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  • Suggesting to organize well in the university

    All the tips from The Lofttown, your residence in Barcelona, that you need to know to organize perfectly yourself during the academic year at the university

    When you arrive in Barcelona what you most want is to enjoy the city. However, you also need to get organized properly in your academic life, and for that, sometimes our residents find it difficult to get the best organization that matches their lifestyles and studies.

    Do you identify yourself? That’s why today at The Lofttown we help you bout this. And we’re sure you’ll find our tips helpful how organize yourself during the academic year, especially if you start a new adventure in Barcelona.

    Welcome once again to our blog with the best tips for university residents in Barcelona!

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    1 Good planning

    Planning your academic life is very important to help your university organization. We mean that now that you are independent, out of rules and controls, is when you will have to take care of all your time organized for each of your daily tasks, such as: shopping, cooking at home, cleaning and order, etc.

    Therefore, our advice is that you establish good schedule planning, both in your personal routine and academic life. The secret is that you always focusing a target and spend the necessary time in each activity.

    Have patience that everything over time you can manage at the perfection. Be persevering and never burden yourself if you think you’re not on time with all your homework.

    2.Live your university residence to the maximum

    At The Lofttown we offer you everything you need to make the best university experience in Barcelona. Therefore, if you have chosen to live in our student accommodation, we inform you that here you have all confort and facilities so that you do not have the need to leave our residence. In The Lofttown we have spaces that will help you, such as our study rooms, libraries, restaurant, gyms, terraces and without forgetting our comfortable rooms that are ideal for the perfect rest.

    3.Work in a team

    Making classmates in and out of the college is ideal. Therefore, focus on coordination with your other classmates, sharing assignments, notes, staying to review what you learned after class and, above all, set out some guidelines for studying at the university on an individual level.

    In the universities you will always find the options to find the group work, therefore it is essential that you have a team dynamic so make everything efficacy.

    In The Lofttown we offer you open spaces so you can share moments of teamwork with your classmates. So do not worry if you do not find an ideal place to meet them, we will always help you.

    4. Forget the distractions

    Mobile phones and smart devices that aren’t necessary for your studies are an obstacle to learning correctly in college. In this case, there are interesting technological tools that facilitate you in teamwork, and the individual work.

    That’s why we tell you that there are apps for mobile phones and tablets that help you get full concentration, so you take out all unnecessary distractions. It’s time to focus on your performance and leave a part the distractions.

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    5. Sleep well

    And you, how much do you sleep every night? It’s not about wake up early or staying up late, since both options are very valid. However, the important thing is that you follow a habit of constant sleep so that you can perform to the fullest every day.

    In this way, keep good rest you will also have energy even to do sports and great ability to concentrate on your academic duties.

    6. Relax

    We know that being a student is not an easy task and much more when you live in a city like Barcelona, as it is full of attractions and interesting things to do. However, the secret to studying well and performing to the maximum lies in knowing how to relax fully in body and soul.

    We know that many people to perform need to activate themselves before start the study. It can be with physical exercises, like going to the gym or doing cardio very early in the morning. Likewise, if it’s your thing to find something more spiritual, then do meditation exercises or yoga sessions.

    We assure you that if you follow these suggesting you can learn how to organize yourself to study in college, especially because it helps a lot during exam time, when nerves grow and the mind is blocked.

    Now that you know our secrets of how to organize yourself well during the academic year. Remember that at The Lofttown we want to count on you in our university residence to live amazing and unforgettable experience, while you study in Barcelona so that you become one of our #TheLoftowners.
    If you want to know more about us 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 university residence.

    Enjoy the academic year!

  • Discover the best after class terraces in Barcelona in autumn

    We share a complete list with the best after class terraces in autumn that you cannot miss, like The Lofttown, your university residence in Barcelona

    If you want to enjoy amazing Barcelona atmosphere, then it’s time to list your favourite terraces in the city. And we are convinced all the magic of the city is possible to contemplate it from any rooftop in Barcelona. A unique magic that empowers you, at least for an instant, to see how you have the city under your feet
    For that reason, today in The Lotfttown, your university residence in Barcelona, show you a post dedicated to the best rooftops and after class terraces in the city, where you will discover good bars, comfortable facilities and, especially, spectacular views and details that you will love.

    In this way, you will not only enjoy the beautiful landscape of Barcelona in autumn, but you will also be able to share live concerts, drink cocktails, attend special events and all kinds of activities that you can not yet imagine, after your university you’re your friends. Looking forward to enjoying? Welcome to a new article with the best tips for university residents of Barcelona!

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    Crowne Plaza Terrace in Montjuïc

    Located in the heart of Montjuïc, the Crowne PLaza terrace offers one of the most beautiful and exclusive views of the whole of Barcelona thanks to its 360º panoramic view where you can enjoy all the amazing city. A perfect place where it connects nature and modernity of the place that we are sure will fall in love straight

    Terrace Barceló Hotel in Raval

    In the heart of the city, located in the epicenter of cultures in Barcelona. We are talking about the terrace of the hotel Barceló in the mythical neighborhood of Raval. Thanks to this cultural mix where all the nationalities of the city come together, you will find this beautiful terrace and for sure you will fall in love with Barcelona again and again.
    Here highlights of  the beautiful sunsets with views of all the splendor of Montjuïc. If you are looking for a different an alternative place after your classes, give yourself the pleasure of spending an afternoon here with your friends.

