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  • Tips for studying

    Finding a place you can trust is a great step to being able to concentrate on your studies and feel as if you were at home, the Lofttown residence is perfect for this. Exams are just around the corner and in our residence we see all our residents studying like crazy in the study rooms of the student residence. 

    Xior Lofttown, is a trusted residence especially for foreign students, with an excellent location to live your student experience close to many and the best universities in Barcelona that may be of interest to you, and we know that it is an added value when choosing between others since time and money are two essential elements when you start your life as a student and a good location allows you to save on both.

    The Xior Lofttown residence offers you a few tips for your study, these will help you throughout the academic year, and even more during exam time.

    Planning

    In the previous blog about the planning of the study in the residence we already commented in more detail some tips on how to plan your study. But we want to reassure you and emphasize that you do not have to worry about planning your time because if you live in the Xior Lofttown residence we offer a service of half board or full board depending on the type of accommodation chosen. In the catering service you will find varied, healthy, and appetizing menus with fresh ingredients, if you are vegetarian, vegan, or have any allergy or intolerance, we adapt the menu to your needs. 

    In addition, another very important service to organize your time is the cleaning of the room and the change of towels and sheets. With these services, you will have free time to dedicate and focus 100% on your studies. Take advantage of it! 

    Focus

    While you study you can play relaxing music in the background, this does not imply that you will concentrate, it depends on the person, but if you are one of those people who need to study with background music, always try to play classical or instrumental music with nature sounds (rain, birds, etc.). 

    Another factor to concentrate on is to put your cell phone away from the moment you start studying or put it on airplane mode so you can not be distracted by notifications.

    Above all, avoid any type of electronic device so as not to be tempted to waste time surfing on them. 

    Relax

    To have a productive study you have to rest, and not only sleep the necessary hours so that your body and mind are energized, but also take breaks of a few minutes to disconnect something that helps a lot to return to the study concentrated and fresh. In our residence you have many areas to make these breaks, for example, the multipurpose room, and the rooftop or you can also do half an hour at the gym or some relaxation activity such as yoga or pilates, and then return to study in our outdoor gym in Xior Lofttown. 

    Space

    The space to study is very important and you have an important advantage in the residence: you don’t have to worry about noise! You can be in your room alone while you study or in an amazing study room that Xior Lofttown residence offers you. In this room you can prepare your exams and papers. In our study room, you are prepared so you can study comfortably and in a quiet and peaceful area.

  • Best Low-Budget Restaurants in Barcelona

    While studying in Barcelona or staying at Xior Lofttown, you’ll likely be spending plenty of time out and about in the city, enjoying the city’s famously delicious cuisine. There is so much to try! Luckily Barcelona has plenty of spots where the food is as satisfying as the prices. Here are the best restaurants in Barcelona on a student budget!

    Gelida

    Gelida is one of those bar-restaurants that are few and far between nowadays, ideal for tight budgets and good eaters. The full breakfast menu is a unforgettable experience. And at lunchtime, get ready for a communal meal with some delicious starters and main dishes. The ‘capipota’, ham hock and cod are great. Wash it all down with a fine wine from the town of Gelida in the Alt Penedès wine region.

    El Casal

    A typical restaurant in Barcelona located in a perfect place, the Born neighborhood. Their tapas are not the expensive, it is recommended for its excellent menu including dishes from French cuisine. You can eat a first, a second, dessert and drink for €11.25. The menu of this restaurant is one of the best in the city.

    Sol De Nit

    It’s hard to get more Catalan than Sol De Nit, located in Plaza Del Sol. This tiny restaurant has one of the best terraces in the city, and it’s ideal for gawking at hippie Catalans, buskers, performers, runaway dogs and for sun tanning, especially during the summer. Their food is cheap and tasty and it’s one of a handful of places you can sit for hours and not even notice the time pass you by. You’ll definitely get value for your dime here as portions are decently large and most dishes won’t be more than 5-6 Euros. The service can be a bit slow so just make sure you’re not in a rush before you sit down to eat.

    Les Quinze Nits

    If you walk through the Plaça Real at lunch or dinner time, you’ll immediately recognize Les Quinze Nits by the huge line of patrons snaking through the plaza. This popular budget restaurant doesn’t take reservations, but your patience will pay off. The food is very cheap and delicious, with mostly regional dishes, but it’s one of the few Barcelona restaurants concerned about turnover, so don’t expect as relaxed a pace as most restaurants. If you’re traveling on a budget and want to feel like you’re going posh without spending more than €13 for an entree, then this is the place to go.

