In here we put forward a series of general suggestions, which you will find to be useful if you are living in any of our cities. You’ll find numbers, links and contacts, carefully distributed by city or community.
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THE COST OF LIVING
The cost of living in Barcelona is similar to that of other European cities. It is cheaper than Paris, London or other cities in northern Europe, but more expensive than cities such as Lisbon and Athens. The cost of living here is roughly similar to the cost of living in Rome. Monthly outgoings vary between €500 and €700, depending mainly on the type of accommodation chosen. You will require cash in the first few days, mainly to pay accommodation costs (including deposits), travel cards, etc.
Barcelona enjoys a Mediterranean climate with moderate, pleasant temperatures all year round. It is not a rainy city, with annual precipitation of around 1,000 mm. The seasons of the year follow a very regular pattern and extreme temperatures are unusual. January and February are the coldest months (average temperature: 10ºC). The highest temperatures are recorded in summer, in July and August (average temperature: 25ºC). However, the high levels of humidity in the city mean that in the colder months a coat is essential, while the summer heat will feel considerably hotter for the same reason..
Website of the Meteorological Service of Catalonia:
BANKS AND SAVINGS BANKS
Banks and savings banks open from Monday to Friday, usually from 08.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. some also open on Thursday evenings, except in summer, when they only open in the mornings. A number of currency exchange offices can also be found in the city centre and near to some tourist attractions. Foreign students, researchers and lecturers (both those who come from EU Member States and those from outside the EU) can open a non-resident account in the different financial institutions upon provision of a valid passport. Citizens of EU Member States can also open an account as residents. We would recommend that you ask about the conditions offered by the different banks and choose the one that is most appropriate to your needs.
In Barcelona, like in the rest of Spain, the custom is to eat late:
Breakfast: between 08.00 and 11.00 a.m.
Appetisers (or vermouth): at weekends it is typical to have a snack between 12.00 noon and 02.00 p.m.
This snack consists of small tapas accompanied by a soft drink or the classic vermouth.
Lunch:between 01.30 and 03.00 p.m.
Afternoon snack: between 05.00 and 06.30 p.m.
Dinner:between 09.00 and 10.30 p.m.
In general you should have no real problem finding somewhere to eat at any time of day. Restaurants are open at lunch and dinner times and if you want to eat outside of these times, you can always do so in a bar or cafe, where you can usually order sandwiches or tapas.
BUSINESS OPENING HOURS
From Monday to Saturday, the city’s businesses usually open between 09.00 and 10.00 a.m and close for lunch at 01.30 or 02.00 p.m, reopening for the afternoon between 04.00 and 05.00 p.m. They close for the evening between 08.00 and 09.00 p.m. Large shopping centres and many shops in the city centre are open right through from 10.00 a.m. until 09.00 or 10.00 p.m.
In many large cities, thieves flock to the areas most frequented by tourists, and Barcelona is no exception. You should therefore be very careful in the most-visited areas of the city.
Some practical advice for safety and for avoiding theft:
• Do not let your belongings out of your sight, particularly in crowded places.
• Only take the absolute essentials with you when you go to the beach.
• Avoid gambling games on the street as they are a scam.
Emergency Service of Catalonia:
Protección Civil – Generalitat de Catalunya →
Police & Mossos d’Esquadra:
Mossos d’Esquadra – Generalitat de Catalunya →
Policía de Cataluña →
Guardia Urbana Barcelona →
Useful Telephone Numbers:
• Barcelona information line (Barcelona City Council): 010 bcn.cat →
• Citizen service line (Government of Catalonia): 012 gencat.cat →
• Emergency services: 112
A single telephone number for all of Europe (24 hrs), this line centralises all calls to the emergency services (health emergencies, fire and rescue services, citizen safety and civil protection)
• CatSalut Respon-Health emergencies: 061
• Mossos d’Esquadra: 112 mossos.cat →
• Meteorological Service of Catalonia: 935 676 090 meteocat.com →
• Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona: 092 Guàrdia Urbana de Barcelona →
• Fire department: 080
• Duty Magistrates’ Courts – BCN: 93 567 31 40
• Emergency pharmacies – BCN: 934 810 060
Departamento de Salud – Generalitat de Catalunya →
Health and care – Barcelona City Council →
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS:
Health Emergency: 061
Hospital General Vall d’Hebron: 93 489 30 00
Hospital Clínico: 93 227 54 00
Hospital Bellvitge: 93 260 75 00
Hospital de Santa Creu i Sant Pau: 93 553 71 60
Hospital del Mar: 93 248 30 00
Hospital de Sant Joan de Déu: 93 253 21 00
Hospital de Can Ruti: 93 465 12 00
Hospital Dos de Maig: 93 507 27 00
Hospital de l’Esperança: 93 367 41 00
MOBILITY & TRANSPORTS
There are different forms of transport for getting around Barcelona city centre and the outskirts: metro, bus, train (Rodalies de Catalunya and Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya) and tram, as well as taxi. We recommend you have a look at the website of the Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB), public administration of the metropolitan area of Barcelona, comprising 36 municipalities, which provides detailed information on routes, schedules and stops of the various public transports in the metropolitan area of Barcelona.
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB)
Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) manages the bus and metro networks, the Funicular de Montjuïc, the Tramvia Blau (blue trolley) and the Bus Turístic (tourist bus). Season tickets are available at reduced prices for all forms of transport and allow the holder to travel on different types of transport in the same journey without having to pay separately for these (the integrated fare system). This is an excellent option for saving time and money, and one we highly recommend!
