Cost of Living in Barcelona
According to recent reports, the cost of living in Barcelona is still generally lower than that of most major European cities. This is a key factor in the lifestyle and quality of life standards for the Barcelona GSE university community. Indeed, in recent years the city has become a magnet for students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
Barcelona has long been a popular destination for Erasmus students and other study-abroad programs, as well as a leading post-graduate education hub that includes several top-ranking international business schools and leading economic research institutions.
Barcelona has an excellent public transportation system: an underground metro, a clean and reliable bus system, and inexpensive taxis. Read more at the Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) website to find out the best way to get from one place to another.
There are nine subway lines and several intercity rail lines, each identified by a number and color. You can purchase a 10-trip reusable ticket (T-10), or 50-trips/monthly ticket for regular commuting. The closest stop to the Barcelona GSE and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) main campus is the Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica station on the Yellow/L4 line. The Barcelona GSE and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) Bellaterra Campus is located just 30 minutes outside of the Barcelona city center. The closest stop is the Universitat Autònoma station on the S2 or S55 lines, and requires a 2-zone ticket.
Barcelona also offers an environmentally friendly bicycle-sharing service, designed for easy use with drop-off stations all over town. This bicycle system is not available to tourists, and has become very popular with locals and students. There are two bike stations at our main campus. To use the service you must register and pay a yearly fee of €24. The first 30 minutes of bicycle use is free, and additional time is charged at €0.30/30 minutes. For more details about Barcelona's public bicycles, please click here.