There´s no question that Barcelona is all about the lifestyle. You´ll be hard-pressed to find another city with such a perfect combination of fantastic weather, historical sites and cosmopolitan hang-outs, beaches and mountains, nightclubs and cafes, international restaurants and world-famous Catalan cuisine. Each of Barcelona´s districts and neighborhoods has its own personality and, as the city is relatively small, you can spend time in several during the course of a single day.
The city is also home to several world-class universities, known throughout Spain, Europe and some even around the world. We believe that enrolling in a program at a higher education institution in Barcelona is one of the best ways to experience all this wonderful city has to offer. So we have selected our 5 Top Universities in Barcelona and have provided plenty of links to accommodations close to each. Take a look!
Universitat de Barcelona (UB)
This prestigious institution is the largest and oldest university in Barcelona, founded in 1450. It is one of the most popular educational centers for international students traveling to Barcelona through the ERASMUS program, making it one of our 5 Top Universities in Barcelona. Besides its fantastic educational facilities, it is also recognized as a premier center for research and development within Europe. The matriculation and facility costs are fixed annually by the Autonomous government of Catalunya and they rarely exceed 200 euros.
To fit a wide range of student priorities, UB offers several educational programs, including the EHEA Bachelor´s Program, Master´s Program and Doctoral Program. Specifically, the university offers 150 different Master´s Degrees. The six campuses are spread all over the city, the most famous being the Humanities Campus, located in the Historic Building in Plaça de la Universitat. Near this area there are plenty of fantastic places to explore – the cool vintage scene of the Raval neighborhood, the elegant cafes of Eixample and the shopping paradise that is Plaza Catalunya and Rambla de Catalunya nearby.
Check out our apartments near each campus by clicking on the links above.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
UPF is a very young university, founded in 1990, when the Catalan Parliament authorized the establishment of one more center for high education in Barcelona. The school gets its name from an academic who spent his life studying the Catalan language and working to standardize it. In 2015, UPF was ranked 2nd in Spain and in 2016 it was named 15th in the world among universities under 50 years old. The university offers three areas of study: social sciences and humanities, health and life sciences, and ITC and communications sciences. They also offer a wide range of Master´s courses, many of which are taught in English. The tuition for the Master´s program is around 3,300€ for EU citizens and 4,100€ for non-EU citizens.
The university is divided into three main campuses, located in Poblenou, near the beautiful Ciutadella park and in the Vila Olímpica neighborhood, right next to the sea. Check out our fabulous student accommodations by following the links below:
Universitat Politecnica de Cataluña (UPC)
UPC is a world-class educational institution and research center, specialized in the fields of engineering, architecture and science. The university´s core principles are freedom, justice, democracy, solidarity, cooperation, sustainability, efficiency, transparency and social responsibility. Many of the projects carried out with UPC resources reflect the university´s commitment to the environment and positive change. UPC offers Master´s programs in 12 areas of interest: aerospace engineering; applied sciences; architecture, urbanism and building construction; biosystems and agro-food engineering; civil engineering; health sciences and technology; industrial design and manufacturing; informatics engineering; naval, marine and nautical engineering; the environment, sustainability and natural resources; other.
The UPC Campus Nord is situated in the exclusive Pedralbes neighborhood, next to the magnificent Parc de Pedralbes. By staying at an accommodation near the UPC campus, you will also be close to the famous Camp Nou, the largest soccer stadium in Europe and home of FC Barcelona. Take the bus down Diagonal and check out the Gracia area, known for its fantastic bars and restaurants.
Universitat Ramon Llull (URL)
This is a private university, established in 1990, which gets its name from a famous write and philosopher of the 13th century. The university provides Master´s degrees in five fields: arts and humanities; sciences; health sciences; social and legal sciences; engineering and architecture. They also offer programs that are either fully or partially taught in English. Their main campus is located in the elegant Sarria – Sant Gervasi neighborhood, near the Jardins de la Tamarita and famous Park Guell of Gaudí.
Check out our fantastic long-term accommodations near the campus of URL, one of our 5 Top Universities in Barcelona!
Universitat Internacional de Cataluña (UIC)
UIC is a non-profit university, which was founded in 1997. The university comprises two campuses: one in Barcelona and the other in San Cugat de Vallés. The student body, currently numbered at 14,754 students, is very international, with students from 66 nationalities and professors from 17. UIC provides a wide assortment of Master´s programs in the fields of Business Administration, Law, Humanities, Architecture, Communication, Education, Medicine and Health Sciences, Dentistry and Interdisciplinary Fields. The UIC campus is located in Sarria – Sant Gervasi, near the Universitat Ramon Llull campus. Please have a look at some of our fantastic student accommodations near this area.