Cost of Living in Barcelona

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Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Each and every student tries to plan their study abroad journey perfectly but without a proper estimate cost of living in a foreign country it can be extremely difficult to plan effectively. So in today’s blog, we are going to provide you with some detailed insight related to the cost of living in Barcelona. This blog will be extremely important if you are planning to study in Barcelona, so sit tight and continue reading to unveil some detailed information related to this topic.

Why Study in Barcelona?

We had highlighted some of the key benefits of studying in Barcelona, take a look at them below:

  • The city of best Universities in Spain– According to QS World Rankings, Barcelona is the best city in Spain for higher education, with several prestigious institutions such as TBS Education, ESADE Business School, IESE Business School, etc.
  • Startup hub– Barcelona is also one of the leading startup ecosystems in Europe. With more than 2,000 successful startups operating from Barcelona, you can get hands-on experience and get some exposure to these startup cultures and learn some impactful knowledge.
  • Foreign investment strategy– Barcelona is also called “The city with the best foreign investment strategy in Europe” according to the fDi magazine as it attracts many foreign countries to set up their business here. This can also be an opportunity for you to complete your education and get employed in one of these companies.
  • Quality of life– Last but not least, Barcelona is a city that has a very welcoming nature for international students as well as visitors. You can also enjoy the Mediterranean climate all year as it has an average temperature of 18 ºC,  80% sunny days along with long coastlines and beaches.

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Cost of Living in Barcelona

There are numerous kinds of costs that can be associated while living in Barcelona and different students or individuals can have different kinds of lifestyles, so we are going to cover some of the essentials first:


The biggest hurdle while living in Barcelona can be getting accommodation, as living in an upscale city like Barcelona comes at a price. The most expensive areas are Ciutat Vella, Sarriá-Sant Gervasi, and Sant Martí where average rent can be between EUR 15 and EUR 17 per square metre ie (INR 1,350 to 1,500) while the cheapest areas like Horta-Guinardó or Nou Barris where rent can range in between EUR 11 and EUR 12 per square meter ie (INR 980 to 1,070). There isn’t much difference so can expect to get a decent accommodation option for about EUR 900 to 1300 ie (INR 80,695 to 1.16 Lakh). 


Barcelona offers good transportation options like buses and trains that are fast and reliable. The cheapest way to use public transportation is to buy a 10-ride ticket, which costs around EUR 11.35 ie (INR 1,017), or a monthly pass, which starts at EUR 40 (INR 3,500) for 1 zone. There is also another cheap alternative where you can use a public bicycle for EUR 50 (INR 4,480) yearly. Lastly, for cabs, you can expect a fair of EUR 6 to 10 (INR 530 to 896) for a short ride inside the city.


Now this completely depends on your eating habits as food can cost very differently for each and every individual. A basic lunch in the business district usually costs around EUR 12 (INR 1075), whereas a three-course meal for two individuals costs around EUR 40 (INR 3,500)  only if you get it from a mid-range restaurant. You can also get a cappuccino here for EUR 1.70 (INR 152).

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Detailed Cost 

Here is a detailed breakdown of some costs that are associated with living in Barcelona, take a look at them below so that you can plan accordingly:

Product or Service Cost in EUR
Private Room (1 bedroom) EUR 500 
Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant) EUR 15
One-way ticket local transport EUR 2.40
Gasoline (1 Litre) EUR 1.83
Utilities Basic (Electricity, Heating/Cooling, Garbage, etc)  EUR 175
Utilities Mobile Bill (Monthly Plan with 10GB+ Data)  EUR 19.50
Milk (1 Litre) EUR 1
Fresh White Bread (500g) EUR 1.39
A dozen of eggs EUR 2.50
Rice (1Kg) EUR 1.30
Local Cheese (1Kg) EUR 11.50
Apples (1Kg) EUR 1.92
Banana (1Kg) EUR 1.83


Q1. What is the cost of some leisure in Barcelona?

A. This can depend on what kind of leisure you are looking for but here are some details:
A cinema ticket costs around EUR 9 (INR 806)
A museum ticket costs around EUR 10 (INR 896)
A gym membership costs around EUR 40 (INR 3,500) per month
A night out at a club costs around EUR 20 ( INR 1,793)

Q2. What is the average tuition fee at the Universities of Barcelona?

A. The average tuition fee can depend on the exact University you are trying to get admission to, but the average tuition fee can range from EUR 4,200 to 6,000 (INR 3.6 Lakh to 5.3 Lakh) per year.

Q3. What is the average salary in Barcelona?

A. This can vary entirely from profession to profession but according to statistics, the average salary in Barcelona is EUR 1,800 monthly ie (INR 1.6 Lakh). 

This was everything related to the Cost of Living in Barcelona. Don’t forget to reach us at 1800 57 2000 and contact our Leverage Edu experts to make your study abroad process hassle-free. 

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