Barcelona is one of the most prosperous cities in Europe and a fantastic place to live, with a sunny climate and a cosmopolitan cultural life. It is also affordable, particularly when compared to cities such as London and Paris, offering an excellent quality of life and a diverse student mix.

The University of Barcelona offers students the chance to study and undertake research at an institution that is fully integrated into the city around it. Lying on the Mediterranean coast, and with a population of over 1.5 million, Barcelona is one of the most economically, socially and culturally important cities in Europe and is characterised by its extraordinary diversity. Graduates of the UB enjoy an excellent reputation among international employers.

Barcelona ranks the 31st best city in the world for students according to the QS Best Student Cities 2018 ranking, which combines data on universities, student population, affordability, quality of life and reputation with employers.


Barcelona Centre Universitari (BCU) offers students admitted to courses at the UB a wide and varied range of accommodation options:

  1. Halls of residence, rooms in shared flats, homestays, rental apartments and more.
  2. A free information service is available to all students looking to rent an apartment in Barcelona.
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Moving around

Barcelona and its metropolitan area boast an excellent public transport system, considered one of the best in Europe. TMB, the metropolitan transport authority, operates two permanent transport networks (metro and bus) and offers a range of leisure services.

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In addition to the metro, bus network and tram system, Barcelona has the ‘Bicing’ bicycle sharing system, a simple, practical and sustainable service for moving around the city.

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