    The terrace of the Mandarin Oriental hotel

    If your thing is glamour and live a 100% authentic experience, this divine terrace, consider also six stars, is your dream choice. Located right in the city center on the emblematic Paseo de Gracia, more specifically at the top of the Mandarin Oriental hotel.
    We assure you that here you will live a unique experience that you will remember forever in your stay in Barcelona. Just a tip, prepare yourself because the prices are not economical, however the experience to live all the modernism of Barcelona from stunning views, is without price.

    The Sky Bar terrace

    Via Laietana is one of the most traffic and certainly main streets of the city, with cars at any time of the day. However, can you imagine that here is one of the most amazing terraces in the city?
    It also offers a very quiet space with a view as a movie of Barcelona. If you want to enjoy a good cocktail in comfortable areas with sun loungers and in a swimming pool that changes color, creating magic lights according to the time and weather it makes, then this terrace is your ideal choice.

    The terrace of the Isabela

    We refer to a beautiful terrace located on the top floor of the emblematic Hotel 1898. Here you can enjoy from this lounge- terrace a unique atmosphere that looks like an oasis inspired by the essence of one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines.
    And best of all, nearby to the Rambla represents the heart of Barcelona from always. If you are looking for a moment of disconnection and peace, this terrace is the ideal thanks to its atmosphere full of calm and exotic details.

    Ayre Terrace

    Magic in Barcelona is possible every day. And one of the best secrets is the Ayre terrace between the terraces of Barcelona. Why? Very simple, the Ayre terrace is located practically in the front to Sagrada Família Basilica, with dreaming views of this work of art by Gaudí.
    Here you will not only be able to relax with total freedom, but you will also appreciate all the details of the current towers of the Sagrada Familia and how the construction of the central dome is going, becoming more than just a terrace, it’s a piece of the Barcelona sky.

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    The terrace of the Gates Diagonal

    In one of the most powerful neighborhoods of the city, we are talking about PobleNou area, is located the Gates Diagonal terrace with a neighbor’s view, the iconic Agbar Tower that controls the entire city.
    Here you can enjoy a great bar area and the sun loungers of the pool, thus forming a splendid environment to enjoy the sunsets and especially in the night when the Agbar tower turns on its lights and gives an effect of color therapy, after the academic charge during the week.

    Terrace The Top

    This terrace is the perfect meeting point to meet your friends after your classes or just relax on the top of the center of Barcelona.
    Thanks to its relaxed atmosphere, The Top is perfect if you are looking for tranquillity, or also enjoy some activity such as live music, practice yoga, perform Latin dances, or be part of exquisite tastings. On this terrace we are sure that you will always find a reason to be happy and come back again and again.

    The terrace of the Indianas

    The terrace of the Indianans is located in the heart of the Barceloneta district, on the roof of the Palau de Mar building, which is also home to the Museu d’Història de Catalunya.
    Here you will enjoy a tranquility and that sailor spirit characterizes both Barcelona. A perfect combination for vermouths, after class, eat and cocktails in good company, always with the best views of the Port Vell of Barcelona and the Barcelona coast.

    Did you like our suggestions?

    Well, let’s officially start the terrace season after school!
    Now you know which are the best terraces for you to enjoy the time after uni with your friends. Remember at The Lofttown we want to count on you in our university residence to live a unique and unforgettable experience, while you study in Barcelona so that you become one of our #TheLoftowners.
    If you want to know more about us 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 university residence.

    Enjoy a lot of October and autumn in Barcelona!

  • Tips to make going back to college easier

    All the tips that will make your return to the classroom not so hard and that will allow you to enjoy the academic routine

     

    We know that it is sometimes difficult to return to the routine, especially after enjoying a well-deserved vacation, even in September. Now that the academic year is here and with it the early rises, traffic jams, rushing and everything that goes back to university have also returned, especially if you are new to Barcelona, ​​surely you already suffer from post-vacation syndrome and anxiety that you are still a rookie in the Catalan capital.

    But do not worry, since we confirm that it is not serious, you simply lack a little energy and concentration that once you pick up the rhythm again, then you will be able to perform at your best again.

    And who are the most affected? In general, this syndrome usually affects young people who enjoy a long period of vacation; those who do not like to study very much and those who go directly to their academic duties without having previously done an adaptation process to the big city.

    As we have said before, overcoming it is easy, and for this, today we share five tips that will make your return to the academic routine much more bearable. Welcome once again to our blog with the best tips for university residents in Barcelona!

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    1. Enjoy a period of adaptation in Barcelona

    Most important of all, don’t go back to your college routine the day after your vacation ends. For that reason, take about two days to resume your academic habits, as well as your schedule, your diet, your exercise routines, among others. In addition, it is essential that you sleep more hours, since after the holidays we must also recover and regulate the level of activity, from less to more and without abusing our body.

    2. Forget about negative thinking

    It is time you did not complain so much about the return to the routine, as this will only make everything worse. Remember that you are living in the best city in Spain and in one of the best in the world. So on vacation you were fine, but what about the rest of the year?

    Good things also happen and you will do things that you will have just as much fun at. Even more so in Barcelona, ​​which is a city in which you can feel like on vacation throughout the year, because it has many activities and events that will make you feel 100% happy. So, do activities that keep your mind and body busy and do things that you enjoy while you study.

