Madrid is one of the main Erasmus destinations in Spain. Each Year thousand of European and extra-European students choose Spain and Madrid for their Erasmus experience. For this reason, Madrid can be considered an Erasmus city, where knowing Spanish or foreign students. However, It’s possible to find further reasons and informations to define Madrid as an involved city within the Erasmus network. Many welcome structures and services were made for making easier the Eramus period for the foreign students. Here’s 6 advices for choosing for your Erasmus period.
1. University faculties
The first important aspect concerns the university faculties. In Madrid there are many Universities, such as Complutense, Juan Carlo III or the Autonoma, which offer several study opportunities. In this way, foreign students can find and choose among a large range of proposals, deepening their national studies, maybe, from a different point of view. Moreover, the major part of these Universities provides Language courses, by giving the possibility to the foreign student to improve their Spanish or to learn a new “Idioma” (Language). Beyond these initiatives, these universities offer rooms for some of these Erasmus students in their Hostels. Furthermore, Madrid’s universities can provide different master courses and they have contacts with other universities and Spanish job structures, which you can find in their own website.
2. Madrileños Lifestyle
However, Erasmus experience also means knowing a new culture and a new lifestyle. For this reason, Madrid offers several possibilities of entertainments, with its events for young, Night clubs, Discos, shows and theatres, that make Madrid a very stimulating place where learning different ways of living. It’s very difficult to be bored in Madrid. Madrileños have a quiet lifestyle, for this reason the advice is to follow the rhythms and the mood of the Madrid’s people. For instance, it’s very frequent for Madrileños going to drink something after work. You should try to plunge into their habits, for living like Madirleños.
3. Room prices
Although the room prices depend from the period, for instance, from February to May It’s more difficult find a room because of low availability; However, comparing Madrid with other European Capitals, such as London, Rome, Berlin or Paris, It’s possible to note that is easier to find a room. Usually, You could find a room in a central zone, as Gran Via, Sol or Paseo del Prado, and paying till 400 Euro per Month, in some cases with all outgoings included. However, if your budget were less than 400 Euro, it’s possible to find different offers just out the city centre, where the rooms price is more reduced. Moreover, Madrid has a good public transport with its 12 Subway lines, the Cercanias and the Buses. For this reason, it is not difficult to reach the city centre or the universities.
4. Madrid Night Life
How It said above, Madrid is very famous for its “Movida”, in fact, the city is full of night clubs where you can drink cocktails and socialize. There are several quarters where you can enjoy the Madrid night life, however, the most famous is the “Malsaña” zone, but also “Chueca” or “La Latina”,which are very exciting “Barrios”, thanks to their night clubs. Usually, during the week-end, you can enjoy here of the real Fiesta Madrileña, with a lot of young and attractions.
5. The Weather
Another reason for choosing Madrid for your Erasmus is the weather. In fact, Madrid has a very agreeable weather. During the Winter, It’s not too much cold, the temperatures are stable and seldom under the 0º, however if you love the snow, you could go to the mountains near Madrid, in some localities as Segovia, where usually is colder. The Springs is the perfect season for enjoying of the many gardens and parks in Madrid. Here, you might study and enjoying of a beautiful day. For example, the Madrid Rio is a very frequented zone during this period, an ideal place where doing open air activities.
6. Culture, art, food and more
Madrid is a place full of culture where you can know many of the Spanish traditions, for instance, as the Flamengo shows. However, here, you could visit very important museums such as “El Prado”, the “Reina Sofia” or the “Thyssen Museum”. Some of these museums can be visited for free in particular days of the week, but also it’s possible to buy a tourist card for having reductions. In Madrid You could admire some of the main Works of the most famous Spanish artists such as, Goya, Velazquez, Picasso and etc. Moreover, From Madrid, thanks to its bus lines and Cercanias, it’s possible to reach other interesting and wonderful places, such as Toledo, Segovia or Alcala de Henares. Finally, Madrid offers a large gastronomic experience. In fact, in Madrid you can taste some of the most delicious Spanish dishes. Another important experience that you can try in Madrid is the “Corrida de Toros”.