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  • The keys to choose the best university residence in Barcelona

    All the secrets you must know to choose the best university residence in Barcelona that will make your academic experience unforgettable

    Barcelona is a wonderful city to live in at any time of the year, whatever you do. Therefore, if you are thinking of coming to spend an academic season in the Catalan capital, perhaps one of the best cities in Europe to study, you have to know very well what your real options are where you can live here and with all the comforts that you really need.

    For that reason, today at TheLofttown we share with you an interesting post to teach you how to correctly choose the best student accommodation that allows you to carry out your academic activities with total confidence, maximum comfort and total security. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind before starting your academic adventure in Barcelona. You want to know more? Welcome to our blog #TheLofttowner!

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    The importance of location and services

    When you are a foreign student in Barcelona, ​​the economic factor is one of the main priorities. All this, because it will depend on the budget you have when choosing a suitable university residence, which also correctly satisfies all your needs. Therefore, when choosing the best accommodation for you, you should also make sure that it has the basic services that every good residence should have, such as: cleaning and laundry, extra-academic activities, restaurant service, recreational and study rooms, high-speed internet, 24-hour surveillance, among others.

    Likewise, the location where the university residence you will choose is located also becomes another important factor when making a final decision. Consequently, it is essential that you value the proximity that the residence will have with the campus where you will study. Remember also that Barcelona is the best city in Spain if we talk about communication with public transport, both at the level of the bus, metro or tram service respectively. Likewise, it has thousands of bike lanes, where you can go with your own bicycle, skateboard or skates, or if you prefer you can also use the bicing service of the Barcelona City Council.

    And what is the best of all? The Lofttown is located in the heart of downtown Barcelona, ​​from where you can go to your university campus with ease and at your own pace. However, we want you to know how to differentiate between what is a low cost accommodation or shared apartment and a true university residence, with exclusive services that offer you all the comforts you need.

    In our university residence, we want to become for you the best student accommodation in Barcelona that will make your academic experience an unforgettable stage in your life. Therefore, we have for you the perfect room that will make your stay here the best possible, so we have a wide variety of rooms for all tastes and budgets, with the best style and interior design, always clean and tidy, suitable for both: your study moments and your leisure time.

    All services included

    As we said in the previous point, the services that your university residence includes are essential. And therefore, finding the perfect university residence you need in Barcelona will only depend on you and your personal requirements. At The Lofttown we know very well that all students are different people both in needs and cultural issues; Consequently, we recommend that you always prioritize your comfort to the maximum above all things.

    First of all, one of the factors that our residents value the most when choosing our accommodation is, without a doubt, the exclusive food service that we have. Surely you have ever heard that phrase: “You are what you eat” Well, for us a correct nutrition of our young residents is the most important priority, since it directly influences the quality of life and their academic performance. In this way, what we are looking for is that you only focus on your academic responsibilities and fully enjoy the city with total freedom.

    Accommodation even on holidays

    It is clear that Barcelona is a perfect city to study. But can you imagine what will happen when your long-awaited vacation arrives? What do you win, right? Well, we assure you that here you will live perhaps the best vacation of your life.

    For that reason, in our university residence, many of our residents decide to stay longer than normal, beyond the academic season, and that is why if you prefer that your university residence also offers you full availability during the holiday season, we are your ideal destination and we will be by your side.

    However, if you already have in mind to stay much longer in Barcelona, ​​don’t waste time and ask us for a quote to offer you the best accommodation options so that you can enjoy the city to the fullest on your summer holidays. We remind you that at The Lofttown we are always available for you throughout the year.

    Enjoy total freedom

    If you have chosen for a university residence, do not think that you will live in a convent or in a strict campus for school children. We know that what young students in Barcelona want most is to enjoy their freedom to the fullest. Therefore, this aspect is important when choosing a university residence that meets all your expectations.