    3. Meet new friends

    Returning to the routine causes us to make hasty decisions. You will miss your friends, family, partners, pets, and your culture. Our advice is that you do not do anything that you may later regret and always be positive. So if you have to make a decision, wait to do so and meet new local friends or foreign students like you.

    Give yourself a few days in the city and form your social circle that will be the best way to experience Barcelona to the fullest.

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    4. Make leisure plans

    We already said that Barcelona is full of things to do. For example, going to the beach or the swimming pool, going to the mountains, going for a walk or a bike ride, meeting for dinner, going to the cinema, the theater or concerts.

    Organizing plans with your new friends will improve your mood, while helping you return to the routine with more energy and predisposition.

    5. Face the return with enthusiasm

    Think how lucky you are to live in Barcelona. So, it is time for you to set yourself new challenges, both in your life and in college, but above all try to make them short-term, which will make you excited every day.

    Put all your desire in this new course! Life is beautiful and Barcelona is a perfect place to live a unique experience.

    Now that you know how to positively face the return to the academic routine. Remember that at The Lofttown we want to have you in our university residence so that you can live a unique and unforgettable experience, while you study in Barcelona so that you become one of our #TheLoftowners.

    If you want to know more about us, 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 nice return to the routine!

     

     

  • How enjoy Barcelona in September

    We present you all the events you have to know to enjoy to the max Barcelona in September

     

    With the arrival of September, Barcelona is transformed into a city full of events, colors and joy that is experienced in every corner of the city. And it is that during this month the festivities of the neighborhoods, the popular festivals and among other events that we are sure you will love will continue.

    Also, don’t forget that La Mercé is coming, the official festival of Barcelona where you can get to know in depth everything that our fantastic city has to offer. Next, take note of all the art, film, theater, music events, among others, that we are going to tell you about and that you certainly cannot miss.

    Welcome once again to our blog with the best tips for university residents in Barcelona!

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    Welcome to Mercé 2021

    As every year, the Barcelona’s City Hall has presented the poster of La Mercè, the famous proclamation and the respective program of the festivities of La Mercè 2021. On this occasion, the Mayor Ada Colau has expressed the satisfaction of being able to maintain this “celebration full of culture, life, the city and the authenticity of the neighborhoods “, despite the difficulties of the circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    La Mercè is full of artistic and popular events throughout the city, which will fill the days of September with joy, after a year in which we return little by little to the normality of before. In this link you can find all the information about La Mercè 2021.

     

    The week of the book in Catalan 2021

    The book in Catalan has its official day in Barcelona. This year is the 39th time that for a whole week there will be dozens of stops full of new books and all in Catalan, along with other activities, itineraries, talks and exhibitions on literature in Catalan over time.

    One more year La Setmana del Llibre en Català demonstrates this, which is why it has become one of the most important cultural events in Barcelona and a meeting point for the relationship between booksellers, publishers and readers, who can find news, but also books classics. It should be noted that the Setmana is full of activities, talks, conferences, itineraries, recitals, presentations that will not leave you indifferent. All this to stimulate literature in Catalan and, above all, to keep it alive among local people and also among foreigners who learn the Catalan language and culture. If you want to know more, find out in this link.

    Poblenou Festival 2021

    If there is a neighborhood that mixes creativity, innovation and joy, it is undoubtedly Pobleou. So do not be surprised that the Poblenou Festival is one of the best in Barcelona, ​​since it normally has 650 activities, and although with the current situation there are only 165, do not doubt that there are 165 fantastic opportunities to start back to work in the middle of September with guaranteed fun. Do not miss it!

    Horta Festival

    A neighborhood full of nature also deserves its festivity. For this reason, you have to know everything that the Fiesta Mayor de Horta offers you, full of activities for all audiences. However, due to current restrictions, the concerts on the 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th and 18th have established an aid voucher of € 2 upon reservation of entry.

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    Barcelona Second-hand Book Festival

    For lovers of literature, the Book Festival is the perfect fair. Even more so if it is a party that has been offering university literature to the city for more than 70 years.

    And it is also that at the Fair you can not only find the best books at any price, from the highest to the lowest, but also all kinds of copies, from bibliographic jewels that you will not be able to imagine to comics, illustrated and pocket books.

    Ravalada Drag Tour

    With the restrictions we know that we cannot gather many people in one place. For that reason the Ravalada Drag Tour has decided to gather few people in many places. Its creator, Olivier Grau, is one of the promoters of the Ravalada party, which arises as a revelation and also as a necessity in order to support the collective of Drag artists, DJS and bars in a difficult situation after the pandemic.

    Here you can enjoy an exclusive tour and circulate through 5 bars, where there are shows by 5 DJs and 5 different Drag artists that will entertain you to the fullest. For this fifth Barcelona edition, the ‘Gaixample Edition’ will dance in the bars of the Eixample, and most importantly, the profits will go to the participating artists and bars.

    Barcelona Gallery Weekend 2021

    For lovers of museums and art galleries, the time has come to enter the galleries of the city without fear. That is why you cannot miss the international calendar of events in the art world, at the Barcelona Gallery Weekend organized by the Art Barcelona association, which returns with its 7th edition from September 15 to 19.

    Are you ready to enjoy these events? Now that you know the best plans to enjoy Barcelona in September, we invite you to learn more about everything we offer you by visiting our website.

