Coliving In Barcelona- An Epic Guide

Coliving In Barcelona- An Epic Guide

You may have stumbled on today’s article by googling the term : coliving barcelona. 

I did the same 2 years ago when I was living in Ireland fancied working in a bit of sun! 

That’s right, folks. If you’ve ever thought about coliving in spain, there’s no better place than Barcelona. 

Here’s a brief overview of what I’ll be covering in today’s digital nomad guide; co living barcelona edition:

  • What is coliving
  • The pros and cons
  • Why try coliving in Barcelona
  • The best coliving spaces in Barcelona
  • Coliving etiquette
  • Cost of living in Barcelona
  • Weather
  • Best visas for Barcelona digital nomad
  • Barcelona coworking space
  • Best foods to try in Barcelona
  • Getting around
  • Things you should know

Grab a chair and settle in because we’re about to go on one heck of a literary trip.

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coliving Barcelona

Summary of all the best coliving properties in Barcelona: 

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What Is Coliving?

What is coliving and what are you signing up to when you book living arrangements at a coliving establishment?

Essentially, coliving is a modern form of communal living. At this point, you’ve probably got hostel flashbacks going on but hold that thought. 

Coliving is different in the sense that residents receive fully furnished private bedrooms in a home or apartment that has a shared common area.

The Pros And Cons Of Coliving

Coliving isn’t for everyone. Sometimes this can mean sharing a bathroom, kitchen, and or living room. Here are a few things you should ask yourself before you jump into it:

  • Do I like meeting new people?
  • Can I focus on work with people around?
  • Do I want to share a bathroom, kitchen, or living room?

Still unsure? Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of coliving.

Pros

If you’re looking for a living arrangement that:

  • Allows for a flexible contract
  • Has stable Wifi
  • Is affordable
  • Has all-inclusive utility bills
  • Allows you to meet like-minded folks
  • Develop business and personal relationships with people from all over the globe

Being a digital nomad can be lonely. Coliving can actually prevent feelings of loneliness and when you’re tired of people, you can retreat to the comfort of your private room.

Cons

Though it comes with tons of positive notes, coliving can be challenging because:

  • Shared common areas can lead to the feeling of your personal space being invaded
  • A whole bunch of people on the same broadband connection can lead to an unstable connection
  • It’s more expensive if you’re accustomed to hostel prices
  • Introverts may feel annoyed or pressured to interact with other colivers that are on the extroverted side

Why Try Coliving in Barcelona?

So why try coliving in Barcelona? Did you know Barcelona is in the top 15 digital nomad cities?

Barcelona boasts a large expat and nomad community. 

Costs are relatively cheap, there’s sun all year round, the fantastic sights, experiencing Spanish culture, and it’s also an up and coming tech hub

What more could you want?

Best Coliving Spaces In Barcelona

Onto the main event of today’s article: a list of vetted coliving space Barcelona has to offer. 

I’ll give you a brief overview, list the number of residents that could live there, the price, wifi speed, benefits, and features of each place. And for your convenience, I have arranged them from least to most expensive.

Here’s an overview of the coliving properties we’ll be looking at today:

coliving in Barcelona at houxery
Picture taken from the Houxery website

1.Houxury

Combine the words housing and luxury and what do you get? Houxury

The company was actually established as a real estate consultancy agency but it has now joined the coliving world. 

With the word luxury in its name, you can be sure that they offer some cool digs. The rental contract has a 3-month minimum stay, includes Netflix, cleaners, maintenance, and bills.

Residents: 6-8 rooms

Price:$669/month or €570

Wifi: 600 Mbps

Benefits

Their location in Barcelona is in the Sant Gervasi – Galvany area. It’s a popular neighborhood that is a combination of parks and commercial buildings. 

Its location is great for those looking for a blend of exciting nightlife and maintaining a healthy daily routine since the famed Marcat de Galvany is at the heart of the neighborhood.

