Originally Posted by juls2
I posted this under the expat link first but wanted to post it here being that this area gets more visits...hope that's okay
...I'm applying for my student visa in a couple of weeks and then will be off to BCN for a year. I have to have an address (place of stay) listed on my visa application and so am looking at places to stay for the year. My question is this...is 400 euro a month unreasonable (the room I'm looking at is a nice size with lots of light because I'll get claustrophobic otherwise)? And if so, what are the chances of me getting something cheaper and just as nice if I just contract for a month and then after the month look for something? My concern with that is that if I wait until I get there (and of course all the other university students!) in September, there won't be anything cheaper or even available and them I'm screwed....what do you all think? Has anyone stayed there for that long and also...is a budget of about 700-750 US dollars a month unreasonable (I'm vegetarian and will have to be cooking all my meals)? Thanks!
400€ is not bad. In madrid, I've seen rooms for rent for just under 300e to almost 1,000€ a month. 350-450€ being the average. It looks like Barcelona' and Madrids prices are about the same.
This is the best Spain website for property rentals- Idealista.com
(link will go to the english version).
You can get a good idea of the rents there.
Also, the Craigslist of Spain is Loquo.com
Be careful for scammers who will ask you to western union money before hand.
If you are in communication with someone who is advertising a flat or an email is listed, google the email and any phone numbers.
I was interested in a room and happened to google the email and it came up on a list of scammers.
Here's a growing list of scammers offering rentals worldwide. Read the comments on the bottom to get a feel of the verbiage they use.
Here be dragons: Chicanery, cons and scams: Scammails U - Z 2009