I remember when I first landed in Barcelona. Between tasting tapas, learning some Spanish basics (hola, gracias, and where's the beach?), there was one overwhelming mission: finding a flat. If you're reading this, you're probably in the same boat, but fear not! I’ve got your back. Here's the lowdown on the flat hunt in Barcelona.
In Barcelona, neigbourhoods matter quite a bit. Each one has its own vibe, so it's important to do your research. I will give you a quick list to the most popular neighborhoods:
Most students and young professionals prefer shared apartments. It's cost-effective, and you get to meet some cool people. Remember, shared doesn't mean compromising on quality. Some shared flats are downright gorgeous.
It is still important to choose well in terms of who you are going to live with, it can have a big impact on your experience in Barcelona. I suggest you stay for a while on a temporary accommodation and then look for a flat with people you know you will get along with. This can be a bit more hassle but it will be worth it in the long run.
Always, always get a contract. Usually, it’s in Spanish, so if you’re not sure, be sure to translate it or get help to understand everything. Standard contracts ask for a month's deposit, but if they're asking for more without a reason, that's a red flag. Also be sure to do your research on similar flats in the area to make sure you're not being overcharged. It's also worth to do a bit of investigation on the landlord, you can ask for references from previous tenants or even ask around the neighborhood.
When you're visiting flats, check the water pressure, ask about internet speed, and find out if utilities are included in the rent. These might sound minor, but trust me, they make all the difference. With that information, you can make a more informed decision when you have to choose between many options.
To rent a flat, you usually need your ID, proof of employment or a student certificate, and sometimes a Spanish bank account. Be prepared, and it’ll save you last-minute stress. It is important to not make any payments before you have signed the contract. In case you have to make a reservation payment, make sure it is not more than 1 month of rent. And if you are asked to pay a deposit and the cirumstances lead you to do so, make sure to pay it through a bank transfer and ask for a receipt. Problems are not common but they do happen, so it is better to be safe than sorry.
We host these fantastic events, and guess what! There you can meet potential flatmates! Think of it as networking, but more relaxed and fun. Keep an eye on our next events published in this same website.
Flat hunting in Barcelona might be a challenge, but remember, every challenge here comes with a side of adventure, it will be worth it in the end. Whether it's the balcony views, the cafes around your corner, or the lifelong friends you make as flatmates, it’s all part of the Barcelona experience. So dive in, and happy hunting!