How much a student needs to live in Barcelona

How much a student needs to live in Barcelona

Barcelona is not the cheapest city in Spain so you may have read that it can be an expensive city for university students. It is true that it is not a cheap city to live in, but it is not too expensive either if you plan your monthly expenses.

How much does a student need to live in Barcelona: approximate monthly expenses?

The approximate monthly expenses of a university student in Barcelona are not the lowest in Spain, but the city has lower average prices than big capitals like Madrid, Paris, London, Bologna, Rome, among others.

The main expenses, those that we cannot avoid, are divided into three large blocks:

Accommodation for students in Barcelona

All university students ask themselves the following question, which is cheaper to live in a student flat or in a university residence hall? It all depends on the services that are included, the area in which you want to live and the size/comforts of the room.

From our student flats in Barcelona, we propose you an accommodation experience beyond sharing a flat. Thousands of students like you come to Barcelona every year wanting to share experiences, knowledge and good times. And also to create an environment that accompanies them when they feel far from home. At Barcelona Design Flats we don't just offer rooms for students, we offer a place where more than just sharing a flat, you share your stay in Barcelona with students of different nationalities and studies, who will become your family far from home.

The cleaning services, the costs of supplies such as electricity, water, gas, wifi, maintenance if something breaks, help with administrative procedures and 24 hour emergency phone number are included in the price.


The price of the average shopping basket in Barcelona is approximately 250-400 euros per month, approaching the minimum or maximum depending on our habits. If we are students who are concerned about healthy eating, who like to cook and who consume fresh products and market food, or if, on the contrary, we buy packaged and frozen products in large "low cost" supermarkets. According to a study by the OCU, the cheapest supermarkets are, in this order, DIA, Alcampo, Mercadona and Lidl. Those of medium range would be Carrefour, Caprabo, Consum and Bon Àrea and those of higher cost would be Super Keisy, Supercor / Supermercados El Corte Inglés and Sorli Discau.

Costs of the study

In this case, everything will depend on the university course you choose and how far you have to travel from your student flat in Barcelona to your university or college.

The average price of an annual registration fee at a public university is between 1,500-2,000 euros approximately in one of the five public universities in Barcelona (scientific degrees are usually more expensive than humanities degrees). If you choose a private centre, the cost of registration can be as high as 9,500 euros per academic year on average.

Conclusion: to live comfortably in Barcelona and in response to the question that is the title of this article, we must have an average budget of approximately 1000-1500 euros per month, which will increase or decrease depending on whether you choose one area of the city or another.

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