How to live in Barcelona on a student’s budget

When you are in your student phase, it doesn’t matter what it is, everything will boil down to one scary, dreaded thing: cost. While you are a student, as you are in a journey to complete your studies, it is not often where you will be in a position that you’ll have enough disposable income to go by, especially if you live in an expensive city. However, despite the scare of how much you need to have money wise to make it through, however plays it smart will make it just fine.

This is true for students living in the city of Barcelona. Barcelona runs the gamut of being both affordable and expensive. It is possible, however, to enjoy your life as a student in Barcelona without income stress if you know how to be smart about things. Here are some tips that’ll give you an idea of how much money you need to allocate to certain things so you can enjoy life in Barcelona as a student.

Lodging Accomodations

Depending on the area you are going to live in the city of Barcelona, rent can vary significantly. If you are looking for something affordable to live in with a roommate, you’ll be able to find something between €250 and €500 per person with utilities included (water, gas, electricity and internet). The areas where you’ll find relatively cheap rent for students will be in Les Corts, Zona Universitaria and parts of Eixample.


The average weekly cost for shopping per person (food and hygiene) is around €20 for the most careful spenders and €40 for an average spender. So you can make the math and keep a consideration of €100/month per person if you visit the more affordable supermarkets such as Mercadona, Consum, Lidl and Carrefour. If you need to eat outside your own place, know that the average cost of a meal is around €10 per meal, with half meals being around €6. Avoid fast food chains in Barcelona as much as you can because they are more expensive and lower quality than most restaurants.


Transporation will solely depend on where your usual destinations are (ie. Where your school is located). The distance you’ll travel will determine whether you engage in public transport. Instead of paying everytime you go through the metro, you can pay for a trimester travel card called T-Jove that costs €105 for 90 days of travel if you are under 25. Another option is the city’s Bancing service, a bycicle rental scheme that for €47/year they will rent you a bike to go through the city in two wheels. Consider this if the travel distance is significant. Otherwise, the design of the city is such that its very ideal to go on a stroll.

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