Features

  • High-quality furniture
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Storage space for all tenants
  • The apartment has four bathrooms
  • The room is fully furnished with a mattress, canapé, desk, chair desk, table lamp, and TV

coliving Barcelona at coasis

2.Coasis Coliving

Coasis Coliving is located an hour away from Barcelona in a town that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. 

This is a fantastic place for digital nomads looking for a coliving area that has a beach. You can spend your time relaxing on the sand, swimming in the ocean, or playing beach volleyball.

Residents: Up to 16

Price: $782/month or €645

Wifi: 600 Mbps

Benefits

The beach, ocean, and sun aren’t the only benefits of Coasis. It’s a minute away from Sagrada Familia, which means the city is accessible by foot or public transport.

Coasis also offers a coworking space equipped with high-speed Internet, the opportunity to learn from other colivers, and a whole bunch of classes and activities.

Features

  • 12 rooms with 10 bathrooms
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • AC in the summer, heating in the winter
  • Access to the washing machine, iron, and other amenities
  • Backyard lounge and garden
  • Outdoor terrace with sofa & tables
  • They offer cooking, yoga, and meditation classes
  • Activities like exercising on the beach, kayaking, and even tips on how to be effective entrepreneurs from fellow colivers
coliving Barcelona cala maria

3. CA LA MARÍA

Ca La Maria is actually a B&B that has gotten creative and recently joined the coliving community. 

So, if you’re looking for the luxuries that come with staying in a B&B and the perks of coliving and coworking, then Ca La Maria is your place. 

That is if you’re above the age of 24 and planning on staying a minimum of one month.

Those not keen on sharing a bathroom will be happy to know that each room comes with an ensuite bathroom. 

Residents: 9

Wifi: High-speed internet 

Price: $900/month or €740

Benefits

Access to a coworking space with office chairs and a private meeting room to meet your zoom/skype call needs.

Features

  • AC in the summer, heating in the winter
  • Individual storage
  • Access to the washing machine, iron, and other amenities
  • Living area with projector, CD, and book collection
  • Garden with veggies
  • Outdoor terrace with tables, sofas, and chairs (to relax at the end of the day with your colivers)
coliving barcelona starcity

4. Starcity Coliving

Starcity Coliving is perfect for the digital nomad on the lookout for a more modern living arrangement and a wider community of colivers.

The fully renovated early 20th-century modernist building is four blocks away from Gaudi’s temple La Sagrada Familia and has an amazing communal rooftop. 

There are 31 beds, an elevator, and the minimum stay period is three months.

Residents: 31

Price: $900/month or €740

Wifi: Fast 

Benefits

They make it so easy to meet people through their amazing events; everything from wine & pizza nights, bowling, living room concerts, yoga classes, comedy club outings, and more.

Features

  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Fully-equipped kitchen and dining areas
  • Weekly cleaning of communal & private spaces
  • Netflix
  • Suites are available with either a private or a shared bathroom
  • Rooftop lounge
  • BBQ
coliving Barcelona circa 1905

5. Circa 1905

This quaint nine bedroom house is located on the main floor of a modernist building in the center of Barcelona. It’s a few meters from Paseo de Gracia and Gaudí’s Pedrera, you know that must-see architectural marvel everyone gets a selfie with? 

Yeah, that one. 

The catch is they only take tenants that are aged 30 and above.

Residents: 9

Price: $1020/month or €840

Wifi: 200-300 Mbps

Benefits

It offers a unique living experience as the rooms of the house have been revamped to enhance the traditional architect. It mixes tradition and comfort, giving off a homey vibe. 

They also have a separate meeting room available for use.

Features

  • A/C warm cold
  • Double beds
  • Twin size upon request
  • Bathtub upon request
  • Bathrobe
  • Safety-box
  • Hairdryer
  • Direct phone
  • Tv (with English channels)
coliving Barcelona a landing pad

6. A Landing Pad

This list would not be complete without the mention of A Landing Pad. Unlike the converted B&B’s or hotels, A Landing Pad is a coliving space that is specifically built to cater to all of your needs as a digital nomad.

