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Every year over 240,000 students decide to enroll in a Madrid university and about 20% of Spain’s masters students study in Madrid. Besides its academic offerings, Madrid is a leading city in fashion, culture, entertainment and recreation. As the saying goes: the only thing Madrid lacks is a beach.
Moving to Madrid can seem like a daunting prospect. As Madrid is Spain’s capital city, there is lot’s to see and lot’s to do. Keeping focused on your studies is of course important when doing an exchange program, but it does not mean you should not enjoy the beauty of the city. Discovering a new culture and different ways of living is part of what makes exchange programs a valuable life experience .
There are many wonderful districts to explore and sites to see. Here is a guide to finding suitable student housing in Madrid helping to prevent any problems whilst studying in Madrid.
There are many options when looking for apartments in Madrid. You could rent a room in a shared apartment, an entire apartment or live in University Halls.
All three types of student housing in Madrid could require deposits to be paid. It ranges from a minimum of one month’s to two month’s rent. Landlords or agencies are commonly known to ask for a reference or guarantor (usually a parent) and proof of enrollment at your University.
A flatshare in Madrid involves living with other students or young professionals in a co-living habitat. It is the preferred accommodation for students, because living alone is extremely costly. Since many people tend to look for a shared flat at the beginning of a new semester, you might find the process complicated. Don't hesitate to apply for many apartments! If you are lucky, you may even find a house with a balcony or a garden.
Flats for rent in Madrid are the most costly alternative. If you're moving in with a friend or a partner, you can split the cost, but make sure the flat can accommodate several people. Otherwise, if you wish to live completely on your own, make sure to adapt your budget
Student rooms promote a co-living environment, a furnished student room will typically consist of a bed, desk and shared bathroom/kitchen area.
A district can contain its own sub-culture of partying or full of eateries. A neighbourhood that suits you is also very important. Finding cheap accommodation in Madrid in close proximity to amenities and your university should be considered too. Being aware of public transport connections can make a huge difference to time and stress. For central locations look at Atocha in the Arganzuela district or try the chic Salamanca in district Retiro for further out cost effective neighbourhoods, Chamartin is a good place to look! The Chamberí district is also less expensive whilst still bordering Salamanca, making it popular amongst students. Similarly the Malasaña district is popular with students for its ‘hipster’ and vibrant scene.
The Polytechnic University of Madrid has all its campus’ spread across the city. So be aware of your studies faculty and its campus location. The campus’ are the Moncloa Campus, Montegancedo Campus, South Campus and Downtown Campus. Transport connections: Subway station Ciudad Universitaria or Bus routes 82 132
The Autonomous University of Madrid is located northern outskirts of Madrid in the Cantoblanco Area. The area is self-contained student city and contains all amenities for living. The student city is accessible to Madrid city centre by the commuter train. Transport connections: C4 Commuter train and Bus Routes 714.
The Complutense University of Madrid campus’ sprawl across the Ciudad Universitaria district spreading into Somosaguas and the next city. The complutense is Madrid’s largest campus university. Transport Connections: Metro line 6 and Bus Routes 82, 83, 132, 133, 162
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid is located in the south of the city, there are four campuses at this university. The Getafe Campus, Leganes Campus, Colmenarejo Campus and Madrid-Puerta de Toledo Campus. Accessibility into the centrum is 15 minutes by transit. Transport Connections: C4 Commuter from station, Margaritas-universidad Las.
Universidad de Alcala is located outside of the city, this public university is in Alcala de Henares which is 22 miles north of Madrid. Nominated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance and architecture. Transport Connections: Train station Alcala de Henares.
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos is a public university and in the southern region of Madrid. There are four campuses at Móstoles, Alcorcón, Vicálvaro and Fuenlabrada. Móstoles is home to the main campus and is easily connected into central Madrid. This university is the second largest in the city and lives by the motto: Non nova sed nove. Once you understand the meaning of this motto, you understand the beauty and learning experience of this university. Transport Connections: Mostoles - Central Madrid via Metro Line 12 and C5 commuter train.
Getting around Madrid is very easy. Madrid has an extensive metro system with 14 lines and over 170 bus routes and 3 tram lines. The Cercanias lines connect to the city centre and suburbs. For students the system of night buses, or "buhos," run after 11:45 pm and until 6:00 am. As a student in Madrid the most cost effective transport option is preferable a monthly ticket, which is also called “Abono”. It gives you full unlimited access to the public transportation system. An application will needed to be filled. Madrid City Council also runs a bike rental service called BiciMad with more than 1,500 electric bicycles distributed throughout the city. You’il find plenty of information about fares and purchasing tickets and passes on the EMT website.