Our twenties are probably the best time in our life for soul searching and self-discovery. While for most people they mark the beginning of adult life, with the acquisition of new responsibilities and goals, they also represent the last years before most settle down and get married, buy houses and start having kids and what not. It’s those college and university years that we have to make the most of; to figure out who we really are and what we want from life. That’s why it is the best time for us to travel on our own; even taking a semester or an academic year abroad to meet new people and new cultures.
Students from Europe and now from all over the world have a great opportunity in the Erasmus Programme. The warmth of its people and its good weather around the whole year are two of the reasons why Spain is a highlight among the more than 30 countries covered in the Erasmus Programme. Spain also boasts a very rich history and culture, a very active nightlife and, since its wide diversity on options for student accommodation, it harbors young people from a lot of different countries and cultures, so it’s a great place to meet new and interesting people.
The opportunity of spending your semester or academic year abroad studying in cities like Madrid or Barcelona is one that shouldn’t be left pass by, especially when you can rent a room or a flat in the downtown of any of those cities, with centuries of history right at our feet!
For example, if you wanted to rent a room in Madrid for your Erasmus, this Flat in such a historic landmark like Plaza Mayor is a great option. You can flatshare with 7 more flatmates from any place in the world in downtown Madrid in a classic and picturesque building. Most rooms have a balcony with a nice view of downtown Madrid.
For a more Broadway-like experience in downtown Madrid, this flat is located in Gran Via, one of the most popular streets in the city, surrounded by lots of shops, theaters and many entertainment places where shows like plays and musicals are held all the time. Both flats are recently refurbished and can host 8 people, with fully equipped kitchen with washing machine and 2 bathrooms.
Living in any of these flats you could experience the nightlife of downtown Madrid in just a few steps from your place, besides having access to several metro stations close to your flat building. As the warmth of the Spanish people can only be matched by that of the Latin Americans you and your flatmates could have the time of your lives bonding with other people over some tapas on any bar of the city.
Living in Barcelona is also an awesome experience as well; as it is one of the most important cities in the world from the cultural point of view. Located in La Rambla, one of the most important and popular streets in Barcelona right next to the historic downtown, this flat can host up to 6 flatmates and is a great option for student accommodation in Barcelona for your Erasmus. Probably up there with the Sagrada Familia; La Rambla is one of the most important landmarks in the city. Renting a room here could give you the opportunity to live right next to historic buildings like the Great Theater of Liceu and enjoying the cultural experience that is La Rambla daily. Enjoy a lot of different cafes and restaurants within just a few minutes from your place. This is a great place for having unforgettable strolls on which you might just make the most important decisions for your career and life, as this atmosphere is really hard to top.
You could just picture that feeling of happiness when you’re packing your suitcase for what could be the most important journey of your life. Packing your favorite running shoes since you know it’ll always be good weather where you’re going. Packing your favorite books to read on a bench on any plaza with the most scenic and peaceful environment. Packing your favorite dresses, if you’re a girl, picturing how dazzling you’ll look on every night out; because, who knows, you might just find the love of your life in this trip. Taking your camera because you want to capture every moment: Plaza Mayor, la Sagrada Familia, and lots of other landmarks and museums that you’ll get to know. You’ll just know it; this is going to be the best year of your life.
So make the move! The experience of flatsharing in places like Madrid or Barcelona will mark your life in ways you don’t expect. Let this experience be one that you never forget.