    However, we remind you that you should always check that your residence allows you a reception 24 hours a day, providing you with all the facilities both in access and exit with total security. Of course, with the rules well established by the management

    At the same time, it is also essential that you always follow all the essential rules of the university residence. Remember that you will live here with many other young students, who like you are always looking for collective respect, so that coexistence is correct at all times and there are no problems of any kind. For this, it is important that you choose a university residence that always adapts to your lifestyle so that your experience here is always satisfactory.

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    THE BEST SOCIAL LIFE

    If you come to Barcelona you will not only do it to prepare yourself academically and you know it. You are moving to an exceptional city that is characterized by having a population, basically foreign, where young students and workers from all over the world and who come from the five continents predominate. So, you have to be prepared because your social life here will be quite active and entertaining, which will not leave you indifferent at all.

    Therefore, you must value this point in your future university residence, because while you live here you will also create new friendly ties every day, interacting with fantastic and interesting people in an ideal international environment. In turn, do not forget that it is a unique opportunity to learn about new cultures, start new professional projects and even learn new languages.

    At The Lofttown we want our residents to always integrate with each other, while living in our facilities with total freedom and comfort. To do this, we organize collective activities, both leisure and sports activities. In this way, the young residents will enjoy total harmony and in the best possible environment.

    A healthy mind in a heathy body

    A busy mind with academic responsibilities also needs a healthy body that allows you to perform at your best in your day-to-day life. For this reason, we consider that it is important to choose a university residence that gives you the opportunity to develop sports activities, either in its facilities such as its gyms and outdoor areas that are part of its infrastructure, or if not also that have places Public areas around, such as beaches and parks that are nearby so you can practice group activities.

    Remember that if you exercise frequently while you are a student, you will optimally improve your physical response, you will increase your respiratory capacity and this will benefit to speed up your mind, which you will see translated into your academic performance.

    And the best of all is that in our residence you will find all this and much more in one place.

    With today’s post, we hope you have learned how to correctly choose the best university residence in Barcelona that meets all your needs. And we look forward to seeing you here to become a new #TheLoftowner!

    We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you are always up to date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have an excellent day!

     

  • The best beaches in Barcelona

    Everything you need to know enjoy your holidays on the best beaches in Barcelona

    After a long academic year and quite atypical due to the pandemic, who is that person does not want to disconnect from all responsibilities and duties? We do and what better way to disconnect completely on the magnificent beaches of the Catalan coast and listen waves of the wonderful Mediterranean Sea.

    Do you like the idea? Today at The Lofttown we bring you a complete guide with the best beaches in and around Barcelona, where you can enjoy your spring and summer holidays, which will make your experience in the Catalan capital unforgettable. Want to know more? Read on!

    A part to all fantastic tourist attractions, we know Barcelona is one of the cities with the best coves and urban beaches in all of Europe. And for that reason, during every summer season the entire Barcelona coast is filled with tourists from all over the world. All this thanks to beautiful beaches of Barcelona, them are very well connected and, in addition, they are equipped with all the essential services that will make your beach stay the best.

    Also, you don’t have to go far from Barcelona to admire the beauty of all the beaches of the Costa Brava and Costa Dorada. Are you ready for the best beach season of your life? Below, we recommend which are the most important ones you should visit and how to get there.

    Beach of Castelldefels

     
    This beach is one of the most popular for its good quality and its proximity to Barcelona. It is located just 20 minutes by train from Sants Central Station. In addition, it is a beautiful beach that has a large sand surface, so it is never difficult to find a place available for you to put the umbrella and your towel. Castelldefels is a perfect area because it does not have much depth and is ideal for windsurfers because there is the strong wind here.

    Beaches of Sitges
     

    Sitges is a mandatory destination if you live in Barcelona. A town located south of Barcelona on the coast of Garraf, 35 minutes from Barcelona by train or car. This city is fantastic and very famous for its carnivals and for its international film festival. And the best of all it also has more than fifteen beaches to choose from the busiest located on the promenade to other more hidden and natural where you will have to walk to find them. If you want a bit of culture and a fantastic beach atmosphere, Sitges is your perfect destination.

