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September 2022
  • Top 5 Universities in Barcelona

    Do you want to go to one of the best universities in Barcelona but you don’t know which one is right for you? In this article, we will show you some of the best universities in Barcelona, especially, near to our Xior residences.

    Pompeu Fabra University 

    Pompeu Fabra University, located in Barcelona, Spain, also known as UPF, is a public institution that was founded in 1990, and has three campuses – the Cituadella, Poblenou and Mar campuses, all located near one another in the heart of the city. In a recent year, more than 13,000 students attended Pompeu Fabra University. Some student residences, like Xior, are available near the school’s campuses.

    UPF has three main broad academic focus areas, such as social sciences and humanities, health and life sciences, and communications and information technologies. You can study any of the 27 degrees, 33 masters or 9 doctorates that are offered. Also, you can be sure that you will be given the quality education that you need. The education that this university can offer is at the level of the best universities in Europe.

    The university is also affiliated with the UPF Group, a collection of specialized teaching and research institutions, including the UPF Barcelona School of Management, the Elisava School of Design and the Mar Nursing School. 

    University of Barcelona

    The University of Barcelona, founded in 1450 is a public institution with multiple campuses spread throughout Barcelona and the surrounding area on the eastern coast of Spain. The Humanities Campus is located in the city center and is the university’s main location. Other university sites include the Bellvitge Health Sciences Campus and the Food and Nutrition Torribera Campus.

    This university has many academic divisions, including biology, economics and business, law, medicine and health sciences, philosophy and psychology. Additionally, the University of Barcelona is affiliated with eight centers through collaboration agreements, including the School of Cinema and Audiovisual Studies of Catalonia, the Institute of Public Security of Catalonia and the National Institute of Physical Education. Not only that, but it is the best university in Barcelona to study nursing. In addition, 73 of its other degree courses also appear in the ranking of the best universities degrees by the newspaper ‘El Mundo’.

    The university’s academic calendar is semester-based. Courses are mainly taught in Spanish and Catalan, since Barcelona is located in the Catalonia region, although many of the bachelor’s and even more master’s programs are fully or partially English-taught. Some of the university’s many research institutes and centers are the Institute of Cosmos Sciences, the Water Research Institute and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia.

    Polytechnic University of Catalonia

    The Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) is a public university, and is the largest engineering university in Catalonia, Spain, with disciplines such as mathematics and architecture. One of the key aspects of this university is its ability to actively influence industrial, economic and social scenes in Spain. This influence is given in the top-quality education through their bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree levels. It has 18 teaching centers, 30 departments, and five university research institutes. In addition, the University offers 57 undergraduate programs, 73 master’s programs, seven master’s Erasmus Mundus programs, and a total of 45 Ph.D. programs. UPC has three affiliated centers offering nine-degree studies and five university master’s degree programs. Beyond Spain, UPC is present to varying degrees in 130 different countries, where it works with other universities, businesses and institutions through networks and specific projects, some of which have a large international reach.

    University Ramon Llull   

    Universitat Ramon Llull is a private university located in Barcelona, Spain, which first opened its doors to prospective graduates in the early 1990s. This is the tallest private educational institution in Spain.

    The university currently has at its disposal a small campus in the city of Barcelona, but in total has 14 schools and three university institutes. which include the schools of engineering, the school of management, Blanquerna School of psychology, education and sport sciences, Blanquerna School of communication and international relations, Blanquerna School of health science, La Salle International School of commerce and digital economy, La Salle digital engineering school, La Salle school of architecture, faculty of philosophy, Esade business school, Esade law school, Pere Tarres faculty of social education and social work, and ESDI higher school of design.

    The university is of medium size. About 16,000 people take the course here every year. The faculty of the institution is more than 1200 teachers of the highest category. During their studies at the university students have the right to participate in various international exchange programs. Some 20 per cent of students at the university are international.

    This university has a range of facilities on campus for students including libraries, residence halls, sports facilities. Students can also take part in a range of sports including football, basketball, handball, volleyball, rugby, hockey, athletics, judo, swimming, triathlon and climbing.

    Open University of Catalunya

    The Open University of Catalonia (UOC) was created in 1994 as one of the world’s very first completely online higher education establishments and currently has more than 50,000 students. This university offers remote courses in Catalan, Spanish and English. Among the 27 bachelor’s degrees and 44 master’s degrees on offer are courses in psychology, computer science, education and economics. The UOC’s main goal is to promote innovative education, personalized learning, technological leadership, R&D work on the information society and e-learning, and the dissemination of knowledge.

    The university is located in the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, and has support centers across Spain, as well as Andorra and Mexico. It also has a presence in Alghero in Sardinia, where many residents speak Catalan.

