KNOW BARCELONA

Barcelona is the administrative and cultural capital of Catalonia. The city’s two thousand year history has left its mark in its architectural, artistic and cultural heritage. Its excellent international communications, its Mediterranean climate and its cosmopolitan atmosphere make it a privileged city indeed.

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.
Within this section we present a series of general advice useful in all our cities. You will find numbers, links and general contacts for Catalonia and also specific for Barcelona.

CLIMATE

meteoBarcelona 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).

Website of the Meteorological Service of Catalonia: meteocat.com →

THE COST OF LIVING

centrecercleThe 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 WIFI

WIFI

Barcelona WiFi is a Barcelona City Council service that enables you to connect to the Internet through WiFi access points, or hotspots, located in various municipal amenities and public access points. You can check the WiFi stations here →

BCNWIFIDOWNLOAD THE
USER’S MANUAL

BANKS

BANCBanks 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.

WHAT DO I NEED TO OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT?

You will need a passport or NIE (from Member States: you have to ask for it at the Foreigners’ Office in Rambla Guipúscoa, 79. Barcelona: –prior appointment →-; others: you have to ask for it at the Foreigners’ Office in Passeig de Sant Joan, 189. Barcelona) and a letter of acceptance from the host university or research center or any document that proves you are studying or doing research in a centre in Catalonia.

MEALTIMES

carnwebIn 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

centrecomerçFrom 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.

 

HEALTH

Hospital de Bellvitge

HOW CAN I ACCESS THE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM?

The health card allows you to access the services of the public health system. All people registered, with a residence permit, can get the health card. You should go to the Center for Primary Care (CAP) in the neighborhood. You can also call 902 111 444.

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HOSPITALES PÚBLICOS

Hospital Universitari General de la Vall d’Hebron:
Pg. de la Vall d’Hebron, 119 – Tel. 93 489 30 00 – 08035 Barcelona
vhebron.net →
Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau:
C/ Sant Quintí, 89 – Tel. 93 553 71 60 – 08041 Barcelona
santpau.es →
Hospital Dos de Maig:
C/ Dos de Maig, 301 – Tel. 93 507 27 00 – 08025 Barcelona
sanitatintegral.org →
Hospital Sant Joan de Déu:
C/ Sant Joan de Déu, 2 – Tel. 93 253 21 00 – 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat
hsjdbcn.org →
Hospital Clínic i Provincial de Barcelona:
C/ Villarroel, 170 – Tel. 93 227 54 00 – 08036 Barcelona
hospitalclinic.org →
Hospital del Mar:
Pg. Marítim, 25-29 – Tel. 93 248 30 00 – 08003 Barcelona
parcdesalutmar.cat →
Hospital de l’Esperança:
C/ Sant Josep de la Muntanya, 12 – Tel. 93 367 41 00 – 08024 Barcelona
parcdesalutmar.cat →
Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge:
C/ Feixa Llarga, s/n – Tel. 93 260 75 00 – 08907 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
bellvitgehospital.cat →

OTHER COVERAGE OPTIONS – PRIVATE HEALTH SECTOR

The Catalan private health sector is an important ally of the public health system. An ideal formula that benefits both residents and temporary visitors who come to work or study and need a visa.
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CLINICUM

SOCIETY

Empadronarse en Barcelona

WHY DO I NEED TO REGISTER AND WHERE DO I HAVE TO GO?

The registration allows being a resident of the city of Barcelona. All people, with or without residence permits have to register. You need to prove residency in the municipality in procedures related to the Aliens Act and access to public services. You should go to a Citizens Advice Bureau (OAC) or call 010.

empadronar-se

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Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana de la Marina:
– Pg. Zona Franca, 185-219 Sants-Montjuïc

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana de la Plaça Sant Miquel:
– Pl. Sant Miquel, 3 Ciutat Vella

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana de Zona Nord:
– C/ Costabona, 3-5 Nou Barris

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana del Districte de Ciutat Vella:
– C/ Ramelleres, 17 Ciutat Vella

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana del Districte de Gràcia:
– Pl. Vila de Gràcia, 2 Gràcia

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana del Districte de l’Eixample:
– C/ Aragó, 328 Eixample

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana del Districte de les Corts:
– Pl. Comas, 18 Les Corts

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana del Districte de Nou Barris:
– Pl. Major de Nou Barris, 1 Nou Barri

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana del Districte de Sant Andreu:
– C/ Segre, 24-32 Sant Andreu

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana del Districte de Sant Martí:
– Pl. Valentí Almirall, 1 Sant Martí

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana del Districte de Sants-Montjuïc:
– C/ Creu Coberta, 104 Sants-Montjuïc

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana del Districte de Sarrià-Sant Gervasi:
– C/ Anglí, 31 Sarrià-Sant Gervasi

Oficina d’Atenció Ciutadana del Districte d’Horta-Guinardó:
– C/ Lepant, 387 Horta-Guinardó

TRANSPORTS

metrobcn

MOBILITY

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)

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information

WHICH CARD CAN YOU RECOMMEND ME TO TRAVEL BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT?

tmb.es →

Most popular integrated travel cards (for travelling by metro, bus, FGC, Tram and Rodalies de Catalunya):

T-10: A multi-person travel card allowing 10 journeys to be made on all operators in the Integrated Fare System. A multi-person travel card valid for 10 intermodal journeys from 1 to 6 zones. In the case of one-zone cards, passengers have 75 minutes between the first and last validation when changing lines or mode of transport. This time increases by 15 minutes for each zone. 1 zone: 10.20€; 2 zones: 20.10€; 3 zones: 27.40€; 4 zones: 35.25€, 5 zones: 40.50€; 6 zones: 43.05€.

