Finding a place to live lies among the difficulties travelers need to face when visiting a foreign country. Everything is new and, naturally, it takes a few days to get familiar with the city and local transport networks. Besides, many visitors are still not fluent enough in Spanish when they arrive. Although travelling abroad for the first time might seem unsettling, dont worry too much: around 82 % of visitors claim to be satisfied or very satisfied with their housing choice while at the University of the Basque Country. This guide aims to inform you about the existing accommodation options, offer you guidance and tips for a smooth adjustment and remind you of certain important details as you consider several spots. Every year, at visitors arrival peak dates, our regular International Relations staff is backed up by our Help Centre personnel to support newly arrived visitors. We also have a team of local students ready to help foreign classmates as they arrive in the Basque Country. Feel free to contact or visit us any time, should you have concerns or questions regarding accommodation in our cities.
The International Relations Office and our Help Centre staff would like to thank Gosia Kuleszka and Philipp Glser for their support. After their Erasmus stay, they have settled in Donostia-San Sebastin and taken the beautiful photos you can see in this guide. For your kindness and your talent, thank you both!
What are the options? Halls of Residence ..7 Rented apartments ..9 Rented rooms in shared student flats...........................................10 Living with a resident landlord......................................................11 Subsidized flats for postgraduate students (only in Bilbao) 12 Where to look Vitoria-Gasteiz, district by district.....14 Bilbao, district by district.....17 Where to live if you study in Leioa-Erandio....22 Donostia-San Sebastin, district by district....24 Accommodation search: before travelling....27 Accommodation search: upon arrival......31 Top tips before you sign a renting contract........33 Where to turn when disputes arise......34 Money matters...34 Staying safe...35 Other sources of information..35 Different accommodation options for visiting researchers & lecturers..37
What are the options? Halls of Residence Rented apartments Rented rooms in shared student flats Living with a resident landlord Subsidized flats for postgraduate students (only in Bilbao)
What are the options?
There isnt such a thing as a city campus in the Basque Country. Most of our Faculties and Schools are conveniently located near the city centre and easily accessible on foot, by bike or by public transport. Our university is divided into three different campuses, located in the main cities of the Basque Country. The Campus of Alava, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, spreads unitarily near the core of
the city. Our Campus of Biscay might seem slightly more complicated for a first-time
visitor: Some of our faculties and schools are located in downtown Bilbao, one of them is in Portugalete, another one in Barakaldo (both in the metropolitan area) and a large number of facilities is located in our Leioa-Erandio university complex, 15 km from Bilbao. Our Faculties and Schools at the Campus of Gipuzkoa, in Donostia-San
Sebastin, are almost all in a body, a short distance from the city centre. We also have a Technical Engineering School in Eibar (40 km from San Sebastian).
The University of the Basque Country is a partner of several residence halls in our three cities: -Toms Alfaro Fournier residence in Vitoria-Gasteiz -Miguel de Unamuno and Blas de Otero in Bilbao -Manuel Agud Querol residence in Donostia-San Sebastin As they are very much in demand, it is difficult for late confirmation visitors to find vacancies in these residences; often, they are fully booked as early as July for the next academic year. However, it is possible to find availability information, and even process your application, on their websites. In addition, there is a number of private and religious residences in the three cities of the Basque Country. Admission requirements and conditions vary from one to another, so we suggest you browse through our information and contact your preferred one directly. Student residences Residence rooms usually display a standardized comfort: you are sure to find conveniently preserved furniture and some space for your individual study. Having a permanent address booked before travelling might reassure you while planning your trip. Student residences It is often difficult to find vacancies, especially in our partner residences or if you are staying for only 1 semester. Certain private and religious residences establish regulations and limits regarding timing and behaviour: if you wish to lead a fully independent life, other accommodation options might be a better bet.
Halls of residence
University of the Basque Country: Partner residences
Toms Alfaro Fournier. Vitoria-Gasteiz Manuel Agud Querol. Donostia-San Sebastin
Blas de Otero. Bilbao Miguel de Unamuno. Bilbao
All contact details available on our website http://www.ehu.es/p200-content/es/contenidos/informacion/servicio_alojamiento/es_alojamie/serv_alojamiento.html
Most of our visitors decide to find accommodation in the private sector. Our accommodation database contains a number of apartments to let in the three cities. This option is referred to as Piso completo. You will need to get in a group so as to share the monthly rent and bills. Attending the August intensive Spanish course is a good way to meet people and find flatmates to be. Most often, owners prefer to have students staying for the whole academic year; if one or several of you are leaving earlier, you might be asked to find someone as a replacement. Rented apartments This option guarantees freedom and independence throughout your stay. If you are sociable or like to organize home dinners, this is probably your best bet. Living with people you know can help you at difficult times; homesickness is a momentarily common feeling, so your flatmates can be of great support. Rented apartments Signing a renting contract entails certain responsibilities and makes it difficult to back out of your arrangement. We always recommend our visitors to check the location and the state of the places before signing a contract or paying a deposit; that is why, if you decide to rent a full apartment, you will probably start looking upon arrival. It takes a little time and patience to find a place that suits all of you renting together.
Rented rooms in shared student flats This option makes it possible for you to meet other students while having a limited liability: your only duty is to punctually pay your landlord for your room. You can find a number of double rooms or other alternatives to keep monthly prices down.
Rented rooms in shared student flats
Our accommodation database includes, other than apartments, rooms you can individually rent. These appear under the tag Habitacin con estudiante. No need to go hunting for flatmates with this option: here, you deal exclusively with your own room and it will be the owner who decides on the rest of the house. Kitchen and bathroom access are available. Your flatmates will be other students. If you haventmet anyone yet at the university or at the Spanish course, it might be easier for you to start looking for a room. This is also a good alternative for 2 and 3-month visitors at the University of the Basque Country.
Rented rooms in shared student flats You dont get to choose your flatmates, you do not have any say over who the leaving tenant or the landlord finds to replace them. Living with people takes different skills than enjoying a night out: tidiness, noise, friends staying overnight are subjects on which you will need to reach a consensus with your flatmates. 10
Living with a resident landlord
Vacancies tagged Habitacin con propietario in our database refer to rooms in flats where the owner lives. Sometimes it is young professionals who wish to share expenses with a student, often a couple living alone with a spare room, or even a family willing to host young foreign people. Although most visitors preference is to share with other students, it is worth considering both angles of this option: Living with a resident landlord You are sure to improve your Spanish, for you will be surrounded by locals. Also, this might be a good chance to fully integrate in the city and mingle with your landlords acquaintances. The atmosphere is usually quieter than a student flat, so this is a safe bet for students who need to carry out important work and for visiting researchers staying for short periods. Living with a resident landlord Even though a large number of landlords leave freedom to visitors, it still is not your home and this can sometimes make you feel uncomfortable. It is more difficult to bring friends over or organize dinner parties if your landlord leads a quiet, regular life.
Subsidized flats for postgraduate students (only in Bilbao)
Postgraduate students coming to Bilbao can apply for a number of subsidized flats in Otxarkoaga district. In exchange, beneficiaries need to carry o