    Cala Fonda, Tarragona, Spain

     
    Cala Fonda is also called Waikiki and is a natural beach located within the Costa Dorada. A nudist cove located an hour and a half from Barcelona, very close to the city of Tarragona. This beach is perfect thanks to its great beauty for being a corner of totally golden sand, where there are no services or restaurants, and you will stay in the middle of nature’s peace.

    It is hidden behind a cliff and surrounded by vegetation, which makes it a perfect place for the practice of nudism. Our recommendation is that you arrive by car, and then you will have to walk about 15 minutes on foot to reach it.

    Aiguablava, Costa Brava

     
    Aiguablava beach is one of the most beautiful and visited on the Costa Brava. Located in Begur, this small beach has fine sand and its waters are completely crystal clear. Its location is amazing, as it is situated in a beautiful bay surrounded by a lot of vegetation and rocky outcrops. It also has lifeguard service, big parking and all essential services for you to enjoy the experience.

    Cala S’Alguer, Palamós

     
    If you are looking for a quiet place S’Alguer is the perfect cove for you because it is not a busy beach, even in summer. Here seems time to have stopped, since you will find beautiful houses of old fishermen and picturesque boats like a very traditional touch. We recommend you to come to this beautiful corner of the Costa Brava where you will find the tranquility you need outside Barcelona.

    Cala Montjoi, Roses

     
    Cala Montjoi is located in a natural area of great importance in Catalonia. We refer to the Cap de Creus National Park. This cove is one of the most visited beaches of this park because it’s very near to the tourist center. However, it is usually a quiet beach where you can find peace and nature. Very curious, close to here was the famous restaurant El Bulli, by the world-renowned chef Ferrán Adrià.

    Lloret de Mar, Girona

     
    If you are looking for a party atmosphere and full of young people from all over the world, this town in the province of Girona is perfect for you. The beach of Lloret de Mar is a kilometer and a half long and has all the necessary services, including bars, pubs and nightclubs. In addition, there is  an extensive parking at the beach for your comfort. It is also characterized because here you can do activities in the sea such as kayaking, windsurfing or jet skis.

    With this post today we hope you have learned much more about the most important beaches in Barcelona and surroundings so you can enjoy your summer holidays in the best way. And remember that if you deciding to move to the Catalan capital, you can always count on our university residence to enjoy your stay in Barcelona and becomes a splendid experience that you will never forget in life.

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

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

    Have a great day!

     

     

  • Five bike routes through Barcelona

    We bring you five interesting routes that you can easily do by bike throughout the whole of Barcelona

    The fashion of moving by bike is growing more and more. And Barcelona has become in the last decade one of the European cities that has more accessibility to cyclists of all levels, whether for leisure, work or as a means of daily transport. For that reason, today in The LoftTown we share an interesting post where we tell you the best five routes that you can do without any problem throughout the city. Are you ready to pedal? Take note!

    For nature-loving sportsmen: The MontjuÏc route

    How to appreciate a disconnection in nature. For this reason, we recommend that you start the walk in Plaza España and then head towards the Montjuic montain mountain. To do this, take the wide avenue that ends at the MNAC building. Once you have crossed Reina Cristina avenue you will be at the foot of this impressive building. Then simply head down the road that you will see on your right, take energy because it is an uphill for demanding cyclists. As you go forward you will notice the beginning of the Montjuic slope in your legs. If you are an athlete you will see that the challenge will be the maximum and we are sure that you will not abandon the path. The first stop you will see is Poble Espanyol, a complex built for the Universal Exposition of 1929, and which has 117 full-scale buildings and more than 25 local artisans who will teach you the meaning of Spanish culture.