    La Taqueria Barcelona

    La Taqueria Barcelona is a mexican restaurant Barcelona near Sagrada Familia. Real Mexican street food. Authentic atmosphere, simple decoration, simple menu and very popular with great reviews. Small but cosy reasonably priced Mexican food including street style tacos, nachos and delicious margaritas.

    African Foni

    In the deep heart of Raval, you will find the only Gambian restaurant in the city, and they serve MAFFE! Chicken tossed in a deep and heavy peanut butter gravy, laid on a bed of fluffy rice. The food and specially that Gambian hospitality makes it such a pleasurable food experience. Don’t forget to order the ginger drink!

    Bar La Plata

    This small corner bar just one block from the old port of Barcelona has been serving the same four dishes since 1945. Though the salted anchovies, fried sausage, and tomato salad are all delicious, the floured and fried boquerones (anchovies) are the true star. Now run by the grandson of the original founder, Bar La Plata sells over 40 kg of the little fishes per week. This place is nearly always busy and only has a few tables, so do as the crowds do and eat standing up at the bar or even in the street if no seats are available. 

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

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  • Why You Should Study Abroad

    Studying abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences for a college student. By studying abroad, students have the opportunity to study in a foreign nation and take in the allure and culture of a new land. If you thinking about coming to Xior Lofttown residence, here is a list of reasons why you should study abroad!

    Experience a whole new and different country

    Studying abroad is a unique opportunity to actually live in another culture, we believe there isn’t a more exciting privilege in life than to be able to discover new places, meet new people, and to just surround yourself in traditions and cultures that are entirely different from your own. Being a student in another country allows you an opportunity to experience the traditions, culture, and society from the inside. Also, not everyone is blessed with such an opportunity, making it even more priceless.

    Learn a different language

    There is no better way to learn a language than to be immersed in a country that speaks it. Living, studying and working in English might seem to be challenging at first, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly it becomes your second nature. Communicating confidently in English will help you to excel in your studies and make new friends from other parts of the world who may even become professional connections down the road.

    Also, if you have studied Spanish for years and are just okay at speaking it, this might be a chance for you to truly become fluent. Study in Spain. Having some fluency in a second language will be valuable as you move into the business world so it will benefit you in personally and professionally.

    Can find attractive employment opportunities

    Graduates who’ve chosen to study abroad are highly sought after by employers. Studying internationally also gives the chance to explore the foreign job market where opportunities are generally more rewarding, career and salary-wise. Pursuing a degree overseas signals employers that you have courage, flexibility, cultural awareness and an understanding of how other people work and think. This experience puts you ahead of the pack when it comes to internships and job applications.

    Make Lifelong Friends

    One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. With their own set of unique backgrounds, there’s no shortage of fun times as well as opportunities to learn more things about another country, without even getting on a plane.

    While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

    After the study abroad program ends, make an effort, stay in contact with your international friends. Aside from the deep personal connections, friends are also a great way to establish networking opportunities which could be beneficial in the future.

    Become Independent

    No matter where you go, moving away from the place you grow up in is when you become truly independent from your family. This is especially true when you go to another country. Becoming independent is a challenge in itself, but will shape you into an adult ready to take on the world and succeed later on in life.

    You’ll look back and feel amazed by how much you’ve grown by the end of your program, and this newfound self-confidence will provide all sorts of additional opportunities.

    Life Experience

    For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.

    Your study abroad experience doesn’t end at the campus gates. During weekends and holidays, you’ll have the chance to travel to tourist hotspots or get off the beaten track in your chosen country. That means you will be able to experience different geographies and come back with interesting stories for your friends and family. You never know you might end up finding an activity that you enjoy doing and make a career in it.

    Living in another country exposes you to things you cannot experience in your home country and in the future, it will help you stand out from the competition as you apply for jobs and your experience of studying abroad is something you can share on your resume.

    These are just some of the advantages of studying abroad. The benefits of this experience really can’t be explained in such a short article. At Xior we guarantee an optimal environment for personal development. Boost your language skills as you live in another country, get out of your comfort zone and meet people from different places of the world and at the same time get the best education.

