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Cost Of Study in Spain

Accommodation in Spain 

As a student in a Spain college or institution, having adequate housing for your stay is a must. It is essential that housing be arranged before you arrive in the country. Several housing options are available for students, each with their own perks and benefits, as well as cons. You should take a look at all of the housing options that are available, weighing both the pros and the cons, before making the choice as to where you will stay while attending college.

The amount of rent that you will pay to rent your own home in Spain will vary according to your location, the neighborhood that you choose, the accommodations and amenities offered and other factors. For example the average rental rate for a one bedroom apartment in Barcelona is around 850 Euros while in Madrid the one bedroom rate averages a cost of 1000 Euros per month. There are also other costs that you may incur that should be kept in mind as well, including telephone, utilities, food, etc.

At Spanish universities housing is available in student residence halls (Colegios Mayores) and student type apartments. They can be booked in advance, as they fill up quickly. Some language schools also offer housing in host families. If you do not have housing reserved prior to arriving, its suggested you arrive about 1 week early and reserve a hotel or hostel nearby the University for a few nights. This way, you can search out various housing possibilities and still have a place to stay while you find adequate housing. A university residence in for example Madrid, including accommodation and meals, costs less than 800 euros per month.

Types of Housing 

The type of housing that is available to a student may vary depending upon your exact location in the country. Additionally the costs of that particular housing will vary according to your location. Do keep these things in mind when comparing your options.

Cost of Living in Spain 

The costs of living in Spain are not the same for everyone. It really depends on where you live and the lifestyle that you want to lead. Living in Spain can be very affordable, or it can be very expensive, and you are the determining factor to which you will receive. As a student you are probably wanting to live as affordable as possible, and this means conducting as much research as you possibly can concerning housing options, shopping, schools and more.

It is safe to say that you should look outside of Madrid and Barcelona if you want the most affordable of living options in Spain. These two cities rank among the top 50 most expensive places to live in the world. Country living, as it is called, is much more affordable, and brings to you a wonderful, comfortable place to call home as you attain your education. If you you're your heart set on living near the beach, do not think that you cannot do this affordable. The key to beach housing is also location, and you must stay away from Mallorca.

Housing costs will be the biggest expense that you have while attending a university in Spain, as you can imagine, so make sure that you carefully consider the city in which you reside, as well as the housing option that is best suited for your needs. Even if you attend a school in Madrid or in Barcelona you can choose to live in a nearby city and live much more affordably. The three cheapest places to live in Spain are Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela and Granada.

Cost of Study in Spain 

Students have to pay registration and tuition fees at public universities in Spain. Tuition fees vary depending on the university and course you take and the amount of credits the course is worth.

The tuition fees in the public universities are between 2000 and 3500 Euro for the whole education. Tuition in private universities is much higher. Average tuition fees in a private university are around 6,000 euros. In terms of basic articles such as food, toiletries, etc, Spain is one of the cheapest countries in Europe. If the average price in Europe is 100, the cost in Spain is 88.

Spainish Health Care System 

Until recently Spain provided universal health care to all of its citizens under a tax-financed scheme run by INGESA (Instituto Nacional de Gestión Sanitaria), part of the Ministry of Health and Social Policy (Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales y Igualdad). The management of these services has now been decentralised and transferred to the distinct autonomous regions (comunidades autonomas) with corresponding powers and responsibilities.

Communication between the regional government bodies and the Ministry is aided by the Interterritorial Council of the Spanish National Health Service (Consejo Interterritorial del Servicio Nacional de Salud de España, CISNS) which gives cohesion to the system and aims to guarantee the rights of residents throughout Spain.

Public health care provision may therefore vary slightly depending on the autonomous region you reside in.

Over 90% of the population in Spain makes use of the public system for their medical needs. The most frequent model allows Spaniards to choose their primary care doctor (GP), through which they access the rest of the system. In order to consult a specialist, patients must first be referred by their primary care doctor (except in emergencies). Nevertheless, regional health services are increasingly integrating primary care and specialist care. Since medical care is covered by the state, there should usually be no out-of-pocket expenses. However, it should be noted that dental and eye care tend to be covered privately.

Unfortunately, as in some European countries there can be long waiting lists to see specialists and for elective and non-emergency surgical care.