What do you have to bear in mind, when you go to
Madrid as an exchange student? You are already enrolled, but there
are still many things to consider!
1. Residence permit
a) If you are a student from the EU states you don’t
need a residence permit.
b) If you come from another country, you have to
apply for a visa at the Spanish embassy or the consulate before
your departure. Be careful to apply for the correct visa, as a tourist
visa is only valid for 3 months and you are not considered as student
How can you keep track of the housing market in such a big city
as Madrid? Don’t panic, at this website we have collected
and compiled a list of accommodation possibilities for you. You
will find halls of residence, flat share rooms and apartments, offered
by serious agencies and universities. If you want to do the search
on you own, be careful not to fall for fraudulent agencies, who
claim to be licensed and ask for unnecessary fees (for address lists)
and too much money for the accommodation.
…to the link list “accommodation
Which insurances are important before you start
your stay as a student in Madrid?
If you have the following, you are well insured:
- Health insurance (absolutely elementary!!!)
- Accident insurance (a sensible supplement)
- Travellers’ third party liability insurance
(Important if you are not insured with your parents; if there
exists a private liability insurance via your parents, make sure
there is a world-wide coverage)
4. Cost of living
The living costs in Madrid are comparable with those
of other large European cities. It is not cheap to live in Madrid,
but you would have to pay more in London or Scandinavia. Most of
the large German cities or Vienna are only slightly more expensive.
You should expect monthy expenses of 500 € plus. It all depends
on various factors: a large part of the costs is determined by the
rent you have to pay, and of course it is up to everyone how much
he spends for food, spare time, etc. You should also bear in mind
that there are more expenses in the beginning, e.g. paying the deposit.
5. How to arrive in Madrid?
The airport of Madrid-Barajas is the largest
airport in Spain. It is situated approx. 12 km from the city centre
and you can reach it with the metro line 8.
Many low cost carriers offer direct flights to Madrid. The prices,
however, depend on the season, airports of departure and arrival
and particularly on the booking date.
Find your cheap flight now with Ryanair (http://www.ryanair.com),
Here you find the largest Spanish airlines
(for cheap inland flights and maybe a bargain back home):
You have also the opportunity to search for
special youth and students rates:
- STA Travel: This travel service for students offers flights,
accommodation and travel insurances, etc. A fee of 7,00 €
is added for flight prices below 150 € (without tax).
Airlines that offer youth- as well as student
- Iberia: Youth rate up to 24 years, student
rate up to 29 years; you need an international student ID (ISIC),
which can be issued at your university, various travel agencies,
- Lufthansa: Youth rate up to 24 years
- Spanair: Youth rate up to 24 years
- Air France: Youth rate up to 24 years
you can get more information about the international student ID
(ISIC): You can search for ISIC offices and various discounts in
the respective countries.
If you finally landed in Madrid, it is fairly
easy to reach the centre, as you can take the subway (metro line
8). If you have too much luggage and are not quite in the mood for
carrying all of it, it is more comfortable to take a taxi. The taxi
ride from the airport to the city centre costs approx. 20 €.