Residents: 11

Price: $1080/month or €890 for the “Standard” room

Wifi: 300 (Mbps)

Benefits

Located in Poble Sec, A Landing Pad is located just a 10-minute walk to Montjuic, its large park, and museums.

There’s a bus stop in front and the metro station is 10 minutes away on foot. A Landing PAd also has a community that is connected through a Whatsapp group.

 It’s used by those who need help or want to make plans. It’s common for an event or activity to be planned for everyone in the house -be it a BBQ on the roof or a night out through the town.

Features

  • Individual room equipped with a small desk, chair, closet, and two bedside tables
  • Double bed and ensuite bathroom
  • Safe-deposit box
  • Aircon 
  • Choice of bay window, balcony, or terrace
  • Wall mural by international street artist
  • Common area is cleaned 2-3 times a week
  • Private rooms cleaned weekly with linen change
coliving in Barcelona spain

Coliving Etiquette 

The last thing you want to do is to tick off your housemates. That can make for an awkward stay. So, before you go off frolicking to your coliving space, here are a few guidelines to live by:

  1. Be Friendly

This doesn’t mean you have to buddy up with everyone in the house. All I’m really saying is be pleasant to be around.

  1. Clean Up After Yourself

The golden rule: If you use it, you clean it. If you use it, put it away. This goes for the shared spaces like the kitchen, living room, and or bathroom.

  1. Be Considerate

You’re sharing a space with other people. The polite thing to do is ask the other inhabitants of your house before you invite guests over.

  1. No Calls Or Meetings In The Coworking Space 

Coworking spaces are meant for people to work without distractions. It should be quiet so people can focus. Take that call in your room, an empty communal space, or a meeting room.

  1. DON’T Play Your Media Out Loud

Review point 3. I don’t think I need to explain this -just use your headphones.

  1. Keep Your Personal Belongings In Your Private Area

Much like point 2, I advise you to keep your personal belongings in your own private space because it’s common courtesy to put away things you’re not going to use and your personal item could be mistaken for a communal item if you left it lying around in the shared space.

So, if you don’t want people using your things or the possibility of breaking it, heed my warning.

Cost Of Living In Barcelona

According to Numbeo, the cost of living barcelona is as follows:

  • Monthly rental studio in city center $1,117 or €920
  • Monthly rental studio outside of city center $890 or €737
  • Meal at an inexpensive restaurant $14.50 or €12
  • Local beer (0.33l) $3.60 or €3
  • Cappuccino $2.20 or €1.85
  • Water (0.33l) $1.60 or €1.40
  • One-way metro ticket $2.80 or 2.40
  • Monthly metro pass from $48.50 or €40
weather In Barcelona

Weather in Barcelona 

The weather in Barcelona is mostly pleasant throughout the year but the best time to visit the city is from May-September.

August is generally pretty hot with temperatures at 34°C, 95F and the cool season begins in October and November with temperatures of around 21°C down to 15°C, 69 to 59F.

Best Visa For A Barcelona Digital Nomad 

Did you know that Spain offers a Self Employment Visa? The visa costs are listed in USD on the website and vary depending on your nationality.

US Citizens: $515 ($270+$245)

Canadian Citizens: $1043 ($795+$248)

Other Nationalities: $161 ($73+$88)

This visa will grant you up to a year’s stay. 

All you need to do is prove you have sufficient funds to “establish and maintain employment indefinitely” and pass a background check. 

Learn more about the procedure and documents you need on the official website of the Spanish Consulate

coworking space Barcelona

Best Barcelona Coworking Space

I know I said this article could be described with two words earlier (coliving barcelona) but here are another two search terms people google to find the same info : barcelona coworking or coworking Barcelona. 

I know this because I did the same before I moved to Barcelona. I am covering all bases here folks!

But I digress, coliving and coworking go hand in hand, so, if you’re a digital nomad on the hunt for a place to work in Barcelona, stay tuned for coworking space barcelona has to offer:

I’m even going to share a free coworking option and coworking friendly cafes at the end.