  • 10 Interesting Facts About Barcelona


    There’s so much to discover about the city, that most people don’t just stop at one trip to the city. If you staying at Xior Lofttown and to give you a head start on all of the treasures you can find in the city, here are 10 things you probably don’t know about the Catalan capital.

    Barcelona has the largest metropolitan park in the world
    The city of Barcelona is known for its parks, and in fact is famous for having nearly 10% of the entire city dedicated to parks in general. Barcelona’s Parc de Collserola is 84.65 km² / 32.4 sq mi large, making it the world’s largest metropolitan park. Is more than 22 times the size of Manhattan’s Central Park.
    This is truly staggering once you decide to take a morning jog through it!

    There are 68 parks in Barcelona
    The recent tendency in large cities is to reduce green spaces and to add buildings.
    If that makes you sad, you should go to Barcelona. There are 68 parks there and they represent more than 10 percent of the city’s area, and that’s growing from year to year!

    Camp Nou, Barcelona’s football stadium, is the biggest in Europe
    FC Barcelona is probably the most famous football club in the whole world. Tons of the best players ever have played at least once there, and it remains to this day one of the most successful organizations.
    Camp Nou is the name of the team’s home stadium, and it’s the largest football stadium in all of Europe. Camp Nou has a capacity of a staggering 100,000 visitors; that is nearly 10,000 more seats than the second largest stadium in Europe at Wembley.

    Barcelona is the most visited city in Spain
    Europe’s most visited cities are Paris, London, Istanbul, and… Barcelona.
    In Spain, it is the most visited city, with over 8.2 million visitors per year. In the world, it is ranked 12th.

    There are more than 20 Michelin-starred restaurants in Barcelona
    Catalan cuisine, just like all other Mediterranean gastronomy, is mostly made of fresh vegetables, olive oil, fruits, and seafood. With mild temperatures and almost 5000km of coastline make it impossible not to cook with fresh, quality ingredients and seafood. The Catalan capital boasts a number of top chefs including brothers Albert and Ferran Adrià, Joan Roca and Cristian Escribà.
     
    The most visited museum in the city is actually the FC Barcelona Museum
    While there are lots of amazing museums in Barcelona, the most visited one is not the most obvious one. Over 1.5 million visitors go to the FC Barcelona Museum every year.
    The football club is so famous that their museum is a huge success. You can see trophies, jerseys, and the whole history of the club. The museum was founded in 1899.

    The Sagrada Familia Remains Incomplete
    Gaudi’s last gift to the city and she is still largely incomplete. The construction of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882. That’s going on a century and a half of work on the project. Currently there are plans to finish the structure by 2026, just in time to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the death of the original architect, who is himself even buried inside the Basilica.
    Ready or not, the Sagrada Familia is a welcome sight on the Barcelona skyline, viewable from almost every rooftop in the city and the free guided walking tours that scour the streets.

    Eiffel was first pitched to Barcelona.
    Paris might be known for the Eiffel Tower, but originally the tower was supposed to be in Barcelona. Rumor has it that Gustave Eiffel and his team made a bid for their design to be accepted in Barcelona for the World Exposition of Barcelona in 1888.

    Barcelona is one of the most eco-friendly cities in the world
    The city of Barcelona, and in fact the population of the city as a whole, is truly committed to future sustainability. This commitment reflects in their public transportation, accommodations, and even their food service industry.
    Barcelona was named the world’s first ‘Biosphere World Class Destination’ because of this. If you are looking to visit a city dedicated to creating an eco-friendly atmosphere and sustainable future, Barcelona can’t be beat!

    Barcelona has 2 official languages
    Although Barcelona is located in Spain, it is the capital of Catalonia. Spain is divided into 17 different autonomous regions and Catalonia is one of them.  Catalonian is a completely independent language, and will be featured on all of the street signs and restaurant menus, as well as public transport
    Many locals defer to their native Catalonian in their everyday activities and business. In fact, speaking only Catalonian is a way for the Catalans in the city to maintain their independence. 
     
    These Barcelona facts will make your stay at Xior Lofttown even better. It’s always good to know a bit of history and interesting info about the destinations you visit.
    These facts about Barcelona will give you a bit of background, so enjoy!

