Erasmus in Bilbao

Information and advice for Erasmus students in Bilbao

Bilbao is a municipality in the north of Spain, being the provincial capital of the historic Vizcaya, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. This city, characterized by its architecture, is located in one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. Bilbao is home to architecture, art, nature and gastronomy, everything any student would want for their Erasmus. Discovering Bilbao is one of the best experiences you can have. 

Cost of living in Bilbao, Spain

The reality is that Bilbao is one of the most expensive cities in Spain, behind Madrid, San Sebastián and Barcelona, ​​when it comes to accommodation. The rental prices are above the Spanish average. The solutions that we propose in Erasmus Play are; share a flat with other students to share the cost of accommodation or look for a flat in an area further away from the city centre (the further away the cheaper the accommodation). 

But if you are not willing to give up your privacy, you must prepare your pocket for the disbursement. If you decide to live alone in an apartment with one room, the rental price is between € 630 - € 890 per month. However, if you share a flat, the price would be around € 430 per month. Access all available information about accommodation in Bilbao.

Regarding the cost of food and shopping in general, the cost is approximately € 145 per month. At this point, we want to highlight that the city is home to one of the largest gastronomic offers and with all kinds of prices. Apart from having more Michelin Stars per capita, its restaurants full of tradition and love for food make it the perfect city to explore the exceptional flavours of the Cantabrian Sea. Eating in a restaurant can cost you from € 13.5 a full menu to € 30. In some establishments (increasingly common) you can find the option of the half menu for € 8.70 a price similar to that of the nearest McDonald's. 

Erasmus parties and leisure in Bilbao, Spain

The city is organized by and for students in its entirety. Students take to the city starting on Thursdays in different areas, from the centre and old town to the most remote areas of these. The only drawback that exists in the city and the university campuses is that they are very far from each other and therefore, it is difficult to coincide all the campuses in the same place. 

When it comes to nightlife as such, the centre and the old town are your main destinations to fully enjoy the Bilbao student atmosphere. There you have many options whether you like electronic music or if you prefer a more Latin rhythm. In the different clubs you will find several rooms where the musical offer varies for all tastes and you can even see a concert. 

If you prefer bars and pubs or just walking around the streets and trying the local beer, you have the option of touring the old town. This plan is very common on Thursday nights, students walk the streets and eat mythical pinchos through the old streets of Bilbao. Going out for tapas in Bilbao is always a great plan. 

Culture and gastronomy in Bilbao

As we have already said, Bilbao is a city of pure gastronomy and tradition, with thousands of flavours and options that you would never imagine. Eating there is a pleasure and leaves no one indifferent

Culture in Bilbao is crazy, as there is something for everyone. If you prefer to save a little you can take advantage of the architecture of the city, just seeing the landscapes and the surrounding towns will have the most spectacular views of the north and the most impressive and wild beaches. But you can also enter the museums, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Fine Arts are the best options and the most internationally recognized. 

The best thing about Bilbao is that it is very well connected and therefore you can do rural and natural tourism without problems finding incredible places from the views of Bilbao from Arangoiti (views from the mountain) to a walk along the Bilbao estuary by canoe, to have another point of view. 

Advantages of doing Erasmus in Bilbao

  • City full of students from all over the world.
  • Incredible cultural and gastronomic offer. 
  • Good connections to travel through the territory.
  • Unparalleled rural tourism.
  • Continuous sports and musical offer. 

Cheap Erasmus accommodation in Bilbao

Are you looking for accommodation in Bilbao? Not sure where to look for verified accommodations? Do you want a safe Erasmus full of unforgettable experiences? In Erasmus Play you can compare for free and choose between the best flats, rooms and apartments for students in Bilbao. 

Frequently asked questions from students doing Erasmus in Bilbao

How much does it cost to live in Bilbao as a student?
  • Rent + expenses (depends on whether it is shared or not)350€- € 1000€
  • Food145
  • Transport (monthly ticket for public transport) € 45 
  • Unforeseen leisure € 160
How is student life in Bilbao?
It is full of entertainment, good food, pinchos, parties and beer. You can visit thousands of iconic places, nothing like what you have been able to experience, its landscapes accompany the incredible food and the people who live there.
How much does a student accommodation cost in Bilbao?
  • Studios € 600 - € 900€

  • Room in a shared flat 350 - € 550

How much is the Erasmus grant to study in Bilbao?
The Erasmus scholarship to study in Bilbao will depend on the country of origin, since in each part of the European Union there are different rules in this regard.

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