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  • Tips for Erasmus students in Barcelona

    All the tips you should know if you are an Erasmus student in Barcelona

    Hello Erasmus friends in Barcelona. Are you new in town? Here is an interesting post with all the essential information you need to know so that you can enjoy your stay in the city to the fullest.

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    Once you have already been accepted to a Catalan university and you have all the documentation, the great time has come for you to take the first step in your new adventure in Barcelona. We refer to your move to the Catalan capital and all the aspects that this have

    Remember that here you will live in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe and you will find a great variety of cultures in one place. However, for your adaptation, it is important that you know some particular details of the city so that you are prepared for certain daily situations that we will explain below:

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    A new language

    In Barcelona, ​​people speak all the languages ​​you can imagine, since it is a city where many nationalities from all continents converge. However, you should know that the official language here is Catalan, which coexists perfectly with Spanish, since they belong to the same linguistic family and, in general, local people are bilingual and will have no problem speaking to you in any of these two languages.

    For Spanish-speaking students, especially those who come from Latin American countries, the switch to the Catalan language will not be very complicated, since there is a great resemblance to Spanish. But if you are from a country where Spanish is not the mother tongue, the situation changes significantly. Our recommendation is that you adapt as much as possible to the language so that you do not have coexistence problems. Remember also that universities often give free Catalan courses to their foreign students.

    Catalan customs

    Every city in the world has its own customs and Barcelona is no exception. Here, for example, shops close at noon, dinner is eaten very late at night and when you go to a restaurant tips are not mandatory. If you really want to adapt to the city, it is necessary that you also adapt to its customs, which are many. Our recommendation is that you become a circle of local friends so that you fully immerse yourself in authentic Barcelona life.

    Get around town

    Barcelona is one of the best cities in Europe when we talk about connections and public transport. It does not matter in which part of the city you live because you will always find an easy way to get around, it can be by bus, metro, tram and also the bicing service, which has thousands of exclusive lanes for people who opt for a more sustainable mobility.

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     Interesting neighborhoods to live

    In Barcelona, you will find neighborhoods for all tastes. If what you are looking for is a bohemian life close to all the bars and restaurants in the city, the Gothic and the Born are your perfect option, since they are located in the heart of the city and have all the services you need to make your much more comfortable life. Of course, we remind you that here the noise and the passing of tourists will be your company every day.

    On the other hand, if what you are looking for is a complete connection with the sea and the maritime spirit, Barceloneta is your neighborhood for excellence. In the heart of the city, this centenary neighborhood has all the magic of being located in a port, with very authentic shops, bars and restaurants where all cultures come together in perfect harmony. However, we remind you that here you will also live with tourism and the size of the flats are very small.

    Finally, if what you are looking for is a bit of peace next to a more residential neighborhood, l’Eixample, Poble Nou and Sant Antoni will be your best option. Here the flats are much larger and are characterized by being less noisy compared to the more central neighborhoods. In addition, they are also very well-connected and have all the essential services for your comfort.

    Where to eat in Barcelona

    The Catalan capital is characterized by offering a wide variety of restaurants for all tastes and budgets. In that sense, foreign students will be able to find all kinds of places with food from all over the world at a price that is quite affordable for their pockets.

    The options go from traditional Catalan and Spanish food, Latin American and Asian restaurants, fast food, tapas, pizzerias and many more options. The secret is to explore the city to find that culinary corner that completely satisfies your palate without affecting your budget too much.

    With today’s post we hope you have learned a little more about the secrets of the city of Barcelona. If you are already in the process of moving here, remember that you can always count on our university residence so that your stay in Barcelona becomes the best experience of your life.

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    Have a good day!

     

  • Important tips before coming to study in Barcelona

    All necessary tips you should know very well before coming to study in Barcelona

    The decision to come to study in Barcelona is a very important step for many young people.

    If you are one of them and you have planned to move in Barcelona because could be a perfect place for the academic season abroad, it’s necessary you know all details before you start your academic adventure in the town. All steps to follow for your plans..

    At Xior The Lofttown we want to be more than a student residence for you. And we don’t just offer you the best student accommodation in Barcelona with all the essential comfort, but we also want to help you with all information needed before your arrival.

    For that reason, today we show you a complete article where we inform you, in detail, the 7 most important tips you need to know well before coming to study here.

    Do you want to join us? Welcome to a new post from our #theLoftowner blog!

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    What does it mean to study in Barcelona?

    For many foreign students, studying in Barcelona become one of the most stimulating and enriching opportunities to complement their university studies. In this case, Barcelona offers a lot of different academic studies, covering all professional areas for all preferences and budgets.

    That means, coming to study in Barcelona, is one of the best alternatives for many young people who are looking for a new great experience in their lives.

    Formality procedures…

    Depending on the country you come from, the steps will change significantly. For example, if you come from a country outside Europe, it will be necessary to take various bureaucratic procedures in advance with a collection of different kind of documents. The most common certificates are: applying for a corresponding study visa, obtaining a residence card and even looking for a part-time job.