    Leaving Poble Espanyol you will continue the route through the Estadi Olímpic, an emblematic venue of the city built exclusively for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. Beyond you will arrive at the Botanical Garden that has more than 10 hectares of gardens that will make you connect completely with nature. To end your tour, we suggest you go to Montjuic Castle, where you can see the port and the city’s coastline.

    For architecture lovers: The ancient route

    Sightseeing in Barcelona is a must. And for this you don’t have to be a tourist to discover new places in the historic center of Barcelona and you know it very well. Our recommendation is that you take the route of the old town through the small streets of the Gothic Quarter, El Borne and Barceloneta, since when you go by bike the feeling is different and you will see these neighborhoods with new eyes.

    In the Gothic there are corners that you know, but surely you have never paid much attention to them. So when you do it on the bike you will see that you will feel as if you were inside a movie.

    Surely you already knew that Barcino was the old name of the Catalan capital and you have even passed many times in front of the Roman wall of Barcelona, ​​and perhaps you did not know where you were or the importance of this fantastic place. Construction of the Roman wall began in the 1st century, but the remains that are preserved today date from approximately the 3rd and 4th centuries. The Roman wall thus has almost 2000 years of history and is the largest monument of ancient Barcelona that is preserved to this day.

    We recommend that you start your bike route through the Cathedral, then go to Plaça del Àngel and continue along Sotstinent Navarro street, Plaça del Traginers, Hostal del Sol street, Regomir, Gignàs, Avinyó, Bany nous and end the tour in Palla street. We assure you that after this tour you will see the old part of the city with different eyes.

    For beach lovers: The Mediterranean route

    One of the best bike routes in the city is along the sea coast. We encourage you to look from another angle and rediscover the seven most important beaches in the city, all in less than 30 minutes. We assure you that you will fully enjoy the pleasure of feeling the Mediterranean air on your face. We recommend you take your bike in the fishing district of Barceloneta and travel the entire coastline until you reach the Forum. The total trip will cost you about 30 minutes, but we recommend that you lengthen it and enjoy the ride by taking breaks at each beach.

    For picnic lovers: The Picnic Route

    Both the Ciutadella Park and the nature of Montjuic nature are perfect places to have a picnic in Barcelona. And best of all, you can get there without problems by bike. For this reason, we propose the bike route next to the green spaces of the city to make a different plan that will make you see Barcelona from another perspective. You can start from the Cervantes park, in the upper part of the city, as it has large areas of grass, wide lanes for the bike. On the other hand, we also recommend the Maternitat gardens in the Les Corts neighborhood, perfect for outdoor meals because there are many trees and spaces with pleasant shade, special for a fresh spring meal. If you like routes by the sea, the Mar Bella park is a genuine corner to have a good picnic with friends, since it has large areas of grass and next to it you have a great skate park in case you like skating .

    For those who go from home to work: The sustainable route

    Moving around Barcelona by bike is a pleasure and that is why we recommend that you use it as your means of transport on a daily basis, since in this way you also contribute to caring for the environment and you will feel much more physically and mentally active. To do this, you will find bike lanes throughout the city for your convenience. You no longer have excuses not to take your bike and go pedaling all over Barcelona. With this post today we hope that you have learned much more about how to move around Barcelona successfully by bike with the 5 most interesting routes for you. And remember that if you are determined to move to the Catalan capital, you can always count on our university residence so that your stay in Barcelona becomes a splendid experience that you will never forget in life.

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

    We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you are always up to date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have an excellent day!

     

     

     

     

  • The best free plans for students in Barcelona

    Everything you need to know to enjoy the most interesting free plans for students in Barcelona

    Barcelona is a fantastic city to enjoy at any time of the year. And, above all, the feeling of living here becomes a completely fascinating experience when you are a student and have all the availability and energy to make Barcelona a splendid place for your enjoyment.

