in Barcelona, but many locals prefer speaking in the Catalan dialect.

Barcelona is undoubtedly an economic engine of the country, with excellent business schools such as ESADE, classified by the Financial Times as one of the top 5 business schools in Europe. Museums, monuments, art from all periods and an impressive variety of events such as concerts, film festivals, technological and food fairs make Barcelona a city full of surprises and unique in style.

Moving to Barcelona is exciting, and can be done on a budget or more luxuriously depending on your preference. It's no surprise that Barcelona apartments are some of the most expensive in Spain after Madrid and finding Barcelona apartments for rent can be tricky. Whether you are looking for student accommodation in Barcelona or furnished apartments for rent, you will find your perfect home with Nestpick. Here is our guide to the most popular areas …


Eixample

Meaning 'extension' or 'enlargement' in Spanish, the Eixample district has a grid-like layout designed by the architect, Ildefons Cerda in the late 19th century. The area is home to Antoni Gaudi's splendid Sagrada Familia and to ‘Passeig de Gracia’, which is known to be one of the noted shopping passages in Europe. Properties are normally modern and spacious. Eixample is ideal for expats or professionals who are prepared to pay a little more for Barcelona apartments for rent long term. Apartments can be found atmonthly prices in the range of €1000 - €1500.


Barceloneta


Barceloneta used to be a fishing village, but has now been subsumed by the growth of Barcelona, and is considered a fantastic area for expats who enjoy being close to Port Vell and the beach. This part of Barcelona also attracts museum lovers, as the Museu d’Historia de Catalunya is situated in the west. Opium, the famous nightclub, is located in the north. Traditional fishermen's housing tends to be smaller but cheaper than the larger apartments for rent in Barcelona near the main streets ‘Paseo Colon’ or ‘Calle Juan de Borbon’. As this location is very close to the beach and Ciudad Vella, in this part of Barcelona flats for rent tend to be more expensive than in other quarters.

Vila Olimpica

Built for the 1992 Olympic Games, the Vila Olimpica de Poblenou is part of the Sant-Marti district, which used to be the pride of Barcelona. Whilst other areas are now more popular, the neighbourhood still has a distinct charm and vibrant nightlife. Within the Vila Olimpica, the ‘Puerto Olympico de Barcelona’ is considered the most beautiful and desirable area.


Apartments to rent in Gracia Barcelona

Gracia is only 1km north of central Barcelona and is a tranquil, Catalan area. If you're looking for apartments to rent in Gracia Barcelona then you'll find an area with a really nice feel: olde worlde winding street open onto plazas dotted with bars and restaurants. Local highlights include the annual festival taking place over 5 days every August, with a street decoration competition. Those with an artistic inclination should take a look at Gaudi’s Parc Guell, the master’s first major work and a UNESCO world heritage site.


Les Corts - for football fanatics, business types and fashionistas

There are two dominant forces in Les Corts: football and business. FC Barcelona calls Gracia home and the area is an important business district. For students, it’s only a 15 minute metro ride to the city centre. The contrast of students brunching alongside besuited business folks makes for an unusual contrast. For the fashion conscious, there are numerous upmarket retailers. As a safe and residential part of town, it’s not as bustling in the evenings as other areas in the city so if you’re looking for peace and quiet Les Corts may be a perfect fit for you.


Nestpick

If you are looking for a furnished apartment, then look no further than Nestpick: we specialise in apartments for rent for medium and long term stays. In Barcelona rooms to rent are always in high demand, but we have plenty of options for you. Most of our rentals have all bills included, are newly renovated and contain all the modern amenities you would expect: a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine and wifi. Many of our properties also have their own unique features such as a balcony, bike parking or excellent transport connections. Make sure to check the deposit and fees with your individual landlord, as contracts may vary.



Tips on Finding Student Accommodation in Barcelona

Finding the place to begin in a new city will never be easy; moving to a new city or home can be stressful. Here are some tips helping you find your feet in the Catalonian capital of Barcelona.

This beautiful coastal city is rich with culture, amazing food, architecture and people. The official languages spoken are Catalan and Spanish. Barcelona is famous for its beautiful Antonio Gaudi buildings; the La Sagrada Familia church has been in construction since 1892. Its projected finish date is 2030.

Try going up the church to see a unique view of the whole city. Barcelona is also a coastal city, meaning you can enjoy both the city bustle and the relaxation of El Raval’s beaches.