    Bureaucratic procedures are mandatory to study a period in the Catalan capital and there are different steps to know in advance for all people come to study in Barcelona and we would like to explain below in 7 important points. Take note!

    Tip 1: University degrees:

    When you decide to study in Barcelona, you must take in consideration, it is not necessary to approve the degree you have completed in your country. Remember that these studies can be from the baccalaureate to study a degree, the bachelor’s degree to do a postgraduate or master’s degree and, finally, the master’s degree for doctoral studies.

    After this, the Catalan university you have chosen will be responsible for validating the studies you have completed in your country at the time of applying for your admission to the study center.

    Tip 2: Study time

    Academic periods can be very flexible and depend exclusively on the possibilities of the student. In this sense, the duration of the studies will determine the procedures that you must previously carry out in your country of origin. In general, studies between zero up to three months, it won’t be necessary to apply for any type of student visa, since you can come to Barcelona as a tourist.

    However, if the studies are more than three months, especially for those students coming from countries outside the European Union, they have to apply for a student visa at the Spanish Consulate in their respective country. In the following link you will find all the Spanish consulates around the world.

    http://www.exteriores.gob.es/portal/es/serviciosalciudadano/paginas/embajadasconsulados.aspx

    Tip 3: Academic admission

    A fundamental step before thinking about of apply for a student visa is to be admitted to a Catalan university. Therefore, you must send all your academic documents, for their respective validation, preferably several months in advance so that you do not have problems when you want to do your visa formalities in the Spanish Consulate of your country.
    Remember that it usually takes long time for admission offices in Catalan universities to reply for the large number of applications they receive each year from all part of the world.

    Tip 4: How to apply for your visa

    Once you have already decided to come to study in Barcelona you will have to go to the Spanish Consulate to make your application for a student’s visa with the following documents to check that:

    You have already been admitted to a Catalan university and have also made the payment of the tuition for the studies you have planned to do.

    Prove that you have financial means for your maintenance in Barcelona without the need to work, during the duration of your university studies, which are usually around 600 Euros per month.

    Have private health insurance and show that you do not have a contagious disease.
    No criminal record whatsoever.

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    Tip 5: Foreigner’s Identity Card

    If you are sure that your university studies will last more than 6 months, you will have to process the TIE (Foreigner’s Identity Card) being already in Spain. For that, you will have to go to Foreigner’s Office or Police Station in Barcelona. Our suggest is to make an appointment several weeks in advance because these institutions usually have a lot of workloads and, in general, are collapsed due to the big number of Foreign students who come to Barcelona.

     Tip 6 : Tip 6: Study and not work


    Many students want to combine their academic stays with some work for an extra income. However, we regret to inform you that once you get the TIE, the authorities will not allow you to work as a full-time or full-time employee, since the idea of your stay in Barcelona is basically due to your studies.

    However, if you found a part-time job that does not more than 20 hours per week and is linked to your professional experience and training, the employer could make you a contract of work but for this you will have to submit a lot of documentation beforehand. If you want to know more about these updated conditions, we recommend you to visit the website of the General Secretariat of Immigration, Employment and Social Security so that you are up to date with the latest changes.

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    Tip 7: Practice time

    Apart of having a paid work during your studies in Barcelona, our recommendation is that you chose a professional practice in companies and institutions that are connected to your profession. In this way, the first requirement to enter in an internship offered in Barcelona, is to be a student registered in a Catalan university.

    Secondly, you must have more than 150 approved academic credits and check that there is a validation of the professional training. So, we advise you that by doing a professional practice in Barcelona, you will improve your experience in every way and more than you can imagine.

    In short…

    With this post we hope that you have learned much more about all the previous steps you need to do before coming to study in Barcelona. And remember that if you have decided to move to the Catalan capital, you can always take into account our student residence in order to transform your stay in Barcelona in a wonderful experience which you will never forget.

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

    We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, so you are always in update with the latest promotions and news in our residence.

    Have a nice day!

  • Which is the cost of living in Barcelona for a student?  

    Everything you need to know about the cost of living in Barcelona for a student if you are thinking of doing an academic year in Barcelona 

    Living in Barcelona is a great attraction for foreign students looking for a great experience outside their countries. And that is why the capital of Catalunya is home for a large number of young university students every year, from all corners of the world, anxious to acquire new academic knowledge and experience to the fullest all that Barcelona has to offer. However, one of the first big unknowns they face is the one related to the economic issue. Before starting on this great university adventure, it is necessary to investigate, carefully and in depth, everything about the cost of living in Barcelona for a student.

    They say that living in Barcelona is nice but usually expensive, from there the famous phrase: “Barcelona es bona si la bossa sona However, today at Xior The Lofttown we want to show you that this does not always have to be true, since we know the city perfectly and all the secrets it hides. For that reason, today we share an interesting post where we tell you, in great detail, what the cost of living in Barcelona really is for a student and how you can find great opportunities that will turn your student season into a totally accessible and unforgettable experience. Here we answer the most common questions our college residents face each year.