    And this year the event will surpass its previous editions and will have the participation of a record number of 33 participating galleries: 27 from Barcelona and 6 from outside the city

    And also remember that at The Lofttown we want to have you in our university residence so that you become one of our #TheLoftowners and live a unique experience that you will never forget while studying in Barcelona.

    If you want to know more about us, 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.

    Enjoy together September in Barcelona!

     

  • The best academic tools for you to start the next university year well

    Organizing the next university course is easier than you imagine with the tools that we present to you today and that you cannot miss

    When September arrives, it is also time to return to the university classrooms. And after a long summer, where we have completely recharged our energies, it is important that you stay up to date with the latest technological tools, so that the next academic year you can perform at your best and with total comfort.

    That is why today, at The Lofttown we want to make it easier for you to return to the routine and we bring you a complete post so you can discover which are the most TOP academic tools among today’s young students when it comes to organizing their university homework.

    Experience shows us every year that the beginning of a new season of university classes also brings with it new challenges, especially among young foreigners who want to live the experience of studying in Barcelona to the fullest.

    Likewise, the need to perfectly organize the next academic year so that everything runs smoothly and correctly. Keep in mind that you will not only have to plan your move, fully adapt to the city and its customs.

    On the other hand, you will also have to be prepared for new subjects, new academic schedules, new classmates and new teachers, in addition to a series of responsibilities that you will learn as the weeks progress.

    Consequently, we advise you to organize your routine properly so that it does not become a complicated task, especially at the beginning. So, below we present the best academic tools that you can use from your computer or mobile so that you have everything under control from the beginning of the course. Take note!

    Getpocket

    It works as a space to save all the information you find on the network and then use it in the classroom or when doing work. It is compatible with several formats and supports transferring files from any browser or social network, it is available for iOS and Android and allows you to access the information saved without an internet connection.

     

    Evernote

    It is an App available for iOS and Android that works as a virtual agenda where you can save important dates according to activities and attach documents or web pages that have useful content to develop the topic.

    This application works for students of any level and teachers because it allows you to include images in each entry and even record audios to remember a key issue.

     

    Squid

    It allows you to take notes from your cell phone or tablet, using a digital pen or your finger, fill out forms and sign documents. You can also organize them in notebooks and even project them.

     

    MyHomework

    It has a very simple and predictive interface, it is used in an agile way from any Smartphone and it carries out a graphic organization of each class. With this App you can create a school calendar and assign reminders so as not to forget any assignment, it is available for iOS and Android.

     

    Notas U

    This App is perfect for organizing the academic year of university students, it has sections to record schedules, tasks, due dates and contact of your professors. One of the most interesting features is that it allows you to record the qualifications you obtain in each evaluation and the same App will calculate the results and give you an average of your qualifications.

     

    Coursera

    This educational platform allows you to take free online courses in a wide variety of topics from the comfort of your cell phone or tablet.

     

    Paper

    It makes it easy to make sketches, drawings or take notes. To take advantage it is advisable to buy the digital pen.

     

    Feedly

    This RSS application allows you to save your favorite press media, magazines and blogs to keep you constantly updated with the latest news and content of interest.

     

    Audible

    Lets you listen to audiobooks anytime, anywhere.

    TED

    Conferences around the world, most of them with Spanish subtitles.

    You can find a free version for Android and there is another that you can pay for and has no advertising.

    Education programs that use digital platforms are more and more frequent, which makes it necessary to organize academic courses with interactive and flexible tools.

    Noteshelf

    With this app you can also annotate, draw or sketch.

     

    Agenda

    It is an App designed as a large dynamic calendar where you can record your weekly schedule, teacher contact, homework, exams and define study hours.

    Each entry allows you to organize the academic year, include details that help you plan activities related to the class and even attach notes. This App is only available for Android and it is totally free.

    Khan Academy

    This renowned platform offers thousands of tutorial videos on a wide variety of subjects and topics.

    We have reviewed the most useful Apps to manage activities and tasks from home, it only remains for you to choose the most appropriate one according to your needs.

    Are you already wanting to start the new course? We are too and looking forward to seeing you in Barcelona! For this reason, we hope that this post has helped you to prepare yourself mentally and to face the next course that is about to start in the best way.

    And also remember that at The Lofttown we want to have you in our university residence so that you become one of our #TheLoftowners and live a unique experience that you will never forget while studying in Barcelona.

    If you want to know more about us, 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.

    See you soon in Barcelona!

     

  • IMPORTANT TIPS BEFORE MOVING TO BARCELONA TO STUDY

    Everything you need to know before moving to Barcelona for an academic season at The Lofttown, your university residence

    Barcelona is a very important university destination in Europe, both for Erasmus students and for young people from the rest of Spain. And it is not only a destination for undergraduate students, but also for those who want to do a specialization, such as postgraduates or a master’s degree.

    Therefore, in the Catalan capital there is an international and dynamic atmosphere at all times thanks to its cosmopolitan character, so we assure you that you must choose it if you plan to study abroad.

    That’s why today, in The Lofttown we bring you a detailed post to discover some curiosities and suggest you should know before moving to Barcelona. We know that studying in Barcelona is fashionable because the city is always amazing, so if you have already decided to come here to study for a while, then pay attention to this post with the most necessary tips you should know.

    What are the TOP universities in Barcelona?