  • Ultimate Guide for University Life in Barcelona


    Looking forward to finally starting the university experience in Barcelona? Check out all our tips in this article, so you can enjoy it 100%!
    Starting university life can be a big challenge, especially if you’re going to study in a totally different country!
    At Xior, we are aware of the challenges that our residents constantly face, so we have gathered in this guide everything you need to know and do before starting university life in another country:
     
    Is Barcelona the ideal city to study?
    First of all, this is the question you have to ask yourself. And if you’re not sure what to answer, then we have an article prepared to answer all your doubts and all the reasons why you should live in Barcelona! From the climate, the people, and delicious food, there are numerous advantages to moving to Barcelona.

    If you want to go out…
    We have the perfect guide to the nightlife in Barcelona with some of the best bars, hangouts, nightclubs, and some unmissable events if you’re new in Barcelona or at Xior Lofttown.
    Whether you want to go all-out clubbing or if you’d like a more laid-back dinner and drinks with a view, we’ve got your covered, either way you will find the perfect venue for you.
    Barcelona is a very festive city and many neighborhoods are lively at night. In other words, if you go out at night in Barcelona, you will be stunned by the variety of bars and clubs in this amazing city.

    Cost of living
    Knowing how much it costs to live in Barcelona is crucial, isn’t it? Luckily, we have an article that talks about the cost of living in Barcelona, so that you can calculate your expenses like food, basic services and transport. We want to help you enjoy your stay in Barcelona at Xior Lofttown!

    Discover the best universities in Barcelona
    Still in doubt about which university to choose? Then check what is said about each of the Universities of Barcelona, and see where you can find the greatest offer of training, and what can benefit your academic and, later, professional path. We invite you to read our article on the top 5 universities to study in Barcelona.
    Tip: They are all good, so we advise you to check the website of each one of them, to know all the offers 100%.
     
    Tips for finding the ideal accommodation in Barcelona
    After all this preparation, we know that you have decided and that you made the right decision about studying in Barcelona! So, the next step is to look for the perfect accommodation for your stay.
    Adapting to a new country and city can be a big challenge, but it will be much easier if you live in a calm and comfortable place, right?
    Bonus tip: we would be delighted to welcome you to any of our residences, so if you think it could be a good place for you, check out point 6.
     
    All the benefits of living in a student residence
    If you have any doubts about whether living in a student residence is good for you or not, then read our article about all the benefits of living in a student residence. In addition to the constant company, we guarantee that you will leave here speaking even more languages, and, of course, always on an all-inclusive basis to avoid unpleasant surprises at the end of the month.
     
    Now that we’ve given you all the tips to have a fantastic university experience in Barcelona, it’s time to put them all into practice! Follow the Xior articles, and learn several tips to live this phase of your life to the full.
  • Best Places for a Night Out in Barcelona


    In this article we will give you a complete guide to the nightlife in Barcelona with some of the best bars, hangouts, nightclubs, and some unmissable events if you’re new in Barcelona or at Xior Lofttown.
    Whether you want to go all-out clubbing or if you’d like a more laid-back dinner and drinks with a view, we’ve got your covered, either way you will find the perfect venue for you.
     
    Las Ramblas
    A good starting point for new residents at Xior Lofttown is of course Las Ramblas. Barcelona’s busiest boulevard by day, Las Ramblas is also pretty heavy by night. This street changes in the early stages of the evening when the street performers are still playing their music and the locals and tourists heading out for drinks and dinner. Typically, these restaurants are spilling over with customers searching for the famous tapas (although you can find better quality for cheaper in other places).
     
    El Raval
    This is the city’s most international and eclectic district, and with the most exciting spots for enjoying the nightlife in Barcelona. This is a neighborhood which never seems to die, it’s always buzzing with sounds, lights, and the energy of young, enthusiastic locals and tourists strolling down and exploring the nightlife of this amazing city.
    As you walk through its streets, you’ll feel the aromas of other cultures. At night-time, the Raval gives you the opportunity to try exotic cuisine and local dishes.
    It is a lively, multi-cultural neighborhood with a huge variety of tempting cafes, restaurants and bars. Some bohemian bars and cafés retain the atmosphere of a bygone age and remain some of the most popular places on Barcelona’s night-time scene. Raval has also become fashionable being host to a wide variety of art studios, galleries and trendy bookshops.
     
