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Student housing - Hostels - Coworking in Barcelona (Spain)

Students, international students, interns, backpackers, roomates and digital nomads can book cheap dorms and safe private rooms in downtown Barcelona, close to boarding schools, high schools, colleges, halls of residence and universities, close to buses or train stations, airports or major attractions in Barcelona.


Pleasant stay
Great place with events for all tastes. Bike rental very accessible. Staff at the top. Small flat in our opinion, the roof top terrace closes much too early ... (21h).
Fantastic 10.0
Very friendly staff, located right at placa catalunya but still quiet enough to have a good sleep. I would definitely stay there again.
Very friendly staff, located right at placa catalunya but still quiet enough to have a good sleep. I would definitely stay there again.
Fantastic 10.0
Quiet, well located with very good private rooms.
Hostel located on a large avenue, near the bus (20 minutes by bus to the Gothic Quarter), supermarket and shops. The metro is a little further (10 minutes walk) but it is quite feasible. The hostel has all the necessary equipment. The private rooms are very clean and quiet. Negative: the bathroom is quickly flooded; it is very hot in the rooms despite the fans
Fantastic 9.0
Auberge spacieuse et super bien placée, personnel accueillant, fait office de tourisme et vend les titres de transports, grand salon agréable et convivial, boisson et petits gâteaux pour le petit-déjeuner offerts, bon y a juste les casiers qui sont mal placés mais ce n'est même pas la peine de s'en servir, c'est hyper safe!! Et en plus c'est pas cher (même si toutes les petites options liées au moment du départ (garder la valise, etc) sont payantes). Et l'entrée de l'immeuble de l'auberge vous impressionnera sans doute...
Fantastic 9.4


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Welcome to Barcelona

Barcelona. Where do we start? We can try to describe the famous landmarks that sprung from Gaudi’s imagination; we can tell you about the colourful markets, the passionate and energetic people, the cool urban beaches. We could tell you about random nights out in the city centre, bouncing from El Raval to Gotico and back again. Then there are the hostels themselves: cool, cheap youth hostels just right for solo backpackers; downtown hostels with large, group-friendly dorms. Hostels you’ll make camp in, make friends in, and sleep it off in. We could tell you about all of that and more. But Barcelona is one of those cities that you can’t really prepare for. Our advice? Just dive in. Order food you’ve never heard of; shake a leg with the locals; wander aimlessly down the Ramblas and let this truly international, individual and inspiring city take you on an unforgettable journey.  

Museums on a Sunday

Many of Barcelona’s museums have free entry on Sunday afternoons, including the Picasso Museum and the City Museum. Others are free on the first Sunday of every month, such as the National Museum of Art of Catalonia.

Park Güell

If you liked the Sagrada Familia, you’ll love this – and it’s much easier to get in. Antonio Gaudi’s public park has a creative, relaxed vibe that attracts young locals and the hostel crowd alike. There are eye-popping features around every corner, and amazing views over the city to boot.


Address: Carrer d'Olot, s/n, 08024 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: La Salut

Cinema Lliure

Sitting in a dark cinema is the last thing you want to do as a backpacker, but outdoor cinema by the sea is a whole different ball game. Cinema Lliure offers free showings on Thursday and Sunday evenings from mid-July throughout most of August. Find it on Sant Sebastia beach.


Address: Playa de Sant Sebastià Plaça Mar, Barcelona 08003, Spain

District: Barceloneta

Sagrada Familia

Whether they’re in a hostel or a luxury hotel, every visitor to Barcelona beats a path to Antoni Gaudi’s immense, intricate Basilica. It has been under construction since 1882 and will take at least 30 years to finish. Advanced booking recommended.


Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: Sagrada Família

Casa Milà

Popularly known as ‘La Pedrera’,this is one of the most famous buildings of the Catalan Art Nouveau period and one of Gaudí’s most ambitious works.

District: Dreta da l'Eixample

Las Ramblas

La Rambla is the main street in Barcelona, with pavement cafes, souvenir shops and street performers. It’s a long street sectioned into shorter streets, such as Rambla de Sant Josep, hence it’s also known by the plural form Las Ramblas.

Address: La Rambla, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: Ciudad Vieja

Poble Espanyol

A small Spanish village with replicas of houses and buildings in different styles. You can wander the squares, streets and gardens, visit bars or craft shops and workshops that make and sell traditional Spanish goods.


Address: Av Francesc Ferrer i Guardia, 13, 08038 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: El Poble Sec

The Nou Camp

Football-mad backpackers can follow in the footsteps of sporting legends such as Cruyff, Maradona, Guardiola and Ronaldinho at Barca’s home ground.


Address: C. Aristides Maillol, 12, 08028 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: St. Ramon - Maternitat

Poble Sec

It may not be packing any major sights, but Poble Sec is an up-and-coming area that offers an authentic taste of Barcelona – narrow streets, independent shops and family restaurants abound. A little off the usual tourist trail but still full of life, it’s a great neighbourhood for cheap nights out. There are hostels here too, so it’s not a bad choice for a base.

