What are the best ways to find an apartment in Barcelona?

#1

Lots of nomads in and headed to Barcelona. Let’s create a central place for resources, guides and sites for finding an apartment.

I’m headed there in April for 1-3 months (argh, Schengen!). So far Craigslist and Spotahome seem useful. What else is there?

Also any thoughts on neighborhoods would be great here. Right now I’m looking at Gracia which seems to be the spot. Probably avoid Barrio Gotico and Barceloneta due to masses of tourists. I’ve heard some good things about El Born… thoughts?

#2

Hey Tyler,

I was in Barcelona with an Airbnb for 10 days last August. It was hot. We did a room in an several bedroom apartment. I would recommend against that for long stays for sanity’s sake, though your disposition could tolerate it.

While I don’t have a direct answer, after nomad’ing for an additional 7 months (still here in Europe!) and dealing with this issue every month, we have evolved our strategy and made www.distancescore.com . Its meant to help you and me plot the places we plan on visiting (coworking, metro, whatever) and comparing different neighborhoods or addresses.

If you do use Airbnb, message ahead regarding wifi if you plan on working there. Spain has the best connectivity I’ve found all over Europe, bar Switzerland, but you never know.

#3

I’d also try my luck browsing through different facebook groups like “Barcelona Apartments”, “Barcelona rentals” an also “Barcelona expats”. As birds of a feather flock together, you could also look at “Barcelona für Deutsche” if you are German-speaking, “Italiani a BARCELONA !!” for italians or “Svenskar i Barcelona” for swedish people, as many expats prefer to rent out their apartment to their fellow countrymen.

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#4

Hey tyler,
I am a “local” in barcelona, have living here on and off for arround 3 years.

First of all: Airbnb is really expensive in this city. I have a good friend with a lot of apartments for large groups and this is a real business here.

Locals normally spot apartments on a website called “loquo”, but it can be difficult if you don’t speak spanish and if its for very short rentals. There are specialized agencys for short term rentals like http://www.apartmentbarcelona.com/ and http://www.ainb.net/. I’ve made really good experiences with http://lodgingapartments.com/, they take a comission but have really great, furnished apartments in barceloneta.

For the best quarters: I lived in the “Born”, its not quite as turistic and “dirty” than the gothic or raval quarter, but still right in the city center. A lot of expats, students and freelancers life there and it has a great atmosphere with a lot of bars, small shops and art galleries (although its changing). If you like to be a little bit more outside the city center gracia is awesome as well, a lot of the alternative party scene is happening there.

If you have any questions just let me know :slight_smile:

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#5

Jascha, the sites you’ve listed only seem to have listing that are actually more expensive than AirBnB. Am I missing something?

#6

Checking the sites I see what you mean. I usually wrote them directly an email and asked for what kind of apartment they have for 1 to 3 months. The price per night looks really high, but usually they have better prices for monthly stays. (Me and friends paid around 800€ to 900€ per month with lodgingapartments.com) It really depends on your budget. One of the cheapest way is clearly looking for rental rooms at http://www.loquo.com

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#7

Oh, I wished I had read this before! I got an appartment on bnb :frowning:

#8

We’re applying for our Residency Visas to hopefully move there in August. I’ve rented directly from this person a number of times: http://negre.us/apartments/ - his name is Fernando Negre - has some great apartments - although a little expensive. But if you go direct and talk to him directly he’ll typically give a good discount if you ask.

Can’t wait!

#9

Hey mate. I’m gonna hang out there.
I’ve already stayed there last year from april tim october, in a friend’s apartment in El Borne, that now is not available anymore.
So let’s find something together and hell yeah let’s create common resources.
I’m calling some acquaintances to find a proper place. My impressions are El Borne is amazing but I won’t advice to be there in the summer it’s a mess. And homes are old and a little bit dirty unless you spend a lot.
Barceloneta or El Poble Nou are better but it’s not easy to find a place during top season.
El Poble Sec, Gracia and Exaimple are truly beautiful barrios, Guinardo also.
Let’s have a look at idealista, rentalia, habitaclia… let’s keep in touch definitely

#10

You should really consider Eixample … was really nicely situated.

#11

I lived in Barcelona for one year. For long term it’s best to rent without agencies because they charge 1 or 2 months of fee. On Loquo you’ll find private "pisos"
http://www.loquo.com/vivienda/barcelona/

Check also this blog for some nice tips: http://www.spanishteacherbarcelona.com/living-barcelona/find-flat-barcelona/

#12

+1 for the loquo.com. i lived in Barcelona for 3 years and this was the way everybody I knew found their apartments. It seemed to be the way the locals found apartments too. The other options are more aimed at tourists and more expensive, with large agency fees also.

And airbnb, is obviously just people subletting the places which they originally picked up cheap on loquo.com and are running as side businesses. That’s how most of my friends there are doing it anyway.

Ahh… the memories are flooding back now. Such a magical city! I think i’ll have to book a flight there soon.

#13

I’m finding LoQUo really difficult to navigate… Mi espanol es tambien lol… but, there’s no way to sort by bedrooms or price or anything. I guess it’s worth it if I save a 1000 euros a month…

Side note- I’ve also been using http://www.shbarcelona.com/ and http://kyero.com … (Kyero just seems to be an aggregator though)… once we get our residency visa, I’ll pick my search up more seriously.

#14

Hey Tyler
So you are in Bcn now ? What did you find ? I was there for a week last month and I hated having to rent an expensive airbnb with shitty wifi
But it did the job : we found the partners and the apartment for thecoalition.io/barcelona and we are opening the first Startup house in barcelona may 2nd :slight_smile:
So for me for a stay of 1-3 months, the best way to find an apartment in Barcelona is now thecoalition.io/barcelona :wink:

#15

I got an apartment through Spotahome and just extended for another 2 months with an Airbnb. Both were quite a bit more expensive than I wanted to pay.

This coalition place you listed looks pretty good for the cost, space and amenities compared to what I found. One question it says “4 rooms, 10 crazy entrepreneurs”… how does that work? Bunk beds? :slight_smile:

#16

Update - LoQuo is out of business.