    To do this, in the Catalan capital there are many plans, of all kinds and for all tastes, that will make you enjoy Barcelona as you would never have imagined before. And, also, imagine if everything we tell you below is free. Sounds good right? Take note of our advice and we assure you that you will not regret it. With the onset of spring, the climate in Barcelona changes and you can see the joy and colors in the streets. For that reason, after a long academic year that will soon end, what you deserve the most is to have a good time and what better idea if you do it for free. Today at The Lofttown we will show you that you don’t need to have a special budget to have the most fun during your last weeks in Barcelona. Can you come with us?

    Get to know the Sagrada Familia

    We know that museums in Barcelona cost a lot in some cases when you are a student. However, there is the possibility of visiting them completely free and perhaps you did not know it. This is the case of the Sagrada Familia, an emblem of the city and of European architecture, since every Sunday of the year it is open to the public, completely free, during the celebration of the good morning masses. Of course, you will have to get up early to be able to arrive on time and take a square in the basilica, since there are many people who like you will have the same idea. Also keep in mind that the capacity is limited and that many faithful people, especially older adults, always come to Sunday mass as tradition dictates and it will not cost them anything to get up early before you.

    Discover the Picasso Museum

    One of those places that you have to visit during your stay in Barcelona, ​​yes or yes, is without a doubt the splendid Picasso Museum. Hence, it is one of the most important and most visited museums in all of Catalonia. For this reason, remember that if you go on Thursday afternoons from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., you will be able to access totally free and take a good bath of art with all the magnificent works that the great artist Pablo Picasso left as an inheritance to the city ​​during the time he lived in the Catalan capital.

    Enjoy the free concerts

    Although it is true that we still live within strong restrictions by the authorities due to Covid-19, Barcelona still has an interesting musical proposal for all tastes and, best of all, totally free. To do this, we recommend that you discover the cultural plans of the different neighborhoods of Barcelona, ​​because they always organize some kind of musical show in the open air and with the respective security measures.

    Take advantage of the neighborhood parties

    Barcelona’s neighborhoods are the spirit of the city. And for this, popular festivals are the best way to fully integrate into Barcelona life as if you were part of its history. Our recommendation is that when summer arrives, be alert to all the cultural and leisure events organized by the most important neighborhoods such as Gracia, Santa, Poblenou, Barceloneta or Raval. We assure you that you will have complete fun and experience firsthand the most authentic traditions of the city.

    Walk the beaches

    There is no more fun and economical plan than going to the beaches of Barcelona. Here you can enjoy splendid experiences with friends, either sunbathing, doing sports and bathing along the Mediterranean Sea. And it is that in any of the beaches of Barcelona you will find all the atmosphere you need and with everything you need, between bars and restaurants, so that your spring and summer days are the best.

    Excursions to the forest

    If you are more about parks and forests, you have to know that Barcelona has several interesting options that will make you fully connect with nature. For example, just a few minutes from the city you have all the vegetation that Montjuic offers you, an ideal space to do sports outdoors or celebrate picnics with friends. On the other hand, if you like long walks more without many people around, about 20 minutes from the city by car or train, you can find the Collserola natural park, a fantastic option for nature lovers and where you can do long walks, yoga and meditation sessions, mountain biking or even barbecues with friends.

    Outdoor cinema

    Watching a movie has never been as safe and fun as the open-air cinema. In Barcelona you have the opportunity to enjoy good independent films of all time, either on Barceloneta beach or at Montjuic Castle. Both options are great if you are a lover of the seventh art. And best of all, completely free. You will only have to take care of the pica pica and the drinks. With this post today we hope you have learned much more about how to enjoy Barcelona for free. And remember that if you are determined to move to the Catalan capital, you can always count on our university residence so that your stay in Barcelona becomes a splendid experience that you will never forget in life.

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

    We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you are always up to date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have a great day!

  • How enjoy Barcelona during spring time

    All secrets you need to know as a student to enjoy Barcelona in the best way in spring

     Barcelona is a fantastic city at any time of the year and we are very sure about that.  However, one of the most magical seasons and with many plans to do here is, definitely with the arrival of the spring in Barcelona and all involve for residents and tourists.

