Accommodation options in Barcelona

Accommodation is not included in the three-month course, and we do not organise this for you, but we are happy to give some advice for those applying and travelling from abroad. 

One of Europe’s most famous travel destinations, Barcelona boasts accommodation in all shapes and sizes, in every quarter of the city. From luxury apartments near the world-famous Las Ramblas boulevard, to charming flats in the Bohemian district of Gracia, Gothic beauties in El Born, or princely pads in Poblenou by the beach, there are no shortage of options for the discerning traveller; whilst those on a tighter budget can also find rooms in any number of stylish apartments that abound in many other areas of the city.

The best way to look for a room or an apartment in Barcelona is by visiting the local room/flat renting websites. Here are a few that you might find useful:

  • Idealista
  • Nestpick
  • Enalquiler
  • Airbnb
  • Spotahome
  • Badi
  • Pisocompartido
  • Easy Piso 
  • Fotocasa
  • Oh-Barcelona Apartments
  • ShBarcelona
  • Habitat Apartments
  • Spotahome
  • AB Apartment Barcelona

Tips on short term housing in Barcelona for three months or more 

  • Before deciding to rent, ask the owner if there is a contract. The majority of rooms in shared apartments in Barcelona are rented without a contract, especially if you will only stay for three months. This gives you the advantage of being able to change flats if you want to. An apartment however will always have a contract. If there is a contract to be signed, it should be free of cost and you shouldn’t be charged for it.
  • When renting a room or apartment one thing you should ask the owner is “Los gastos estan incluidos?”, meaning “Are the expenses included?”. If they are not included, you will have to spend a certain amount every month to pay for electricity, water, gas, and internet.
  • Airbnb is always an option, but has had some controversy in the last few years, so if in doubt you may want to rent via one of the other online websites on the list or go through a registered agency.


What is the average rental price for a room or flat in Barcelona?

The average price for a room in Barcelona is between 400-500 euros per calendar month, check with landlord to find out if this includes bills. A small one-bedroom flat is between 600-1000 euros per month.

What are the best areas to rent?

Good areas to rent are: Gracia, Sant Marti, Sant Andreu, Eixample, Poblenou, Horta Guinardó, Sarrià Sant Gervasi, Nou Barris, Sants Montjuic. All are within 10-40mins away from the school by public transport. Ciutat Vella and the Barrio Gotico are very close, but they are also the most central, touristic and expensive areas (see map on the Idealista website).

Where is the school located so I can choose the right area to rent?

We are on the yellow Line (L4) Metro stop Bogatell just across the road from the metro station. The school is located in the Poblenou area of Barcelona, not far from the sea therefore prices here are a little higher, so it may be better to look a little further out.

What is the best way to travel to the school?

Travel almost everywhere in Barcelona is extremely easy by Metro and public transport. We recommend you buy a T-Casual ticket (valid for 10 journeys) available in all stations which can be used on both the metro and buses. Barcelona is not very large and you will not need to travel for more than 40 minutes to cross the entire city and get to the school. If travelling from the city centre:


  • Yellow Line (L4) from Urquinaona to Bogatell (best option, nearest metro station) 
  • Red Line (L1) from Plaça Catalunya to Marina station (walk 5 minutes to the school)


  • H16 bus from Plaça Catalunya to Marina Llull (walk 4 minutes)