Are you living in Spain for the first time?.

Here we provide you with some useful information and data for your reference:

Approximate monthly expenses for a student.

Total average monthly expenses for a student living in Madrid is as follows:

Housing (room in a shared flat): 350 – 550€

Private medical insurance: 36€

Services (water, electricity and gas): 60€  approximately

Food: 240€

Study-related items (photocopies, books, etc.): 50 – 100€

Transport: Metrobús monthly pass: 54,60€

Leisure: 220€


Here is a list of average daily costs:

Restaurants and Bars:

Daily fixed menu: 10 – 15€

McDonald’s Menu: 5 – 7€

A cup of coffee: 1.5 – 2€

A pint of beer: 2 – 3 €

Soft drink: 1,5 – 2 €


Market shopping:

Milk (1 liter): 0.66 – 1€

Loaf of bread: 0.75 – 1.50€

Pasta (1 kg): 0.75 – 1.5€

Rice (1 kg):  0.75 – 1.5€


Cheese (1 kg): 7 – 12€

Eggs (12 units): 1.3 – 2,2€

Chicken Breast (1 kg): 5.5 – 7€


Apples(1 kg):1.3 – 2€

Oranges(1 kg): 1 – 2€

Tomatoes(1 kg): 1.1 – 2€

Potatoes(1 kg): 0.7 – 1€

Lettuce (1 head): 0.8 – 1€


Water(bottle of 1.5 liter): 0.5 – 1€

Coca Cola(a can) 0.5 – 0.7€

Chocolate bar: 1 – 2 €

Potato chips(a bag): 0.8 – 1.5€


Pack of cigarettes(Marlboro): 4.5 – 4.9€


Some other tips for your daily life:


Electricity in Spain is 220 volts, and plugs have two pins. In the rest of Europe, it is the same as in Spain, except for the UK and Ireland, where electricity is supplied at 240 volts and electrical devices have three pins. If you’re coming from the UK or Ireland, you’ll need an adapter from three pins to two pins in order to use electrical devices. In the US, where electricity is supplied at 120 volts, you’ll need a transformer from 120 volts to 220 volts.

Tip: We recommend that you buy the adapter/transformer at the international airport you are flying from, since it is rather difficult to find one in the electric shops in Madrid. In our experience, these items purchased in Madrid are of a quite low quality and tend to come apart when disconnecting them from the plugs. It is much better to obtain them at the airport, even though the price is somewhat higher.


The water in Madrid is drinkable; there is no risk whatsoever in drinking it.


In Spain, tips are included in the bills for restaurants, hotels, bars, taxis, etc; nonetheless, it is normal to leave spare change, even though the decision is entirely up to you.

Phone calls.

To call Madrid from your country of origin, you’ll need to dial 00 34 to call Spain and then 91 to call Madrid.

How to make inexpensive international calls?.

To make inexpensive international calls, we recommend that you buy a prepaid phone card. These cards can be purchased at a tobacconist’s shop, kiosks, post offices, shops and phone centres.

Prepaid phone card international rates can vary considerably depending on the country that you call and the way you make the call. Prepaid phone cards usually offer much lower rates than telephone company’s basic international rates.

How to use a prepaid phone card?.

A toll-free access phone number and PIN are usually located on each card. To make the call, you should dial the access phone number and then enter the PIN.

An automated voice will ask you to dial the phone number you would like to call and it will let you know how much time is left on the card.


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