    Barcelona is not only the capital of art, fashion, bohemia and technology, but also the home of many universities, specialized centres and big business schools in Spain and Europe. Therefore, when we talk about Catalan universities, the referents are the University of Barcelona (UB), the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), the Polytechnic of Catalonia (UPC) and the Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

    On the other hand, there are also business schools with international prestige such as IESE Business School, considered the best in the world, or ESADE.
    However, these are just a few of the well-known centres, as in Barcelona you will find many more centres specialising in all the humanities and technological subjects depending on what you want to study.

    If you want to know more about the most prestigious universities in Barcelona, take a look at our post about the Catalan universities you can’t miss.

    Learn Catalan to study in Barcelona

    You should know that the official language in Barcelona is Catalan. Although local people almost always address foreigners in Spanish, we remind you that it is important to familiarize yourself with the Catalan language, because it will make life easier in many ways. In this sense, depending on the degree you are going to study and the subject you have chosen, you may be asked to use Catalan as an indispensable requirement.

    Our suggest is to take it as a great opportunity to learn a new language, because if you know Spanish it is very easy to understand. In fact, the majority of foreign students, regardless of the country they come from, take Catalan as a challenge and as something positive of the possibility of learning two languages at the same time during their stay in Barcelona

    But don’t worry, we tell you that most classes always teach in Spanish and also in English.

    Choose a house in Barcelona

    Your best option to live in Barcelona is for sure our university residence located in the heart of the city. Unlike shared flats, where you don’t have independence, individual flats that will be very epensive, university residences like ours are a splendid option to live in a quieter way and, Also, take advantage of free time to enjoy the city to the fullest.

    We guarantee you that it is a best solution to live, without taking time so you can dedicate it to your learning or to know Barcelona in the specific way as if you’re local of a lifetime

    Mobility in Barcelona

    We tell you that the public transport network in Barcelona is perhaps one of the best in Europe. Therefore, it will be very easy to move around the city and the metropolitan area without any problem.

    In addition to the conventional public transport such as the metro, tram and bus, you can also use the Bicing service, undoubtedly a sustainable way to move around the city and also play sports.

    Also, if you have your own bike you can also move without a problem thanks that Barcelona has thousands of lanes that connect practically all of Barcelona, a good option to go by own ritm and discover every neighborhood and every atmosphere of the city.

    Lunch time in Barcelona

    Barcelona has a great culinary offer for all tastes and budgets. When you are a student, the most economical options are those that get your attention, such as eating in our student residence thanks to our food service that will fill your appetite.

    However, if you are one of those who prefer to eat out and want to enjoy a lunch with friends, then we encourage you to visit our post about the best restaurants in Barcelona for students.

    So, if you are going to eat out we recommend you as rule number 1: don’t go especially the tourist areas to eat, or if you do not want to scare in a few days with hight prices or very good quality food. And in Barcelona there are many good places where you can enjoy the best food for cheap, but there is to know how to find them, something you only know living in Barcelona as a local citizen.

    We advise you not only to search on the internet, but also to find friends from Barcelona who can give you the best recommendations for all pockets.

    Are you ready to move to Barcelona?

    We hope that this post has served you to prepare mentally for everything that awaits you in our wonderful city.
    And also remember that at The Lofttown we want to count on you in our university residence to live a unique and unforgettable experience, while you study in Barcelona so that you become one of our #TheLoftowners.
    If you want to know more about us 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 university residence.

    Have a great September!

     

  • Tips for eating good in Barcelona in summer

    All the tips have to know to eat and drink well in Barcelona during August that you know yet

    If you stay in Barcelona during the summer, you not have excuses for not eating well. For this reason today, in The Lofttown we bring you a detailed post where you can discover some curiosities and tips about food and drink in Barcelona, such as: restaurant schedule, tips, typical food and much more.

    If you want to be ready to order the best local food, read on below.

    Welcome again to our blog with the best tips for the University residents in Barcelona!

    Meal Time

    Catalans eat later compared to foreigners, especially from the rest of Europe. For example, lunch stars from 14.00 and the dinner only after 21:00. For this reason, the restaurants are usually open from 13:00 to 16:00 and from 08:00 to midnight. The bars and cafes open from 07:30 and close around midnight.

    The menu in Barcelona

    In general, the menus are normally offered in different languages and this is seen more and more in every day. Many places have lunch promotion from Monday to Friday from 13:30 to 16:00. The menu of the day normally consists of 3 dishes, wine and water.

    Catalan cuisine

    The Catalan food is a mix between the see and mountains: One of the typical dishes is lobster and chicken. The most common garnishes are the samfaina (Aubergines, roasted peppers, tomato, onion and olive oil and garlic). Some others are Escalivada (sweet pepper, onion, eggplant and garlic ) and botifarra amb mongetes ( typical sausage with white beans)

    Enjoy the seafood

    Barcelona and the see have a lifelong romance. Therefore, for the high – quality seafood, the tip is always to go to the restaurant on the beach. The Paseo de Joan de Borbó in Barceloneta has several seafood restaurants and its main dish is the paella. To eat paella, the are several typical restaurants as in Port Olimpic. We are sure you will love it.

    Veggie food

    The vegetarian public that come to Barcelona will be delighted with the city, because there is a great variety of vegetarian restaurants in Barcelona. Fortuny Painter Street in the Raval quarter, has some options like the Biocenter. If you want to know the famous Spanish tapas, keeping the decision not eat meat, there is good news. There are meatless tapas everywhere, such as the famous wild potatoes, the potato omelette, among others.

