Practical guide for international students in Barcelona
Ticket purchased, suitcases packed, student flat booked, farewell at the airport, welcome to Barcelona! Here's your survivor guide.
If you are an international student coming to study in Barcelona, and you have just arrived, don't worry, we have created this little practical guide full of advice for international students who have just arrived at study in Barcelona.
Find out about the legal procedures you must follow during your first few days in Barcelona. Depending on your country of origin and the type of studies you are going to undertake during this year, you will either need a visa or you will need to register in the Central Register of Foreigners where you will be given a registration certificate and a Foreigner Identification Number (NIE). However, at the secretary's office of your university or at the welcome point for foreign students at your study centre, they will inform you and give you the documentation to fill in according to your case.
Go sightseeing and explore the surroundings of your student flat in Barcelona. During the days prior to the start of the course, discover one of the most modern, cosmopolitan and avant-garde cities in Europe and learn how to travel by public transport to the university or your study centre and how long it will take you to arrive each day. Walk around your new neighbourhood, and locate, at least, the nearest pharmacy, the cheapest and most comfortable supermarket and the gym or park where you will go to practice your favourite sport.
Integrate quickly. Even if you are in a new city, do not change your behaviour, continue to feel yourself, observe those of your flatmates who are more akin to you and tell them that you have just arrived, surely they are in the same situation as you and wishing to be part of a group and have a welcome dinner. You have chosen an accommodation where you will feel at home!
Organise your time. Come to your university or study centre and have a look at the subjects you will be taking during the first semester of the course. Also, plan your leisure time and take the opportunity to discover the infinite cultural offer offered by a city like Barcelona.
Don't procrastinate, in other words, don't leave important things until later, and make sure you leave everything done during the first few weeks of your stay in Barcelona. If you find it hard to leave summer days behind without obligations and habits, it's as easy as doing something for 21 days in a row, on the 22nd, the habit comes back to you!
In our student flats in Barcelona, you will have 24-hour attention to help you with everything you need during your student stay in Barcelona.