    Where can I live?  

    When you move to a new city, finding the ideal place to live is not an easy task. Especially if we take into account that you are still a student and usually depend directly on your parent’s budget that they give to you with so much effort. Therefore, as in any part of the world, you should know that the cost of housing, for renting a flat or a room in a university residence, will consume most of your academic budget. Of course, everything will depend on the amount of money you want to use in your accommodation and define what your personal priorities are.

    Our recommendation is that you always choose an option that provides you with the greatest comfort and security at all times. It should be noted that in Barcelona you can find many apartments to rent and rooms to share in a student flat. However, keep in mind that an investment that will take most of your budget deserves to be well thought out and, above all, has to meet your expectations in all aspects.

    Although it is true, there is a big difference between renting an apartment on your own and sharing one with several other people, which at first sight seems to be the most viable option, we assure you that in both cases the responsibility, the procedures, the waiting and the inconveniences can be far from the great calm that university residences offer you, for example. In general, the costs of renting an apartment or sharing is between € 500 to € 1000, depending on the neighborhood you prefer and the number of people living in the same apartment. But if you think carefully and compare with all the advantages that a university residence offers you, the differences will be huge.

    At XIOR THE LOFTTOWN we are more than a student residence and we have all the services you need to make your stay in Barcelona absolutely wonderful. For this reason, we offer you a spacious and modern space with all the comforts you can imagine so that your days in Barcelona are always the best. In this way, we help you both in your academic development and in your deserved breaks, making you only worry about your academic homework and, of course, enjoying the city to the fullest. Do not forget that we will take care of everything.

    How to move? 

     Barcelona is a very interesting city where there is always something new to see. If you want to move around the city, with total comfort, you will have to be faithful to your own style. The fact is that Barcelona is so well connected in every way that there is no ideal means of transport designed for students. If you want to discover every corner of the city and do exercise at the same time, perhaps the ideal thing for you is to walk every day through the streets of Barcelona. On the other hand, if jogging is not your priority, you can always choose for the multiple options of public transport services that the city offers. Next, we explain each of them and their respective costs:

    Bicing 

    The public bike service has more than 500 stations strategically distributed throughout the city and has a network of exclusive tracks of more than 200 kilometers. We could say that its cost is really accessible if we consider that for an annual payment of € 50 you will always have a bicycle at your disposal for 30 minutes at a time. Without a doubt, it is an ideal option for young students who want to combine physical exercise and get to know the city every day outdoor.

    Rental motorcycles

    Barcelona has a lot of options of companies that rent motorcycles and scooters by the minute and at a very good price. If you want to take some deserved walks throughout the city, or you just don’t like to go by public transport, rental motorcycles are an effective option so that your trips are fast and also sustainable, since most of them are electric.

    Bus, metro and tram 

    Public transport in Barcelona is really efficient. Not only because is a very well-connected system, but also because the prices are not very expensive compare to other European cities. If you plan to use them once in a while, this route may not be your best option. But if you plan to use them daily, our recommendation is that you buy a monthly ticket, that will be much cheaper that short term tickets.

    And when do you play fun or sports? 

    Being a student in Barcelona will awaken your creativity to 100%. And we are not only referring to artistic or bohemian themes, but also, having a limited budget, the options for having fun are so many that you do not need a large investment to have a really great time. For example, if you like culture and art remember that every first Sunday of the month all the museums in Barcelona are free. Also, there is a wide range of activities for young people with great discounts in theater, cinema, restaurants, bars, sporting events, among others.

    There are groups of young people who take sightseeing tours around the city or organize excursions outside of Barcelona at a fairly reasonable price. Without a doubt, a smart way to have fun to the fullest, meet new places and friends without spending more than necessary. On the other hand, Barcelona is a city where sport is practiced daily in each of its corners. Although the city has a wide range of private gyms, there are also groups of young people who practice sports outdoor and constantly carry out competitions, whether on the beach, parks or municipal sports fields, reasons that will help you to sport becomes a true lifestyle for you.

    At XIOR THE LOFTTOWN we organize social and sporting events so that our young residents enjoy their free time with us. At the same time, we put at your disposal special areas for the practice of sport, such as an outdoor gym and an exclusive solarium area, which will help you live your stay in our residence with absolute comfort.

    We hope that with this post you have learned a little more about the cost of living in Barcelona for a student and how to optimize your budget to the maximum. If you are thinking of coming to study in Barcelona, remember that you can always take into account on our university residence so that your stay becomes a great experience that you will remember for a lifetime.

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

    We invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you update with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have a great day!

  • Preparing your trip to Barcelona

    Preparing your trip to Barcelona is simple and beautiful. You know that soon you will travel to the Catalan capital to carry out your studies, meet new people and live a typical Erasmus experience.

    That’s why in XiorLofttown we thought we’d give you a roadmap so you know, step by step, what you’re going to find. We will also give you some tips to make your stay more comfortable and practical.