    Over 50,000 students are enrolled on a remote course. Along with its bachelor’s and master’s courses, it offers a doctoral programme in digital subjects such as e-law, e-learning, network society, education and online communities.

    The online teaching system’s flexibility is the main reason why 96.9% of the students are working people, and 43.5% already have a university qualification when they begin their UOC studies. In line with other open universities, the majority of resources are available to students within their home. This makes it a good choice for anyone wanting the flexibility of studying in their own time or without travelling to a university campus.

    All of the universities have something in common that makes them an amazing option, the city of Barcelona. It doesn’t matter if you spend one semester there or four years, you won’t have enough time to see everything that this city has to offer. It is a beautiful city that is full of art and culture, and if you stay with us at Xior The Lofttown, we will help you discover this amazing city!

  • Cost of Living in Barcelona

    In this article we will talk about the cost of living in Barcelona, so that you can calculate your expenses like food, basic services and transport. We want to help you enjoy your stay in Barcelona at Xior Lofttown!

    Good weather, amazing tourist attractions and nice food, the capital of Catalonia is the destination chosen by many students, who choose it to study or to get on with their lives.

    Knowing how much it costs to live in Barcelona is crucial, isn’t it? With this article, you can plan and know more about this amazing city.   

    Average cost of food

    The cost of food in Barcelona is one of the most variable depending on your lifestyle. The best way to save some money is to shop at the supermarket and cook at home. For those who work outside their houses, taking homemade lunchboxes also helps a lot to reduce the budget. On average, a person who lives this way can spend between 40 and 50 euros a week on food.

    Larger supermarkets have their own brands, but with good quality and much more affordable prices. In some cases, it is worth choosing to buy some of these items, the savings are great. Some supermarkets you can find in the city are Lidl, Aldi, Alcampo, Dia, Mercadona, Eroski and Caprabo.

    Eating out in Barcelona is cheaper than other major European cities, if you search, you can get a dinner for two for under €60 or spend €12-15 on a burger and drink at a nice place. And even better, most restaurants in Barcelona offer the “menú del día” or the menu of the day which will cost you no more than €10 or so.

    Transportation Expenses

    Barcelona’s public transport is a good way of transportation because is very efficient and covers almost the entire city, both buses and the metro. The standard ticket with 10 trips costs 11.35 euros, the daily ticket with unlimited trips costs 10.50 euros and the monthly ticket costs 40 euros.

    There is also the youth ticket with unlimited travel for 90 days, costing just 80 euros per month, for those under 25, If you are over 25, you can buy the T-Month card (50 euros), which entitles you to use any public transport within 30 days of purchase. The family card for 8 trips per month for 10 euros (can be used by more than one person). This prices refer to bus and metro travel in 1 zone. For other options and routes, see the tariff on the Barcelona Metro website.

    If like to get around the city by bike, you should know that Barcelona has a service called Bicing. For 50 euros a year you can access any public bicycle in the city, and the first half hour of use will be completely free.

    Entertainment and Extras

    Besides the groceries and transportation, you also need to set aside a significant amount for your entertainment and extras. Having a coffee, going out for tapas or going for a beer in Barcelona can cost around 10 euros. Movie tickets cost around 9 euros (not counting popcorn and soft drinks). But in Barcelona, you can go and see so much for cheap like the museum, or beautiful building design by Gaudi for example. You can also go shopping in the city, like in Zara where the clothes are cheaper than in another big city.

    It is tempting to spend every weekend trying out new bars and restaurants in Barcelona. If you want to party hard, the best thing to do is go to a disco. Depending on the club category, the price may vary, but it normally costs 15 euros to enter. And the drinks inside are not that expensive. 

    Barcelona has many activities to offer, with music festivals, yoga classes on the beach and outdoor cinemas in the summer, it’s impossible to feel bored in this city.

    Cell Phone & Internet

    This is another thing which will completely depend on your needs and your budget. Most residents and foreign students stick to pre-paid sim cards, so they can easily control and monitor their spending. For some people this might cost 10€ a month while for others it could mean 50€+. For this type of deal, we recommend you to search a bit more with the local cell phone stores like Vodafone. Vodafone is one of the most popular cell phone companies in Spain and they offer a special prepaid deals for the young foreign students! This will save you a lot of money and hassle along the way. 

    As far as internet is concerned, you can expect to pay around 30 to 50€ a month, but if you stay at Xior Lofttwon, you don´t have to worry about extra expenses, because it´s all inclusive!

    Spain along the last years has revealed to be one of the favorite destinations for foreign students where to spend their time abroad. Therefore, even though the cost of living in Barcelona for students isn’t cheap, if you stay with us at Xior Lofttown, you can enjoy the student life abroad peacefully!