Living in Spain

The living in Spain section covers information about meeting your more basic needs for life in Spain. You'll find information for finding property/real estate, apartments in Spain, schools and university programs, health care and medical insurance, English-speaking doctors, and sending mail through the postal system.


"... due to the real-estate boom generated by foreign investment over the last few years, the prices have risen rather dramatically."
- Apartments in Spain

"This is the committee made up of your immediate neighbours who, like it or not, have the right to meddle in your affairs..."
- The Comunidad de Propietarios for Property Owners

"Before we go any further, please memorize this number: 112. "
- Emergency Telephone Numbers in Spain

"Not all homologation is the same. For your university degree, you can apply for one of two types: equivalency to a specific official Spanish university degree or equivalency to a particular Spanish university degree level."
- Getting Your University Degree Recognized in Spain

"If your university of choice in Spain does not have an existing relationship with your home university there are a couple of options available in order to still be able to attend that particular school."
- University Exchange Programs in Spain

"The car might be for sale because the owner knows about an ITV problem that is not obvious..."
- Buying and Selling a Second Hand Car in Spain

"Villas are generally rented by the month, although you can ask about a year-long contract if this would be of interest to you."
- Villas in Spain

"...if you're expecting a parcel from home, double or triple the normal expected time, although it should eventually arrive.""
- Sending/Receiving Mail and Packages in Spain

"If you like looking at schlong and boobs then this is your spot. Other highlights of Poble Nou include the big penis building, known as Monumental (coincidence?)"
- Where to live in Barcelona

"That said, you can occasionally "beat the system" with luck and persuasion."
- Public Healthcare in Spain

"There are over 51 public and 21 private universities spanning the entire country with higher concentrations of universities in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. "
- Universities In Spain

"The good news is that the builders have caught up to demand, so brokers cannot keep charging high rates.""
- Real Estate in Spain

"The list of international education programs continues to grow as Spain and the rest of the EU make efforts to implement the Lisbon Strategy..." "
- Schools and Higher Education in Spain

" sure to make a list of the receipts and verifications needed for costs reimbursement."
- Doctors in Spain

"Someone who is not entitled to social health care has the option of getting private care, which requires paying a monthly fee for private coverage ."
- Pregnant in Spain!

"A property owner might find that the committee insists on the removal of a new addition simply because the colour or design does not comply...."
- Comunidad de Propietarios: Part 2, The Nitty Gritty