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The 5 Most Popular Neighbourhoods in Madrid for Students

The 5 Most Popular Neighbourhoods in Madrid for Students

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Madrid is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities. Here, you will always have something new to do. The people of this city are always ready for another caña, another tapa, just one more hour at the club. Living here is learning to experience just how the Madrileños enjoy life! If you’re looking for student accommodation in town, you might want to start with the 5 most popular neighbourhoods in Madrid for students.


Sol is one of the six neighbourhoods in the central district of Madrid. This is the spot where you can find the famous kilometer zero — it marks the geographical centre of Spain and it’s the point from which the distances of country’s national roads are measured.

This central neighbourhood is the tourist epicenter of the city and one of the most lively areas in town, filled with shops, bars, restaurants, cafés and charming squares. Its magnificent location makes it one of the best neighbourhoods for students to live in, as well as the residential and historical buildings around. As you can imagine, a lot of students look for a place in the area, but there is a lot of university accommodation in Sol, so finding a place is not a big problem.

While there are no universities here per se, Sol is a 20-minute metro ride away (line 3 and 6) from Ciudad Universitaria, where the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the Complutense University of Madrid, and the Faculty of Education of the UNED are all located. The campus of the Autonomous University and the campus of Getafe of the Carlos III University can also be reached in less than 30 minutes.

Los Asturias

Los Austrias neighbourhood is part of the old medieval layout of the Spanish capital, which explains its paved and narrow streets. It’s not an official neighbourhood, but it is one of the most sought out areas for students since it has a wide variety of flats for rent.

The area is home to the Royal Palace, the Almudena Cathedral, the Plaza Mayor and the famous (and slightly expensive) San Miguel Market. There are no universities around, but it’s a very well connected area. Line 5 will take you 17 minutes to reach the Puerta de Toledo Campus of Carlos III University, for example.


Malasaña is another neighbouhood located in the centre of Madrid, north of Gran Vía, and it borders Sol to the south. It remains the “night Mecca” for many young people and university students living and studying in the capital.

The best part about Malasaña is how it combines the old with the modern. All around this area there second-hand shops, modern cafés, bookstores, and bars and nightclubs, mostly attended by the young hipster and alternative crowd of Madrid. Think of it as the rebel neighbourhood of the city, with a very bohemian spirit.

Malasaña isn’t home to any university, but because of all the young residents and good public transport connections, it’s the perfect place to live as a student. Ciudad Universitaria, for example, is only 10 minutes away by metro from Argüelles.


Lavapiés is Madrid at its most authentic. Although it officially belongs to the Embajadores neighbourhood, many consider it a neighbourhood of its own because of its personality. The large number of bookstores and theatres, the multicultural residents and the not-so-touristy San Fernando market give Lavapiés its bohemian atmosphere.

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The neighbourhood may not have any universities closeby, but its great cultural variety makes it one of the most desirable areas to live in. If you take the metro from Lavapiés station to Ciudad Universitaria (lines 6 and 3), it’ll take you less than 30 minutes to get there.


Trafalgar is one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Madrid and belongs to the Chamberí district. It’s mainly a residential area with a lot of shops, restaurants and several theaters. Fuencarral Street is especially known for its bars and shops. It also has one of the best public transport connections to the city’s main universities.

It’s the perfect place for ICADE Business School students to live in, since the metro ride from Alonso Martínez only takes 14 minutes. Living in the Trafalgar neighbourhood is also convenient for students from other universities, since the Alonso Martínez metro stop only takes 20 minutes to reach Ciudad Universitaria.

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