Ready to find a room for your Erasmus in Madrid? One of the first cities that comes to mind when you think of Spain is Madrid, right? Moreover, if you have entered this post it may have been because you have seen the Why do Erasmus in Madrid post and I have convinced you to take the first step; or maybe the post of What to see in Madrid has encouraged you to do your Erasmus in the capital of Spain.

You would love to spend your Erasmus in the capital of Spain, but if something shows that it is a capital, is that it is huge, so looking for a lodging area or a room in Madrid when you go on Erasmus can be an adventure .

We’ll go in parts. Madrid is a huge city, and full of neighborhoods with very different environments, so you will have to decide what you will give priority to: Would you rather stay in a room in places close to your university? Or maybe you like other aspects, such as leisure?

Whatever the choice, I will tell you below the best options for your accommodation in Madrid during your Erasmus. Are you ready?

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1. Pozuelo. Nearest neighborhood
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2. La Latina. Most economical neighborhood
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3. Rosales University Residence
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4. Nebrija-Corazoncistas Universitary residence

Campus de Somosaguas (Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

1. Pozuelo. Nearest neighborhood

If you are looking for the place closest to this university campus, do not look in Pozuelo, since it is a fairly exclusive area (the nearest homes are residential and high-priced).

On the other hand, I recommend you look for Moncloa-Aravaca because:

  • Room price → € 400-500 / month
  • Green areas → It is one of the areas with more green spaces in the entire capital, so it is great to go jogging or walking.
  • Location → It is less than 10 km from the center, so by bus, it does not take even 10 minutes to arrive.
  • Atmosphere → It is increasingly full of bars and shops, so if you like to go shopping, or have a beer, you will have a lot of variety.
  • Disadvantages → It is an area full of families and schools, so it is not a good atmosphere to party.

 

2. La Latina. Most economical neighborhood

If you are going to do your Erasmus on the Somosaguas Campus, the best quality / price area to stay and find a room is the La Latina area (especially for the Aluche and Camp areas) for the following reasons:

  •  Room price → € 300-400 / month
  • Location → It is in the center of Madrid, so it is very close to Gran Vía or Puerta del Sol.
  • Its atmosphere → One of the most bohemian neighborhoods in the city. Here you can find people of all kinds, and it is also one of the places with more bars and places to party.
  • Disadvantages → It has almost no green areas, and, being a tourist area, there are pickpockets, so you better be careful.

* At the end of the blog you have a list of streets in which I do not recommend staying, in which, there are a couple of the La Latina neighborhood.

 

3. Residences

Unfortunately there is no residence for students nearby, most are in the center, but if you prefer to stay in one, the closest is the Rosales University Residence (since it is about 8’7km, and if you go by car, you will be there in about 11 minutes, but by bus / subway the journey can take an hour):

  • Room price → it is not shown on the web, but you get an email and a customer service phone. They speak Spanish, English and German.
  • Zone → It is near the Rose Garden of the Parque del Oeste, so you will have green areas. The Royal Palace of Madrid is also nearby

You can also see the  Nebrija-Corazonistas Universitary Residence, which is also close to the previous one:

  • Room price → € 1245 / month
  • Zone → Same as the previous one, so you will have green areas and you will be close to the Royal Palace of Madrid
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1. Moncloa-Aravaca. Nearest neighborhood
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2. La Latina. Most economical neighborhood
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Residence. Mariela Residence

Ciudad Universitaria de la Universidad ComplutensePolitécnica or Internacional Menédez Pelayo

1. Moncloa-Aravaca. Nearest neighborhood

If you are going to spend your Erasmus in one of those three campuses, if you are looking to be close, I advise you to look for your accommodation in Moncloa-Aravaca:

  • Room price → € 400-500 / month
  • Green areas → If you like walking or jogging, you have plenty of parks and green areas, a perfect area to breathe some fresh air.
  • Location → A few minutes from downtown, and also has very good communication because there are several public transport lines.
  • Environment → It is a neighborhood where mostly families with children live, so it is quite quiet and safe.
  • Disadvantages → Reading the previous point you can imagine it: it is a family area, so do not expect the party level to be the same as in the center.

 

2. Chamberí Area. Most economical neighborhood

The good thing about attending one of these 3 campuses, is that there are many areas that, although they are not so close, you will not have to move much more.

