Living in Spain2018-09-04T09:21:44+00:00

Living in Spain

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Cost of Living in Spain

One of your most important questions when coming to Spain is probably how much money will you need in your everyday life. Although the average monthly expenses of a student are about €900-1,000, prices (especially housing) vary quite a lot depending on the place you choose (and if you choose a shared flat, a hall of residence, etc.)

Prices are higher in large cities, especially in the city centre.

We recommend, therefore that one of the first decisions you make when coming to Spain is where you are going to live, and how far your home is from the school.

The cost of housing in Spain usually accounts for 40% of students’ budgets, and transport takes up 7%.

Don’t forget food, class materials, leisure, mobile phone and housing bills (electricity, water, internet, etc.).

For the rest of your needs, here is a list of average prices, by way of guidance. Remember that prices are higher than average in large cities:

  • Coffee: €1.20
  • A full breakfast: €2-4.
  • Soft drink or beer: €2.
  • Loaf of bread: €0.70.
  • A set menu in a normal restaurant: €9-12.
  • A single ticket for the bus or underground: €1.35.
  • 10-ride pass: €10.
  • Monthly pass : €40.
  • Newspaper: €1.20
  • Cinema ticket: €7.
  • Internet connection: €40 a month, approx.

Communications & Bank accounts

One of your main concerns when you’re living away from home is to be able to communicate with your family and friends. Here you have a list of items we can offer some support with:

  • How to obtain a cellular phone.
  • Calling from a Public Phone (Ciber sites)
  • Buying Calling abroad from Spain cards
While you’re living in Spain you’ll find it very useful to have a bank account so you can safely and securely keep track of all your expenses and incomes (Paying homestay, renting a flat, applying for a grant, receiving money from home…) and to be able to withdraw money at an ATM at any time of day or night.

  • CELEI will help you to open the account.

Climate

Spain is known for the long hours of sunshine all year round (more than 3,000), which makes it one of the warmest countries in Europe, so you will not need your umbrella very often, and out for a walk during the evening is pleasant in Spain most of the year.

It is important that you take into account that you will find strong differences depending on the time of year you come and the part of the country you are travelling to. While inland and in the mountain areas winters are cold and summers are hot, on the coast the temperatures are milder throughout the year.

In summer, the sun shines in most of the country and temperatures vary between 25ºC and 35ºC approximately. We recommend bringing light clothes and something warm for the night.

In autumn, the weather can be more changeable and temperatures vary between 15ºC and 20ºC approximately.

In winter, Spain does not suffer from extremely cold temperatures, although inland and in mountain areas they do drop significantly (and it even snows). They vary between -2ºC and 15ºC approximately. Bring warm clothes. We suggest wearing clothes in layers.

If you are coming in spring the temperature is pleasant (between 10ºC and 22ºC approximately), but it may rain.

Safety and Health Care

In general, Spain is a completely safe country. However, we do recommend that you take the minimum precautions, however during Orientation we will give an extensive guidelines regarding Safety and Health, but some the following issues will be presented:

Personal Safety (boddy system, victims of robbery, being aware of your whereabouts, keeping valuable belongings safe, mandatory rules for traveling by car or other means, etc); Health in general (Common Illnesses/Home Remedies,Medical Care/Public Hospitals (social medicine: emergency use)-Clinics (Private), Family Contacts,AIDS/HIV Sexually Transmitted Diseases–safe sex–sexual mores; legal and illegal practices, blood supply in the hospitals, and Insurance.

IMPORTANT Before getting the visa you should get in contact with the Spanish Consulate or Embassy in your country and ask what the vaccination requirements are and make sure you receive them in order to get the visa. Aside the vaccination requirements you should have a Medical Checkup in order to fulfill the Medical Form from Celei International when applying to the program (mandatory).

It is also mandatory to have the Medical Insurance required by the Spanish Consulate/Embassy.