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Accommodation in Barcelona

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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 a range of accommodation, 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 Catalunya's capital city, is known world famous for its economic and financial situation, as well as for trade.

Neighborhoods

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 given its tourism aspect.

You can check 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.

Rent prices

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 indicated that the average rent price in Barcelona amounts to some 1,300 euros per month compared to 1,450 euros per month in Madrid. 

To date, renting a studio in Barcelona can cost between 550 and 700 euros a month while a bigger apartment can cost an average of 850 euros per month. For a three-bedroom apartment, you will need around 1,200 euros per month. Note, however, than rents are higher in an around the city-center than in the outskirts. To rent a house, on the other hand, count around 3,000 euros per month. 

Finding accommodation

While looking for accommodation in Barcelona, do not rely solely on online ads, especially if you are searching for a long term rental. In fact, it is best to settle for a short term rental at first. Once you are on the spot, you can take the time to look for accommodation as per your criteria and in your preferred area. Feel free to talk about your housing needs to the owner of your current temporary accommodation as well. Indeed, word of mouth is quite widespread in Barcelona.

It is not so difficult to find accommodation in Barcelona given its huge expatriate population. The local real estate market provides for all tastes and budgets. By touring different neighborhoods, you may notice a few “Piso en alquiler” or “Pis en lloguer” signs indicating vacant housing units. You may also seek the help of a real estate agency for better chances of finding accommodation according as per your preferences. 

 Useful links:

Expat.com - Housing in Barcelona 
Gabino Home spain.gabinohome.com
Tu casa www.tucasa.com
Mil anuncios www.milanuncios.com
Idealista www.idealista.com
En Alquiler www.enalquiler.com
Yaencontre www.yaencontre.com

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