T-Mes (Monthly travel card): A holder-specific travel card allowing unlimited journeys to be made for one month on all operators in the Integrated Fare System. An individual non-transferable travel card valid for an unlimited number of journeys in 30 consecutive days from the first validation. T-Mes cards must be used in conjunction with a valid ID—national ID document or any ID issued by integrated fare system operators. The number of the ID document used must be printed on the travel card. 1 zone: 54€; 2 zones: 72.70€; 3 zones: 102€; 4 zones: 124.90€; 5 zones: 143.35€; 6 zones: 153.55€.

T-Jove (Young person’s travel card): Under 25s can use this travel card to make unlimited journeys over 90 days on all operators in the integrated transport system. A personalised travel card valid for an unlimited number of journeys in 90 consecutive days from the first validation for under 25s providing proof of age by means of a valid national ID document, foreign ID document (NIE) or passport. The number of the ID document must be printed on the travel card. 1 zone: 105€; 2 zones: 142€; 3 zones: 199,20€; 4 zones: 244€; 5 zones: 280€; 6 zones 300€.

T-50/30: An individual travel card, allowing 50 journeys to be made over 30 days on all operators in the Integrated Fare System. An individual travel card valid for 50 journeys in 30 consecutive days from the first validation; passengers have 75 minutes between the first and last validation when changing lines or mode of transport. Only for 1 zone: 43.50€.

T-Trimestre: A holder-specific travel card allowing unlimited journeys to be made over 90 days on all operators in the Integrated Fare System. An individual non-transferable travel card valid for an unlimited number of journeys in 90 consecutive days from the first validation. T-Trimestre cards must be usd in conjunction with a valid ID—national ID document or any ID issued by integrated fare system operators. The number of the ID document used must be printed on the travel card. 1 zone: 145.30€; 2 zones: 196.50€; 3 zones: 275.25€; 4 zones: 337.15€; 5 zones: 386.80€; 6 zones: 414.40€.

T-70/30: A multi-person travel card allowing 70 journeys to be made over 30 days on all operators in the Integrated Fare System from the first validation. In the case of one-zone cards, passengers have 75 minutes between the first and last validation when changing lines or mode of transport. This time increases by 15 minutes for each zone. 1 zone: 60.90€; 2 zones: 88.05€; 3 zones: 120.75€; 4 zones: 147.90€; 5 zones: 169.35€; 6 zones 183.70€.
metro map →

Bus map →

FGC network map →

Rodalies de Catalunya map →

SAFETY TIPS

SEGURETATCatalonia is a European country that has achieved high levels of peaceful coexistence, constituting itself as a safe society where all citizens can fully enjoy the free exercise of their rights.
Ensuring a welcoming and peaceful society is a shared responsibility between institutions and citizens, that in a cooperative way, favors the configuration of a free and comfortable society for everyone.
Given that individual participation in the management of safety, we recommend that you follow the basic tips that are exposed here and which will provide the appropriate means and resources to give you solutions to problems that may arise over your visit to our country.
Moreover, before starting a journey, it is advisable to collect the information that may become relevant. So, it is desirable that you record addresses, phone numbers of institutions and services that in certain situations can be very helpful

WHERE CAN I LEARN SPANISH?

Escola d’Idiomes Moderns – UB:
eim.ub.edu →
UAB Idiomes:
uab.cat →
Merit School UPC:
meritschool.com →
UPF Idiomes:
upf.edu →

WHERE CAN I LEARN CATALAN?

Consorci per a la Normalització Lingüística:
cpnl.cat →
intercat.cat →
parla.cat →
UPF Idiomes:
upf.edu →
Institut Ramon Llull:
llull →

SPORTS

Montjuic

WHERE CAN I PLAY SPORTS?

Esports UB:
ub.edu →
SAF UAB:
uab.cat →

information

UPCesports:
upc.edu →
E! Esports UPF:
upf.edu →
Esports URL:
url.edu →
Servei d’Esports UVic-UCC:
uvic.es →
Servei d’Esports UIC:
uic.es →
Servei d’Esports UAO CEU:
uaoceu.es →
Centros deportivos municipales de Barcelona:
guia.bcn.cat →

TELEPHONE COMPANIES

Estudios

WHAT ARE THE MAIN MOBILE PHONE AND INTERNET COMPANIES?

Movistar: movistar.es →
Vodafone: vodafone.es →
Orange: orange.es →
Amena: amena.com →
Yoigo: yoigo.com →
Simyo: simyo.es →
Jazztel: jazztel.com →
Ono: ono.es →
Parlem: parlem.com →

ESTUDIES

Estudios

WHERE I CAN GET MY FOREIGN DEGREE APPROVED/VALIDATED?

You should go to
Area of High Inspection of Education →

C/ Bergara, 12, 1r. Barcelona.
Tel. 93 520 96 03

USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS:

Estudios

Emergency: 112
Health Emergency: 061
Guardia Urbana de Barcelona: 092
Duty courts BCN: 935 673 140
Duty pharmacies BCN: 934 810 060

CONTACTS OF INTEREST FOR ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES

Node Català de Suport a la Mobilitat →
Virtual Office of the Barcelona City Council →
Consulates in Barcelona →

FIND SCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILDREN

In Barcelona you can find public schools, private subsidized and private.
Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona
Barcelona International Welcome