To find out about the different types of ticket available, see:
At the Punt TMB service centres you can ask for information, you will be attended personally, you can collect lost properties, etc.:
L3 L5 Diagonal Monday to Friday, from 08.00 am to 8.00 pm; Saturday, from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm and from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm; Sunday and public holidays, from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm; closed 1st January, 25th and 26th December.
L1 L5 L9 L10 Sagrera. Monday to Friday, from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.
L1 L2 Universitat. Monday to Friday, from 08.00 am to 8.00 pm.
Tram line connects Barcelona from the upper part of the Diagonal avenue with the towns in the El Baix Llobregat area, while the Trambesós line connects the city with Sant Adrià de Besòs via the Universal Forum of Cultures and the Vila Olímpica. Both of these tram lines connect with several metro and RENFE mainline train stations.
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC)
Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC). Also known as “els Catalans”, this regional train service provides different lines connecting the city of Barcelona with other nearby towns: Terrassa, Sabadell, Manresa, etc., many of which have large student populations. There is even a stop on the campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB).
Pl. Catalunya Customer Service Center.
Monday to Friday, from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.
Pl. Espanya Customer Service Center.
Monday to Friday, from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm and from 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm. August, from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.
Spanish National Railways (RENFE) and Rodalies de Catalunya
In addition to linking Barcelona with its outskirts and the surrounding areas (suburban commuter rail service), RENFE is the Spanish railway company that links Barcelona with the rest of Spain and other countries (long-distance and high-speed lines). The website also offers information about Rodalies de Catalunya (regional rail service of Catalonia).
Sants estació, RENFE
Pl. dels Països Catalans, s/n
Estació de Sants; 08014 Barcelona
Information phone number: 902 240 202 (24-hour line)
Another form of transport within the city is obviously taxi. In Barcelona, taxis are black and yellow and can be called ahead of time or flagged down directly on the street. A green light on the roof together with a sign on the inside saying LLIURE or LIBRE indicate that a taxi is available. The fare rates for 2014 set the minimum fare at €2.10. A surcharge of €4.20 is applied to journeys to the airport. As a guideline, we can tell you that a journey from Plaça de la Universitat square, in the centre of Barcelona, to the Faculty of Chemistry on Avenida Diagonal costs around 12 euros on a weekday.
In Barcelona you can find public schools, private subsidized and private. Barcelona Education Consortium.
Àgora Masia Bach International School
C/ Puig de Mira, 15-21, Urb. Masia Bach
08635 Sant Esteve Sesrovires
Tel.: 93 779 89 28
Àgora Sant Cugat
C/ Ferrer i Guàrdia, s/n
08174 Sant Cugat del Vallès
Tel.: 93 590 26 00
Benjamin Franklin International School
C/ Martorell i Peña, 9
Tel.: 93 434 23 80
British School of Barcelona
C/ Ginesta, 26
Tel.: 93 665 15 84
Deutsche Schule Barcelona (DSB)
Av. Jacint Esteva Fontanet, 105
08950 Esplugues de Llobregat
Tel.: 93 371 83 00
École Française Bel Air
Carretera 246a, Km 42 Vilanoveta
08810 Sant Pere de Ribes
Tel.: 93 896 22 67
École Française Ferdinand-de-Lesseps
Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 707
Tel.: 93 232 16 12
English Academy Santa Claus
C/ Lleó XIII, 12
Tel.: 93 417 18 47
C/ Gustavo A. Bécquer, 50 (Kinder)
C/ Montornès, 37 (Primary)
Tel.: 93 213 88 64
International School of Barcelona
Pg. Isaac Albéniz, s/n
Tel.: 93 811 03 05
Europa International School
Av. Pla del Vinyet, 110
08172 Sant Cugat del Vallès
Tel.: 93 589 84 20
Hamelin International Laie School
C/ Riera de la Coma Fosca, 3-5
Tel.: 93 555 22 96
Camí del Cementiri, s/n (Pol. Can Graells)
08174 Sant Cugat del Vallès
Tel.: 93 589 32 47
C/ de les Escoles Pies, 136
Tel.: 93 212 34 99
C/ Cavallers, 31-33
Tel.: 93 203 54 57
Lycée Français de Barcelone
C/ Bosch i Gimpera, 6-10
Tel.: 93 203 79 50
Lycée Français de Gavà Bon Soleil
Camí de la Pava, 15
Tel.: 93 633 13 58
Oak House School
C/ Sant Pere Claver, 12-18
Tel.: 93 252 40 20
Princess Margaret School
Pg. Font d’en Fargas, 15-17
Tel.: 93 429 03 13
Schiller International School
c/o Academia Sánchez-Casal
Autovia Castelldefels (C-31), km 191
08820 El Prat de Llobregat
Tel.: 93 479 16 16
C/ Alfons XII, 95-105
Tel.: 93 209 65 44
Scuola Italiana di Barcelona
Pg. Méndez Vigo, 8
Tel.: 93 487 46 65 / 93 203 00 06
St. Paul’s School
Av. Pearson, 39
Tel.: 93 203 05 00
St. Peter’s School
C/ Eduard Toldrà, 18
Tel.: 93 204 36 12
The American School of Barcelona
C/ Jaume Balmes, 7
08950 Esplugues de Llobregat
Tel.: 93 371 40 16 / 93 371 50 12
The International School of Catalunya
C/ del Passeig, 9
08530 La Garriga
Tel.: 93 841 40 77
Av. Pearson, 73
Tel.: 93 203 76 06
CONSULATES IN BARCELONA
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