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January 2022
  • 9 tips before coming to Barcelona to study this 2022

    All the important advice that you should know very well before coming to study in Barcelona during this 2022

    With the arrival of 2022 also come the big decisions and the desire for changes in life. So, if you have made the big decision to come to study in Barcelona, ​​you should know that you are taking a very important step for which you must also be fully prepared in various ways.

    Therefore, if you are convinced that Barcelona is your next destination and the ideal place for you to do an academic year abroad, either as an Erasmus or for a longer period, you need to find out in detail about everything that This great decision means before embarking on your academic adventure in Barcelona, ​​so that your plans go perfectly.

    For this reason, at The Lofttown, your university residence in Barcelona, ​​we want to help you learn what all the steps are prior to your arrival in the Catalan capital and today we tell you 9 important tips that you cannot miss before coming to study at Barcelona.

    Are you ready to start your adventure? Welcome to a new post on our #TheLoftowner blog!

    1. The experience of studying in Barcelona

    We are convinced that for foreign students, spending an academic season in Barcelona becomes, without a doubt, one of the most enriching opportunities of their lives, since this way they can complement their university studies in a fantastic city that has a lot to offer.

    In this sense, you have to know that the academic offer in Barcelona is very rich and varied, covering almost all professional fields, with academic centers and universities for all tastes and budgets.

    For all these reasons, if you decide to come to study in Barcelona you will find endless academic options, in addition to meeting people from all over the world and a great cultural offer that will conquer you from the first minute.

    2. Attention to procedures

    Bureaucracy is a somewhat cumbersome aspect for many young people depending on the country they come from. In this way, the previous steps that you must follow before moving to Barcelona will vary a lot depending on your country of origin.

    For example, if you are from a country outside the European territory, then it will be necessary to carry out various bureaucratic procedures before your arrival, which are an essential requirement for you to come to study in Barcelona, ​​along with a long list of procedures, certificates and other documents. .

    Likewise, among the most common paperwork are also the application for a corresponding temporary study visa, obtaining a residence card, which is the immigration card in Barcelona and even the search for a part-time job, where you will require a prior contract.

    In any case, no foreign student, whether European or not, is exempt from bureaucratic procedures, since they are mandatory to study for a season in Barcelona.

    3. Check your university degrees

    If you come for a master’s degree, specialization, or to finish your degree studies, then when you decide to study in Barcelona, ​​remember that it is also necessary to homologate the degree you have completed in your country of origin. Subsequently, the Catalan university you have chosen to study at will be in charge of validating the studies you have completed in your country when applying for your respective admission to their study centre.

    4. Choose study time

    Studying in Barcelona is a great option at any time of the year. However, keep in mind that the academic periods can also be very varied and depend directly on the possibilities of the student. For this reason, the duration of the studies you have chosen will determine the procedures that you must carry out previously in your country of origin.

    For example, if you are from the Erasmus program you can extend your studies for one more semester. If you study another type of program, it will depend on the university and your study visa to stay longer in Barcelona.

    In general, when the studies last a maximum of three months, then it will not be necessary to apply for any type of student visa, wherever you are from, since you can even come to Barcelona as a tourist.

    However, also remember that the previous procedures change if the studies you have chosen last more than three months, especially for students who come from outside the European Union. Therefore, they will have to apply for a student visa at the Spanish Consulate in their corresponding country. Next, we leave you the following link where you will find all the Spanish consulates around the world.

    5. Academic admission

    Being admitted to a university in Barcelona becomes a great challenge for many young foreigners. Therefore, an important step before applying for a student visa is to be admitted to a Catalan university beforehand.

    Consequently, you have to act well in advance and send all your academic documents for their respective review and validation. Preferably, we recommend that you carry out these procedures several months in advance at the Spanish Consulate in your country.

    Also remember that the admission offices at Catalan universities usually take a long time to respond to admission applications, given the large number of admission applications they receive each year from prospective students from all over the world.

    6. Apply for the relevant visa

    If you have already been accepted to a Catalan university, congratulations. Now is the ideal time for you to go to the Spanish Consulate in your city to apply for a student visa, providing above all the following documents:

    ● Official document that shows that you have been admitted to a Catalan university and also proof of payment with the enrollment of the studies you plan to do.
    ● Demonstrate that you have sufficient financial means to support yourself in Barcelona during your stay, which guarantee your stay without the need to work during the time your university studies last. This amount is currently around 600 Euros per month.
    ● Have international private medical insurance and prove that you do not suffer from any viral or contagious disease. In addition to having the Covid-19 vaccines.
    ● Not have a criminal or judicial record in your country of origin.