Lots of college students choose to study in Barcelona for the quality of education, good weather, job opportunities and the young and stimulating environment. Looking for student Barcelona apartments for rent? Let nestpick do the hard work for you. We offer a simple and secure platform to help you find the perfect apartment for you, entirely online from anywhere in the world.

There are many options when choosing a student residence in Barcelona. Here is a guide to help you to find a safe and comfortable nest during your studies!


Barcelona Student Housing

Student residences in Barcelona will either be a shared student house in Barcelona, private student flats or student resident halls. All types of student accommodation in Barcelona will typically require a deposit of one month’s rent. Barcelona is full of amazing districts, walk through the Gothic Quarter or visit the cosmopolitan Province of Gràcia for a trendy drink. Therefore, when deciding on a home in Barcelona, you must think of public transport connections and proximity to all amenities you may need.


Shared House

A shared student house in Barcelona can be for those students who enjoy a co-living lifestyle. In a shared house, you rent a room in a house with other students or young professionals. Shared home’s are great for meeting new people from throughout the city. Your shared house will come with a kitchen and a bathroom. Some shared houses can include extra amenities, such as lounges or outdoor areas, to enjoy the weather!


Apartment

If you are considering getting your own student apartment in Barcelona, be aware that this is the most costly alternative in Barcelona. Looking for your own students apartments in Barcelona is a great option for friends willing to split the cost! This gives you the privacy and security of your own home in your student flat in Barcelona


Student Halls

Student residence halls will either be private or run by your University. They are a great option for a co-living environment with other University students. A student room will consist of a bed, desk and a shared bathroom/kitchen area. Some student rooms in Barcelona will offer extras including en-suites and a social area (usually at an additional price)


Universities in Barcelona

Barcelona has six Universities in the city. They are a combination of Public and Private and are all located across the city.


ESADE Business law school

ESADE Business school’s Barcelona campuses are located in Pedralbes. The University also has campuses in Sant Cugat del Vallès, situated in the north of Barcelona.


University of Barcelona

UB has six locations in the city. Be aware of which campus you belong to when choosing your accommodation. UB has three student residence halls in Gracia and Badalona (these are of campus student residences).


Pompeu Fabra University

University Pompeu Fabra is in central Barcelona. It is within walking distance of both the beach and the city's cultural districts. It has a self contained campus in Bellaterra, that can provide a hub for students. The self contained campus is located half an hour away from the city center.


Ramon Llull University

Ramon Llull University is a private University located in downtown Barcelona, it is accessible by the subway station Av. Tibidabo. The University's name comes from Ramon Llull, a famous writer and philosopher born in the 13th century. It used to have four educational institutions. Over the course of years 7 additional institutions were added.


Barcelona Tech

Barcelona Tech, also called UPC, is located in Pedralbes just on the outskirts of the inner city. This University is the largest engineering University in the city and is easily accessible to city center.


Autonomous University of Barcelona

The Autonomous University of Barcelona is located just outside of the city center. Accommodation in close proximity can be found in Bellaterra. The University's location is surrounded by beautiful views, with both good train and bus connections, it is just 35 minutes from the center of Barcelona.


Transport in Barcelona

The Universities in Barcelona are spread all across the city. Therefore you must be aware of your proximity. Ensuring that you are close to your University is important. It saves you time, stress and money!


A public transport map that includes trams, rail, buses and a subway system are a few options when getting yourself around the city. Despite Barcelona's 101.9 km area you can move around with ease. The metro, buses and trains of the FGC (the public transport system of Barcelona) are all incorporated in an integrated transport system. One synonymous ticket is valid for all means of transport.


Cost of living in Barcelona

If you're looking to rent a flat in Barcelona long term it's best to get an idea of the cost of living in Barcelona. It can be a little pricey but with some clever budgeting you'll be just fine. Here are some approximate prices of essentials (and non-essentials!):
• One month travel card zones 1 and 2: €51.70
• One month mobile phone contract: €20
• One month gym membership: €50
• Lunch in a business district: €12
• A cappuccino in a city centre cafe: €2.30
• Dinner in a restaurant including wine and dessert: €45
• A pack of cigarettes: €5
• Single cinema ticket: €8
• Cold medication for 6 days: €7

As you can see the cost of living in Barcelona is relatively similar to other European capitals but is significantly cheaper than London and Paris.