CSSS helps you to find a safe and affordable accommodation, where you will feel like home away from home. Please kindly inform the admission department in advance for the accommodation requirement.
Regarding the accommodation, it is a pleasure to us to share some tips.
First thing, starts searching early enough. You must consider that: If you are an international student you will need about tow month to find accommodation. If you are a Spanish student it will take you around three weeks. As a student, you have several ways to find an accommodation:
- Search for accommodation in a dormitory.
- Search a room or an apartment through online agencies.
- Search a room through the city council website.
- Through the accommodation contacts from CSSS.
(1) As for the dormitories you may know that there are several dormitories where you can find a single or shared room. According to the residences, you can have individual toile, kitchen and living room own or shared one, as well as other complementary services. Prices will depend on these criteria and needs.
(2) If what you want to rent a room or an apartment through online searching, we recommend this top five housing platforms:
(3) Other option is to find an apartment or room-mates through the City’s Council’s Barcelona webpage. It is names HabitatGejove. This is an organization created by leading universities of Barcelona, together with the Generalitat of Catalunya and Barcelona City Council, with the aim to support international students who come to Barcelona. You can find information and advices, rooms in share flats or the options to stay with a family form Barcelona, dormitories and colleges campus and so on. For more information, you can consult the webpage, http://www.habitatgejove.com/webv2c/en/
(4) If you want to rent a room or apartment through the accommodation contacts from CSSS; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you to contact some agencies and giving accommodation information.
- Searching with time enough.
- Compare prices and services if you go to a dormitory.
- If you are looking for an apartment, the estimated price is around 600 euros. If you are looking for a room, the price is between 350euros and 500euros.
- Look for warrants, don’t trust anyone.
- Enjoy your time in Barcelona!
ASSISTANCE TO HOME REGISTRATION, “EMPADRONAMIENTO”
Clarify that “empadronamiento” or home registration is a city hall registration to inform the system where you currently reside to generate a list of local inhabitants.
The “empadronamiento” is a mandatory process for anyone who plans to live in Spain more than six month, which is the case of the CSSS’s students. The procedure is free of charge.In addition, the home registration certificate is a required document in the NIE’s process.
The students can obtain the home registration in the nearest Town Hall’s offices of their neighborhood or directly they can go to OAC (Oficinad’AtencioCiutaà - the principal and biggest office, location: Plaza Sant Miquel, 3).
There are several offices in Barcelona or they can acquire the home registration:
- Distric Ciutat Vella – c/ Ramelleres, 17
- DistricEixample – c/ Aragó, 28
- DistricSants-Montjuïc – c/ CreuCoberta, 104
- Distric Les Corts – Plaza Comas, 18
- DistricGràcia – Plaza Vila de Gràcia, 2
- DistricNouBarris – Plaza Major de NouBarris, 1
- Distric Sant Andreu – c/ Segre, 24 – 32
The student will get a previous appointment by calling 010, unless in the OAC (Pl. Sant Miquel, 3). Once the students are in the office they will submit the following documents:
- Passport (original and copy)
- Lease contract (original copy of the rental agreement in Spanish/Catalan. Contract must be more than 6 months).
- If you rent a room: written document from the owner of the flat in which confirm that the student resides at the address. Must be a signed document.
Bill that you paid a rent (if you don’t own the flat/house) or letter form electrical/water/phone.
CULTURE & LEISURE IN BARCELONA
It’s a pleasure to share with our students the tot 10 thins to do in the city (inspired in Timeout Barcelona Magazine):
1- Discover the city on foot
Barcelona is a big city, but it's the perfect size to discover on foot. Take your time strolling around and stopping to recharge with some of the city's great gastronomic options. If you're in the mood for visiting some of the most impressive buildings and parks, you'll want to see all the Parc de la Ciutadella has to offer as well as the Parc de Joan Miró, and the Montjuïc castle, but there's also a Barcelona you won't find in guidebooks. Get off the beaten path and head up to Horta, get to know the charm of the Sant Andreu district, see a lesser-known side of the Eixample and take in breathtaking panoramic views.
2- Hit a high note in concert
Barcelona has its fair share of live music venues, such as Razzmatazz and Apolo, but the city boasts some wonderful concert halls as well. The Gran Teatre del Liceu is a survivor in splendor, decorated with gold leaf, plush red carpets and ornate carvings. Then there's L'Auditori, a sleek space with a capacity for 2,400 concert-goers, and not just fans of classical - they also host jazz and world music performances, among others. The Palau de la Música Catalana is celebrated for its modernist architecture and for the sheer number of concerts it hosts. Barcelona is also home to several international music festivals, including Primavera Sound, the Festival Internacional de Jazz de Barcelona, Sónar and Cruïlla, among others.
3- Explore Gaudí and modernism
Without a doubt, one of Barcelona's top attractions is admiring the city's modernist architecture, and the works of Antoni Gaudí. Just walking around you'll come across numerous examples of Gaudi’s work throughout the city, be they civil or religious buildings. The most famous are the SagradaFamília, impressive both outside and in; Park Güell, a space that's out of a fairy tale and emulates an English garden city; and La Pedrera. But don't miss the opportunity to visit other Gaudí buildings that sometimes occupy smaller space in guidebooks, such as Palau Güell, Casa Batlló, Torre Bellesguard, Casa Vicens and the crypt of the ColòniaGüell, in Santa Coloma de Cervelló.
But Gaudí wasn't the only modernist architect who left his mark on Barcelona. Also worth a visit are Casa Amatller and the Palau de la Música, works by Puig I Cadafalch; Casa LleóMorera, designed by DomènechiMuntaner; and Casa de les Terrades. Another example is the Hospital de la Santa Creui Sant Pau, a World Heritage Site and whose gardens are an oasis in the bustle of the city.
