Alcalá is known for its tapas routes, which consist of having a drink in a bar, which is always accompanied by a tapas, which you can choose or not. My favourite tapas is huevos revueltos con chorizo, and the most typical I've tried is pigs ears, the texture is strange but it tastes really good.
An incredible place to eat is Calle Ronda De La Pescadería, where you will find a space composed of 4 regional restaurants that will allow you to try menus from these 4 regions. From memory there was the casa rural de Asturias, the casa rural de Castilla La Mancha, the casa rural de Cantabria and the casa rural de Castilla y Leon. My favourite was the one in Castilla la Mancha, where you can eat Migas (bread with meat), paella of course, Gachas (dish in sauce) or an incredible cocido served in 2 huge dishes.
Moving around in Alcalá de Henares
The Madrid region offers an incredible range of transport options for all students. For 20€ you can travel anywhere in the Madrid region (not including the airport), and even to the city of Toledo which is the next region.
In Alcalá we mainly use the bus, although the city is small and can be reached on foot. There is a Cercania station (C2 and C7) which connects Alcalá to Madrid in 45 minutes, or to Guadalajarra in 40 minutes.
To get to Adolfo Suarez airport, bus 824 takes you there in about 35 minutes.
But the city centre is very small and the university is spread over a small area in the city centre. On the other hand, a college is a little further away from the city.
I did not encounter any particular problems with the administrative procedures when I arrived at the University of Alcalá. They had an ERASMUS coordinator who was in charge of the individual reception of international students, I remember that I arrived in June to prepare my arrival in September and he had already welcomed me in his office with my father who had accompanied me. I was able to meet him again when I arrived and during the day of presentation of the university to the Erasmus students which takes place in the Paraninfo, place where the Cervantes prize is awarded.