    We put ourselves in your situation when preparing your trip to Barcelona: from your sofa or bed reading this blog; guiding you through the steps to follow when arriving in Barcelona.

    As a student you will have a wide range of opportunities and options to enjoy this wonderful city. From its beaches and mountains, through its architecture and gastronomy to its cultural variety, Barcelona is the city you chose and we are sure that you will have an unforgettable experience. Look: you can tempt yourself and choose to live here.

    But enough of the preamble and let’s get to it. As a student residence in Barcelona, from XiorLofttown we tell you how to prepare your trip to the city and enjoy your Erasmus or stay as a student.

    Climate

    Barcelona is characterized by good weather and this is not a minor fact when preparing your trip. It’s March, and Spring begins to give its first signs. Maximum temperatures will be around 20 degrees and the minimum 13 degrees. Don’t worry as the sun will be present during the day so the feeling of warmth will be higher. You’ll arrive in perfect weather!

    Already thinking about the summer, the maximums will be in the 30s. Why are we talking about this? To keep it in mind when putting together your suitcase: you can come with summer clothes and some other clothing to be a bit warmer at night.

    We’ve already talked about this in another article , which we invite you to read. There you will find in detail all the recommendations for the rest of the year.

    Then you already know: pack a suitcase with the beach in mind. If you like the mountains you can add specific elements for those activities.

    Do you have it clear? Well, come: you arrive at your city airport, get on the plane and land in Barcelona. With your suitcase in your hand you leave El Prat and ask yourself: how do I get to the city centre? Well, read on.

    How to travel from the airport

    Without a doubt, when preparing your trip you should know how to get to the city centre from the airport. El Prat (Barcelona Airport) is very well connected and you have different options. Since you’re a student, and I’m sure you’ll want to spend money on other activities, we’ll tell you the most accessible.

    Public transport

    From either of its two terminals -T1 or T2 – you can take the bus or the metro. Both services can be paid in cash.

    During the day the bus that will drop you off in Plaza de España is the 46. We remind you that the Plaza is in the heart of Barcelona and, from there, it will be very easy to get around.

    However, during the night, bus number 46 doesn’t run. Don’t be scared: Barcelona has everything in mind. Buses N16, N17 and N18 will deposit you in the heart of the city: in Plaza Universitat, a few steps from Plaza Catalunya.

    The metro is also an option thanks to Line 9 (L9). This metro line is new and still under construction, so you’ll have to make a change once you get closer to the city. Please note that the metro provides service between 5 a.m. and 2 a.m.

    Note: You can purchase a Casual or Usual card. It will be cheaper and you will have more trips for the future. Here we leave you the link with all the information. You can find the ticket vending machine at Metro stations.

    Aerobus

    The Aerobús is a service that joins Barcelona Airport to the city in 35 minutes. The cost of the ticket is €5.90 and you can pay by card, cash (€20 note max.) or make the purchase online. Here’s the link.

    This service has stops at Plaza de España, Urgell, Universitat and ends at Plaza Catalunya. Inside the bus you will have free Wi-Fi service.

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    Places you must visit

    You have arrived; at the XiorLofttown student residence in Barcelona we welcome you with open arms. You leave your bags and… now what? A little sightseeing is not bad:  walking and getting acquainted with the city is a good plan.

    Once you are comfortable in our student residence, you can choose to go out to visit different places of interest. XiorLofttown has a prime location within the city: everything is close by!

    You can go out to know the Passeig de Gracia and visit its shops and bars. You can’t leave out going to the Sagrada Familia, a Gaudí architectural work of art that will leave you with your jaw dropped.

    We also recommend you walk the streets of the district of Gracia, its squares and its cultural diversity of young people who make their social life in the streets.

    Now with more time, and having known the neighbourhood, you must go for a walk through the Gothic Quarter, the Rambla, the Born, Barceloneta (its beaches and its gastronomy), and the harbour promenade.

    Then… you will discover all the options that Barcelona offers you: Park Güell, the beaches of Bogatell and much more. That’s it… we leave it to you to be surprised on your own.

    Getting around in Barcelona

    You’ll walk a lot at first. Come on… everything is close. But then you’ll want to get about using other means.

    In Barcelona you can find Bicing, the public bicycle system. To use it, you will need to meet two requirements: have a NIE or DNI, and pay €50 for the service. Don’t panic: payment is made only once and is valid for one year.

    You can use the mechanical bikes for free as many times as you want; unlimited service. You will also find electric bikes. These have an additional cost of €0.35.

    Finally, as mentioned above, you will be able to purchase the Usual or Casual cards. Once you choose one of them you can take any public transport service: train, metro and bus.

    For more detailed information, we leave you this article on mobility in Barcelona.

    Ready! You already have all the necessary information to prepare your trip to Barcelona. A roadmap for you to start imagining your student days in this beautiful Mediterranean city.

    If you have any questions write to  the XiorLofttown team. We will be happy to know you!

