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Where to Find Affordable Housing in Barcelona

Written by Daniella

Living in a rental apartment has become a great quest for many people, especially because of high rental prices in big cities. Barcelona is the city where rental prices are among the highest, and many people are forced to go to areas far from the city centre, to be able to afford their own rental apartment. Currently, the average amount of rent people pay in the Catalan capital is 1000 euro’s per month, which means that many mileuristas, people who earn around 1000 euro’s per month, which is half of all Barcelonans, have to share an apartment or continue living with their parents. Today, this article from ShBarcelona will tell you more about the cheapest areas of Barcelona to rent an apartment. Even though it can be hard to find, there are still possibilities to live in the city, even if you don’t have much of your budget to spend on housing.

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Renting at an affordable price in Barcelona

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Many people say that rent in Barcelona is skyrocketing, and unfortunately they are not wrong… But there are areas in Barcelona where rental apartments are still available at a lower price, so it may not be necessary for you to move to another town in the province of Barcelona, just to be able to live within your financial possibilities. There are definitely neighbourhoods that are cheaper than others, whether you prefer renting or buying. In general, the neighbourhoods farthest from the city centre or with no or little public transport, are the most affordable ones, although there are always some exceptions to the rule. If you check out the districts, Nou Barris is one of the most affordable districts, along with Sant Andreu and some parts of Sant Martí, Sants-Montjuïc and Horta-Guinardó. On the contrary, the districts of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, Eixample, Gràcia, Ciutat Vella and Les Corts are the most expensive. Checking out the different neighbourhoods, the cheapest are Ciutat Meridiana, Torre Baró-Vallbona, Les Roquetes, Trinitat Nova and El Carmel.

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One of the problems you may run into, besides the high prices of an apartment, is the disturbed balance between housing supply and demand. As a result prices just keep increasing, and requirements to be able to rent a certain apartment are getting more and more restrictive. It is always important to look at other options, such as sharing an apartment or renting only a room instead of a whole apartment. Many students are perfectly happy with this solution. Recently, more professionals and separated or divorced couples are willing to share an apartment with people in similar situations, something that was previously very uncommon. In short, finding cheap, spacious housing close to the city centre can be very complicated, but once you move away from the centre, there are more options. Anyway, you can always contact the team at ShBarcelona to help you find the most suitable housing for the long-term and within your financial boundaries. Our advice: do not give up too easily, keep searching and act quickly if you find something that you like!

Do you live in Barcelona? What is your opinion on the rental market?

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Daniella enjoys everything the city of Barcelona has to offer. She writes, translates and loves discovering Catalonia and its beautiful nature.

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