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Accommodation in Spain


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It is hard to find a comfortable place to live in Spain, especially in large cities. You can rent or buy an apartment, also stay in a hotel or hostel, but the most economic way is to find a share flat.

Rental Market

All the major Spanish cities offer a wide range of accommodation. You won’t have a problem finding a place to stay; there’s everything from budget hostels to expensive five star hotels available.

The prices of rentals have risen over the past years. Monthly rentals for a 1-2 bedroom furnished flat are €600/month (2006) in Madrid and Barcelona. A less expensive option is a shared apartment, starting at around €300/month (2006) in the major cities.

If you require your living arrangements to be organized before you arrive, you can use an apartment rental service, although this can be expensive.

In Spain the hotels range from budget to first class and most provide modern, up to date facilities and services. In the main cities and tourist centers, the staff speaks Spanish, english, French and German.

Most of the major international hotel chains have settled throughout the whole country. In high season (Christmas, Eastern and summer) the hotels and vacation centers get filled up quickly, so it is important to make reservations ahead of time. You might pay 85 -110 Euros (2006) for a 2-star, nice hotel.

Hostels in Spain are usually of very good quality and they are a great way to meet people. Hostels are ideal for people traveling alone, who want to get to meet other travelers and make new friends.

All the major Spanish cities have plenty of hostels to choose from. In the resort areas, there are generally more hotels than hostels, but you’ll easily find a place to stay. The prices vary depending on the location, facilities and the time of the year.

Average hostel prices (2006): 15-18 Euros for a single room with a shared bathroom, 27-36 Euros for a double, 21- 25 Euros for a single room en suite and 33-45 Euros for a double en suite.

Apartments or Holiday flats
In Spain there are literally thousands of holiday apartments for rent, particularly on the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca. Apartments range from small studios to large exclusive four and five bedroom apartments. During the summer in the tourist areas, apartments are often rented out for shorter periods at higher prices. Most of tourist rent out holiday flats at a daily rate, there is also the option of renting an apartment on a weekly or monthly basis. Most of holiday apartments come fully equipped.

Share Flats
Many people in Spain are looking for a roommate, and they publish their announcements in newspapers and publications that have a classified section. It is important to set appointments as soon as possible, because flats may be rented before you get there.

Where to look for accommodation?

There are many ways to look for accommodation:
  • Newspapers
  • Local newspapers have a classified section offering rentals and the most housing possibilities. Many people public their announcements with a contact number to call if you are interested. The best times to call are in the lunchtime (1:30 – 4:00 pm) and after work (8-10 pm). Many newspapers and publications offer the possibility of placing an announcement for free; these offers are great if you are looking for roommates.
  • Internet
  • If you want to rent some place before actually arriving, try searching on the internet. More and more people use the internet to advertise property for rent or for sale so use these sites to contact owners and contrast prices.
  • Get Walking
  • This is a good method to look for accommodation, and this way, you will also know the neighborhoods and streets in Spain. A lot of apartments and houses have an orange "Se alquila" (for rent) sign outside or in the main building entrance. Some owners left the information with the concierge, so you should enquire with him about the requirements for hiring.
  • Agencies
  • In Spain, there are many accommodation agencies that offer apartments for longer term stays. Their fee is typically the equivalent of one month's rent. This is an expensive alternative, but worth it if time is limited. Contracts are normally arranged on a yearly basis, although shorter periods are possible. Be prepared for the initial payment that consists of one month's rent in advance, one month's rent as a deposit. Typically expect to pay three months rent up front when you take on a contract. Normally renting agencies require identification documents (passport, ID card).

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