    Look the tag

    There are some rules that must be followed when it’s time to eat. One is smoking, which has been established that one should not smoke in public places, bars or restaurants. The law has been in force since January 2011. There are also other tags that indicate the excellence of the restaurant, as awards won or accessibility, as access of the dogs, and much more.

    The moment of the tips

    The tips in Barcelona are one of the main issues that the foreigners ask when decide to travel. Know and when give tips, is essential for a good stay in any city.

    In Barcelona, in most establishment, tips are not common. Therefore, it always depends on the person and the guest, whether or not they want to give a little more value. If you wish, always calculate the 5% of the total bill. In bars is common leave the change of the total on the tables. In the most elegant restaurants, the norm is to leave 10%.

    Are you ready to eat well in Barcelona? We hope that this blog has help you to find the best place to eat during the summer in Barcelona.

    And also remember that at The Lofttown we are waiting for you in our university residence for you to live a unique and unforgettable while you study in Barcelona so that you become one of our #TheLoftowners.

    If you want to know more about us, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you are always up to date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

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  • THE BEST UNIVERSITIES OF BARCELONA

    All you need to know about the best universities in Barcelona that you can choose the appropriate one for your academic year in the Catalan capital

     

    Studying in Barcelona is a unique experience for many young people. If you are one of them and you are sure 100% that the Catalan Capital is a perfect place for realize an academic season, so is necessary all info about the best universities before you start your academic adventure in Barcelona.

    For this reason, today we bring you a complete blog where we tell everything about them.

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    Without a doubt, the university is a step increasingly important in the lives of the young people. For that, is also important to know about the university where you will study in Barcelona, which one will have to adapt to your needs to help you live a satisfactory experience.

    In this post of today, we will tell you all about the best universities of Barcelona for that you can take the best decision. If you want know more about the the best universities of Barcelona, we will give you the following recommendations:

     How choose the ideal university:

    • The most important thing at the moment to take a decision like that, this significant for your life is that you keep your priorities in mind. For example, what level of curricular flexibility do you need? What times and modalities do you prefer to study? Is your priority continuous assessment, basic training, teacher training, leisure environments?
    • It’s essential that you keep in mind the offer and the academic level offered by the university you have chosen, because at the moment to process a professional career. For that, you have to make sure you receive the best professional training possible. 
    • However, it’s equally important that you think about factors such as the university’s environment, social life, opportunities for extracurricular activities… Remember that the university is also for having fun and meeting new people.
    • Consider if you are looking for a public or private university. Obviously, it is very important keep in mind the budget, and also the facilities that each one offers.
    • Research academic rankings. In this post we present the best universities available in Barcelona, but also keep in mind that every year the rankings of the educational level of the universities are updated, and you can consult them to have more info about how each university is positioned against a variety of specific opinions.

    The best universities in Barcelona

     

    Now that we have already talked about all the aspects that you need keep in mind at the moment to choosing a university in Barcelona, we present our selection of the best places to do it, for that you have an idea of the options that you have to and you can choose the best for you.

     

    1. Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña

    The UPC has more 6 campuses in 9 different cities of Catalunya. Further of Barcelona, also you can find them in Castelldefels, Manresa, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Terrassa y Vilanova i la Geltrú. It has more than 3.000 students and 100 certifications and is focus on the careers such as engineering, architecture and construction.

    1. Universidad Pompeu Fabra

    The Pompeu Fabra is the unique Spanish university that is among the best 200 in the world (according to THE). It was founded by the Generalitat of Catalunya in 1990 with the purpose to being a public university that could provide an education of the highest quality to all people. Over the years it is become a center of investigation and one of the fastest growing the young universities. Its academic offer is very wide and enjoys international prestige.

    1. Universidad de Barcelona

    The UB defines itself as a public, ethical, critical, open and plural university, firmly committed to gender equality, transparency and sustainable development. It is one of the oldest universities in Europe, since It is 570 years old, and it has positioned itself as one of the best universities in the world and has the group of students and academic offer bigger of Barcelona.

    1. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona

    The UAB is the public university with the highest quality, with a highly trained group of teachers with worldwide prestige and focused on conducting interdisciplinary investigation, in different careers in the area of arts, humanities, social, legal, natural sciences, health sciences, architecture and engineering.

    1. Universidad International de Cataluña

                 UIC is a young university that focuses its academic training on practical application in                       professional life. For this reason, all its academic programs it offers training from the teachers in connection to the professional field of their areas, and by carrying out professional internships before the degree.

    1. Abat Oliba CEU University


    Abat Oliba University is a private and Catholic university, based with a modern and new model training includes on differential learning, the close connection between teachers and students and the application of knowledge to today’s complex social realities

    1. Ramón Llull University


    This university has been listed as one of the 100 best in Europe in terms of its faculty, since it is prepared to help students in their academic disciplines and in the comprehensive application of these disciplines to their future careers and the transformation of society based on social responsibility, innovation and research.
    Did you decide to study and learn in the summer? We hope this post has helped you find the best courses during the summer in Barcelona

    And also remember that at The Lofttown we want you will reserve in in our university residence to live a unique and unforgettable experience, the time you stay in Barcelona to become one of our #TheLoftowners.
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    Have a great summer!

  • THE MAGICAL FESTIVAL OF GRACIA

    All you need to know about the magical Fiestas de Gracia, the quarter most symbolic of Barcelona

    The quarter of Gracia is known for its unmistakable bohemian atmosphere and for its particular street life during the months of the year.

