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  • 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.

  • Student residence halls in Barcelona: keys to choosing

    Student residence halls in Barcelona are key for those who come to do their degree in the Catalan capital.

    When we come to study in a new city, we try to make a mix which offers us stability to study, have a good time and save.

    For this reason, student residence halls in Barcelona are a very attractive option. First of all because you will share a space with students like yourself and you will be able to make friends to go out at night (or in the day). Second, because with the fee of a student residence hall all the services are included, and third because you will have exclusive areas to study alone or in group.

    Well then: what is the most important thing at the moment of choosing a student residence hall in Barcelona? In TheLofttown we help you to choose the best place for you and your needs.

    Services

    At the moment of choosing a student residence hall in Barcelona it is fundamental to know the services that it has. A residence hall is not only a room… it is much more!

    For example, it is key that the installations are prepared for students. This is: wifi, study rooms (individuals and group), meeting rooms, private rooms, photocopiers and printers.

    At the same time, you can find out the additional services included in the fee which make your stay more friendly and optimised to make new friends.

    An example of these additional services can be: terrace, solarium, gym, cafeteria, common spaces to socialise, video games rooms, laundromat, parking for bicycles, and of course, cooking.

    Price

    There are many student residence halls in Barcelona which offer services on top of the fee. TheLofttown includes the lot!

    It’s important that you make an analysis of your needs to find all the comforts and services at the best price. This way you don’t worry about costs out of the residence hall. A clear example of this is the gym.

    “How much does it cost to live in Barcelona?” is a recurring question among those who come to study a master’s degree or do an Erasmus in Barcelona. Well, imagine that you pay for a room and everything is included. Cool!

    Get to know the different rooms and prices that we have in TheLofttown. Fall in love!

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    Spaces

    Just as we commented before, it is fundamental that the students always feel comfortable; like at home. Student residence halls must offer space and practicality.

    The study areas must be adapted for each one and the relaxation areas ready to favour interaction.

    Likewise, basic services like heating, air conditioning and cleaning are fundamental for students to enjoy their stay without worrying about things they don’t want to worry about.

    Location

    The location of your next student residence hall in Barcelona has to be comfortable for you: near to the important arteries of the city, well-connected and in an agreeable environment.

    TheLofttown is located in one of the best neighbourhoods in Barcelona: Gracia. Near to everything: the universities, study centres, leisure, restaurants, shops, green areas … and with virtually all the metro, bus and train lines next to you. Google it!

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  • HOW MUCH DOES LIVING IN BARCELONA COST A STUDENT

    If you are a student and are looking forward to living in Barcelona because you are coming to study for a master’s degree, an Erasmus or degree you must know the cost of living in the city so that you can organize yourself and calculate your monthly expenses. Today in our post, we can help with this issue.

    To calculate the monthly cost that it takes to live in Barcelona these monthly expenses should be taken into account:

    • Food ranging from €250 to €350
    • Personal expenses between €160 to €220
    • Transport from €60 to €80

    Accommodation, which will depend a lot on which option you choose and the location. We recommend the option of staying in a student residence because you have everything included in the monthly price and this will help you to save a lot, since you won’t have to worry about food and other things and will have all the comforts of home.

     

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    In general the standard monthly cost estimated in the city is between €720-€1,200.

    We also give you guidance about the costs of certain leisure items that may be of interest to you:

    • Admission to a music bar or disco €10 to €30
    • Concert of modern music from €20 to €80
    • Football match from €20 to €100
    • Museum ticket from €5 to €15
    • Cinema ticket from €8 to €12
    • Theatre ticket from €12 to €50

     

    You can also check the Guía del Ocio to discover all the leisure options in Barcelona.

    On holiday or as a student, Barcelona is a wonderful city! There is a wide range of leisure and entertainment options for fun, good food, good weather and good vibrations :). The Lofttown will accompany you on this unforgettable experience so that we are by your side all the time and for everything you need. Get to know us, for sure you will love to live in Barcelona with us.