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Erasmus experience in Ciudad Real (Spain) by Giuseppe

Why did you choose to go to Ciudad Real in Spain?

To be honest, I didn't chose it myself. This destination was assigned to me, but once I arrived there I didn't dislike it at all.

However, I'd recommend larger cities such as Sevilla and Granada where the cultural offer, the landscape and the nightlife are better.


How long does the scholarship last? What's the total amount of the financial aid you receive?

My scholarship lasts 6 months and I receive a total amount of 230€ per month.

Flat rents are between 100€ and 180€, and the cost of living is relatively low.

How's the student life in Ciudad Real like?

There's plenty of Erasmus students and we do it all together, also thanks to the ESN group that plan night parties and various events.

Would you recommend the city and the university of Ciudad Rodrigo to other students?

Yes I would. Its position is central, excellent to travel and move around. Although I do know that bigger cities could be more exciting.

How's the food of the country?

Delectable and cheap. Unlike other cities like those in Andalusia, in Ciudad Real a drink is included when ordering those well-known tapas, which allows you to save up and start the night by drinking and eating for very little.

Was it hard to find accommodation in Ciudad Real?

No, it wasn't. The ESN group helped me out finding a place to live, as well as settling in the city in general.

How much does it cost to live in Ciudad Real?

It costs on average 160€ for the rent + 200€ for the shopping and the rest (going outs, parties, etc. ).

How are you doing with the language? Did you attend any language course at the uni?

Well. The first month was slightly hard, but one then gets used to it very easily. Yes, I did. The Literature Faculty organizes a language course for Erasmus students, you only need to ask about it. The enrolment fee is 100€.

What's the cheapest way of getting to Ciudad Real from your city?

By plane.

Where would you suggest going out at night in Ciudad Real?

Ikebana, Blanco and La Teteria.

And what about eating out? What are your favorite places?

There are lots of places where you can have tapas. You can get an idea by trying them out.

What do you suggest visiting?

There's not much. The cathedral, some museums and exhibitions organized by the city municipality, and there are two nice parks where to chill out.

Have you got any recommendation to give to the future students of Ciudad Real?

Don't waste your money on drinking at the discos: drink beforehand, at home, after buying what you like in Mercadona. For the rest, have fun and don't forget to study a bit, as exams will be waiting for you when you go back!

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