Choosing a neighbourhood where you want to live, in a city where you’ve never been isn’t easy. To help you choose where to live in Valencia, here is a guide to the 5 best neighbourhoods for students, to help you make the most of your student experience in Valencia.
Valencia is a city full of possibilities for students, both national and international. Thanks to the thermal buffer provided by the Mediterranean, the city’s weather is perfect for any time of the year – moderately cold in winter and warm in the summer. However, the Capital of the Turia river has much more to offer: culture, entertainment and good times! When walking its streets, you will get to know the charm of the Valencian diversity, combining the most modern architecture with the Gothic and Moorish essence.
Russafa – the preferred for excellence.
Russafa, a recently renovated and popularised district, shows the new atmosphere prevailing in the city. Next to the centre of the city, many bars and trendy restaurants have recently opened in this area. Every proud, young Valencian shows up here occasionally. Here, you’ll find a multitude of places to visit: Jazz cafés, restaurants serving Mediterranean food, bars with all kinds of music, and clubs, especially on the Gran Via Germanías. Between the Denia and Literato Azorin streets, you can get a beer at Ubik Café (Literato Azorín No. 13) – a bookstore cafe full of charm and young people. For dinner, the best Asian cuisine is on the same street: Pere III El Gran, at Taberna Japonesa Tora (No. 13) or the exclusive Nozomi (No. 11). If you prefer something more universal, you will want to try Mediterránea de Hamburguesas (Sueca, No. 45), with signature burgers at a reasonable price, and Copenhagen (Literato Azorin No. 8), a pleasant vegetarian restaurant worth trying. Note: it is recommended to book a table at these restaurants as they are very fashionable.
El Carme – international charm in the old town.
El Carme is the most famous neighbourhood of Valencia, where the history of the region is mixed with the party-animal atmosphere of Spanish culture. At first, you will be abducted by the winding streets of this district, filled with local establishments such as tapas bars, or clubs in which to enjoy some salsa dancing with amazing dancers, like at Fox Congo (Caballeros No. 35). In El Carme, you will find yourselves soaking in the cultural heritage of the city, bounded by the ancient moorish and medieval walls, of which the iconic Torres de Serrano and Torres de Quart are the only traces remaining. You can not miss the magnificent Cathedral and its bell tower “El Miguelete”, in Plaza de la Virgen, where you enjoy watching the kids skate around the Fuente del Turia. After some sightseeing, Caballeros street leads the flow of people to small, often hidden, squares with a strong appeal to stop and have something to eat or drink, like the Plaza del Negrito, where you will find several bars packed with people and a lot of Spanish “salero”. Going to Radio City you’ll enjoy the most Erasmus atmosphere (Santa Teresa No. 19), and Jimmy Glass is great for jazz lovers (Carrer de Baix No. 28). Finally, as a last essential plan, Casa Matilde is a must (Carrer de Baix No. 12 )! Try to endure their table of ten shots for just 10€, all in original flavours!
The student neighbourhoods of Mestalla and San José.
These neighbourhoods are the favourites amongst the international student community. Here you will find various bar-filled areas, where Erasmus parties are held every week, near Polo and Peylorón street. The streets are lined with pubs, with great music and atmosphere for everyone. The most characteristic square is Plaza Xúquer, full of terraces overlooking the square. These are the neighbourhoods where the majority of international students, but there are also plenty of Spanish students here. When the time comes for studying or resting, there are several libraries along the Avenue Blasco Ibáñez and its adjoining streets. Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that the Mestalla Stadium (Suecia, s/n), home to Valencia Club Fútbol, is very near buy, so if you’re a fan of the sport, you should, at least, visit it once.
Ciudad Universitaria – sport and “quintos”.
Like the previous neighbourhoods, this one is a very popular district among college people – for obvious reasons. It is in this small area that several of the University of Valencia’s first faculties were built, where classes are still held and where there are several libraries too. However, there’s more to the area than studying, so don’t worry. The district’s treasure is to be found in the mythical “quintos”: a series of streets between Mendéndez Pelayo and the Blasco Ibáñez campus, where there are many places with great deals such as three beers for 1€. The most famous one is ‘El Castillo’ (Menéndez Pelayo No. 22), but there are plenty more from which you can enjoy the company of friends whilst watching a game.
Benimaclet – a multicultural environment.
Former independent town until 1982, Benimaclet is now a favourite for many Valencians, especially students. It has a very special history of its own, the town of L’Horta being very, very traditional. The area offers a wide range of possibilities to anyone who wants to enjoy a fun and charming evening. From bars like ‘La Gramola’ (Baron San Petrillo No. 9), with a bohemian atmosphere and mojitos at a great price, to terraces tucked into courtyards with original decorations, like ‘Pata Negra’ (Baron de San Petrillo No. 3). If you have not yet savoured a good Valencia orxata, then here you’ll find some of the best around, as Benimaclet is located near the town of Alboraya, where the drink is manufactured. A great choice to try this Valencian delicacy is at the Horchatería Daniel!
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