Study in Barcelona

Study in Barcelona. Master in Institutions and Political Economy. Universitat de Barcelona.


Barcelona is a vibrant and flourishing city and a fantastic place to live. 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.

Known for its economic dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit, Barcelona’s warm weather, historic neighborhoods and rich cultural life make it a stimulating place to live. Additionally, its size –which allows people to walk or bike– and its affordability (compared to cities such as London or Paris) provide and excellent lifestyle balance.

Barcelona is a thriving city for young scholars from all over the world, as it has three well-ranked universities and many research centers with a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs. According to QS Best Student Cities 2018 ranking, which combines data on universities, student population, affordability, quality of life and reputation with employers, Barcelona is currently the 12th best city to live in Europe.

The University of Barcelona has various campus in the core of the city, close from all the amenities and leisure activities, and is fully integrated in the community. Ranked 1st among Spanish universities by the ARWU, the University of Barcelona offers students the chance to study and undertake research at an institution with more than 63,000 students.


The University of Barcelona offers students several types of accommodation so they can choose the one that best suits their needs and expectations:

  • UB halls of residence
  • UB university residence
  • Affiliated halls of residence
  • Private university residences

Additionally, students admitted to the UB can reach the Barcelona Centre Universitari (BCU) for information and advice on accommodation

Moving around

Barcelona is one of the best-communicated cities in the world, with numerous daily flights to the main cities in Europe and direct intercontinental flights to North America, South America, Asia and the Middle East. The Josep Tarradellas Barcelona–El Prat Airport is close from city center, easily accessible by a 30-minute metro or bus ride.

Additionally, Barcelona and its metropolitan area have an excellent public transportation 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.

In addition to the metro, bus and tram networks, Barcelona has a bicycle sharing system (Bicing), a simple, practical and sustainable service for moving around using a dense network of bicycle lanes across the city.