    7. Process the Foreigner Identity Card

    We know you will fall in love with Barcelona. So, if you are convinced that your university studies will last more than six months, then you will have to process the TIE (Foreigner Identity Card) when you are already in Spain. To do this, the first step will be for you to go to the Immigration Office or Police Station located in Barcelona, ​​where they will help you with all the relevant procedures.

    Our recommendation is that you make an appointment for this procedure several weeks in advance because these institutions, especially during the Covid period, tend to have a lot of work and are overwhelmed by the large number of foreign students who come to Barcelona.

    8. Part-time job

    Working in Barcelona is almost a dream for many students who want to combine their academic stays earning extra money that allows them to enjoy the city even more. However, we inform you that once you obtain the TIE, the authorities will not allow you to work, either on your own or as a full-time employee, since the purpose of your stay in Barcelona is strictly to carry out your studies.

    However, if you are lucky and have been offered a part-time job which does not exceed 20 hours per week and, above all, is linked to your training, the interested employer may provide you with a work contract so that you can access this option.

    If you want more information about these conditions in an updated way, we recommend you visit the website of the General Secretariat of Immigration, Employment and Social Security so that you are up to date with the latest changes and developments dictated by the authorities.

    9. Practice

    Complementing your learning in the classroom with a professional practice is the best option. Even more so if you are in Barcelona, ​​a city that has a large number of international companies with a great job offer for students looking for unpaid internships.

    For this, the first requirement to opt for professional internships offered in Barcelona is to be a student enrolled in a Catalan university and to be active in your studies.

    Likewise, you must have more than 150 academic credits approved in your institution and verify that there is a professional training agreement with the company in which you wish to practice.

    Are you ready to live the experience of studying in Barcelona to the fullest?

    We hope that with this post today you have learned everything related to the previous steps that you must take before coming to study in Barcelona. So, if you have already decided to move to the Catalan capital, remember that you can always count on our university residence so that your stay in Barcelona, ​​we guarantee that we will do everything possible to make it a wonderful experience that you will never forget in the life.

    We hope to see you very soon in Barcelona and that you become a new #TheLoftowner!

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    We wish you a good

  • The best slopes for skiing near Barcelona this 2022

    All you need to know about the ski season in Barcelona with the best slopes in Catalonia and car routes to make a getaway to the snow this 2022

    January is synonymous of cold in Barcelona. So, if you live in the Catalan capital and you want to spend a different weekend during winter in the snow, then we tell you can do it very easily by taking the car, or public transport like trains, and you can arrive to the best ski resorts in Barcelona that you can’t miss during this winter.

    For that reason, today at The Lofttown, your university residence in Barcelona, we tell you what are the most interesting routes and ski resorts to go skiing for you to live a different and very fun winter this 2022.

    Welcome once again to our blog with the best tips for foreign students in Barcelona!

    Option 1: Port del Comte Station

    This splendid resort is located in the province of Lleida, in the municipality of La Coma i La Pedra, and is considered as one of the best options for those who want to enjoy a getaway to a quiet ski slope, without much public attendance, even more so now in times of pandemic.

    The Port del Comte station has 37 spacious slopes and 16 lifts for attendees to have everything they need on an intense day of skiing or snowboarding.

    The resort also offers ski schools for beginners, ski equipment rental, practice area for beginners and experts. On the other hand, they also develop parallel activities such as hiking, paragliding, golf that work throughout the year.

    For all this, Port del Comte station is an ideal choice to go with friends because it is the closest station to Barcelona about 150km from the city, with cheap accommodation close to it for those who want to spend more than a day here.


    Option 2: Station de la Molina

    Maybe one of the most famous stations in Catalonia, it is located in the province of Girona and has no less than 61 kilometers of ski track and 12 ski lifts. For example, compared to the Port del Comte Station we told you before, La Molina is special because it is much smaller, however, it has the most visitors during the winter, that is why it is not surprising that in 2011 it was the official venue of the World Snowboard Championship.

    On the other hand, the Molina also has extensive circuits of sleds, snowshoeing and snowmobiles that will make your adventure in the snow an unforgettable experience


    Option 3: Baqueira Beret station

    Located in the province of Lleida, specifically in the Aran Valley, Baqueira Beret offers more than 120 km of open snow slopes, thanks to its location in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees. Therefore, it offers lots variety of services, lifts and huge slopes, which undoubtedly make it the second most important ski slope in Spain and the first in Catalonia.

    In addition, Baqueira Beret offers other types of activities such as ski lessons, ski equipment rental, fun snowshoe excursions and snowmobile routes. For all these reasons, it is one of the stations with the most demand among the local and foreign public.

