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  • Tips for finding your summer courses in Barcelona

    All the tips you should know to find the best summer courses in Barcelona while you live in The Lofttown, the best college residence in Barcelona

    How excited we were already on vacation. And it is that with the arrival of summer is also time to take a few well-deserved weeks of disconnection after the academic year. However, many of our #TheLofttowners also want to take advantage of their days of summer and turn it into useful vacations.

    So, if what you want is to combine your days at the beach by summer courses to hone your skills and knowledge, such as: learning languages, doing specializations, workshops, etc, so today you will know how and where to do it.

    For that reason, today at The Lofttown we share a post with everything what you need to know to find the best summer courses in the town. Ready to learn during the summer? Welcome back to our blog with the best tips for resident’s university students in Barcelona!

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    Summer courses in Barcelona

    Barcelona is a perfect city to constantly learn and acquire knowledge in all professional fields. Not in vain, is considered one of the best cities to study in Europe.

    For example, here you can study all kinds of languages, especially Spanish and Catalan, a subject that is very popular among young foreigners. Consequently, here you can find during the summer the best intensive courses to perfect your language skills.

    Keep in mind that the Catalan capital is full of academies and renowned schools, many of them supported by the best Barcelona universities, which offer intensive courses taught by the best native teachers in the city.

     

    The city of exchanges

    If summer courses are not enough for you. We remind you that the streets of the city are also the best classrooms when it comes to practicing Languages.

    In other words, thanks to the large number of students foreigners who live an academic experience in Barcelona each year, your language exchange options are innumerable, both with local people as with other foreign students like you.

    For that reason, it will not be so difficult for you to find a group to language exchange, events for international meetings or maybe you can find a partner, friend or something else, to practice in a special and fun way every day while you enjoy together the summer.

     

    Reserved for Erasmus students

    If you are one of our lucky residents waiting for an Erasmus in during the next academic year, then you We recommend that you take advantage of the previous summer months, not only because it is the best option to learn Spanish, but also to that you have a better adaptation to the frenetic pace of the city before that you start your classes at the end of September.

    Likewise, we remind you that in our university residence we want our future residents to experience a unique comfort since before arriving in Barcelona. Therefore, we will also provide you with an updated list of summer courses for all student’s foreigners who want to start the course early together with U.S.

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    Barcelona, ​​capital of learning

    If you think of Barcelona, ​​you also think of knowledge and wisdom. And don’t be surprised that the Catalan capital is world famous for being one of the European capitals especially in matters of design and creativity.

    Consequently, in Barcelona you will have the great opportunity to sign up for many interesting summer courses, focused on the that you like the most. Among them, the most popular are courses in graphic design, fashion, interior design, cinema, photography, among many others more.

    Likewise, you can also opt for other academic events where a wide range of intensive courses and practical workshops stand out so you can expand your professional portfolio.

    Have you wanted to learn in the summer? We hope this post has helped you find the best courses during the summer in Barcelona.

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

    See you soon in Barcelona!

  • Discover the magic of Barcelona with the best walking routes in summer

    We present the best routes for you to explore Barcelona in summer on foot and discover completely the magic of the city

     

    Barcelona is a splendid city that attracts many foreigners every year. And it is that its cultural and leisure offer is so great with many attractive places to visit at any time of the year, but especially when the good weather arrives.

     

    In the Catalan capital you will be able to find all kinds of attractions and activities that will allow you to enter the city and know its essence from its roots, especially when you walk through it, which will give you a perspective of Barcelona as if you were a lifelong Barcelonian.

     

    For that reason, today at The Lofttown we share with you the best walking routes so that you can explore at your own pace and that will teach you the magic of Barcelona in all its splendor.

     

    Are you ready to get to know Barcelona from the inside? Welcome to our blog with the best tips for university students in Barcelona! Here we go…

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    The beach route

    If what you are looking for is a comforting walk by the sea in the middle of summer, then starting your walk in the La Barceloneta neighborhood is your best choice. And it is that not only is it one of the most popular neighborhoods in all of Barcelona, ​​but it also has a wide range of restaurants, bars and many leisure attractions that will make you experience the most of the marine atmosphere that is breathed in this colorful and authentic neighborhood.

     

    We recommend that you start the beach route from the Hotel W and continue along the impressive promenade of the neighborhood, which is characterized by being full of life, among athletes and many young people, forming a lively atmosphere throughout the year. Here you will find people from all over the world which gives a special and cosmopolitan touch to your beach route.

     

    On the other hand, you can also walk through its small streets that will allow you to learn a little more about the culture of this neighborhood, but always respecting the tranquility of the neighbors. Subsequently, we encourage you to continue walking along the seafront along the promenade to Platja de la Mar Bella, or if you like to walk a lot, then do not stop until the Forum beach. Do not forget that the further you get from Barceloneta, the more tranquility you will find on your walk.

     

    A trip to the historic center of Barcelona

    We are sure that the best way to get to know Barcelona is undoubtedly on foot. And it is that the Catalan capital has so many beautiful streets that you will want to visit all those magical corners that you can only find walking in the heart of Barcelona.

     

    So our recommendation is that you start your walking tour through one of the oldest and most emblematic neighborhoods of Barcelona, ​​we mean the Gothic, a neighborhood full of charm and that has a lot of history behind it. We assure you that when you start walking through its small streets and discovering its traditional shops, you will enjoy all the medieval and modernist atmosphere of the city with some of its most emblematic churches and famous squares in all of Spain.