Affordable Peace and quiet Where locals live


The Gothic Quarter, just across the Ramblas from El Raval, is a popular neighbourhood where backpackers rub shoulders with mainstream tourists. It’s still good for a night out, but it comes into its own during the day, when the warren-like streets offer welcome shade and reveal treats like the ornate Carrer del Bisbe bridge.

Walking streets Touristy Beautiful Buildings

El Raval

El Raval goes hard. This characterful part of the Old Town is easy to get lost in, particularly if you’ve just spent the evening touring its jumping bar scene. If you prefer your nights out long, lively and random, El Raval is the place. A word of warning: like many nightlife districts, it has an ‘edgy’ side. Your valuables may be safer locked in the dorm.

Dancing Funky Bars

Sala Montjuïc (July – August)

Barcelona hosts an annual open-air cinema event, with a live band prior to a short film and main feature – a contemporary or classic favourite in its original language.


Address: Ctra. de Montjuïc, 66, 08038 Barcelona, Spain

District: Distrito 3

Sitges Film Festival

Calling all nerdy backpackers: the seaside town of Sitges – easily reached from Barcelona, and worth a trip in its own right – hosts one of the world’s best-known horror and fantasy film festivals every September.


Mercat de Mercats (October)

Launched in 2009, the ‘market of markets’ is designed to showcase the best of the city’s 40-plus markets, alongside wares from all over Catalonia. And it’s held right in front of Barcelona Cathedral, so the location is pretty tasty too.


Address: Avinguda de la Catedral, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: Barrio Gòtico

Festa de Sant Jordi (April)

If you’re not sure when to book your Barcelona hostel, this festival on April 23 is a great time to visit. Traditionally women are given a red rose, men receive a book and Catalan culture is celebrated with concerts, street parties and other events.

Festes de la Mercè (September)

You’ll feel the walls of your hostel rocking over the five days of Festes de la Mercè. Expect fireworks, live performances, castellers (human towers), cultural exhibitions and much more.


Primavera Sound Festival (June)

Primavera Sound Festival is now one of the Europe’s greatest music events, attracting over 250 artists including local groups and international big names. There’s no camping, so hostels fill up quickly - book ahead!


Address: Parc del Forum, Plaça de Leonardo da Vinci, 4-5, 08019 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: San Martin


Set in Barcelona's Parc del Fòrum, Cruïlla has international and local bands plus circus acts and other performers. Locals are asked to suggest acts they’d like to see and the final line-up is voted on by the public.


Address: Parc del Forum, Plaça de Leonardo da Vinci, 4-5, 08019 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: San Martin

Barcelona Beach Festival

The ultimate beach party, Barcelona Beach Festival brings international house and trance superstars to Playa del Besos every July.


Address: Playa del Besos, Spain

District: San Martin

La Boqueria

Pull up a chair at one of the tapas bars in the huge food market La Boqueria, on La Rambla. Fresh-as-you-like local grub for crazy prices, and a great chance for backpackers to practise their Spanish.


Address: La Rambla, 91, 08001 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: Ciudad Vieja

Phone: 093 318 25 84


Bacoa is one of the nicest burger places you could eat in, and is now a chain of five in Barcelona. The original outlet, now known as Little Bacoa, is at Carrer Colomines.


Address: Carrer Colomines, 2, 08003 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: San Pedro

Phone: 93 268 95 48

Bo de B

Wraps as thick as your forearm. Salads you’ll never finish. And much of it is under €5. Now wonder locals and backpackers alike flock to this colourful little sandwich place in the Gothic Quarter.

Address: Carrer de la Fusteria, 14

District: Barrio Gòtico

Phone: 093 667 49 45

Mercat de Santa Caterina

Mercat de Santa Caterina, in El Born, is a smaller and less touristy market. Buy cheese and other snacks for a picnic or order tapas at the restaurant Santa Catalina Cuives.


Address: Avinguda de Francesc Cambo 16 Ciutat Vella, Parc, 08003

District: Born

Phone: 093 319 57 40

Juicy Jones

If the long days and late nights of hostel life have worn you down, head here for yummy juices, meal-of-the-day offers and exotic vegan dishes. Mains come in at a delicious €6.50.


Address: Carrer de l'Hospital, 74, 08001 Barcelona

District: El Raval

Phone: 093 443 90 82


Enjoy reasonably priced cocktails in an understated, retro atmosphere at this funky bar that’s well-situated for Gothic Quarter hostels.


Address: 5, Carrer dels Consellers, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: San Pedro

Luz de Gas

This pint-sized concert hall has a louche, burlesquey feel. It hosts live shows in the early evening, then morphs into a club in the early hours.