    Option 4: Vall de Núria

    It is located in the province of Girona, specifically in the municipality of Queralbs, being one of the highest in Catalonia for its almost 2,000 meters above sea level. It should be noted that these slopes are intended more for beginner skiers or fans of skiing who have a basic or intermediate level. Its width is 7km of snow track, perfect for a pleasant experience with friends or family.

    Option 5: Espot Ski Parc

    The resort of Espot Ski Parc is located next to the natural park of Aigüestortes, in the town of Espot, Lleida. It has comfortable slopes for skiers and snowboarders, but more advanced levels. Therefore, it is considered one of the perfect Catalan resorts to escape the massive of beginner skiers.

    Another important thing is that here the landscape is very beautiful because it has lush forests of black pine that make the stay a magical experience.

    Are you ready for a dose of skiing in Barcelona?

    We hope that with these five station options we shared with you today, you can choose the best to spend an exciting and amazing  moment with your friends during this winter of 2022.

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    Enjoy your adventure in the snow!

  • Welcome January, Welcome 2022 with The Lofttown

    All you need to know about the best January plans in Barcelona that you cannot miss to start the year well

    2022 is already here and with it come also many incredible plans to enjoy Barcelona to the fullest, as always with the best tips we share on our blog for university residents.

    For that reason, today at The Lofttown, your residence for university students in Barcelona, we want to tell you what are the best plans during the month of January in Barcelona that you cannot miss.

    Welcome back to our blog with the best tips for university students in Barcelona!

    View of the Màgia d’Orient Park

    Only until January 5, adults and children can take a tour of the Magic Park of the East. A great idea that comes this year in the great installation in the Parc del Fòrum, here you will discover very closely all the details of the parade of Kings, which unfortunately this year will not be held because of the restrictions by the Covid-19. However, it is a magical opportunity not to lose the spirit of the Epiphany.


    Discover the Port Olimpic Christmas

    Once again the Olympic Port is filled with activities for all ages. Therefore, from 1 to 5 January in the space in the Moll de Mestral, activities related to the sea and the spirit of the city will be carried out. In this sense, this year’s proposals are based on concepts such as the environment, the sustainable economy and, above all, knowledge of the sea.

    In this sense, there will be an exhibition of dynamic sculptures, where attendees will be able to walk among the marine fauna as never before, a scenery of giant puppets that includes a whale of 5 meters in length; and a unique sound show based on the story about the myths linked to navigation. For all this, the Olympic Port is a fantastic opportunity to spend a different and fun day. Don’t miss it!


    Winter sales

    We say goodbye to the Christmas holidays, it’s time to welcome the winter sales. Therefore, be careful because from January 7 to March 6 you can enjoy a wide variety of discounts in all the shops in Barcelona. So, take a stroll through your favorite stores, you will surely find irresistible bargains for your most cools outfits in college.

    The year begins with the Filmstock de Catalunya

    For film lovers, the filmstock starts 2022 with a very special film proposal. On its screens stand out: The unforgettable independence of John Cassavetes; the discovery of an essential author of Indian cinematography, Mani Kaul; the cycle ‘Short Days’, which highlights the works of young local Spanish filmmakers as they are; the recovery of Emma Cohen’s director’s works restored to 2Cr and the sweet bite of the silent film vampires, a real cinematic gem that you shouldn’t miss.

    Not to mention the family programming and other important events, such as the visit of Jordi Casanovas taking advantage of the passage through the Catalan stages of ‘Jauría’, a work inspired in the case of La Manada. The author will talk about the parallels he found in ‘Marty’ (Delbert Mann, 1955).

    The play “Gegant del pi”

    If you like theatre then you should know that in Barcelona there are many options for you to enjoy it to the fullest. In this opportunity, we tell you the staging of local director Pau Vinyals, who premiered this text as a radio piece in the remote programming that organized the Teatre Lliure in the neighborhood of Gracia during the confinement of the spring of 2020.

    Undoubtedly a play in which the dramatist actor talked about the meaning of having fascist ancestors in a contemporary world. A confession with which Vinyals questions his identity and shows us how these moral conflicts with others should be debated.

    The comedy “The Great Comediant”

    If you want to have a good laugh, then you should attend the show directed by Joel Joan, who has written, directed and starred in a play in which all his ghosts of the past, present and future appear. It should be noted that he is a very successful actor chop (Llorenç) who has a friend, Ernest (Xavi Mira), who decides to throw in the towel. A set of mirrors. Accompanied by Sandra Monclús, África Alonso and Eduard Muntada. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Catalan, because you can also enjoy the show in Spanish.

