Seville, the capital of Andalusia, is one of the top-rated destinations to start a new life in Spain and is one of the most beautiful places in the country with a laid-back culture and low living costs. In this post, we will help you live the student life in a spanish residence, located in the center of Seville, of Hubr Xior. In addition, it has a very marked history and has its own personality. While there are some downsides to consider (which you’ll see in this article), living in Hubr Xior Seville can turn out to be a great idea, depending on what your priorities are. Seville is one of Spain’s most expensive cities. But with some careful planning, you can live it up with the Sevillanos without breaking the bank.
Staying in a student residence in Seville has many benefits, moving to Seville is a fantastic idea for students and young expats as the city has reliable transportation, rich architecture, a relaxed lifestyle, and a very affordable cost of living. And if you head south from Seville, you’ll find another place with a high concentration of students in the Andalusian capital, Reina Mercedes. The search for this region is not only due to the price, but because there is a campus of the University of Seville in this region.
If you’ve decided to live in Seville, remember this article because we have all the information you need for preparing your budget
Cost of Groceries in Seville
How much you’ll pay for groceries depends on your diet and where you’ll be shopping. Luckily, Seville has many options for affordable and fresh groceries, you can shop at supermarket chains for generic products, such as Carrefour, local convenience stores for more affordable dairy and meat products, ultramarinos, or at local markets for fresh fruit and vegetables.
Food is an expense that is difficult to calculate. Not everyone eats the same and it will also depend on where and what you buy. In Seville, there is a supermarket called “Mercadona” which is the cheapest one. Another one is “Día”, where you will find cheap high-quality products. The average expense for a student would be between 85 and 100€ a month. If you like to cook you´ll spend less since ready-cooked food is more expensive than something you would cook yourself.
A meal in Seville will run around €12 per plate, lunch for two in a mid-range restaurant starts at €30, while Mcdonald’s costs €7. To have a coke in a restaurant costs approximately €1.33, a domestic beer costs €2.30, and an international beer costs €2.50. The average cost of a cappuccino is €1.49 and the average cost of drinking water is €1.05
To keep costs down, stay away from the touristy Cathedral area and follow the locals to bodegas or tapas bars in areas like El Arenal on the outskirts of town, where the bocadillos (baguette sandwiches) are tasty and cheap and sweet old men while away their afternoons debating politics.
While meal prices in Seville can vary, the average cost of food in Seville is €30 per day. An average meal in Seville should cost around €12 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Seville is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices. If you want a larger meal, we have three words for you: menú del día. These hearty, money-saving meal include usually an entrée, drink, and dessert for between €10 and €15. But also, in our residence Hubr Xior Seville you can find really good meals for only €5, so it´s something for you to think about in the future.
The bus, metro, and train systems are solid. A single one-way metro, bus, and tram ticket will cost €1.40 and an unlimited day past will cost €4.50. In addition, you can purchase a Bonobus card — 10 trips cost €6. A monthly unlimited public transportation subscription will cost €32.
There are a ton of dedicated bike lanes. Since the terrain is flat, there would be no need for multiple gears. But there are plenty of people who have electric bikes, though not as much as in Barcelona.
Entertainment and Extras
It’s commonly said that a sevillano’s living room is in the street, and thanks to excellent weather, there are always people out in the street around town.
While Spain boasts many big clothing labels, like Zara and Desigual, clothing is more expensive than in other cities around Europe.
Pharmaceutical items are usually subsidized, though special medication may not be available for purchase, or could be a big expense – check with a physician before making plans to come to Seville.
Popular forms of entertainment in Seville include catching a film, traveling to a nearby beach or the mountains, or simply people watching with a glass of sherry in hand. Seville also boasts several world-class museums that are free on certain days for residents. Spanish classes at reputable schools can cost as little as 5€ an hour, so there’s no excuse to not be able to order yourself a snack at a bar!
Compared to bigger cities, life in Seville is not only cheaper but more relaxed and with better weather. Though it’s got a sizeable foreign population, Seville retains a significant amount of Spanish culture and language. This magical city captivates with “the air as soft as that of Seville in April, and so fragrant that it was delicious to breathe it,” its architecture, and its tradition.
If you´re staying at Hubr Xior Seville, chances are that the money you’ll spend would be lower than staying in another place. Because of our all-inclusive plans (electricity, water, etc), you don’t have to worry about any other expenses during your stay in Seville, giving you the time and the money to enjoy this beautiful city.