Experience in Salamanca, Spain by Joe
What is it like to live in Salamanca? Would you recommend it? What is the city like?
Living in Salamanca is opting for a town with almost all the commodities a student would need while getting away from the problems of big, crowded cities. If small, nice towns are your thing, you will definitely enjoy Salamanca, but if you are a big city boy or girl, this is not for you.
What is the student lifestyle like in Salamanca?
It all depends on your commitment, willingness to study, party or get both at "proper" dosages if you know what I mean.
How much does it cost to live in Salamanca?
Salamanca, not being a "main-stream" city, is student-friendly, as far as costs go. You could thrive with about 250€ - 300€ a month, paying the rent and having fun.
Is it difficult to find accommodation in Salamanca? Is there any advice you can give?
It is not that hard, actually. What I would recommend, besides this forum, is keeping an eye on the advertisements that are posted on the student boards at the universities. You can find many other offers at photocopy shops, bookstores and so on. Just keep your eyes open.
What is the food like? What are your favourite dishes?
Tapas are great, as are pinchos. There are also many places where you can eat as much as you can for a reasonable price (8€ to 10€). Then you also have the cafeterias on campus, whose prices are OK. But, of course, when you can cook, this is your option number one.
What places would you recommend visiting in Salamanca?
Just walk around at night and you will be delighted. You should visit the Cathedral and San Esteban's Convent. Visit Calle Van Dyck for tapas, meet with friends at Plaza Mayor. Salamanca is great, really beautiful, actually, but also small, so you will have to enjoy it in good company, or it could get boring, at least for some.
Is it good to eat out in Salamanca? Can you tell us your favourite spots?
I previously mentioned Calle Van Dyck. There is Rufo's there, as there are many other bars and pubs. In winter you can get a wicked hot chocolate with churros at Valor. Just go around visiting the many different pubs, you will not regret it.
Is the nightlife good in Salamanca? Where is good to go?
It is very good, but it can also get wild and messy. If that is your thing, you will have it. Anyway, even for someone who enjoys less "demanding" night-parties, the company will never be a problem. Where to go? Where people flow? Open concerts are generally low profile, but "La Noche Vieja Universitaria" on December, is unbelievable.
What advice would you give future students heading to Salamanca?
Just enjoy the show. Study, since you came to do so, and make good friends. Be safe, be hungry and, when necessary, be wild.
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