Study in Barcelona

Study in Barcelona

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How it is to study in Barcelona

Studying in the Condal City will change your life. In the capital of Catalonia you will not only be able to study in some of the best universities in Spain, but also enjoy its famous architecture, its cultural scene, its beaches and its many bars and restaurants. Barcelona is undoubtedly one of the best cities in the world to live. It is not surprising that it is one of the favorite destinations for international university students and attracts thousands of Erasmus students each year, attracted by its great cultural offer, its cuisine and its excellent climate.


Barcelona has some 20 universities, four of them public, of which we speak next.

Universidad de Barcelona

Founded in 1450, the University of Barcelona is one of the most prestigious university centers in Spain.

Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona

This university is located outside the city of Barcelona, about 30 kilometers from the center, and its educational offer focuses mainly on research studies.

Universidad Politécnica de Barcelona

It mainly offers programs of technical studies and the enormous development experienced over the years have made it one of the largest universities in Spain.

Pompeu Fabra University

It is the most recently inaugurated Barcelona university (founded in 1990) and is characterized by a very personalized teaching in classes with small groups of students.

There are also other great universities/faculties such as ESADE and the IQS.


Barcelona is divided into ten districts, which are subdivided, in turn, into 73 neighborhoods. The most demanded among the students are the Gracia, Eixample, the Gothic Quarter and Sants.

Gothic Quarter

It is located in the historic center of Barcelona and is part of the Ciutat Vella district. It is a perfect place to immerse yourself in the history of the city, since this was where the ancient Roman settlement of Barcino was established.


The design of this residential area was inspired by American cities, so it is composed of wide streets and buildings arranged in a regular grid. Here you will find two of Antoni Gaudí's most famous buildings: Casa Mila and Casa Batlló. Something further east lies the unmistakable Basilica of the Holy Family.


It is a neighborhood full of students and artists, as well as one of the residential areas with the highest demand for rooms. It is characterized by narrow streets and small squares. It hosts the August Festival.


Also called Sants-Montjuïc, this district is located in the south of Barcelona. The Sants area is especially popular with students, for its bars and restaurants. The grand staircase leading to Montjuïc, next to the MNAC and the Magic Fountain, is one of its great tourist attractions.

Living in Barcelona can be easy and relatively affordable if you know where and how to find furnished student housing in shared flats or houses. Check out the selection of university accommodation in Barcelona at Uniplaces.



About the city

Coming to study in Barcelona is life-changing. The capital of the Catalan region is home to Spain’s two best-ranked universities, and is one of the world’s most exciting cities. Here, you’ll find everything from great architecture, performing arts, and cultural centres, to economic hubs leading the way towards the future.

Studying in Barcelona is more than just that – it’s an adventure. The friends you make, the great weather you’ll enjoy, all contribute to this city’s charm.

Finding accommodation for students in Barcelona is very easy and affordable, especially when you’ve got Uniplaces to help you book safely!