Barcelona is the capital of the autonomous community of Catalonia and is the second-largest city in Spain. The city has an estimated population of 1.7 million in 2018.
Want to learn more about Barcelona, its history, culture and lifestyle? Read our blog: Everything You Should Know About Barcelona.
Getting an empadronamiento and a NIE (numero de identidad extranjero) will not be a pleasant journey.
Empadronamiento is the process of registering yourself at the City Hall as a resident of Barcelona (or any other city). It is to confirm to the local authorities that you are officially living there. Click here to read our detailed blog on what exactly an empadronamiento is and how to get one.
A NIE is an individual and unique number assigned to every resident in Spain. The procedure of getting a NIE is somewhat frustrating. We at Studentfy have come up with the most detailed step-by-step guide helping you getting the NIE without much headache. Click here to read about detailed blog on what exactly a NIE is and how to get it.
There are lots of different banks to choose from. The largest banks are Santander, CaixaBank, Sabadell and BBVA. Sabadell is one of the top banks and one of our partners.
Most banks require a NIE to open a bank account for you but with the Studentfy Membership Card, you can open a bank account at Sabadell without a NIE. Click here to read more about the Studentfy Membership Card.
Flat hunting will be one of the most daunting and challenging tasks you will have to do. Prices in Barcelona have skyrocketed in the past few years and many real estate agencies take advantage of the international students for not knowing what’s what.
Watch out for the scams out there and try to stick as much as possible to the trusted websites. See our partners where you can receive up to a 20% discount on the agency fee.
A 2-month deposit is commonly required when renting a flat. If you rent through an agency, you will have to pay an agency fee which is commonly 10% of the annual rent plus 21% tax.
IMPORTANT: There are hundreds (if not thousands) of different websites and agencies listing available flats and rooms on their platforms. NEVER pay anything without checking the apartment in person first. There are so many cases where people have paid 500 to 2000€ only to find out that they have been scammed and lost their money. If something looks or sounds too good to be true and/or suspicious, you are being scammed.
Check out our Facebook page dedicated to finding flats, rooms and roommates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/roommatebarcelona/
E.U citizens: At least 2 to 3 weeks before arriving to Barcelona you should ask your health insurance company for a European Health Insurance Card. This card enables you to go to the doctor or to the hospital and to be reimbursed according to their policies and agreements.
Non E.U citizens: Check whether there is an agreement related to healthcare between the Social Security of your country and the Social Security of Spain.
If there is an agreement, you should submit the necessary documents in your country so that you can have free access to Spanish public healthcare. If there is no agreement: Most probably, you will have to have an insurance plan when applying for the visa from your country of residence.
Studentfy has partnered up with Adeslas, one of the largest insurance companies in Spain. You can have a private insurance plan before you land in Spain.
We have partnered up with BarceTip, one of the great legal firms in Barcelona. BarceTip can help you with
- getting a NIE appointment
- extending your NIE or getting an autorización de regreso
- getting an empadronamiento (proof of residency)
- Starting and establishing your business in Spain
- etc …
All the Studentfy Membership Card holders can get a 5% discount on all their services and fees. Click here to read more about the Studentfy Membership Card.
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