You might think living in Barcelona, one of the most famous cities in the world, is a surefire way to go broke in a few months, but you would be wrong!
When people think Barcelona, they automatically associate it with big cities like Tokyo, Paris, New York and Dubai – but luckily for you, Barcelona is much cheaper than of them. It’s extremely affordable by western standards, and you can comfortably live on 800 – 1100 euros a month, including both your rent and your monthly expenses and essentials.
This might sound like a shockingly small amount to you, but many Spanish people’s starting salaries start from 800 euros, and they can still live comfortably.
Of course, there is no need to mention that this will depend on your lifestyle. What are your general standards, how do you want to live, how well can you budget, how much do you want to party, how much do you want to travel, where will you live…etc etc.
So before moving to Barcelona, you need to clearly think of how you want to live and then budget accordingly.
Here is a quick overview of some of how much it costs to live in Barcelona for a month:
It is no surprise that rent will definitely be taking the biggest chunk of your money.
For expensive, high-demand neighborhoods like Gracia, El Born, Barrio Gotico and Poblenou – the apartments can cost a lot, while apartments can become a lot cheaper in L’Eixample for example.
Sharing a flat would be 350-500 euros a month, in a really nice neighborhood, including bills and utilities, while if you want to rent a whole flat by yourself you’ll be paying 650 for a normal neighborhood, up to 1200 euros which would get you a 3 bedroom apartment with 2 bathrooms in nice neighborhoods. Of course, the more you move away from the city center, the cheaper the apartments become.
- Electricity: 80 – 100 euros a month per person
- Prepaid phone cards: from 7 euros for 1 GB of internet. Both Vodafone and Orange have extremely cheap plans for prepaid SIM cards.
- Internet: 8 MBps from 35 euros a month.
Grocery shopping in Barcelona is much cheaper than the US, where you can most definitely eat healthy, and cook all your meals from scratch by spending an average of 250 – 300 euros monthly.
Gym memberships usually range from 30 – 80 euros a month.
This will completely depend on where you go, and what you eat and can range from 8 euros to 60 euros per person.
Clubbing could easily become one of the things to quickly drain your money out, and even though beers only cost 2.5 euros, bottles and drinks in clubs are extremely expensive and the entry fee starts from 15 euros if you’re not on a guest list.
If you want to travel around, you should know that flight ticket prices start from 9 euros (I reminisce about the times I could fly to Prague for 9 euros, cheaper than my taxi trip to the airport) up until 300 euros. You will definitely have to budget carefully and set aside some money if you’re living on just 1200 euros so you can be able to travel in the end.
So if you’re going to be earning from 850-1100 euros, know that you might have to budget, you might have to think twice before spending on a lot of things, and you might not be as comfortable as you expect to be, but it is completely doable if you budget right.