  • Restaurants for students in Barcelona

    An important part of how much it costs to live in Barcelona is, without a doubt, gastronomy. Even more so in a city like Barcelona: the offer of bars and restaurants abounds in the city.

    Students living in Barcelona are aware not only of this, but also of the cost involved. As students, staying within your budget is important when choosing where to go for lunch or dinner.

    At TheLofttown we listen to the questions of the residents and that’s why we thought about listing the best restaurants for students in Barcelona. Let’s see, we’ll also look at taking care of your economy. That is to say: good, nice and cheap.

    Bismillah

    Let’s start by mentioning the food that never fails and we like so much: the Kebab. If you like this type of food, music and street life you have to go to Bismillah Kebab, in the Raval neighborhood.

    A walk from MACBA is a kebab paradise. You’ll see it: the colour of the meat and pita bread kneaded at the moment and the continuous movement of customers will captivate you.

    You can choose not only an unrivalled kebab (we recommend chicken), but also exquisite and abundant Indian food. Google it and look at the scores.

    We warn you not to expect a great deal of attention: the highlight is the food. You can order it to take away, grab a beer at the market and enjoy a meal with friends in the MACBA courtyard, surrounded by urban culture of radio, street music; and you can’t miss the skaters.

    Average spend per person: €4

    Bar Jai-Ca

    If you like tapas and want to eat deliciously, Bar Jai-Ca is the answer. In the heart of Barcelona, you can enjoy a typical Catalan restaurant.

    Here we are going a bit higher from the budget we manage in Bismillah, but it’s worth it. You can choose between Octopus, baby squid, croquettes, razor clams… everything!

    A hard-hitting menu will allow you to explore the flavours of all Spain. A recommendation: book before you go. Jai-Ca is quite popular and if you go without a reservation you will have to wait a while or eat at the bar.

    The average cost per person is €15 or €20, and asking for a couple of tapas you will be already satisfied.

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    Can Ganassa

    Paella. Paella and Paella. In Can Ganassa you will enjoy an abundant and delicious paella for an incredible price in Barcelona.

    We’re talking about luxury at a good price. Also located in Barceloneta – a neighbourhood with great gastronomy- in Can Ganassa you can ask for paella for at least 2 people. From here, we recommend the black rice.

    For €17 you can have dinner without our problem. If you’re going to eat, the menu costs between €12 and €15. Before you go don’t forget to ask for a herbal or cream orujo… It’s on the house!

    O’Retorno

    We’re going to Galicia. O’Retorno is a Galician restaurant specializing in Octopus with cachelos (Galician-style boiled potatoes). They have portions and half portions and believe us: they are huge.

    This renowned restaurant is located in the heart of the Eixample and is always full of customers. That is to say: book your table!

    All the food is homemade – try the ham croquettes – and plentiful. As you know, octopus is not cheap, but here you will pay and it will be worth it. We told you before: good, nice and cheap. But… there are meals that are worth more. The important thing is the price-quality ratio.

    The price per person is, depending on what you order, €25.

    La Malandrina

    We won’t forget the meat. La Malandrina is a restaurant in Barcelona that will surprise you. Small and cosy, it specializes in grilled meats.

    At an incredible price, you can enjoy a platter accompanied by potatoes (fried or creamed) or salad.La Malandrina is located in Barceloneta and, because of its value for money, there are always people there. Once again we recommend making a reservation.

    The average price of a dish and a drink is €15.

    We have now told you the best restaurants for students in Barcelona. In addition, from TheLofttown we have told you the best places to eat by specialty: from a kebab to Argentinean meat.

    Enjoy your meal!

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  • The best markets in Barcelona

    In Barcelona we can find markets of all kinds. The city offers variants for all tastes: from buying fresh food to looking for items you won’t find in any store.

    Both tourists and those who live in Barcelona go out on weekends for a walk and enjoy a taste in these markets. We know that lofttowners are part of the active and daily life of the Catalan capital.

    That’s why we want to tell you what the best markets in Barcelona are. Grab paper and pen (or mobile, as we are in 2020) and write down those that attract you the most and get ready to experience a different weekend: strolling around Barcelona and immersing yourself in the best markets in Barcelona.

    Let’s get to it!

    La Boqueria

    The market of the Boqueria is one of the best known in Barcelona. Not only is fresh produce sold and you have the possibility to enjoy meals, but it is also an important tourist attraction.

    The Boqueria market is located in the heart of Barcelona: on La Rambla.

    The Boqueria market has an area of 2500 square meters. Inside you can find more than 300 stalls that offer a wide variety of products. These range from fresh raw materials such as fruits, vegetables, fish or seafood to sweets and chocolates. The products offered in this Barcelona market are local.

    La Boqueria is the largest market in Catalonia… what about that? But …do you know it’s not called that?

    A little history isn’t bad. The name La Boqueria is popular. The real name is Mercat de Sant Josep. It was opened in 1840 and was originally an open-air market.

