Best neighbourhoods for students in Madrid

Madrid is a vibrant city full of life. If you’re thinking about moving to the Spanish capital to pursue an interesting course or a master’s program, don’t think twice! Go and enjoy one of the liveliest and most extraverted cities in Europe!

Don’t worry if you’re coming on your own, you’re sure to feel at home in Madrid. It’s an open-minded and cosmopolitan city full of charm, which will welcome you with open arms (and open tapas bar doors). Check out our list of the most interesting neighborhoods for students in Madrid before you look for a place to live. 

Moncloa and Argüelles

The area around the Moncloa and Argüelles metro stations, in the Moncloa district, is the university area par excellence. It is very close to the University Campus (Ciudad Universitaria), which is where the Complutense University of Madrid is located.

This is a traditional, well-off area of Madrid, where you’ll find vast green spaces to do sports outside. You’ll love Oeste Park, ideal for an afternoon of studying in a quiet surroundings or for taking a little breather from the books and the exams. This area has great connections to the city centre, largely thanks to the Moncloa transport hub, where you can catch a bus in virtually any direction.

Debod Temple in Madrid
The famous Debod Temple is also located in Oeste Park in the Moncloa district

Badi tip

Moncloa is a classic students’ neighbourhood, very safe and close to residence halls and big shared flats with many rooms, typically located in buildings that come with a doorman. It’s not a very lively area, though. There are apartment blocks, hospitals, and a few student cafés, but it’s not an area known for parties and rich nightlife. Check the rental prices in advance, as it’s not among the cheapest areas of Madrid.

Chamberí

If you still want to be close to the university but you’re looking for a more affordable option, then try Chamberí, in particular the area around the Islas Filipinas and Canal metro stations. The flats and rooms are more affordable here but still within easy reach of the university and Oeste Park. If you’re an art lover, you can take a short break from the library and head over to the National Museum of Life Sciences or the Sorolla Museum, located within the neighborhood.

Sorolla Museum in Madrid
Sorolla Museum is loated in the Chamberí neighbourhood

Badi tip

Calling all sports lovers! Santander Park in the Chamberí neighborhood is a popular venue for outdoor sports activities. It’s got a football pitch with artificial grass, padel tennis courts, and a running track to run your heart out.

Malasaña, an alternative and bohemian area

Malasaña is a neighborhood popular with the young crowd. It’s dotted with coffee shops and coworking spaces where you can study and work on assignments accompanied by your favourite latte. It’s a lively bohemian neighborhood, perfect if you’re into alternative culture. There are many art galleries, quirky hidden corners, and small shops selling all sorts of bits and bobs.

Malasaña neighbourhood in Madrid
Malasaña is a lively, bohemian neighbourhood, popular with the young crowd

Badi tip

The flats in this area are smaller than what you’d find in Moncloa, they don’t have a doorman, and you’ll be further away from the university, but on the flip side, you’ll be living in a picturesque neighbourhood, buzzing with life. 

Delicias

Delicias is a proper locals’ neighbourhood. It’s cheap, the flats are fairly spacious, and it has direct connections to Moncloa. It’s very close to the Atocha train station, which is great if you plan to travel often.

Delicias is a great place to live if you’re a student. It’s close to Retiro Park, the most well-known park in the city, as well the Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. You will be a little further away from the university, but it definitely pays off!

Atocha train station in Madrid
Delicias neighbourhood is close to the Atocha train station, perfect if you like to travel a lot

Badi tip

If you look for a room in the Embajadores area, you will have a direct train connection with Moncloa and you’ll be right around the corner from El Rastro de Madrid, the most famous flea market in the city. If you like to peruse quirky second-hand shops and enjoy your vermouth, this is the place to be!

Wherever you decide to live in Madrid during your study programme, you’re sure to experience some unique aspect of Spain’s dynamic and diverse capital city. Choose  your neighbourhood based on the factors that are most important to you, such as the proximity to your campus, transport options, or your budget. And for an ideal flatmate sure to share the same lifestyle as you, your best option is Badi!