I’ve been living in Valencia, Spain for eight months now and can honestly say that moving here has been the best decision I’ve ever made. Let me give you a few reasons why you should make VLC your new home as well.
Weather seems to be a major factor for a lot of us when deciding where to move. Luckily Valencia’s weather consists of more sunnier days than rainy days and only a few cold months beginning in December and ending in February. To be a bit more specific, the weather on an average day ranges from about 50-73°F (10-23°C), in the summer it ranges from 73-95°F (23-35°C) & winter ranges from 45-68°F (7-20°C).
Valencia is the perfect size of a city located on the east coast of Spain and is the third largest city after Barcelona and Madrid. Valencia has a population of about 800,000 residents and is a very safe city to live in.
This city has so much to offer! You can admire older architecture as you roam around the city/old town as well as more modern designs known as the City of Arts & Sciences which was designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. There are also a few lovely beaches to visit as well as the formerly known Turia River that is now a very green 9km space known as Turia Park. Spain of course is known for their delicious cuisine, Paella being one of the most popular and actually originating here in Valencia. The central market is another main staple where you can find a variety of fresh produce, meat, juices, and much more. Like I said, Valencia has a lot to offer those were just a few.
A main reason why I decided to look at universities in Spain is because of how inexpensive it is. Valencia is definitely one of the cheaper cities, making it perfect for students willing to study abroad. The average monthly budget for a student living in a shared flat, located in the city center is roughly €600-700; including electricity/water, Wi-Fi/phone, monthly metro card, groceries, and some spending money. For those of you wanting to live on your own, the budget is about €750-800 monthly. You also have the option of living in Moncada which is close to the University CEU Cardenal Herrera, meaning your budget can be cut down a bit. Keep in mind that Moncada is a small town and very different from the city.
I personally prefer to live in the city near a metro station that has the Line 1 which takes you directly to CEU within 20-25 minutes. Jesus, Plaza de España, Angel Guimera, and Turia are a few nice options. Not to mention, the view from the metro on the way to university is my favorite part of the day.
Overall Valencia is a small, inexpensive city filled with so much beauty & deliciousness. Therefore, making it an ideal selection for students wanting to study abroad. Hopefully I convinced you enough to join the CEU family and make your way over to Valencia, Spain!