Accommodation in Barcelona
If you're looking for a place to stay in Barcelona then you'll find plenty of useful suggestions on this page. Read on to discover everything you need to know about short term holiday accommodation, accommodation for students, and long term flat rentals.
When planning a holiday it's important to make sure you choose the right accommodation. You'll find all kinds of hotels in Barcelona, from luxury hotels with spas and rooftop pools to comfortable good value hotels. Another option could be a holiday apartment; vacation rentals are a popular choice for the independent traveller and ideal for groups who are looking for cheap self-catering accommodation. Another alternative is an apart-hotel. These are scattered around the city, and offer all the facilities of a hotel with the added benefit of a mini-kitchenette.
Backpackers accommodation is also plentiful. There are countless internationally renowned cheap hostels in Barcelona especially in the central districts of the Gothic and Raval, and the Eixample. Since there are no sites for camping in Barcelona you will have to hop on a train and go about half an hour out of the city to find the nearest camp sites.
Whilst short term accommodation is best arranged in advance, if you're coming to study, live and work in Barcelona it's advisable to properly check out your options from the ground. Many new arrivals spend their first days or weeks in a hostel or in temporary accommodation (a friend of a friend's sofa!) whilst looking to rent a flat or rent a room in a shared flat or rent house. Long term accommodation is usually arranged on a monthly basis, although some landlords specify a minimum length stay of six months to one year.
If you're looking for student accommodation the first step would be to approach your school or university to see whether they can pass you any useful contacts. There are plenty of student flat shares near Barcelona University and throughout the rest of the city. Some students cut costs further by sharing a room, although rooms for couples or friends to share are less easy to find as most people specify that their double rooms are for single use only.
Finding accommodation in Barcelona is straightforward enough, but like anywhere else it takes a stroke of luck or persistence to find the right room or flat. Make sure you check out the area and take the time to speak with your potential flatmates before making your final decision! It's also a good idea to note where the nearest night-bus route is, especially if you're outside the centre.
Real estate in Barcelona has come down in price over the last years, and if you're considering buying a flat the agencies that haven't been culled by the economic crisis will be keen to propose their suggestions. Cast your net wide and narrow down your choices according to the options that fall within your selection criteria.