    Make an agenda and spend a day walking through this emblematic market of Barcelona. We do not forget the schedules: it is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

    Els Encants Vells Market

    Now we move from gastronomy to old objects. Encantes de Barcelona (or Feria Bellcaire) is a street market with more than 7 centuries of tradition.

    What can we compare this market in Barcelona with? Well, if you’ve seen the film Notting Hill you’ll know that in London, the capital of England, the famous Portobello market is located.

    Well, Els Encants Vells Market resembles the famous English market in north-west London.

    In the Barcelona market you can find items and objects of all kinds and with a lot of history. If you like to collect old objects to decorate or just take a look at very peculiar items… then come to the market.

    Currently you can find the fair at Avenida Meridiana, 69  (Glories Station of L1 Metro). It opens on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m.

    Dare to explore this exotic flea market in Barcelona and, if you find something you like, get ready to haggle over the price… will you get it?

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    Mercado de la Concepción

    Located in the heart of Eixample is the Market of the Concepción. Opened in 1888 this market in Barcelona has an area of 4 thousand square meters and is known for being… the flower market!

    That’s right… you’ll see flowers everywhere. A must for any day of the week to surround yourself with nature and colours… that is, of joy.

    The market was designed by Antoni Rovira i Trias, the same person who designed and built the Sant Antoni market.

    It is in Carrer de Aragó, 313-317; you can visit the market from Tuesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Mondays and Saturdays it opens from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Get ready to find some flowers you may have never seen and enjoy a day in pure colour.

    Sant Antoni Market

    After 8 years in renovation, the Sant Antoni market has reopened its doors to the public. It is one of the largest markets in all of Barcelona and within it you can find three markets in one: food, clothing and books.

    It is located in Eixample, where previously the Baluard de Sant Antoni stood, one of the most important entrances of the old walled city.

    In 2007 the City Council began the process of remodelling. The reopening was finally held in 2018. The reason for the delay of the works is that during these, archaeological remains of Roman times were found. Currently they have incorporated these remains into the building, so you will not only find three markets, but also a bit of history.

    Built in 1882, the total area is… 12,100 square metres. We recommend that you visit this beautiful market in Barcelona and take advantage of each of its corners.

    It is open from Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m., and is located in the Carrer del Comte d’Urgell, 1.

    As we mentioned earlier, tourists choose to visit La Boqueria. So if you want to know a more local market, with fewer tourists and with friendly and helpful stalls… visit Sant Antoni!

    FleaMarket

    Finally we will talk about another very used and popular market in Barcelona. Every second Sunday of the month, behind the Maritime Museum, the Fleamarket takes place.

    This second-hand market is perfect if you want to find fashion accessories, clothes, records, books and much more.

    In Plaza Blanquerna , in the  Raval, the stalls are installed ready to receive visitors in a friendly and close way. From May to October it is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For its part from November to April, you can find it from 10 a.m. to 7p.m.

    We have explored all kinds of markets: itinerant, fixed, and open-air; and with different products. It’s up to you to choose which one to visit on your next day off.

    If you want to know a list with all the best markets in Barcelona you can enter here.

    Do you already know which one you’re going to?

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  • Finding a job after Uni

    Finding a job after Uni sounds far away. Many of The Lofttown residents come to Barcelona just to study. What happens to them next is that the city and social activity invite them to stay. And believe us: it happens.

    Once your studies are finished you will have your group of friends, your trips on top, and you will ask yourself a question: what if I stay to live in Barcelona? This is where you’ll start thinking about looking for a job after university.

    So we thought, what if we give you a hand? Here we will tell you, thanks to the experiences that the lofttowners tell us in the student residence in Barcelona, how and where to look for work. Whether part or full time.

    Let’s get to it!

    Prepare your C.V.

    You will have to invest a lot of time in this task, but in the end it will be worth it. When it comes to finding work after Uni the C.V. will be your cover letter.

    Take time to polish it. Make it minimalist, short and concise; so that it doesn’t last more than one page. A Word sheet is no longer usually presented: companies are already looking for creativity from the C.V. To do this, give it a creative touch, with colours and highlighting your knowledge and qualities. Do you know what you can use? Canva, a super easy and intuitive design tool where you can find countless C.V. templates that you will love, and many of them are free.

    Think that they’ll know you through a piece of paper. So sell yourself. Make a brief introduction describing your personality, values and goals. Remember to add a cover letter to let companies know more about you.

    Here are some templates for you to have ideas when creating your C.V.

    Part Time Work

    After Uni finding a job will be, in itself, a job. There are many who decide to work part time as waiters or in kitchens of bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs.

    But this isn’t all: you can also look for work from what you’ve studied. At first you will be able to find many internships. Most will not be paid and others will.

    Here it will be important how you want to allocate your personal time. That is: working part time you will have every morning or afternoon free (depending on where you apply). This will allow you, for example, to start your own projects while gaining experience in a company.

    But don’t worry: you have paid part-time jobs. Depending on which degree you’ve studied there will be more or less offers. Seek and you will find, believe us.