    Gracia
    A similarly alternative vibe to Raval prevails in the district of Gracia, a neighborhood in the city of Barcelona which is just minutes away from the center. Here you’ll find a very Catalan quarter oozing charisma and aspiring artists, it’s like somehow you feel as if you have entered a completely new city. The young, artsy and bohemian vibe of the neighborhood has drawn in artists and musicians from all over, so you will have many fine bars, like the excellent La Cigale and La Fourmi that cater to the barri’s more Bohemian residents. Alternatively, if it’s a hot day or don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can just hang out on one of Gracia’s many squares, such as the Plaça del Sol.
     
    Clubs and Discos in Barcelona

    Razzmatazz
    Razzmatazz is actually five venues in one. When you visit this club, you’ll find a wide variety of music genres being played, though the genres tend to be exclusive to one of the five halls. Razzmatazz is arguably Barcelona’s one and only super club.
    Some of your options include indie, electronic and pop. The Loft is one of the best places in town to hear techno, electro and dubstep. For Indie lovers you have the Razz Club, the Pop Bar is your go-to for classic pop and the Rex Room is the venue’s main dance floor and live-music stage, which has welcomed the likes of the Arctic Monkeys, Passion Pit and Calvin Harris. And Lolita plays a mixture of house, electropop, nu-disco and electronica.
    Alternatively, you can take an adventure and get lost in the maze of pumping dance floors and confusing corridors.
     
    Pacha Barcelona
    Other club which you cannot miss, is Pacha Barcelona, one of the best nightclubs in Barcelona. Pacha Barcelona is a notable nightclub in town that generally has a different musical style every day allowing subsequent visits with new experiences.
    This club came to the city of Barcelona after his big famous club Pacha Ibiza. Party like you’re in Ibiza at Pacha, Barcelona, located by the waterfront in Port Olímpic. The main room is the stage for international and the hottest DJs of dance, electro and house music of the moment. In the secondary room you will enjoy the latest reggaeton and Pachanga hits. On Sundays, you can enjoy slightly different sounds, including hip-hop, R&B and reggaeton.
     
    Moog
    MOOG is Barcelona’s ultimate electronic music venue. This place has a Berlin underground feel, except under the Mediterranean sun. Open 365 days a year, MOOG helped introduce electronic music to the city back in the mid-1990s when it opened, and it continues to host some of the biggest names in the electro, house and techno scene throughout the year.
    With one of the best nightclubs in town MOOG offers 2 floors of fun, in a building that has been used as a venue for more than a century. On the top floor, you’ll find yourself in the mirror room that offers more pop-oriented sets. Meanwhile, the bottom floor plays house music and underground techno.
    You’ll find it conveniently located right in the heart of downtown Barcelona, so it’s close to several other prominent attractions.
     
    Opium Barcelona
    Without a doubt, the Opium Barcelona nightclub is one of the best nightclubs in Barcelona and one of the first must-see clubs. Opium is the place to catch the famous DJs like Whiz Khalifa, French Montana, Tiesto or Martin Garrix during the summer. This nightclub offers different evenings with different musical styles depending on the day of the week.
    This venue is for people who like to see and be seen, high heels, designer labels and magnums of champagne are all part of the atmosphere at this exclusive club, which has attracted a few celebrities on occasion. The dance floor features white-satin couches, chrome-and-glass tables and sleek modern decor, and the chic crowds dance to the beat of mainstream electronic music.
    It is located on the Paseo Marítimo de la Barceloneta with a view to the Mediterranean Sea and Barceloneta, the most famous beach in Barcelona. Thanks to its great national and international fame, it is considered one of the best nightclubs in the entire Olympic Village along with other nightclubs.
     
    Are you ready to enjoy the nightlife of Barcelona?
    We hope that with this post you can go out and enjoy the nightlife of this amazing city.
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  • Why You Should Live in Barcelona

    Living in Barcelona is a dream for everyone, the capital of Catalonia is known for the huge number of foreign students it receives every year.

    If you’ve made the decision to start a new life in Barcelona, or just want to spend some time studying away from home, this might interest you. In this article, we are going to show you 5 reasons why you should live in Barcelona, in our residence Xior Lofttown.