    If there is a month when this quarter raises its max of splendor is, exactly, during month of August, since the quarter celebration are celebrated, one of the most popular celebration in the Catalan capital.

     

    For this reason, today at The Lofttown brings you an interesting post where we tell the magic of Fiestas Mayor de Gracia, so that you can experience in the first person all the fun, the hustle and bustle, rollicking and the effervescence that multiply during these days of August.

    Welcome one more time to our blog with the best tips for residents of university of Barcelona!

    Pasacalle of presentation

    The Fiestas of Gracia begins first of all with the parade through the places where the celebration passes, end in the Vila de Gracia square. There are also the Giants and the Trabucaires of Gracia liven up all the visitors along the route.

    Finally, the castellers of the quarter put the culmination of the parade building 2 pillars to present the official shirt of the 2021 party.

     

    The moment of the proclamation

    When August 14th arrives in the afternoon, the moment of the proclamation takes place on the balcony of the city Hall (Vila de Gracia square). Each year is elected a different town crier, usually a well-known person from the quarter.

    This person stars in the act, who also has the presence of various authorities, being in charge of making a speech to open the festivities.

     

    The famous Matinades

    On the morning of August 15, a procession parades through the decorated streets announcing the beginning of the festivities with the traditional parade known as Matinades, all to the rhythm of drums.
    During the same day, other entourages also parade with the representation of other entities, which enliven the day with dances and popular music.

     

     The magical streets adorned

    Thanks is a neighborhood that is owed to its neighbors. For this reason, the project of ornamentation of its streets takes months of previous preparation, where all the neighbors of Gracia collaborate.
    Strategically organized by streets, they decide the theme of the year around which the decoration of their spaces will revolve, to get to work weeks before and so have everything ready for August 15.
    Usually, in ornamentation they use recycled materials to form high-level compositions, creating authentic works of art in the open air.

    The taste of street food

    Apart from the great gastronomic offer that the district of Gracia normally has, during the week of the Festival you will find street food where you can taste typical Catalan and international products. Also, there are always the terraces of the charming squares of the neighborhood, although during this week finding a place can be mission impossible!

    Offering to Sant Roc

    On August 16, the day of Sant Roc is celebrated with a parade that begins in the square of the Vila de Gracia and ends in the chapel of Sant Roc. Here stand the dance of the giants and the offering that makes the enxaneta of the castellers of Grace to the saint.


    The impressive Castellers

    The Castellers de la Vila de Gracia are one of the most famous in Barcelona. And they make multiple appearances during the festival building human towers that surprise visitors.
    The most important day is in the castle diada, on Sunday. Here two other groups of guest castellers from all over Catalonia are invited to perform, and these huge castles are look from  thousands of spectators.

     

    Concerts and night events

    The festivities of Gracia are characterized by their jovial and bohemian atmosphere. Especially during the night is when the party continues with concerts of all kinds of styles and performances of different DJs, spread out in all the streets and squares of the neighborhood, especially in the popular Plaza del Sol.
    Here you will find concerts for all tastes during the night.

     

    Fireworks

    Firewokrs is the ending of the festivities of Gracia. During the last night of the event, participate in this street game all who want enjoy to dodge devils, dragons and various creatures throwing fireworks, a unique experience you will remember forever. Of course, we recommend you to wear fireproof clothing and go well protected if you want to feel free for this amazing experience

    Are you ready for Grace’s parties? We hope that this post has convinced you to enjoy this impressive popular event in one of the most beautiful and emblematic areas of Barcelona.

    And also remember that at The Lofttown we want you will live a unique and unforgettable experience in our university residence, while you study in Barcelona so that you become one of our members #TheLoftowners.
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    Enjoy the summer holidays!

     

  • THE BEST MOUNTAIN ROUTES TO TRAVEL THIS SUMMER IN CATALUNYA

    Everything that you need to know to find the perfect Mountain to walk or make sports during this summer in Catalunya.

    When the Summer’s holidays start not everybody wants enjoy the tranquility of the beach. For this reason, there are also people that prefer make sports in an environment motivating, natural and pleasant, especially outside the city. 

    In this sense, nature is always able to providing us with a different experience and even more so if we have it at such short distances that could not have imagined.

    So, it’s time that you know the best and safer routes in Catalunya to enjoy in the best way your Summer.

    Today in The LoftTown we count you which are our 10 favorite mountains not to be missed. Here we go!


    • Montaña Salts i Gorgs del Torrent

    Located by the famous Molí Vell D’ Hostalets de Bas, it’s a route circular mountain where the path begins and you can go by car because it’s easy find car parking.

    The path is mostly uphill while you can appreciate “los saltos de l’Ansat”, “el salto de los Cristianos” y “el salto de l’Olla agua.

    After that, upon arrival to the mountain source, the path continues going up to the area known as Grau d’Olot, it’s here where you will start to observe the big turns, also known as The Marrades.

    At the end of the path, you will be able to relive the history of the year 1700, since La Mina dels Bandolers was the preferred area to be used as the Bandits hideout were dedicated to robbing those who they walked along this distant route.

    • Montaña Vallter, Pic de la Dona y Pic de Prat de Bacivers

    When you start this route, you will find the parking of the Ski station of Vallter 2000. It’s a circular route at the beginning that later continues through the torrent that slowly descends through the Portell de Mentet.