1.Betahaus

Betahaus is one of the largest coworking spaces in Barcelona, Gracia. You can choose a plan with fixed desks, flexi desks, indoor workspaces, outdoor workspaces, and there’s a cafe and bar too!

Cost

  • Day Pass (4H) $19 or €15
  • 40H Pass $85 or €69
  • Fixed Desk $265-$300/month or €219-€249

2.CoworkIdea

CoworkIdea is a coworking space that is equipped with refreshments, conference rooms, printing services, and a kitchen. There’s even a chill-out zone with a lounge and hammock.

Cost

  • Day Pass (10H) $25 or €20
  • Flex Plus (24H/7D) $218 or €180
  • Flex 5 (5H/Day) $115 or €95

3. La Vaca Coworking

La Vaca Coworking was a former dairy shop and is located in the heart of Poble-Sec. Amenities include conference rooms, tea and coffee machines, a kitchen, printing, and bike storage.

Cost

  • Nomad $19 or €15
  • 10 Day (Valid for 3 months) $150 or €125
  • Resident $260/month or €215/month
  • Flex $199/month or €165
  • 1/2 Flex $134-$121/month or €110-100

4.Blitz Gracia

Situated in the heart of Barcelona, Blitz Gracia is a coworking space that offers panoramic views of the city and a varied selection of coffee in their coworking space.

Cost

  • 1/2 Day $109/month or €90
  • Resident $240/month of €200

FREE Coworking Spaces

ImaginCafe is a coworking spot that lets you go for FREE.

Work-Friendly Cafes

For amazing Wifi and great coffee, try out these cafes:

Best Food To Try In Barcelona 

paella in Barcelona

No guide is complete without a list of must-try foods, right? While you’re in Barcelona, wander the streets and sample their local cuisine. 

More specifically, these dishes:

Getting Around

When you’re in Barcelona, you have four ways of getting around: 

  • Public transport
  • Taxis
  • Rentals, or
  • On foot 

Public Transportation

Barcelona’s metro system is an expansive underground subway system. Depending on the zone, you can purchase a monthly pass for €40 or $49.

The public transport system also includes busses, trams, and trains.

Taxis in Barcelona

Barcelona, like every metropolitan, is crawling with taxis. If you have some trouble hailing down a cab, use the local version of Uber -which is not operational in Barcelona- MyTaxi. 

Renting

Rent a scooter at Cooltra or electric scooter sharing app YUGO. Alternatively, rent bikes at Bike Rental Barcelona or Donkey Bike.

Things You Should Know About Living In Barcelona 

I’m not going to send you into the ‘wilds’ of Barcelona without giving you a piece of advice or two. As someone who’s lived in Barcelona, here are a few things you should know before you go:

Pickpocketing

Yes, Spain ranks 38 out of 163 countries when it comes to safety BUT you will get pickpocketed. 

It’s a fact of life. I lived in Barcelona and got pickpocketed twice and I have never met a person who hasn’t been pickpocketed in Spain before. 

Be extra careful in the metros, in crowded places, and touristy spots.

Dining Hours

This may seem like a weird thing to forewarn someone of but if you want to avoid being ‘hangry’, you should know that locals dine out very late. 

So, if a Spanish person invites you for dinner, eat before you head out or pack some bread in your bag.

Restaurants open at 20:00 pm and the diners? They start arriving for dinner around 21:30 or 22:00 pm at night. 

Like I said, pack some snacks.

Learn Spanish or Catalan

While English is widely spoken throughout the city, a little bit of Spanish or Catalan will get you a long way and save you some confusion.

Conclusion

There you have it, folks. I tried writing about anything and everything that came to mind when I thought about the words, ‘coliving barcelona’ and I think I covered all the bases. 

Explanation? Check. Accommodation? Check. Coworking spaces? Check. Food and travel recommendations? Check.

What are your final thoughts on coliving in Barcelona? Is this Spanish city next on your digital nomad city travel list?

Coliving In Barcelona- An Epic Guide

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