Welcome to Barcelona!

From the Barcelona Centre Universitari, the official Barcelona university service, we would like to give you a warm welcome to our great city: Barcelona.

We are here to help, inform and make you feel at home.

If you have chosen to come to Barcelona to study, conduct research, teach and live, we can help with this website, where you’ll find:

  • An extensive range of lodging alternatives for short and medium stays in the section LODGING.
  • All the links to our universities in the section STUDY.
  • Information about research in Catalonia in the RESEARCH section.

  • On this WELCOME page, you’ll find the practical information you need to get set up in Barcelona: how to open a bank account, how to use the public health service, how to register as a resident, useful telephone numbers, where to learn Catalán and Spanish, etc. You can find more practical information in the section LIVE-GET TO KNOW BARCELONA.
  • Catalán conversation guides are also available in different languages in the sections HOLA and WELCOME.
  • If you need more information, please contact us at info@bcu.cat or by telephone at 932 389 049.

    Welcome to the land of Gaudí, Picasso, Dalí, Ferran Adrià and Pau Casals…

    Enjoy the Barcelona Life!

    Live the Barcelona Experience!

    FAQs

    icon-infoPRACTICAL ADVICES

    FAQs

    Below you can find answers to frequently asked questions that arise when students come to our city.

     

    icon-bancBANKS

    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: https://sede.administracionespublicas.gob.es/procedimientos/index/categoria/34/language/en -; 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

     

    icon-saludHEALTH


     
     
    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.
     
     

    PUBLIC HOSPITALS

     
    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 →

    Hospital de Bellvitge

      

    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.
    + more information

    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 (education, health, etc).

    You should go to a Citizens Advice Bureau (OAC) or call 010.

    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

    L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT

    Empadronarse en Hospitalet

    Citizens Advice Bureau (OAC)
    – C/ Girona, 10, BS pis CP: 08901
    Información: 93 402 94 94
    OAC L’H →

    TELEPHONE COMPANIES

    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 →

     

    STUDIES

    Estudios

    WHERE I CAN GET MY FOREIGN DEGREE APPROVED/VALIDATED?

     

    You should go to High Inspectorate Area of Education.
    C/ Bergara, 12, 1r. Barcelona.

    Tel. 93 520 96 03

     
    Estudios

    icon-mobTRANSPORT

    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:

    http://www.tmb.cat/ca/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=c8996f6c-8ad5-4d21-b59b-faf9fceebd80&groupId=10168

    Bus map:

    http://www.tmb.cat/ca/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=5e6af5e2-7677-4ce8-85bb-8e63f2b086f1&groupId=10168

    FGC network map:

    http://www.fgc.cat/eng/planol.asp

    Rodalies de Catalunya map:

    http://www.renfe.com/viajeros/cercanias/planos/barcelona.html

    Más Informació de L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
    Tienes más información aquí →

    TELEPHONES

    CAN YOU GIVE ME USEFUL PHONE NUMBERS?

    Emergency: 112

    Health emergencies: 061

    Guardia Urbana BCN: 092

    Duty courts BCN: 935 673 140

    Duty pharmacies BCN: 934 810 060

    Guardia Urbana L’H: 934 091 092

    Duty courts L’H: 93 554 81 45

    Duty pharmacies L’H: + Info →

    LANGUAGES

    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 →

    LANGUAGES

    WHERE CAN I LEARN CATALAN?

    Consorci per a la Normalització Lingüística (CpNL):

    cpnl.cat →

    intercat.cat →

    parla.cat →

     

    UPF Idiomes:

    upf.edu →

    icon-faqMORE QUESTIONS…

    IN WHAT ELSE CAN WE HELP?

    Where can I find university phrase books (from Catalan to Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Basque, Galician, Aranese, Greek, Arabic, Amazigh, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Polish, Hebrew and vice versa)?

    intercat.cat →

    How I can access the cultural Agenda?

    Agenda BCU

    Can you give me safety tips to keep in mind to live in Barcelona?

    Safety Tips

    Which consulates are there in Barcelona?

    gencat.cat →

    Where I can inquire about immigration?

    Generalitat de Catalunya – Extranjería →

    Secretaría General de Inmigración y Emigración →

    How can I get free WiFi Internet access?

    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 →

    L’Hopitalet’s government allows users to connect to the Internet through several WiFi hotspots located in several municipal facilities. You can check out the WiFi hotspots network here →

     

    icon-faq

    IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

    http://112.gencat.cat


    SPORTS

    WHERE CAN I PLAY SPORTS?

     

    Esports UB: 

    ub.edu →

    SAF UAB: 

    uab.cat →

    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 →

    Municipal sports centers Barcelona: 

    guia.bcn.cat →

    Municipal sports centers L’Hospitalet: 

    SME L’H →

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