- MADRID: CULTURAL CAPITAL CITY
Madrid is the capital city of Spain, with the largest population in the country (nearly four milion, it is the third-most populous municipality in the European Union after Greater London and Berlin).
Madrid is also the political centre and official residence for the Spanish monarch.
In the economic field, Madrid is the financial and business centre of Spain.
Madrid organize international tourism trade fair (FITUR), gastronomy (Madrid Fusión), contemporary art, (ARCO), IT (SIMO TCI), the Motor Show and the Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week. It is an influential cultural centre and has museums with international reference, like Prado Museum (one of the most importants in the world), Thyssen-Bornemisza and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.
Madrid is notable for its nightlife and night clubs. In the centre of the city there are many leisure areas: Malasaña, La Latina, Huertas, Chueca...
In any bar you can have refreshments (beer, wine, sangria) with snacks, tapas and raciones: Spanish potato omelette, potatos with spicy tomato sauce (patatas bravas), squid rings fried in batter (calamares)... During the summer time, people usually do it in pavement cafes.
- BEFORE TRAVELLING TO SPAIN:
If you are EU student, you do not need visa for travelling to Madrid. Your ID card or passport would be enough. The rest of students need a student visa.
The Erasmus students can use the European Health Insurance Card to receive medical treatment for free or at a reduced cost. The rest of students must obtain a health insurance for their stay in Spain.
The best mean of transport is the plane. Barajas Airport has uderground station and the centre of the city is reachable in 15 minutes.
- COST OF LIVING:
Euro is the national currency. Compared with other Spanish cities, Madrid is rather more expensive, but if we compare it to other European capitals, it is one of the cheapest.
Accommodation: 250-600 euros per month.
Maintenance costs: 200-300 euros per month. University restaurant: 5 euros (lunch).
Transport: 35-40 euros per month (you can get travelcards in the tobacco shop and buy the monthly pass in the underground's ticket offices or vending machines).
Madrid has a continental Mediterranean climate. The winters are cool due to altitude, including sporadic snowfalls and minimum temperatures usually below 0°C (-4ºC or -5ºC). Summer tends to be hot with temperatures that consistently surpass 30°C in July and that can rarely reach 40°C. The most rainfalls occur in the Autumn and Spring.
- USEFUL LINKS:
UPM Foreign Students Guide:
Cultural Activities at the UPM:
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Students associations at the UPM:
Students associations at the ETSIST:
Madrid Underground (Metro):
Spanish railway network:
Madrid railway network (Cercanías):
Spanish Department of Education:
Institute of Youth‘s Affairs:
Office of Youth’s Affairs (Madrid Region) (TIVE): firstname.lastname@example.org
Cultural centres, museums, libraries, cinemas, theatres… in Madrid:
ISIC (The Online World of Student Travel):