    A classic like Hamlet

    To speak of Hamlet is to speak of history and a classic that everyone should know. For this reason, more than a decade after making ‘Hamlet’ in the Biblioteca de Catalunya, theatre director Oriol Broggi, returns to the wonderful text of Shakespeare to break borders and offer it to us from a cinema through a staging that will mix theater and film. Of course, an exquisite blend that promises to become a great experience. Guillem Balart is Hamlet and Elena Tarrats, Ofelia. ¡ Do not miss it!

    The feast of Tres Tombs in Barcelona

    On the occasion of the feast of San Antoni Abad («San Antonio Abad»), on January 17 the feast of Tres Tombs in Barcelona will be celebrated. In this party you can enjoy a parade or horseback riding of beasts (Donkeys, donkeys and horses), main activity of the event, and spectacular carriages, who make a tour of the center of the city and with all the warmth of the neighborhood of Sant Antoni that has much to offer you.

    Now that you know what the best January plans are for all of Barcelona, we remind you that at The Lofttown, your university residence in Barcelona, we want to count on you to live a great and unforgettable experience, while you study in Barcelona to become one of our #TheLoftowners.

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    Have a good year 2022!

  • Enjoy the Three Kings in Barcelona

    Learn more about the Three Kings parade, a historical tradition in Barcelona that fills the city with magic


    One of the most anticipated events of the year in Barcelona is undoubtedly the Three Kings parade from the East. A historical custom in the Catalan capital in which the Three Wise Men end their long journey from the distant lands of the East to fill the city with magic and illusion in your traditional parade.

    For that reason, today at The Lofttown, your university residence in Barcelona, ​​we will tell you all about the history of the Three Kings parade in Barcelona, ​​while the preparations for its magical celebration in the city are being finalized.

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    The Barcelona parade

    It is estimated that only in Barcelona, ​​in a normal year with no restrictions, the attendees tend to be around half a million people, who take to the streets to receive their majesties from the East, in which it becomes one of the most massive acts that They are held in the Catalan capital throughout the year.

    In the parade you will find magical floats that become a great candy factory that will sweeten the attendees who come to meet the Three Wise Men from the East to give them a well-deserved welcome.

    Itinerary of the parade

    Both by land, sea and by air, the Three Wise Men from the East arrive this afternoon in all corners of Catalonia and Spain.

    The date is always January 5 to show that the traditions of always still prevail, despite the strong Anglo-Saxon competition with Santa Claus as an image or other older traditions such as the tió.

    For this reason, the kings Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar continue to stay in top shape and do not notice the passage of time in Barcelona at all.

    Generally, the parade began in Barcelona at the Moll del Fusta in the port of Barcelona, ​​culminating in its long and traditional 5-kilometer journey to the Montjuïc neighborhood.

    History of the horseback riding in Barcelona

    It is said that the first references to the presence of the three Kings in Barcelona began with the Corpus Christi processions in the 14th century. However, the first cavalcades that were officially registered in the city date back to the end of the 18th century, taking place intermittently until the beginning of the 20th century.

    Later, during the first decades of the last century, the parade had above all a charitable focus in order to help those most in need in the city. Later, during the Civil War, the parade was interrupted until 1942 by order of the Barcelona City Council.

    It should be noted that with the passage of time the tradition acquired new rituals, such as the arrival of the Magi by sea, or the reception by the first authority of the city, which was usually the mayor of Barcelona, responsible for handing over the keys of the city to their Majesties of the East.


    Parade Barcelona 2022

    With the pandemic still among us and for the parade party to be complete and pass without any incident in all populations, the authorities have preferred to make small parades through neighborhoods, in order to avoid contagion and in popular agglomerations.

    We invite you to visit the website of the city council to check which are the neighborhoods chosen for this year’s parade.

    Luckily, in most Catalan regions, including those in the Barcelona metropolitan region, no rainfall is expected at the time of the parades of the Magi from the East. Therefore, cold but bearable temperatures are expected compared to previous years.

    Are you ready to enjoy the ride?

    Barcelona will be a party full of magic to receive the Three Kings of the East and all their entourage!

    Remember that their Majesties will arrive this January 5 by sea at 3:35 p.m., but they will not be able to welcome them until after 6.15 p.m., when their Majesties and their entourage will tour the streets of the city with their magical floats in a attractive and cultural proposal with music, parties, shows and many gifts.

    We hope to see you in Barcelona very soon and that you become a new #TheLoftowner!

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    Have an amazing year 2022t!