Moving to Madrid

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1. Posted by gina_mak (Budding Member 3 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!


After years of planning I'm finally moving to Spain. I'm a 23 year old female who is dropping her life in Canada and moving to Madrid to teach English for a year. I got a job with a conversational English school who promised they'd help me:
1) Obtain an NIE number
2) get a bank acct
3) find a place to live

I've never actually been to Spain before and I was wondering if anyone has and could give me advice on neighbourhoods that I should search for apartments in, schools that teach Spanish, and anything else of interest. My school is located in Puerta de Sol, so I don't want to live too far away from it...

Thanks for all of your help!

2. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1162 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

How exciting, you're moving to Madrid ;). I was in the exact same position a few years back and I really loved the time I lived in Spain's capital! Puerta del Sol is very central, so you could look for somewhere to live in a few neighborhoods which would still be in walking distance. You are looking into a flatshare, I take it? Definitely the best way to mingle straight away.

Some options are (check on a map so you'll know where they are located)

Malasaña - a vibrant neighborhood full of lively bars and clubs, very popular amongst people so it might be hard to find something there that is affordable
La Latina - a bit posher with lots of narrow cobbledstoned streets and nice little tapas bars
Lavapies/Arganzuela - that's where I lived. It's the artsy and international neighboorhood, but also a bit rougher, e.g. at night. I never felt unsafe, but just needed a little more common sense. Still, I wouldn't have wanted to live anywhere else. Rent was cheap for Madrid standards (expect to pay € 350 plus a month) and it just had that certain flair to it.

To find a room check at the uni boards or alternatively at loquo.
And if you have any more questions, don't hesitate to ask me. Best of luck getting started, you'll have a great time .


3. Posted by dynamo (Budding Member 26 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Watch yer pockets on the subway, the little scumbags are everywhere