I really recommend Granada for the Erasmus experience. It’s a great city: dynamic, there are so many students and a wonderful landscape. Seaside is close and it’s also under the Sierra Nevada. You can find the real Spanish (and Arabic) culture for the food and the traditional flamenco. Alhambra is one of the most beautiful ancient buildings in the world.
There are a lot of organizations for foreign students and they organize trips, parties and all kinds of events every week! It’s fantastic; you are going to love it! There are 80.000 students in the city and around 2000 of them are Erasmus.
How much does it cost to live in Granada?
I’d say approximately 500 euros per month. Depending on how much you go out and of course if you travel a lot, which you won’t be able to resist, so it can be a little more
You can rent a nice room in Granada from between 180e to about 260e a month (not including bills).Outside the University you can always find like a billion of adverts from people renting rooms or asking for roommates. Don’t worry, you will definitely find something. I do recommend you, though, to go to the city a bit earlier, so that you won’t have to worry about arranging your accommodation at the same time you will have to make your papers at the Uni. the flats are not really equipped with central (or any) heating and the nights stay cold until mid-March/April so be careful about that, always look for a flat with heating
Is the nightlife good in Granada? Where is good to go?
It’s good to go out because almost every night there are people around, eating tapas since about 9 p.m. and drinking delicious tinto de verano or beer! There are Erasmus parties organized in disco or alternative places with reggae music or live concerts. Of course, if you’re a party person, there are always clubs around the city, like the Mae West, Granada 10 or El camborio. You will hear of them in your first week there!
Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available in the University?
Yes there are. Every week they arrange language exchange meetings in order for the new students to learn Spanish AND for the Spanish students to learn other languages.
What good cultural sites are there to visit?
The Alhambra is obviously a good place to start. Try walking around the Albaicin (a historic Moorish town), Then, on the top of Albayzin, you can search for the Mirador de San Nicolas and if you want to climb up the heel, go to the Mirador de San Cristobal (an amazing view of the Alhambra from a distance), the main Cathedral off of Gran Vía street, the Abbey at Sacromonte, Flamenco shows in Sacromonte, the botanical gardens adjacent to the Law Faculty and the Hammam Arab Baths (they offer very good student rates and it is wonderfully relaxing), Museum of Science
Is there any other advice that you could give to future students who are going to Granada?
Most of the shops are closed on Sunday, even the bigger ones. Public transport is okay, although unless you study in Cartuja, everything is within walking distance. The locals don’t really speak English but they are very helpful. Go and see the Alhambra at night, it’s really pretty.
Enjoy the city, the weather, the people, and the parties.
Look some photos about you will see in GRANADA.