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Studying and Living in Madrid

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Written by Daniella

Many students visit the capital of Madrid during their studies, and if you haven’t considered it yet, there are many reasons you should! First of all, Madrid has some of the most prestigious universities and the best colleges. Secondly, Madrid is Spain’s business capital, and this is where everything happens.

Thanks to the presence of important companies and large multinationals in the capital, many students start their professional life in Madrid, in order to pursue a promising career. Today, this article by ShMadrid will tell you a bit more about student life in the capital.

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Student life in the Spanish capital

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Madrid is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe, and it has some of the best universities in the entire world. This makes it an attractive place for academic development.

If you are thinking of studying in the Spanish capital and want to have an unforgettable experience, we will be happy to share some basic information with you.

Best universities in Madrid

Madrid has outstanding universities, and they are listed among the most prestigious universities in the world.

Some examples are: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad de Alcalá, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. They all have first class educational programmes and have earned world-wide recognition.

Depending on the programme you wish to enrol – bachelor, master or doctorate -, the admission requirements may vary. A bachelor programme has a minimum duration of four years, but the credits, methods and duration are ultimately determined by each university.

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Best neighbourhoods for students in Madrid

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The areas that students living in Madrid prefer the most are the Chamberí neighbourhood and the centre of the city (zona centro). These are the places where you can find a wide range of rooms and apartments.

To be more precise, the Sol neighbourhood is one of the most in demand areas, followed by Malasaña.

Its location – halfway between Universidad Complutense and the city centre – and fast public transport, make these neighbourhoods the most preferred areas, but apartments and rooms come at higher prices.

Lavapiés – with its multicultural atmosphere – is also a neighbourhood much sought after by students. This melting pot of nationalities and cultures, alternative art forms and unique spaces, have resulted in this neighbourhood’s special environment.

Gastronomy from all over the world (especially Asian and African) have come together in a pure and traditional cuisine.

Another area in Madrid is the area called El Madrid de los Austrias. This is an ideal refuge for those who want to live in an original and historic part of the city, where you can enjoy its architecture and medieval atmosphere. This is truly a micro-universe, full of inviting tapas bars and other fun areas.

The last neighbourhood we would like to discuss is Tetuán, also a favourite with many students. It is less touristy and quieter, and it combines the traditional Madrid with the more modern financial part of the city, called AZCA.

Having good public transport options and being close to the financial centre of the city, can be the perfect location if you already know that this is where you want to start your working life.

Are you a student in Madrid? What is your favourite neighbourhood?

About the author


Daniella loves to write and translate. Her bucket list is filled with beautiful places she still needs to visit.

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