    And it is that this period feels very well the Catalan capital in all aspects, filling gardens and parks with color, bringing happiness to its inhabitants and, especially, offering a wide rage of cultural and entertainment proposals to enjoy the best and true charm of Barcelona.

    For this reason, today at TheLofttown we share with you an interesting post where we explain how enjoy Barcelona in spring with all interesting plans that you can choose, as in the city as around with the arrival of this magical station. Do you want know more? Welcome to our blog #TheLofttowner!

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    A different year

    Although we live in an atypical time due to Covid-19 and the restrictions of the authorities that greatly limit the actions and events in the city, if you are a student and you are already settled in Barcelona you can always find fantastic ideas on how to enjoy the most of the city, especially with the arrival of spring.

    From religious events, such as events for Holy Week, concerts with limited capacity, the wide beaches facing the Mediterranean, passing through the Sant Jordi Day among other artistic and cultural attractions, Barcelona always offers you a splendid way to get out of it. the most out of your academic stay.

    Therefore, here are some examples of what you can do during your stay as a student in Barcelona now that this wonderful season is about to begin. Take note!

    Easter in Barcelona

    Regardless of your personal religious beliefs, it is honestly worth experiencing Holy Week in Barcelona. And it is that the religious traditions in the Catalan capital are full of several surprises that will not leave you indifferent, such as the ancestral celebration of Palm Sunday and the holidays that offer several options that you should write down in your agenda.

    In the same way, in Barcelona the traditional Burreta is celebrated, which is an authentic procession of the city that runs through all the streets of the center. In turn, there are also other processions that you should also know, especially when it is Good Friday, which take place in the main neighborhoods of the city center, such as Born, Gótic and Barceloneta.

    In Barcelona, ​​both Good Friday and Resurrection Monday are festive, also known as Easter Monday, which is celebrated with a classic Catalan and Mediterranean pastry dessert such as Easter mona and you should enjoy it because it is delicious.

    International Comic Fair

    April is a month when the weather is already very welcome in Barcelona. Meanwhile, the city is filled with various types of international events, that although the pandemic has changed the way they are held, the essence of these events still persists.

    One of those emblematic events is the International Comic Fair that has been held since 1981 in the city during the second weekend of April at the Fira de Montjuic, where the most important exponents of the world of comic gather together with many fans of the comic. If you want to go back to your childhood and fill your spring with color and adventures, this event is your best choice

    Sant Jordi, the festival of the rose and the book

    Barcelona has an authentic celebration recognized worldwide, we are referring to Sant Jordi, patron saint of Catalunya and which also coincides with International Book Day. This day is perhaps one of the most magical in the city because two great reasons come together for people to fill the streets of Barcelona with books and roses, thus highlighting the spirit of the city everywhere.

    However, in a normal year all the streets of the center of Barcelona are paralyzed with this special celebration in each of its corners. However, being still in the pandemic and with the congregations of people restricted as a precaution, the city always proposes a different way of experiencing Sant Jordi that we are sure you will also be able to enjoy.

    The Monastery of Montserrat

    And when Sant Jordi ends, it is the turn to celebrate the day of the Virgin of Montserrat, also known as the Moreneta, patron saint of Catalunya. If you have a free day, we recommend visiting the Montserrat monastery located one hour from the city, where you will live a wonderful getaway to a beautiful monastery installed in the middle of the mountain, where nature with its splendid geological formations and the magic of the architecture of This enclave will make you enjoy a formidable experience during your stay in Barcelona.

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    Girona, time of flowers

    In Barcelona you can find practically everything you need to enjoy spring. However, if you want to expand your cultural plans, you can travel outside the Catalan capital to learn more about Catalan culture in all its splendor.

