The capital of the Basque Country has a high cost of accommodation. It is the provincial capital with the highest average in Spain. However, many international students choose to live in San Sebastián for a while to enjoy its atmosphere, its beaches like Ondarreta and Zurriola, its pintxos and its education.
To be able to enjoy the experience more with your student budget, the best thing you can do is live in a shared apartment with roommates. In this way, you will be able to save more on rent and have more money to participate in different activities and events in Donosti.
In this section we will tell you about some of the advantages and disadvantages of living in shared flats in the Basque capital:
You can choose convenient neighbourhoods that are full of student apartments, such as the Old neighbourhood or Amara for example.
Pay attention to the characteristics of the rooms, since some may include half board or bills in the price. In addition, some of them may belong to private flats and others to student residences.
On some occasions, the price of shared flats does not include utility bills (water, electricity, internet, etc.). Previously ask if it is like this in case you have to add an extra amount at the end of the month.
If your room is in a residence, you will have to comply with more rules, especially when it comes to hours and parties.
You have at your disposal several Apps for Erasmus+ in which there is useful information for your exchange, such as lists of necessary procedures or experiences of other young people. For example, several students from previous years insist that you take advantage of the entire period of your exchange to explore not only San Sebastián, but the rest of the Basque Country and the nearby area of France.
First of all, remember that your roommates are sure to become some of the closest people on your exchange. Secondly, consider some (or all) of the following options to meet people in San Sebastián:
One of the associations preferred by young internationals is the ESN B. San Sebastián, where students help other students integrate into the city and meet other young people through a large number of activities. You will also be able to join Happy Erasmus San Sebastián, another organization that makes affordable trips and getaways, as well as parties and events.
On this platform you will find several Facebook groups that are useful for meeting people in San Sebastián, answering any questions you may have and finding out what is happening in the city. For example, in the ESN B San Sebastián groups, you will see the list of upcoming events and planned activities, which usually include theme parties, such as bachata nights, beach cleanups, pub crawls, visits to museums, sports events like beach volleyball and some affordable trips.
Student associations and some Facebook pages have WhatsApp groups that you can join. In these groups, you will not only be able to introduce yourself and share your interests, but you will be able to meet other students who would like to make plans that you propose.
We give you some recommendations for you to take into account when living in shared flats in the Basque capital:
In San Sebastián, it usually rains a lot. It is usually among the first with the most rain per year in Spain. Keep in mind that this makes both hot and cold stronger, due to the humidity.
Living in this city you will be able to enjoy a large number of festivals that celebrate the customs of the province, such as San Sebastián Day on January 20, the San Sebastián carnival, the night of San Juan and Euskal Jaiak Donostia in September.
|How much does a shared flat cost in San Sebastián?|
|The average for a room in a shared apartment is usually around €450 per month, although it can be much lower or higher depending on the characteristics.|
|How to meet people in San Sebastián?|
|You will be able to meet people by joining one of the student associations, such as ESN B. San Sebastián or Happy Erasmus San Sebastián. Likewise, in the Facebook and WhatsApp groups, you can easily connect with other young people.|
|Should I share a flat or live alone in San Sebastián?|
|The cost of rent, and life in general, in the Basque capital, is very high. For this reason, if you go with a student budget, the most convenient thing would be to choose to live in a room in shared flats because they cost less than a complete apartment.|
|How to choose ideal roommates in San Sebastián?|
|It would be ideal for everyone to be of different nationalities to learn from each other's cultures. Sometimes sharing a flat with strangers is better than sharing it with friends, since it will be easier to establish house rules in what is necessary.|
|What are the best apps to find roommates in San Sebastián?|
|Erasmus Play is one of the best apps/websites that you can access since in it you can also see the verified accommodations in shared flats.|