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1. Posted by jon_b (Budding Member, 20 posts) 11 Sep '06 02:44

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I have just finished uni and would like to move to Spain to improve my Spanish, which is currently at an intermediate level. My main concern is finding a place to live and getting a job, oh and being able to afford it all. How much would I need to budget for rent/food etc? How easy is it to find a job? I have a computer science degree but don't mind working in bars and restaurants at first. Where am I more likely to find a job? Sorry for the flood of questions but I'm clueless!

Thanks!

2. Posted by elsebas (Budding Member, 51 posts) 11 Sep '06 03:08

The cities where finding a job should be easier are: Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Sevilla, sinde they are the most important cities in Spain.
Althought Madrid and Barcelona are more expensive than Valencia or Sevilla it will be easier for you to find a job there because your main asset is your lenguage knodledgement. Ase you maybe already know, spaniards are not speceally good in learning lenguages and students from abroad find sometimes a job in local offices of international companies.
Budget? A room in a students apartment in Madrid or Barcelona costs 200-300 € per month, in Valencia 150-250 €, in Sevilla... no idea.
Food? Where do you come from? As long as I know Spain is much cheaper than the UK or France, just something like Germany. I would say... 100 € per month are enough for food, nightlife and alcohol are another business.
To find a job it would had been easier 3 months ago in a touristic location but big restaurants in city centre need always english-speaking waiters.
So my advice is: Barcelona or Madrid, Barcelona is more beautiful, both are exactly as expensive and Madrid has more international businesses quarters. Try it in Madrid and visit Barcelona, Sevilla and Valencia as tourist.

3. Posted by jon_b (Budding Member, 20 posts) 11 Sep '06 03:15

brilliant, thanks for all the info.

Would it be possible to get any of this before I left? It's quite worrying thinking about going there without a job or place to live.

Maybe I should go for a couple of weeks and stay in a hostel? What is your advice?

4. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member, 159 posts) 11 Sep '06 03:38

Hello JOn,

Elsebas has preatty much sorted out everything.
Madrid and Barcelona are easier to find jobs, waiting jobs are the most demanded, but you can also be a host for tourist of your country (contact your countries tour operators with base in spain, for example).

Teaching is also a good option. Most of the foreigners I have know up to know do so. Is a good beginning in any case to start getting the first contact with the country.

I will give you a couple of job finding sites. I will be interesting to have your CV in Spanish. I wouldn't mind revising it if you want to, before submitting it on these sites:

www.infojobs.net
www.monster.es (you may know already, it's all over the world)
www.turijobs.com (jobs on the tourist field)

I arrived to Madrid a year ago, and I can say that apart from the traffic and the high temperatures in summer, I love this city. Although Barcelona is also great.

You can stay for a couple of weeks as you said in a hostel, and trying to figure out how to get yourself settled.

To find shared accommodation in Madrid (what I know), best sites are:

http://madrid.loquo.com/
http://www.segundamano.es/
http://www.pisocompartido.com/

Here you will find the vast majority of the free adds for shared accommodation. That's how I found my room.

Anyway, hope it helps and if you need a hand with your cv or anything else, feel free to send me a message.

And in any case, good luck!!! YOu are very brave, and although it seems difficult know, and that you will have desperate times, after all it, it's really worth the effort. The experience you will get (not only improving your language) is priceless!!!!

Good luck!!!!!!
Yolanda

5. Posted by DominicRMT (Budding Member, 5 posts) 11 Sep '06 08:14

Sorry jon_b. Hope you don't mind me jumping in on this post!

I also will be moving to Spain in April of 2007. Because of my profession(Massage Therapist/Acupuncturist)I will most likely go to the tourist areas such as the Balearic Islands.

Can anyone tell me what the cost of accomodation for a one bedroom apartment is there? I'll most likely rent it for one year. Also, is it difficult to get a job as a massage therapist in the hotels?

Thanks!

6. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 11 Sep '06 12:54

Jon,

there are several EU programs that help people from one member state in the EU seek work in another. The agency which is responsible for unemployment benefits in the UK (what ever its official name is) will be able to help you. If you are eligible for unemployment benefits in the UK, you can continue to recieve them while you seek work in Spain.

Dominic,

as a Canadian you'll need a work and residence permit to work in Spain. Have you taken care of this yet?

7. Posted by DominicRMT (Budding Member, 5 posts) 11 Sep '06 19:49

Quoting t_maia

Dominic,

as a Canadian you'll need a work and residence permit to work in Spain. Have you taken care of this yet?

No Maria, I have not. I just assumed the hotel that employs me would arrange that. Do you think I should arrange it myself? Is it difficult for a Canadian/Non-European to get a work permit in Spain?

Thanks for your help.

8. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 12 Sep '06 11:33

Quoting DominicRMT

I just assumed the hotel that employs me would arrange that..

That is the way it works in Turkey. It doesn't work this way in the EU.

Do you think I should arrange it myself? Is it difficult for a Canadian/Non-European to get a work permit in Spain?

Yes, very. There are too many refugees and illegal immigrants coming from Africa, trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar in rafts and badly patched up boats. Many die, but enough of them make it to supply Spain with a never ending source of cheap labour.

As a way to discourage these people the government has made getting a work permit extremely difficult.

The only legal and feasible way for you to realise your plans would be to apply for a student visa and sign up at a university in Spain. The student visa allows you to work for a certain number of hours to support your income while you study in the EU. This can be full time seasonal work when there are no lessons.

9. Posted by jon_b (Budding Member, 20 posts) 13 Sep '06 04:58

Do you know any websites for finding rooms to rent in Barcelona? I think it would be easier to find bar/restaurant work in a bar.

10. Posted by DominicRMT (Budding Member, 5 posts) 13 Sep '06 08:01

Thanks Maria. I think you are right Jon. The bar/restaurant area will most likely be easier to find work without a visa. In my profession it may be more difficult.
I'll definately contact the Spanish embassy here in Canada as well as contact some hotels in the tourist areas in southern Spain.

Can anyone name some luxury high-end hotels in Ibiza and other tourist areas in Spain?