    One of those destinations that never go unnoticed is the city of Girona. Located about 100 kilometers north of Barcelona, ​​it is characterized by the fact that in spring its old town is covered by endless floral compositions during the month of May that adorn the buildings in a fantastic way. A mix of colors, aromas and a good atmosphere that will make you enjoy this beautiful city to the fullest and disconnect a bit from the hectic pace of Barcelona.

    The museum night

    Barcelona has a wide variety of museums throughout the city, making it one of the cities with the most cultural life in Europe. If you are a lover of art and history, you should know that every year on the second Saturday of May you can access all the museums totally free of charge and at night from 7:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

    This event brings together many people each year who seek a different and, above all, free alternative to enjoy the artistic and historical wonders of the city.

    Bikini season on the beach

    In Barcelona you can enjoy a good climate throughout the year. But if there is a time when the beaches begin to fill with bathers, outdoor sports and people having picnics with friends, this is undoubtedly spring.

    Therefore, we recommend that you take a walk through all the beaches that the city offers, as well as those that are outside it. Remember that just 30 minutes away, either north or south of Catalunya, you can find fantastic beaches to go on excursions and enjoy with family or friends.

    Music festivals

    Although this year we still continue with restrictions that affect major musical events, Barcelona still has a wide range of concerts with limited capacity throughout the city.

    You will find these festivals for all tastes and audiences almost daily. Before the pandemic, Primavera Sound as well as Sónar were internationally renowned international festivals that were associated with Barcelona and with the arrival of spring, macro events that marked a before and after in the year.

    Therefore, until this normality returns to our lives, we recommend that you continue enjoying everything the city has to offer through these small musical events.

    Sant Joan, the shortest night of the year

    Everything comes to an end and so does spring. And what better way to close it with a flourish than with the magical night of Sant Joan, also known as the shortest night of the year and which becomes the official start of summer, a season that we will talk about later in another. post giving you many tips so you can fully enjoy it.

    During the night of Sant Joan, which is celebrated on June 23, the city is filled with pyrotechnic fires that fill the Barcelona sky with color and with joy to the city and its inhabitants.

    With this post today we hope you have learned much more about how to enjoy Barcelona in spring. And remember that if you are determined to move to the Catalan capital, you can always count on our university residence so that your stay in Barcelona becomes a splendid experience that you will never forget in life.

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

    We also invite you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so that you are always up to date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have an excellent day!

     

  • How to find university internships in Barcelona

    All the information you need to know for university internships in Barcelona


    However, to do this, you need few requirements that you must take in consideration the respective academic credits approved at your university of origin. In the Catalan capital there are many companies that can give an opportunity to young foreigners, who want to become professionals and who are 100% sure of their possibilities.

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    Chemistry Laboratory.

    Remember without the practical part, if you study only theory is insufficient to develop you as a professional worker. Especially if you want to improve yourself in Barcelona, one of the cities with more competition between professionals from all sectors. Therefore, we recommend you to value all the advantages of university internships in prestigious companies because they will enrich your curriculum and also provide you lots contacts in your professional profile.

    How to find internships in Barcelona?



    Depending on your professional area there are many online portals where you can find what you are looking for. In this sense, we suggesting you consult popular websites such as Domestika, Infojobs, Welcome To The Jungle, First Job or Linkedin.

    Here you will find more than 25000 companies can offer you various options for internships and in some cases even remunerated, depending on the field of your profession. This is the easiest and quickest way to look for internships in companies that publish daily many opportunities for young students who do not yet have experience.

     

    Ask information at your school


    Remember that all universities have a job exchange offers and a lot of internship for their students. Therefore, the first step is always to go to your faculty in order to speak with the human resources, because they are the perfect intermediaries between students and companies.


    It is also important that you check your university agreements with companies. Our recommendation is that you get advice from those responsible for the internship program, because they will have all the information you need to find a best practice for your needs and preferences.

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    Connects directly with businesses companies

    If you’re looking for an opportunity, don’t wait for it. Therefore, we recommend you, go and follow your goals and put all your enthusiasm. Firstly, organize a good curriculum describes completely you and can also take into consideration on human resources managers.