4- Climb up the magical Montjuïc
Montjuïc Mountain is the perfect place for a leafy stroll with magnificent views, but it does take a bit of legwork to get up there. Aside from the natural surroundings and spectacular vistas, you'll find buildings from the 1992 Olympic Games, including the Palau Sant Jordi and the telecommunications tower designed by Santiago Calatrava. If you're feeling full of beans and you get to the top of the hill, you can check out the Olympic stadium and the JardiBotànic. PlaçaEspanya, at the foot of Montjuïc, is the most common access point to the mountain, and where you can also visit the PavellóMies van der Rohe and the CaixaForum cultural center.
Walk through the Laribal gardens, designed by French landscape architect Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier; visit the Tres Pins nursery, where plants are grown for gardens and municipal parks in the city; and tip your hat to the bronze statue of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri in the square of the same name.
5- Walk on the arty side
In Barcelona, taking a walk in the park is not only a way to relax, it can also lead you to discover some great art. Get up and get out for a walk around the lush gardens of the TeatreGrec and then head over to the Fundació Joan Miró, one of the largest museums in the world and home to a collection of over 225 paintings, 150 sculptures and graphic pieces by the Spanish surrealist painter, along with a number of works by his contemporaries.
Listing all the museums and art galleries in the city would take quite a bit of time, but one of the jewels is the MNAC (Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya), with pieces that represent Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the mid-20th century and the Museu Picasso, a gallery that houses works from Picasso's formative years.
If smaller rooms are more your speed, stop in to the Palau Robert - it's free in, has some great exhibitions and the building itself is worth a gander. Also pay a visit to some of the smaller but influential galleries throughout the city, some of the most prestigious of which are ADN, Joan Prats, Galeria 3 Punts and Toni Tàpies.
6- Get to know the city's history
When visiting a new city, it's always good to learn a bit about its history in order to understand its architecture, its art, what makes it tick, and something of the character of its people. As an international city, Barcelona is full of diverse cultures and heritages, and with every step you take through its streets, you'll stumble upon some of its history.
You can get an idea of this historical wealth at the Museud'Historia de Barcelona (MUHBA) where the historical heritage of the city is preserved and put on display in the MUHBA's various locations (most importantly those of the Plaça del Rei, the Call, the Temple d'August, and Refugi 307), the brand-new Born Centre Cultural, the Columnas de Adrian (Pillars of Hadrian), the royal shipyards of the MuseuMaritím, the various shelters that were built to survive the Civil War, the modernist Illa de la Discòrdia (Block of Discord, noted for its four modernist buildings on Passeig de Gràcia), and the Fossar de les Moreres, which was once one of the historical cemeteries near the Santa Maria del Mar church and is a war memorial for those who lost their lives during the siege of Barcelona (1713-1714).
7- Take a dip in the Mediterranean
Barcelona has a little over four kilometers of beaches where you can spread out your towel, stab your umbrella into the sand, smear yourself with sun cream and find a very safe place for your rucksack. From the beach of Sant Sebastià, passing through Barceloneta, to the beaches of Nova Icària or Mar Bella - and each has its own selection of chiringuitos where you can get a refreshing respite from the sun (most also have a bit of nightlife later). And just a few minutes by train or a short drive in the car, you can take in other coastal towns with gorgeous beaches, part of the gift of the Mediterranean that just keeps giving.
8- Celebrate with a local festival
In September, the Festes de la Mercè swing into town. The celebration started life as a small religious parade but since then it has snowballed into a weeklong party celebrating Catalan culture. Performances, dazzling firework displays along the beaches, a seafront air show, exhibitions, children's activities and free concerts (playing everything from sea shanties to hip hop) make this a celebration of Barcelona in all its splendor.
While La Mercè may be the city's biggest party, it's certainly not the only one. Nearly every neighborhood has its own festa major celebration, and one of the biggest and most attended is in Gràcia for an entire week in mid-August. One of the main attractions, and what makes the festival special, is the street-decorating contest. Each year the neighbors outdo themselves, and we get the benefit, walking in awe through the depths of the sea made of recycled materials, a sparkling Disney fantasy world, or among giant papier-mâché dinosaurs. There are activities and events all day and night, including meals, family games and late-night outdoor concerts.
And once Gràcia's finished celebrating, it's time for the neighborhood of Sants to take over. The setup is similar, but on a smaller scale and it's much more a local celebration by and for the residents, and doesn't bring in as many tourists or even residents of the rest of Barcelona.
9- Wander through the neighbourhoods
Many visitors tend to spend their time in Barcelona visiting the most central areas (the Born, the BarriGòtic and the Eixample), but the city is so much more. Gràcia (voted best neighborhood by the city's residents) is full of life at all hours of the day, and among its little streets you'll be able to scratch that consumer itch in its many quality shops. Sarrià, while more on the posh side, still has the charm of the small town it once was; and Montjuïc is full of parks and gardens to take a nature break away from the crowds and stroll or have a picnic. But these days, Poble-sec and Sant Antoni are the places to be, especially for their top cuisine and quality entertainment.
10- Enjoy a good party
You can't go wrong at Sala Apolo, with a differently themed party every day of the week (Nasty Mondays, Crappy Tuesdays, Cupcake ...); Razzmatazz has been the temple of nightlife for years, with parties and DJ sessions in it five different rooms; Sidecar is where indie rockers have been going to get their fix for 30 years; and Magic is the quintessential Barcelona rock club. If funk and hip-hop are more your thing, your best bet is Marula.