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    Full Time Work

    If you already set out to find work after Uni with the aim of having a career and gaining experience, then you will be looking for a Full Time job.

    In this case, focus on sending your C.V. to offers that interest you. That is, do not do bulk mailings. Think what you want to work doing, in your day-to-day life, what you like. It’s not a matter that you want to come to later. Don’t focus only on the economic side. We all want to be rich, but we’ll need to gather experience and grow and train in the workplace.

    However, these offers are usually accompanied by an acceptable salary.

    Platforms to find work

    Depending on the sector you are in, there are platforms that will have more offers. However, here we leave you the list of the most used in Barcelona:

    LinkedIn

    Infojobs

    Infoempleos

    Domestika

    Jobs Today

    EmpleoMarketing

    Glassdoor

    Now, it’s your turn. Remember: prepare a good C.V. and cover letter to find work after Uni. Set goals and decide what to do with your time. Then choose what kind of work you want. The final step: start submitting C.V.s and wait for the answers.

    Good luck and go for everything!

  • Erasmus in Barcelona: what you should have in your suitcase

    The time has come for Erasmus in Barcelona. We leave our city to travel to a new place, live experiences, meet people, have fun, “study”… anyway: everything that comes with going on Erasmus.

    The student residences in Barcelona offer many services, but in TheLofttown we go further. We leave the formalities out and are aware of our students’ lives in Barcelona. Let’s see… don’t forget to study.

    After seeing all the residents who have passed through TheLofttown in Barcelona we have noticed that many have problems when it comes to packing. We have taken note of this and that is why we will tell you some secrets that you must take into account when packing to come on Erasmus to Barcelona.

    Before flying

    Please note that if you come on Erasmus to Barcelona (or any city) you will need to bring not only your carry-on baggage, but you will also need to pack your bags.

    To do this, remember that the maximum weight of the suitcase to be sent is usually 23 kilos. For its part, the carry-on bag must weigh no more than 11 kilos. Anyway, remember to check the airline. Each has different conditions when referring to luggage.

    Clothes

    Well, well… we always have problems here, right? First let’s think about which season of the year we’re going to arrive. Remember that you have a weight limit on your suitcase and you can’t keep your whole wardrobe there.

    We recommend you take the essentials for the season in which you arrive in Barcelona. For example: if you come in summer, bring loose clothing. But don’t forget a jacket or a thin sweatshirt. Remember that this way you will spend autumn and spring better and avoid winter expenses. Coats are expensive.

    In case of winter it is easier: bring everything warm and then, when you arrive in Barcelona, take advantage of the sales to buy yourself lighter clothes. This way you will optimize the space and with a couple of Euros you can buy clothes suitable for hotter times.

    Remember that in Barcelona you have very good quality second-hand shops, such as Humana. In addition, you can shop at low cost chains like Primark. If you add the sales to this… it will make everything easier and cheaper.

    What you should never forget: a swimsuit.

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    Footwear

    If there’s one thing that takes up space and weighs, it’s footwear. We already know that you are fond of many even if you do not wear them, but focus on bringing only what you will use in your Erasmus stay in Barcelona.

    After the experiences we saw in the residence, we recommend you bring: a pair of sports shoes, a pair of shoes to party (this will be multitasking: outings, uni and work) and then more comfortable footwear such as flip flops or espardeñas.

    With this combination you can combine, be comfortable and perform all the activities you want.

    Personal cleanliness

    Don’t bring any of that. It doesn’t mean that you are not clean, but that you will take up a lot of room for items that you can get for your day-to-day. At most, if you wish, choose a perfume; the one you like so much.

    On the other hand, and without wanting to look like your mothers, don’t forget your toothbrush. For women, yes: bring makeup, blusher, lipstick and a long etcetera. They are expensive products and you may not get them.

    Miscellaneous

    If packing to come on Erasmus to Barcelona were VERY minimalist and there was space left over, take advantage of it! Bring decorative or souvenir items to have your city and your friends and family close to you: photos, posters, etc.

    Also remember the technology: laptop, mobile phone and their respective chargers. In addition to accessories, such as earrings. These things are always better to put in your carry-on bag.

    What do you think? The day of the trip is coming and your suitcase won’t be a problem. Remember to put it together in time and separate your travel clothes.

    We hope that the information has been useful and that you can pack your suitcase in the best possible way. In Barcelona and TheLofttown we are waiting for you.

  • Tricks to study

    Studying has its tricks. December arrives and as we well know it is a time full of exams and external responsibilities: family, travel, Christmas and New Year.

    You already know that as a student residence in Barcelona we care about your study and your social life.

    Between us: in this context we know that study moves to a second place in our lives. It’s a responsibility we want to get rid of instead of dealing with.

    To do this, we have thought of tricks to study. The goal is to give it the right and necessary time to optimize your study and, at the same time, enjoy your social life. Come on… which is what you like most.

    Time

    It’s clear you don’t want to spend too much time on it, but you’ll have to. Studying for a long time running is no longer usual. Instead, focus on studying by setting a time limit.