Address: Carrer de Muntaner, 246, 08021 Barcelona

District: Sant Gervasi - Galvany

Phone: 093 209 77 11

Bar Tequila

Thought headphones were just for the trip between hostels? Wrong! Here they hang from the bar - the idea is to request a song, then enjoy it with no distractions when it comes on. At first it seems weird. Then it seems funny. Then you find you can’t actually stop doing it.

Address: Carrer dels Escudellers, 28, 08002 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: Barrio Gòtico

Phone: 093 301 25 58


If you’re ‘feline’ thirsty, CatBar in El Born serves regional craft beers and some international bottles. There’s occasional live music, murals on the wall (of – you guessed it – cats) and a backpacker-friendly local crowd.


Address: Carrer Boria, 17, 08003 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: Born

Phone: 093 310 08 81

La Ovella Negra

Despite being a stone’s throw from La Rambla, La Ovella Negra (the Black Sheep) is reasonably cheap and packed full of locals enjoying the chilled atmosphere. You can get in a game of pool or table football too.


Address: Calle de les Sitges, 5, 08001 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: El Raval

Els Encants

This rough-and-tumble flea market has really improved since moving under a striking mirrored canopy. Browse, people-watch and rummage for a bargain.

Address: Avinguda Meridiana, 69, 08018 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: Fort Pienc

Art Montfalcon

It’s easier to list what this shop doesn’t stock. Wander through room after room of gadgets, art, upcycled design and locally-made gifts. We could lose hours in here.


Address: Carrer dels Boters, 4, 08002 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

District: Barrio Gòtico

Phone: 093 301 13 25

La Maquinista

When you’re a backpacker, you sometimes need a fix of cheap, reliable clothes. The La Maquinista mall has the big-name shops you won’t find elsewhere in Barcelona - think Forever 21 and Aldo.


Address: Carrer de Potosí, 2, 08030 Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Give us a HOLA!: Roving backpackers should pick up a Hola BCN!, also known as a Barcelona Travel Card, which allows unlimited travel on all forms of transport for 2, 3, 4 or 5 days. Not to be confused with…

…the Barcelona Card: This little gem offers unlimited travel plus discounts at shops, attractions and restaurants.

Share your travel costs: You can also get a T10 Zone 1 ticket that can be shared with other people and allows you to switch between forms of transport round town.


You’ll fly into Barcelona Airport, also known as Barcelona-El Prat. The airport has 2 terminals: Terminal 1 (T1) and Terminal 2 which has 3 separate buildings called T2A, T2B and T2C.

To reach your hostel, take the Aerobus (A1 and A2) to Plaça de Catalunya, which runs every 10 minutes and takes 35 minutes; or the number 46 bus runs between Plaça d'Espanya and Barcelona Airport (T1 and T2) daily. Night buses also run to/from T1/T2 every 20 minutes.

Take the twice-hourly train from the RENFE (Spanish Rail) station to Sants station, which takes 18 minutes.


High-speed trains from major Spanish and other European cities arrive at Barcelona Sants station, the city’s main railway station and the terminus for the high-speed trains and many Spanish and foreign destinations, suburban rail and trains to Barcelona Airport. National and regional trains also arrive/depart from França station.


Experienced backpackers will be familiar with Barcelona Nord Bus Station, where most national and international services arrive. Buses also depart from Barcelona Sants station and other areas of the city.

Getting around

Purchase a Barcelona Transport Card in advance or T10 ticket at the entrance to any metro station, which entitles you to 10 journeys on the metro, some trains, buses, tram and RENFE in all Zone 1 areas.

Language: Most people understand and speak Spanish, although locals speak the Catalan dialect.

Currency: Euro

Voltage: 220v

Timezone: Central European Time Zone

Dialing code: +34 for Spain, 93 for Barcelona

Post Office

The central post office in Barcelona is on Plaça d'Antoni López at the bottom of Via Laietana near Barceloneta and the Barcelona harbour area. Plaça Antonio López, 08002, Barcelona  90 219 71 97


Vall d’hebron Hospital General

119-129, Horta-Guinardo, 08035 Barcelona

Tel: 093 274 61 00

Hospital de Sant Joan de Deu

Passeig Sant Joan de Deu 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona

Tel: 093 253 21 00.

There is a pharmacy at La Rambla 98 (in front of Boqueria). Tel: 093 301 28 43

Tourist information

The main tourist office is under Plaça de Catalunya, the busiest square in Barcelona. It’s difficult to find - look for the large pillars with an ‘I’ at the top, which mark the entrances. Tel: 093 285 38 34

Opening hours

Shops generally open from 9:00-13:00/14:00, the reopen at 16:30 until 20:00 or later. Many are closed on Saturday afternoons and Sundays. The main department stores are open all day until late, including Saturdays and smaller supermarkets tend to open later in the evening and on Sundays.

Emergency numbers: The general emergency number is 112. For medical, call 061, and for fire 080.