I recommend you look for a flat in the Chamberí area:

  • Room price → € 360-460 / month
  • Green areas → It is near the Parque del Oeste, so you can walk around if you need a break from so much building
  • Location → Practically in the center of Madrid (but with the advantage of being cheaper), you will have everything close.
  • Atmosphere → It is full of museums, so you will have entertainment for a while. Here there are very famous restaurants of all prices and there is quite a university atmosphere.
  • Disadvantages → It is a more cultural area, so there is not much atmosphere of nightclubs (there are, but there are enough police controls to keep people at bay). Oh, and at the moment it is economical, but the area is revaluing, so be careful with the offers.

3.Residences

If you study in one of these three universities, you’re in luck, because the vast majority of student residences are in the area. One that I recommend is the Mariela Residence, which is about 20-30 minutes from these universities if you go by public transport:

  •  Room price:
    • Double room → € 800 / month
    • Single room → € 830 / month
    • Room with terrace → € 940 / month
  • Area → Near Chamberí, so you will enjoy the advantages of this area. In addition, you will also be near the Parque del Oeste, in case you like to go for a walk.
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1. Fuencarral. Nearest neighborhood
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2. Alcobendas. Most economical neighborhood
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3. Erasmos Residence Hall

Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

1. Fuencarral – El Pardo. Nearest neighborhood

If you study at that university, Fuencarral-El Pardo is the area that suits you best if you value you are as close as possible:

  • Room price → € 350-450 / month
  • Green areas → It is surrounded by the Mount of El Pardo, so if you move to the outskirts of the area you can observe nature. Inside, you have a small river, the Manzanares River.
  • Location → If you like to live in less crowded areas, you will like this area, since it is quite far from the center.
  • Environment → It is an area far from the center, so there is not much atmosphere compared to other districts nearby. However, if you enjoy nature getaways it is the best of Madrid.
  • Disadvantages → As I said before, it is quite far from the center. If you would like to have an active nightlife, I do not recommend you look for accommodation here.

 

2. Alcobendas. Most economical neighborhood

Another neighborhood not so remote and a little cheaper (one of the cheapest in all of Madrid, by the way) is Alcobendas:

  • Room price → € 300-400 / month
  • Green areas → There are not so many areas of nature, but there are enough parks for you to go for a walk or run on weekends, and well cared for,
  • Location → Like the previous one, an area quite far from the center, ideal if you do not like the crowds of the center of the capital.
  • Environment → It is an area far from the center, so there is not much atmosphere compared to other districts nearby.
  • Disadvantages → Like the previous area, it is also quite far from the center. If you would like to have an active nightlife, I do not recommend you look for accommodation here.

3. Residences

It is a slightly remote area, so if you want to stay in a student residence, the only one in the area is the Erasmo Residence Hall, but it is only 5 minutes from the university, so you will not have to get up early:

  • Room price
    • Double room → 391’30 € / month
    • Single room → € 538.50 / month
  • Zone → You are on the campus, so you will be surrounded by students. In addition, it is quite safe, since it has next to the military base of El Goloso
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1. Fuencarral. Nearest neighborhood
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2. Villa de Vallecas. Most economical neighborhood

Campus Sur of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

1. Vicálvaro. Nearest neighborhood

If you value being near the university campus, a good accommodation option is in Vicálvaro:

  • Room price →  350-450€ / month
  • Green areas → The closest part to the university you have a few parks, but the rest lacks green areas.
  • Location → At an intermediate distance from the center of Madrid. It has good bus connections.
  • Ambience → It is an area far from the center, so it is quite quiet and with less hustle and bustle.
  • Disadvantages → Compared to other areas of Madrid, it has fewer services. There are few supermarkets and hospitals in this area, and, in addition, there are quite a few senior citizens, so there is not much party atmosphere.

2. Villa de Vallecas. Most economical neighborhood

If you prefer to save up a little more, I recommend staying at Villa de Vallecas, and it is not that far from the area:

  • Room price →  300-400€ / month
  • Green areas → Except for a few parks in the north, it is one of the areas with the least green areas in Madrid.
  • Location → At an average distance from the center, so if you feel a little stressed living in crowded areas, it can be a good option to stay.
  • Atmosphere → It doesn’t have much party, but it has enough supermarkets in the area and good sports facilities.
  • Disadvantages → It is a little scarce area of ​​leisure, since it has no parks, cinemas or theaters. In addition, it is full of schools, so it is an area with little nightlife.

