The citizens of Pontevedra, and Galicia in general, tend to be very kind to newcomers. This will make moving to this city for your exchange less overwhelming and you will not be alone. We also recommend that you consider living in a shared flat with other students, to be accompanied when you arrive in the city. Of course, we recommend that your roommates are Galician or of nationalities different from yours, so you can live together in a multicultural and fun environment in which you can exchange ways of doing things and traditions.
In this section, we advise you on the most significant pros and cons of living in a shared flat in this Galician city:
You will be able to choose between single spare rooms or between shared rooms shared by two people. The latter is usually cheaper.
You can choose convenient accommodation to live near the University of Vigo campus in the city, in neighbourhoods such as the centre of Pontevedra, the historic centre and O castañal.
In the student residence, you have the option of including half board or full board.
This small city welcomes many national and international students every year, so it can be difficult to find good accommodation. You have to search well in advance.
If you choose a shared room, you won't have any space on the entire floor to yourself.
Erasmus+ apps are usually very beneficial for students since they offer many possibilities: complete the necessary procedures for the exchange to Pontevedra, access university data such as personal email and subjects, and also read information about the city given by some students from previous years. For example, one of these data is that you avoid transport as much as possible. It is a small city where you will be able to walk everywhere in less than 30 minutes. You can also consider purchasing or renting a bicycle for the time you are there, and use it to explore the natural surroundings of the city at your leisure.
The following are some of the ways you have to meet people in the Spanish city:
The University of Vigo has the ESN Vigo, and one of its branches is on the Pontevedra campus. Together with this association, you will be able to meet other international students who are there on an exchange, sharing numerous moments and activities.
Most of the Facebook groups that you will find are created by ESN Vigo and are divided according to the academic calendar. In these groups, you will be able to see the different planned events, such as international dinners, cultural visits such as the Museo del Mar, bowling evenings and games, and affordable trips to Vigo, Barcelona and other cities, among others.
We encourage you to join the WhatsApp groups that you find, both created by the students themselves and by ESN Vigo. In them, you will be able to connect with other young people more instantly, being able to organize activities between yourselves.
We give you some tips for you to take into account, related to life in shared flats in Pontevedra:
If the locals speak in a language you do not understand, it is because among themselves they usually speak Galician. Don't worry, they also speak Spanish so if this isn't your native language, you'll be able to practice alongside your local flatmates. However, we also suggest that you take advantage of your stay to learn some notions of Galician, thus delving deeper into the culture of Galicia.
Take advantage of the savings on rental costs to explore both Pontevedra and the other nearby cities. Some that you will have easy access to are Vigo, Santiago de Compostela and several areas with beaches, such as the famous Cíes Islands.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Pontevedra?|
|The price of a spare room in a shared flat is usually between €200 and €375 per month, although the average cost is around €250 per month.|
|How to find roommates in Pontevedra?|
|We suggest you look at online communities like Erasmus Play, where you will be able to compare available and verified rooms at the same time.|
|How to meet people in Pontevedra?|
|One of the most fun ways is to join ESN Vigo, as this association organizes numerous activities and excursions during the academic year. You can also consider joining the Facebook and Whatsapp groups that you find, so you can connect with other young people before you arrive in the city.|
|Share a flat or live alone in Pontevedra?|
|Sharing a flat is the alternative most chosen by students because it allows them to live together in a multicultural environment, which makes their experience more enriching. In addition, it allows you to save on the cost of renting.|
|What to ask before entering a shared flat in Pontevedra?|
|You have to ask what the basic established rules of the apartment are, especially with aspects of coexistence such as cleaning, visits, etc. You also have to find out if utility bills are included in the rental cost or not.|