    • Perfect climate all year round

    Generally, the weather might be an important factor when choosing where to live abroad. In Barcelona you will have warm weather all year round, with average annual temperatures of about 26 ºC, Barcelona offers the perfect atmosphere.

    During summer, you can expect highs of 30°C. While it is true that during the summer months it’s quite hot, the climate in the city is very close to ideal. Winter lasts approximately 4 months and the temperature usually never drop below 8°C. And if you’re not a fan of the rain, great news, rain is not something you see every day. Best of all, the transition from season to season is so gradual that there’s plenty of time to acclimatize to new temperatures.

    • Delicious cuisine

    If you looking for Barcelona’s typical food, we can guarantee, you be able to enjoy delicious and varied flavours dishes. In Barcelona the local food is so characteristic of the city abounds on every corner, so trying good tapas and paella will be the common thing to do. Every neighborhood in Barcelona has its own charm, and its own assortment of gems worth visiting.

    The roots of this cuisine are largely from the Mediterranean, that’s why fish and seafood dishes are so popular in this city. Amongst them are the various rice dishes, the delicious suquet de peix (it’s like a fish and shellfish soup-stew) and the esqueixada de bacallà (shredded salt cod, tomato and onion salad).

    But you can also find dishes based on the fruits of the earth, like escudella i carn d’olla (broth with pasta or rice and big meatballs). Add to that the botifarras amb mongetes (sausages with white beans), the coca pastries, the canelones and, of course, calçots (spring onions) and their delicious. However, being a multicultural city, you can also find plenty of international food places.

    • Surrounded by amazing places

    Barcelona is one of the most beautiful and photogenic cities on earth. With its world-famous Gaudi architecture, pretty parks and beaches, a buzzing nightlife scene, or a world-class art museums and galleries such as the Picasso, there’s no doubt that Barcelona is one of the most beautiful city in Europe to live in, no matter how long you stay.

    This city has an energy that becomes infectious. It’s been the home of some of the best artists, architects and musicians in the world and as you can see, it’s full of their contributions. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here, amazing art, beautiful architecture or museums and you’ll even be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t speak English.

    You will struggle to find a more spectacular coastal city in Europe or anywhere, there are some fairly inspiring suburbs, Barcelona also has many enchanting neighborhoods to choose from when it comes to choosing where to live.

    • A very complete public transport system

    Transportation in Barcelona has grown in the last 20 years, especially the connection with the city’s two airports.

    This city offers excellent routes to discover the city through cycling if you don’t feel like walking. In addition, there are buses, rental companies for motorbikes and cars, metro and trains, but you can reach most places by walking. Not to mention the very efficient public transport system takes discoverability to further heights. Even as a tourist, getting to the city from the airport is not a big problem.

    The public transportation tickets are not that cheap (2,40€ for a one-way ticket and 11,35€ for a 10-way ticket), but the city is perfectly connected by its large number of lines, running with a high frequency that makes waiting times very low. This transport routes extends throughout the whole metropolitan area (reaching many cities and areas outside Barcelona).

    Also, even if it is a big city, the car is not strictly necessary anywhere you go.

    • Work and job opportunities

    In terms of job opportunities, Barcelona is a great city for new opportunities and career growth, especially because of the city’s location, trusted public transport, cheap set-up costs, and great talent. Due to the internationality of the city, there’re a large number of international companies in Barcelona, right now Barcelona is already one of the most important startups and entrepreneurship hubs in Europe.

    Especially in the IT sector, digital marketing, product development, and growth, new job positions are constantly being created, bringing foreigners from all over the world. And it’s not just big companies but also new start-ups who’re attracted to what Barcelona offers. So, whether you want to start your own business or looking for a new job, we’ve good news for you. Barcelona has a lot more English-speaking job opportunities compared to other Spanish cities.

    So, as you can see, Barcelona is a beautiful city that is full of art and culture, and if you stay with us at Xior Lofttown, we will help you discover this amazing city!

  • 10 amazing places to visit in Barcelona

    If you still don’t know where to go in this wonderful city and Xior Lofttown will be your next home, you may be interested in which places you can visit with friends and share the feelings these places promote, or just go by yourself to disconnect a bit from studies at your work.

    Barcelona has a lot to offer. This city with fantastic sights of the Mediterranean Sea, and famous for Gaudí and other modern architecture, it is one of the most modern cities in Europe, with its own lifestyle, which is unique in the world, where you can enjoy your days with a great diversity of cultural, gastronomic and commercial activities. 

