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  • The best beaches in Barcelona

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

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

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

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

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

    Beach of Castelldefels

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

    Beaches of Sitges
     

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

    Cala Fonda, Tarragona, Spain

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

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

    Aiguablava, Costa Brava

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

    Cala S’Alguer, Palamós

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

    Cala Montjoi, Roses

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

    Lloret de Mar, Girona

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

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

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

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

    Have a great day!

     

     

  • The best free plans for students in Barcelona

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

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

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

    Get to know the Sagrada Familia

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

    Discover the Picasso Museum

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

    Enjoy the free concerts

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

    Take advantage of the neighborhood parties

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

    Walk the beaches

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

    Excursions to the forest

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

    Outdoor cinema

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

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

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

    Have a great day!

  • How enjoy Barcelona during spring time

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

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

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

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

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    A different year

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

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

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

    Easter in Barcelona

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

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

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

    International Comic Fair

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

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

    Sant Jordi, the festival of the rose and the book

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

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

    The Monastery of Montserrat

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

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    Girona, time of flowers

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

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

    The museum night

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

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

    Bikini season on the beach

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

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

    Music festivals

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

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

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

    Sant Joan, the shortest night of the year

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

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

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

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

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

    Have an excellent day!

     

  • RUN FOR LITTLE HEARTS CAMBODIA!

    The Xior Family has news for you!  

    Xior Student Housing community has recently started a new movement to encourage our residents and their closer people to keep their bodies on moving, to be able to help the children of Little Hearts Cambodia.  

    Join us on Strava and run, swim, walk and bike with us for Little Hearts & help us reach our goal to help orphans in Cambodia get a proper education and housing!📖

    🎖23.898 km = Xior donates €3,000 euros to Little Hearts.

    🥈 If we manage to do it twice, we’ll donate €5,000!

    🥇 1 of our top 20 most active students will also be entered to win a Garmin Forerunner 645 music watch!

    Join our ‘XIORIZE’ group on Strava and donate your kilometres ♥  

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  • FIRST PING-PONG TOURNAMENT AT XIOR THE LOFTTOWN!

    Last October 14, we held the first The Lofttown Ping-Pong tournament of the season. With all the security measures, the residents have had an excellent performance and have been able to enjoy some time of entertainment between each other. 

    Following the tournament rules and protocols, it was an entertaining tournament, and the final was purely Italian and the event has been super cool! 

       

    Thanks for participating!
    We are already planning more at Xior The Lofttown. 

    #XiorTheLofttown #StudentHousingBarcelona #XiorFamily

  • Restaurants for students in Barcelona

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

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

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

    Bismillah

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

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

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

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

    Average spend per person: €4

    Bar Jai-Ca

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

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

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

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

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    Can Ganassa

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

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

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

    O’Retorno

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

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

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

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

    La Malandrina

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

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

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

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

    Enjoy your meal!

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  • The best markets in Barcelona

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

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

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

    Let’s get to it!

    La Boqueria

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Els Encants Vells Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Mercado de la Concepción

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

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

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

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

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

    Sant Antoni Market

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

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

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

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

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

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

    FleaMarket

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Finding a job after Uni

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

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

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

    Let’s get to it!

    Prepare your C.V.

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

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

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

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

    Part Time Work

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

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

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

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

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    Full Time Work

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

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

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

    Platforms to find work

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

    LinkedIn

    Infojobs

    Infoempleos

    Domestika

    Jobs Today

    EmpleoMarketing

    Glassdoor

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

    Good luck and go for everything!

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

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

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

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

    Before flying

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

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

    Clothes

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

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

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

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

    What you should never forget: a swimsuit.

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    Footwear

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

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

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

    Personal cleanliness

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

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

    Miscellaneous

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

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

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

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

  • Tricks to study

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

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

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

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

    Time

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

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

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

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

    Routine

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

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

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

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

    Spaces

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

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

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

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

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    Distractions

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

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

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

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

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

    Goals

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

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

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

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

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