    Then, check the companies websites in which you are interested and contact them with a message that captures their attention so they can think about in the future as a real candidate to be part of their company. Remember that you must be very persevering in your research and you will find the success you so much desire.

     

    Research on scholarships and helping programs

    If you something more than a conventional professional internship we suggesting you to investigate also about the different scholarships offered by private institutions, which are characterized by providing the opportunity for professional internships outside Spain and even for longer periods than normal, both for national and foreign students. These typology of scholarships normally cover all travel and expenses so you can do your internship with all the necessary amenities.

    With this post today we hope you have learned a lot more about how to find university internships in Barcelona. And remember that if you are sure to move to the Catalan capital, you can always contact our university residence so that your time in Barcelona becomes an unforgettable experience.

    We look forward to seeing you soon as a new #TheLoftowner member!

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

    Have a great day!

  • The importance of good nutrition when you are a student

    Everything you need to know about the importance of a healthy diet that helps you to be full concentration in your performance when you’re a student


    To be a student requires have nice physical and mental health. Therefore, eat well becomes a great guarantee to always obtain a good academic performance. For that reason, today at The Lofttown we share a post dedicated exclusively to the importance of having a regular nutrition when you are a student.

    Want to know more?

    What is a good diet?


    Remember the time you spend to attend classes, study, prepare for exams, meet with other colleagues, involves to lose energy during lunch time. In this sense, meals are also reduced, especially among young students who prioritize their social life to respect their schedules for a good nutrition.

    In the other way, they prefer to eat anything without considering the place and what they are eating. For this reason, the ideal thing is that you take your time to eat with calm and always at your hours so that you never affect your body.

     

    Tips for Eating Well

    Our body is our temple. Therefore, keep in mind that your body is not a machine to just full it when you want and how you want. Therefore, if you want your body works well as your mind to be in full condition, it is important to take your nutrition seriously, as this way you ensure optimal academic performance. Next, we suggest you how to follow a healthy alimentation in your day by day:

    Have breakfast like a king


    You have to know the most important meal for a student is breakfast. That’s why is recommended to start the day with the best balanced and nutrient-rich diet will help you get full energy to face up you day.

    Forget about the fast food


    A healthy diet doesn’t connect with fast food or a sedentary life at the same time. In that sense, a healthy mind in a healthy body is only possible with a nice alimentation rich in fruits and vegetables, in addition to all the nutritional foods such as meats and fish. We know that when you are a student sometimes there is not much time to cook every day at home or at your student’s residence; however, we recommend you always try to eat well and if possible, in places where there is quality and healthy food. Remember fast food will only affect your health and performance.

    How TO learn to cook

    When you are young be creative is almost normal. And that’s why we recommend you also practice it also in the kitchen, as this way you can always eat as you like with own pace and taste. The essential thing is you get to know your body and your needs.

    Cooking for yourself is always a good pleasure and much better if you do it sharing moments with your colleagues at the university or in residence. Therefore, could be nice for you learn some simple and healthy recipes so you can change your daily menu and not always have to eat outside your residence.

    Respect your schedule

     

    Just as with your academic schedules, you should also organize diary schedule for your meals. Ideally, never skip any meals time because at the end it can affect your academic performance, your concentration and generating more hunger and anxiety than you imagine. Our recommendation is you always prioritize your lunch hours over all things, and then can you have a better quality of your style life.

    With this post today we hope you have learned more about the importance of good nutrition when you are a student. Remind that in our university residence we have an excellent restaurant service and we only offer you healthy and balanced meals to make more comfortable your stay in Barcelona and you only have to worry about studying and enjoying the city.

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    Have a great day!

     

  • 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.

    ¿You want to come with us? Continue reading!

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

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  • 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.

    http://www.seg-social.es/wps/portal/wss/internet/Inicio

    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!

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