    We’ve listed 10 must-go places you can visit in Barcelona:

    1. Sagrada Familia

    One of the most important monuments in Barcelona, and one of the symbols of the city, this spectacular basilic was designed by Antonio Gaudí, the famous Catalan architect, worldly-known, and one of the most prestigious in his area. The interior and exterior of Sagrada Família, apart from other churches, present a merge of the Catala Modernism, the Spanish Later Gothic, and the Art Nouveau styles. It has started its construction in 1882 and it is not still finished,

    2. Basílica de Santa María del Mar

    Another on the must-go list you should visit in Barcelona if you are living at Xior Lofttown, it’s located in the Barrio del Born, and it’s a gothic Basilica built in the XIV century, known as the “Catedral do Mar” (Cathedral of the Sea). About this Basilica, books were written, including the novel “La Catedral del Mar” by Ildefonso Falcones, which narrates the life in Barcelona during the XIV century, based on the construction of the Basílica de Santa María del Mar.

    3. La Boquería: 

    The San José Market, known as “La Boqueria” is a municipal market located in Las Ramblas in Barcelona, where you will find more than 300 places where you can buy a lot of high-quality fresh products, typical of Catalan gastronomy, as well as products from all over the world. The entrance is always open either to buy or just for a sneak peek.

    4. Casa Batlló

    Another Antonio Gaudií masterpiece, and one of the greatest buildings designed by the Catalan architect, nearby La Casa Milá, also known as “La Pedrera”, and both are located in Paseig de Gràcia. La Casa Batlló is a UNESCO World Heritage, and one of the best works of the artist. It is a modernist building that is inspired by organic forms of nature such as skulls and bones. 

    5. Park Güell

    A park you can’t miss, very different from others, original and peculiar, and also designed by the unique, Gaudí. which is a UNESCO World Heritage as well. It is a park covered by symbolic elements inspired by the forms of nature. 

    6. Plaza de España y Plaza Cataluña

    Plaza España is one of the most important squares in the Catalan city. Surrounded by many emblematic buildings and the Montjüic Mountain, one of the sights you can’t miss, with an incredible viewpoint, and other touristic sights such as La Fuente Mágica de Montjüic, the Montjüic Castle, the Pueblo Español, the MontjüicOlympic Ring, The Catalan National Art Museum, the Joan Miró Foundation, and the Botanic Garden. Plaza Cataluña is one of the biggest squares in Spain, close to stores, hotels, shopping centers, bars, and restaurants.

    7. Famous Streets

    Passeig de Gràcia is one of the most frequented streets in the entire city, and it is famous for having one of the most important commercial zones in Barcelona. There you will find many works from Barcelonian Modernism. Las Ramblas or La Rambla is one of the most well-known streets in Barcelona, where you can enjoy 1,3 km of sidewalks until the city’s old port. Diagonal, an avenue with 11km that crosses the entire city. You will find shopping centers, parks, and emblematic places. This avenue ends up at the Agbar Tower, a skyscraper that lights up the nights in Barcelona.

    8. Barcelona Cathedral

    The Santa Creu and Santa Eulàlia Cathedral is one of the oldest constructions in the city, In this great gothic cathedral you will find tombs, altars, and three of the most important saints (Santa Elena, Santa Eulàlia, and Santa Lucía) and its 21 bells have a woman’s name.

    9. “La Barceloneta” Beach

    One of the favourite beaches in the city for foreign and Barcelona residents. If you live at Xior Lofttown, you must visit the wonderful beach with more than 400m of extension.

    10. Camp Nou

    Since September 24th, 1957, it is the stadium of Club de Fútbol de Barcelona. For the football lovers in Xior Lofttown, this is a must-go visit!

  • Top 5 Universities in Barcelona

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

    Pompeu Fabra University 

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

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

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

    University of Barcelona

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

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

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

    Polytechnic University of Catalonia

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

    University Ramon Llull   

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

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

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

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

    Open University of Catalunya

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cost of Living in Barcelona

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

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

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

    Average cost of food

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

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

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

    Transportation Expenses

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

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

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

    Entertainment and Extras

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

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

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

    Cell Phone & Internet

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

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

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