     

    Then continue through the Raval which is a colorful and lively neighborhood that has a lot of personality that you will be able to recognize in all its corners. Here you will find a great movement of commercial activities that is characterized by multiculturalism that makes it a unique neighborhood in Barcelona. As you walk through here you will see many emblematic places that have even appeared in movies and, above all, how many cultures merge in total harmony together with local people and tourists.

     

    Por último, te animamos a culminar tu paseo en el mítico barrio del Born, que mezcla historia, modernidad y un ambiente fantástico que lo convierte en uno de los barrios que siempre está de moda en Barcelona. Aquí podrás vivir ese espíritu bohemio en su máximo esplendor, con bares conceptuales y restaurantes de autor, todo junto a una gran mezcla de culturas que tanto caracteriza a la ciudad. 

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    The modernist essence of the Eixample

    Without a doubt, the Eixample is the most cosmopolitan district in all of Barcelona. Created more than 100 years ago in an unprecedented architectural and urban challenge, it is characterized by its unique modernist style in the city, which stands out with its modernist buildings, wide streets and a very particular squared architectural style where the legacy is lived. of the great Gaudí.

     

    Although it is mainly a residential neighborhood, here you can also find a lot of history in its streets, with emblematic shops that marked the lifestyle of the city in the past and that continue to this day. And if you prefer to know more about its history, you also have the option of taking a free tour of modernist Barcelona where you will learn a lot about the essence of this famous neighborhood.

     

    The ife of the industrial neighborhood of Poble Nou

    If you think about the artistic spirit of Barcelona then you have to visit the Poble Nou neighborhood. There is no doubt that this sensational neighborhood is the best option for people looking for cultural events or connecting with the avant-garde life of the city.

     

    A fantastic option at first sight, since it has an industrial, working-class and revolutionary past that is now mixed with entrepreneurial, creative circles full of companies and centers dedicated to art and communication sciences.

     

    The magic of the Gràcia neighbourhood

    If there is a unique neighborhood in Barcelona, ​​that is the Gracia neighborhood. And it seems like a small town anchored within Barcelona, ​​where local people and their authentic customs predominate. As a historical fact, we tell you that before it was a town that over the years was annexed to Barcelona back in the 19th century. This neighborhood is characterized by being bohemian and multicultural, with hundreds of very narrow streets and colorful local shops that serve as a great aperitif to a mandatory visit to Parc Guell.

     

    Disconnection in the nature of Montjuic

    If what you are looking for is a complete disconnection, Montjuic is the paradise that you have to visit yes or yes. Here you can take a few long walks, starting from Plaza España, going up through the National Museum of Catalonia, Poble Espanyol, and especially calmly throughout the Olympic area, crossing the botanical garden to the Montjuic Castle. We assure you that you will greatly enjoy the impressive views in a perfect combination of nature that your body will appreciate.

     

    Did you like our tips? With today’s post, we hope you can explore all of Barcelona on foot at your own pace and discover all the magic of this fantastic city. And remember that if you are thinking of moving to Barcelona, ​​we encourage you to discover who we are so that you can live in the best residence for university students in the city.


    We are looking forward to you to become a new #TheLoftowner!

     

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

     

    Have a wonderful day!

     

  • Important tips before coming to study in Barcelona

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    What does it mean to study in Barcelona?

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

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

    Formality procedures…

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

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

    Tip 1: University degrees:

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

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

    Tip 2: Study time

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

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

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    Tip 3: Academic admission

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

    Tip 4: How to apply for your visa

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

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

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

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

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    Tip 5: Foreigner’s Identity Card

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

     Tip 6 : Tip 6: Study and not work


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

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

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    Tip 7: Practice time

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

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

    In short…

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

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

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

    Have a nice day!

  • NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR IN XIOR THE LOFTTOWN!

    Do you want to live in Xior The Lofttown Next Academic Year??!
    Reservations period will start soon!

    We offer you:

    – Live in the city center with everything you need

    – Spacious Hall for your day to day

    – 78 rooms with private bathrooms including different options: single, double, kitchen option and / or private terrace

    – Restaurant service with organic food 365 days a year.

    – Special half board and full board rates.

    – Study room and architecture desks

    – Private meeting rooms

    – Coworking room.

    – Multipurpose area

    – Recreation area.

    – Private cinema.

    – Laundry

    – A fantastic terrace for your free time.

    – Large outdoor gym.

    – Solarium area.

    – Flexible contract conditions.

    – And more services…

     

    Follow us @thelofttown_bcn

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

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

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

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

    Where can I live?  

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

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

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

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

    How to move? 

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

    Bicing 

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

    Rental motorcycles

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

    Bus, metro and tram 

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

    And when do you play fun or sports? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Have a great day!

  • BBQ Dinner in Xior The Lofttown

    We are in the middle of the academic year and in our residence good food cannot be missed.
    
    We have students from all over the world, many different countries, with diverse cultures and for this reason each month we have organized themed meals so our Lofttowners can enjoy typical foods from other cultures. 
    Follow us on Instagram @thelofttown_bcn to not miss any news about our gastronomic activities!
    
    Remember, tonight we are waiting for you at the BBQ Dinner!
    
    ENJOY YOUR MEAL!
    
    
    

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  • ASK FOR AVAILABILITY IN XIOR THE LOFTTOWN!

    Do you want to study in Barcelona?
    Are you looking for an accommodation for the second semester?
    Do you want a different place to enjoy your stay in the 
    city?

    Stay at Xior The Lofttown and become part of the Xior Family!  

    We still have availability in double rooms, single rooms, rooms with kitchen, rooms with terrace and more.
    Do not hesitate to ask us for prices, information and everything you need to know about Xior The Lofttown.
    You can contact us 
    by the web, email, WhatsApp or telephone and also visit us to know the residence.

    Have a good week! 

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