3. Residences

Another area that is not in the center and does not have student residences in a nearby neighborhood. The one that suits you best by location could be the Madrid Student Residence, although if you go by public transport you have about 45 minutes from the university:

  • Room price → They do not put a price on their website, but they give you both an email and phone number, and they speak English as well as Spanish.
  • Zone → It is closer to the center, and more to Chamberí, so you will be in a beautiful area full of leisure and restoration.
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1. Vicálvaro. Nearest neighborhood
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2. José Pérez de Vargas University Residence

Campus de Madrid de la Universidad Rey Juan Carlos

1. Vicálvaro. Nearest and economic neighborhood

Both the nearest and the cheapest area is Vicálvaro if you come to study here, so I recommend that you do not look at other areas for your accommodation, as it will be more expensive and less close to you:

  • Room price →  350-450€ / month
  • Green areas → The closest part to the university you have a few parks, but the rest lacks green areas.
  • Location → At an intermediate distance from the center of Madrid. It has good bus connections.
  • Ambience → It is an area far from the center, so it is quite quiet and with less hustle and bustle.
  • Disadvantages → Compared to other areas of Madrid, it has fewer services. There are few supermarkets and hospitals in this area, and, in addition, there are quite a few senior citizens, so there is not much party atmosphere.

2. Residences

You’re in luck, the José Pérez de Vargas University Residence is only 35 meters from the campus. Practically next door!

  • Room price
    • Single room with half board → 712’10€ / month
    • Single room with full board → 834’10 € / month
    • Double room with half board → 558’88 € / per month
    • Double room with full board →  710’58 € / month
  • Zone → It has several restaurants and bars nearby, as well as a public library and a small shopping center.

Would you like to live where there is atmosphere

If it really doesn’t bother you to get up a little sooner, there are many great accommodation options in Madrid. If you have chosen this option, it is because you would like to be close to the areas where you can go out, go shopping or just see everything Madrid can offer you as the capital of Spain. Am I wrong?

Malasaña

This area of ​​Madrid is highly demanded by students. Can you imagine why? Well, for a clear reason: the party.

  • Do you love going out at night from local to local until the next morning? You will never get bored here, there is entertainment practically 24 hours a day.
  • Hipster fashion reigns here: it’s full of vintage clothing stores, bohemian restaurants, second-hand items, art galleries …
  • Here prices are everything, you can find from 400 to 500€ per month.

Lavapiés

Great place if you go from Erasmus to Madrid if:

  • You have a limited budget, since the accommodation is quite economical
  •  It is very close to the center, so it is full of students.
  • Full of supermarkets and restaurants with foreign products, since it is an area considered “multicultural”.
  • Prices vary between 350 and 450 euros per month.

Puerta del Sol

It turns out to be a fairly demanded accommodation area among Erasmus students who come to Madrid. The reason?

  • It is an emblematic place of the city, being the kilometer 0 of all roads in Spain Did you know?
  • Dozens of stores for shopping.
  • There are all public transport connections.
  •  There is the famous Clock Tower, where you would surely like to go on New Year’s Eve to listen to the 12 Bells and drink the grapes.
  • Prices vary between 550 and 650 euros per month.

⚠️ Areas that I do not recommend to stay

Madrid is a huge place because it is a capital. There are hundreds of neighborhoods where your experience as an Erasmus will be wonderful, but you better avoid some places.

The neighborhoods that I am going to put to you next have a reputation for not being specially cared for and there is not so much security.

And you know what they say, prevention is better than cure, don’t you think?

  • Colony of Olives (La Latina)
  • Broken Cane (La Latina)
  • Cullera Street (La Latina)
  • Carabanchel
  • Salamanca
  • Usera

Time to close the post

Well? Where would you like to stay during your Erasmus in Madrid? Would you rather live near the university? Or maybe places with more atmosphere is your thing?

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Anyway, I recommend that you also take a look at the post of How to find accommodation in Spain, in case you need reference websites if you have already decided to take the step.

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