Welcome to Barcelona

Lively, artistic, exhilarating – Barcelona is one of the world’s most iconic cities located on the coast of Spain’s Catalonian province. This Spanish gem is renowned for its culture, fun-loving locals, and beautiful historic architecture that embellishes a contemporary city skyline. With an effervescent nightlife, award-wining food, and hundreds of fascinating attractions, Barcelona’s reputation precedes itself. As a popular destination for students, this celebrated Spanish city is now enriched by Collegiate’s new range of exquisite student accommodation that ensures you’ll have an unforgettable experience.

Studying in Barcelona is exciting and dynamic, with a thriving student population consisting of many international students. Whatever you study, Barcelona’s blend of exotic culture, social history and vivacious nightlife provides a stimulating student lifestyle. In your spare time, you are spoilt for choice with activities such as museums, sport and relaxing al-fresco dining, you are also well located to venture out to other sunny spots further afield in Spain.

Barcelona is coloured with the art and architecture of the famous Antoni Gaudí, who created many of the city’s most unique features that inspired the world. Sagrada Familia is a stunning catholic cathedral that dominates the cityscape and is unmatched by any other religious structure in the world. Totally unique, it takes inspiration from gothic and art nouveau architectural designs, much like other buildings in the city. Sagrada Familia is still under construction today as artists are determined to fulfil Gaudí’s vision.

Stroll or cycle the city’ streets and you’ll come across many other buildings designed by Gaudí, such as La Pedrera and Casa Batlió. You can also head to Park Güell for amazing views over the city and unwind with a picnic on the world’s longest decorative bench with its colourful mosaics. Gaudí’s expansive green area can be enjoyed all year round, and Barcelona’s weather is mild to warm for the majority of the year.

One of Barcelona’s proudest constructions is the Camp Nou, home to FC Barcelona. Explore the stadium at your leisure, and learn about the city’s love of the beautiful game. Discover the history of Catalonia at the Catalunya Art Musuem, which is surrounded by gardens and other interesting museums. At the end of a busy day, you can gather your friends and head to the beach and watch the sun go down.

However you embrace your studies in Barcelona, Collegiate’s five-star student accommodation provides a fantastic range of self-contained apartments and well-designed studios to create a stylish and contented home away from home.   

Barcelona is a city full of passion and excitement. There is so much to explore throughout the year, and with a diverse student community, you’ll become fully integrated in the city’s amazing culture and enjoy a rich, vibrant lifestyle.

At Collegiate’s student accommodation in the heart of Barcelona, you can enjoy a relaxing and safe environment that perfectly combines convenience with luxury. With everything included in your room rate, from bills to Wi-Fi, you’ll have a stress-free lifestyle where you can focus on your studies and social life. Collegiate’s stunning living spaces and ultramodern facilities are all under one roof, providing you with a superior student experience.

Universities

Barcelona is a great place to study and is home to prestigious educational institutes. There are two main universities: the University of Barcelona, established in 1450 situated in the heart of the city, and the UAB on the outskirts which places highly in the rankings for international universities.

Getting around

With its modern Metro, Barcelona is easy to navigate and quick to get around with stations dotted all over the city. There are two operators for the Metro – TMB and FGC – and you can buy tickets and passes at all stations and most convenient stores. A reliable everyday bus service is also available with a night line and a fast line (BRT) for when you’re in a hurry, and you can even hop on a tram. The beauty of Barcelona also makes it a pleasant city to cycle around, or you can discover the streets on foot.

Shopping

Barcelona’s inhabitants celebrate a diverse range of styles. Throughout the city, you’ll find many places to shop and browse the Spanish fashion scene. Wander down the pretty streets of Passeig de Gracia in the Gothic Quarter, a stone’s throw from Gaudí’s cathedral, where you’ll find many designer stores to browse. There are also unique shops such as Bramby Supply, selling high quality leather and denim clothing. If you’re looking for a glamorous shopping experience with an array of stores, visit the pristine La Roca Village for discounted designer labels and hundreds of boutiques.

Nightlife

Start the night with a cocktail or two in one of Barcelona’s hidden bars, such as the famous Mutis, where you’ll find Spanish beer, delicious cocktails and strong spirits. When you’re ready for a dance, hit the Sala Apolo club, which mixes a traditional music venue with a contemporary dance floor. A popular destination for a night out is Touch Music Karaoke, or if you’re looking for a quieter, chilled experience, El Bosc de Les Fades is a cosy bar close to the beach.

Restaurants and eating out

Like other major cities in Spain, Barcelona is stacked with a fantastic range of options when it comes to tapas. One of its most famous dishes, patatas bravas, is a winning choice. For fine dining, there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from with mouth-watering menus and beautiful terraces for an al-fresco dining experience. The Alkimia restaurant is a ‘must’, according to the travel experts and restaurant critics, with its light and minimalist interior design and the finest Catalonian cuisine around. Those seeking an adventure can head out of the city to old villages such as L’Hospitalet, which now offers a thriving alternative space of street art and cafes.

  • The Sunday Times
  • Evening Standard
  • Grazia
  • MTV.co.uk
  • The Independent
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Daily Mail
  • Property Week
  • The Observer
  • London Economic
  • The Scotsman
  • The Times
  • The Telegraph