Guides: Madrid

Madrid, originally called Mayrit, was founded by the emir Muhammad at the end of the 9th century. It is the capital of Spain and the largest municipality in both the Community of Madrid and Spain as a whole. The city’s population is about 3.2 million.   It is the third-largest city in the European Union (EU), smaller than only London and Berlin.

NIE & Empadronamiento

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.

Bank Account

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. Read our detailed blog explaining where to go and how to open a Sabadell bank account.


Flat hunting will be one of the most daunting and challenging tasks you will have to do. 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 20% discount on the agency fees.

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 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 suspecious, you are being scammed.

Check out our Facebook page dedicated to finding flats, rooms and roommates:

Health Insurance

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.

Legal Help

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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