When planning a long-term stay in Barcelona, the first thing you should be concerned about is accommodation, since the quality of your chosen apartment will directly influence your enjoyment of Barcelona and the productivity of your stay. Barcelona has plenty of hotels, but they are far from ideal for long-term stays - a few days in a hotel are enough to realize that a standard room with a bed is suitable only for extremely short stays. Even for week-long vacations and business trips we recommend renting an apartment in Barcelona, and the same applies even more to long-term stays.
To rent an apartment in Barcelona long-term makes absolute sense for students coming to study in universities of Barcelona or Spanish-language students; for tourists wishing to explore the capital of Catalonia more thoroughly at their leisure; for new residents of Barcelona who have not yet purchased their own home. Advantages of long-term apartment rentals in Barcelona are numerous: smart zoning of living space, availability of a fully equipped kitchen and living room, full freedom in choosing the area, many different price ranges and, consequently, the possibility to find an apartment for almost any budget.
How much would it cost to rent an apartment in Barcelona long-term? Well, Barcelona has tens of different unique neighbourhoods, each with its own flair, character and, of course, prices. The search for suitable long-term apartment rental in Barcelona is done by a local agent, whose one-time commission fee is added to the monthly rate. Typically, the monthly rate also does not include the cost of utilities (water, electricity, gas), so the expenses have to be calculated and paid monthly in addition to rent. Usually they hover around 50-60 euros, but can vary quite a bit, of course. Internet access availability also needs to be agreed upon with the owner/manager of the apartment, but the good news is that many landlords include Internet access into the monthly rate.
The following neighbourhoods of Barcelona are the most popular for long-term stays:
Eixample - studio вЂ” from 850 euros/month, 1-bedroom apartment вЂ” from 900 euros/month, 2-bedroom apartment вЂ” from 1000 euros/month
GrГ cia - studio вЂ” from 800 euros/month, 1-bedroom apartment вЂ” from 900 euros/month
Sants - studio вЂ” from 700 euros/month, 1-bedroom apartment вЂ” from 900 euros/month
Les Corts - studio вЂ” from 700 euros/month, 1-bedroom apartment вЂ” from 900 euros/month
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Poblenou вЂ” studio вЂ” from 600 euros/month, 1-bedroom apartment вЂ” from 800 euros/month
Sant Andreu вЂ” studio вЂ” from 500 euros/month, 1-bedroom apartment вЂ” from 700 euros/month
Which area (use the interactive map of Barcelona) to choose for a long-term rental in Barcelona depends on the goals of your trip. Eixample and Raval are perfectly suited for students of University of Barcelona, GrГ cia is great for those attending Barcelona Centro Universitario (BCU), and Les Corts and Sants are convenient for students of Universitat PolitГ©cnica de Catalunya. If business is your primary reason for visiting Barcelona, Eixample and Poblenou are two obvious choices. Families with children, for whom price, tranquility and security are more important than a central location, may wish to consider Sant Andreu or Sants.