    It is noted that this path is easy and ideal for novice of mountains, since that it is one of the routes more marked thought the path, so getting lost is very difficult task. We remind you that the path usually ascending and has big zig-zag.

    Also, in the middle of the path you can see incredible views of the Gra de Fajol Petit and the Gra de Fajol.

    • Montañas de Prades, Avencs y Avencots de La Febró

    This is without doubts one of the best-known routes thanks to the great natural beauty that it possesses. It’s a mountain perfect to go with friends in relaxing mood, since it has a moderate difficulty and it also ha very little incline. For this reason, the excursionists that know well the area, recommend it for quiet walks with natural contact.

    It is noted that the path that follows is marked in withe and with stones along that mark the route established so as not get lost.

    Furthermore, during the entire route you can go down to 30 meters through the cracks, which is honestly very unusual on the majority of trails in Catalunya.

    After that, the path goes through a cave that leads to a second part of the excursion, we refer to Prades, which is where the complete ascent to the Tossal de la Baltasana. We remind you that the route is around seven kilometers and can be enjoyed in aprox. Two and a half hours.

    • Montaña del Pedraforca

    This is also one of the favorite mountains in Catalonia. And is that it also has a circular ascent and its beautiful nature it makes all the adventurers who travel the area fall in love at first sight.

    In turn, there is the possibility of being able to ascend to the top of the Mountain; However, you can go on foot through the different paths that surround the mountain. The road starts from the same parking lot, where you will find a dense forest full of fine and high trees. It should be noted that the difficulty of this mountain is medium, especially during the descent.

    • Montagut Mountain and Puig Formigosa pel Grau del Pi de les Quatre Soques

    For those looking for more than a walk, this route is perhaps the most complete. If you decide to go by car you can easily leave it in the parking lot from the church of Coll de Montagut. Then the path is not characterized by having a great unevenness, however in some areas the route may require you to use your hands to descend with greater comfort.

    In general, the route of this route has a total of 15 kilometers and it is usually done in about three and a half hours. Once we started the way, you can enjoy wonderful views in the Pico de Montagut.

    • Aigüestortes Natural Park

    This magnificent park is considered one of the 14 parks nationals of Spain and the only one in Catalonia. It’s located in the heart of the impressive Pyrenees and has all the ecosystems that the Catalan mountain possesses.

    In the same way, some peaks exceed 3,000 meters and they vary between rivers, waterfalls, ravines and swamps. As data we inform you that it is open all year round and offers a dozen different routes to reach all the different peaks or walking trails.

    • Matagalls Mountain

    One of the most beautiful peaks of the wonderful Montseny. Although it is a mountain that does not have great difficulty, that does have a greater unevenness at the beginning, something that can make the journey difficult for those people who are newbies.

    The route begins in La Taula dels tres bisbes, named this way because it is the natural point that borders the three ancient zones of Barcelona, ​​Girona and Vic.

    The excursion starts at Coll de Sant Marçal where you can park your car and once you reach the top you can enjoy a perfect panoramic.

    We remind you that all the way is accompanied by a spectacular nature with huge forests and with a perfect signaling.

    • The Way of the Monks

    This path is for many one of the most interesting excursions that is in the province of Barcelona. And it goes through several municipalities of the Vallés and also has a route of 25 kilometers. It is this is why most hikers around the world start their route in the Monastery of Sant Cugat and they go through the towns of Matadepera, Terrassa and Sant Quirze respectively.

    Once we reach Terrassa the road increases in difficulty and unevenness, although a priori it should not mean a problem for the less experienced.

    Here you can visit the monastery of Sant Llorenç which according to the legend, here a group of monks left for better lands to live thus arriving at Sant Cugat. The route they marked in that then today it is known as the path of the monks. If you have time and energy, we recommend you do this route that has a total duration of six hours and 15 minutes.

    In addition, it has a slope of 1,000 meters throughout the route. During this tour you will also find the mountain of La Mola located in Terrassa, another point with a lot of public.

    • Mountain Turó de l’Home

    It is one of the most famous mountains in Catalonia and is located at few kilometers from Barcelona. Its highest mountain reaches up to 1,800 meters so it can be visited by hikers of all the levels. Doing the walking tour consists of about seven kilometers and it lasts for approximately two and a half hours.

    When you reach the top you will find a meteorological observatory abandoned and with stunning views of Barcelona. Undoubtedly, it is a tour to do with friends without experience and even to be encouraged to have a picnic on the mountain.

    • Mountain of the seven waterfalls of Campdevanol

    Located in the town of Ripoll this mountain is around of the seven waterfalls of San Cristóbal de Campdevanol. It is one of the routes that have the most visits throughout the year, since here you can enjoy a day of hiking and nature near the lakes that form the impressive waterfalls.

    Not surprisingly, this mountain is considered one of the great natural wonders of the region. The route is generally circular and travels a parallel path to the Torrent de l’Estiulà that consists of plus ten kilometers with seven natural pools.

    Have you already got a lot of desire for the mountain? U.S. too! That’s why we hope that with this post you already have your list of mountains favorites with the best routes full of nature that you will enjoy during this summer.

    And also remember that at The Lofttown we are waiting for you in our university residence for you to live a unique and unforgettable while you study in Barcelona so that you become one of our #TheLoftowners.

    If you want to know more about us, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you are always up to date with the latest promotions and news in our university residence.

    Have a great summer!

     

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