    Control the times you dedicate to study and do not exceed 30 or 40 minutes. That said, during that time you have to do it 100×100. This way you’ll see that you’ll keep your mind focused and you’ll be able to assimilate the information much faster.

    It’s better for you to study in small bursts of time than all at once. Needless to say, sleep is very important. That is to say, rest well.

    It’s better do it in the morning, which is when you’re most active. Then, when you’re done, you’ll have all day for yourself.

    Routine

    Get a routine. This trick to study will be very useful so that you can adjust your schedule and activities outside of study.

    Set a schedule to study. For example: between 10 am and 1 pm from Monday to Friday. Set up a calendar with the most complicated topics for the beginning of the week and leave the lightest for the end.

    In this way, over time, you will face the end of the week with less pressure and more relaxed. Plus, you’ll feel better about yourself as you’ll see results and the progress you’re making in your study.

    Don’t leave everything for tomorrow. Can you imagine getting to Friday with the hardest and most tedious topics to do? Do it on Monday and you’ll enjoy the weekend.

    Spaces

    This trick to study will be easy for you. In TheLofttown, the student residence in Barcelona, you will find many spaces designed exclusively for study.

    In these shared spaces, order, neatness and tranquillity prevail. These same features should be transferred to your room or personal place of study.

    Believe us: order makes study easier. At a certain point having everything in place and structured will make you feel more comfortable and willing to grab your books.

    Also, if you are able to, you can rotate and change your study places. Take advantage of open places.

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    Distractions

    Avoid distractions. We don’t know why we are speaking in the plural, as we are referring to the mobile phone.

    Put it silent or face down. If you can, keep it away. Think that this distraction will consume your structured time and, in the long run, affect your weekly routine.

    That WhatsApp message and the last post on Instagram can wait 30 minutes. Once you’re done studying, relax, go for a walk and have a drink and eat something.

    Like at school: take a little 10-minute break and get back to the hassle.

    It’s not much to ask: stay away from the technology and stimuli that may affect you for only half an hour.

    Goals

    Adjust study goals by month, weeks and days. This way you can measure your achievements and feel you’re moving forward. This trick to study is key. Especially for your self-esteem.

    Try to set out complete study units according to your needs. You’ll see how good a feeling it is to finish what you’ve set out to do.

    You can also create a mind map of the topics and this will help you better remember the topics you are studying.

    You now know the tricks we recommend to study. If you carry them out you will see the results and, most importantly, you can enjoy your free time without guilt!

  • Student residence halls in Barcelona: keys to choosing

    Student residence halls in Barcelona are key for those who come to do their degree in the Catalan capital.

    When we come to study in a new city, we try to make a mix which offers us stability to study, have a good time and save.

    For this reason, student residence halls in Barcelona are a very attractive option. First of all because you will share a space with students like yourself and you will be able to make friends to go out at night (or in the day). Second, because with the fee of a student residence hall all the services are included, and third because you will have exclusive areas to study alone or in group.

    Well then: what is the most important thing at the moment of choosing a student residence hall in Barcelona? In TheLofttown we help you to choose the best place for you and your needs.

    Services

    At the moment of choosing a student residence hall in Barcelona it is fundamental to know the services that it has. A residence hall is not only a room… it is much more!

    For example, it is key that the installations are prepared for students. This is: wifi, study rooms (individuals and group), meeting rooms, private rooms, photocopiers and printers.

    At the same time, you can find out the additional services included in the fee which make your stay more friendly and optimised to make new friends.

    An example of these additional services can be: terrace, solarium, gym, cafeteria, common spaces to socialise, video games rooms, laundromat, parking for bicycles, and of course, cooking.

    Price

    There are many student residence halls in Barcelona which offer services on top of the fee. TheLofttown includes the lot!

    It’s important that you make an analysis of your needs to find all the comforts and services at the best price. This way you don’t worry about costs out of the residence hall. A clear example of this is the gym.

    “How much does it cost to live in Barcelona?” is a recurring question among those who come to study a master’s degree or do an Erasmus in Barcelona. Well, imagine that you pay for a room and everything is included. Cool!

    Get to know the different rooms and prices that we have in TheLofttown. Fall in love!

    https://thelofttown.com/en/location/

    Spaces

    Just as we commented before, it is fundamental that the students always feel comfortable; like at home. Student residence halls must offer space and practicality.

    The study areas must be adapted for each one and the relaxation areas ready to favour interaction.

    Likewise, basic services like heating, air conditioning and cleaning are fundamental for students to enjoy their stay without worrying about things they don’t want to worry about.

    Location

    The location of your next student residence hall in Barcelona has to be comfortable for you: near to the important arteries of the city, well-connected and in an agreeable environment.

    TheLofttown is located in one of the best neighbourhoods in Barcelona: Gracia. Near to everything: the universities, study centres, leisure, restaurants, shops, green areas … and with virtually all the metro, bus and train lines next to you. Google it!

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