Renting a room in a shared apartment is not only cheap but a perfect way to meet people and to fully immerse yourself in the Barcelona lifestyle. It is a great option for students coming to study for a semester or two, or even individuals and couples visiting the city for a short break. Here are some handy tips and pointers to keep in mind when booking a room so you can enjoy a stress-free stay in Barcelona.
It is important to check the room has everything you’ll need during your stay. If you are a student, then a desk will be an essential item. It is also a good idea to check if you can lock your room so you can be reassured that all your personal belongings are safe whilst you are out and about exploring the city of Barcelona. Is the room interior or exterior? If the room is exterior, it can offer more light but be aware that it can be noisier if situated on a main street. If you fancy having a go at cooking your own tapas and want to hang out with other flatmates, it’s good to know if you have access to the kitchen and living areas. If the owner lives in the apartment you may not have access to the living area.
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After looking at the room, the next things to consider is the apartment and the flatmates. In terms of the apartment, find out how many bathrooms there are in relation to the number of rooms and people. You don’t want to be waiting in line for hours on end to have that morning shower! Check out what transport links are nearby and the distance to the nearest metro station and bus stops. If the apartment is located on the seventh floor, are you prepared to walk up the stairs or would you prefer a lift in the building?
Make sure you know who lives in the flat – be it students or workers, if they are of a similar age to you and what languages they speak. In some apartments, the owner lives in the flat as well which can be a perfect chance to brush up on your Spanish. They can also give you insider tips on all the best places to go and visit. If you are staying a long time in Barcelona, try and visit the apartment before booking to get a better feel for both the flat and for the people you will be living with. The best time to visit is in the evenings as it is more likely all the flatmates will be in.
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Location can mean everything and makes a huge difference in terms of getting around the city. Students may prefer the area of Les Corts due to its proximity to the university and it offers cheaper accommodation than the centre. When visiting the apartment, it is a good idea to check out the surrounding area in regards to local amenities such as supermarkets, bars and restaurants. For more information on the areas of Barcelona check out the city of Barcelona.
Renting a room in a shared apartment can be a great opportunity to meet new friends and experience what it is like to live in the stunning city of Barcelona, all at a reasonable rate. If you want to find your own room in a shared apartment in Barcelona then check out our homepage.
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