According to the Mercer report 2014, Barcelona is one of the world's most expensive cities in the world in terms of housing. But you can still find some good deals.
Barcelona, one of the major Spanish cities, is located in the Mediterranean region. Its climate and environment are very conducive to expatriation. In fact, thousands of tourists and expatriates from across the globe travel there every year. Barcelona not only has a rich cultural heritage, but also offers interesting job opportunities and accommodation options, although the cost of living can be quite high compared to other regions. Its inhabitant’s lifestyle is warm and relaxed.
Barcelona can offer all that you have been dreaming of if you wish to settle there. Being the Barcelona province's and the Catalonia region's capital city, is known world famous for its economic and financial situation, as well as for trade.
Barcelona's population amounts to more than 1,6 million inhabitants, including thousands of foreign residents and non-residents. Barcelona is divided into ten districts, namely Ciutat Vella, Eixample, Sants-Montjuïc, Les Corts, Sarria, Gràcia, Horta, El Nou Barris, Sant Andreu and Sant Martí. These districts are in turn divided into several districts, including residential, industrial and commercial zones.
Barcelona's most popular neighborhoods are Ciutat Vella, L'Eixample, Sants-Montjuïc, Les Corts, Sarrià, Gràcia, Horta, El Nou Barris, Sant Andreu, Sant Martí, etc. Barrio de Barcelonata, which is not far from downtown, is mainly as a tourist and residential area. You are likely to find cheaper housing, as well as several facilities and essential services in Barcelona Sants. Eixample, for its part, hosts the city's best shops, restaurants, bars and pubs, among others.
Moving closer to the beach, Bogatell and Ciutadella remain connected to the city center. Meanwhile, Barrio El Born is a historical and traditional neighborhood with a great opening on the Spanish culture. Barrio Gotico, of Gothic origin, is part of the old town. You will simply be amazed by its ancient streets and architecture, as well as cafes and restaurants, just like in Barrio Gracia.
Les Corts is known to be a financial and commercial district. But it does host some tourist infrastructure. Finally, Plaça Espanya and Montjuïc are rather tourist neighborhoods with museums, fountains, as well as the Barcelona Olympic Stadium.
Types of accommodation
You can choose from different types of accommodation: apartments, apart-hotels, pensions and hostels, as well as studios. If you prefer cheaper accommodation, you can as well rent a room or opt for flat sharing which is now quite widespread in the country. But if you are making a short stay in Barcelona, you can rent a hotel room. In fact, you will find hotels all around the city.
You can check out accommodation offers on the internet and in classified ads in local newspapers. You might as well register with a real estate agency if you are already on the spot.
Just like Madrid, Barcelona is also considered as one of the most expensive Spanish cities in terms of housing according to the Mercer report 2014. The report indicates that the average rent price in Barcelona amounts to some 1,300 euros per month against 1,450 euros per month in Madrid. Note that prices vary according to the different types of housing and comfort level. These usually start as from 15 euros per square meter.
Hence, you can rent a one bedroom apartment as from 700 euros per month and a two-bedroom apartment as from 1,200 euros per month. Moreover, you will need at least 1,500 euros per month for a three bedroom apartment. On the other hand, a house's rent will cost at least 3,000 euros per month.