My free time in Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
At the beginning of your mobility, the university will let you choose your courses. You have a lot of choices: I was in 3rd year and I could choose courses from 2nd, 3rd, 4th year. Register for classes as soon as possible !!!
1) You will have more choices
2) You will have the possibility to gather your courses on 3 or 4 days to have a long week-end
3) You'll able to choose course only in the morning so you can work in the afternoon if you want.
Autumn and Winter weather in Madrid
The weather in autumn is perfect for me : neither too hot nor cold. The winters are soft but there is a big difference in temperatures between the morning/ the night and the rest of the day (Sometimes 10 degrees celsius). So my advice is to bring a warm jacket that you can take off during the daytime.
The monthly expenses on exchange in Madrid
the rent of the room is around 500 €
Living expenses in Madrid
Living in Madrid is not that pricey, but you have to be careful to control your budget. The most expensive thing in Madrid is probably the rent. In fact, the average price for a room in the city centre is between 400-600 euros. Personally, I paid 490 without bills, and about 520 with bills. In the peripheral areas of Madrid you can also find accommodation from 300 to 400 euros, but obviously there will be fewer facilities than in the centre. The monthly transport card is only 20 euros for those under 26 years old (Abono Joven) and you can take all metro, buses and trains throughout the metropolitan region of Madrid. If you are over 26 years old, the price of the monthly card starts at 54.60€ and increases depending on how many zones you add to your purchase. However, if you live with or near your friends, you can share an Uber or Cabify at very affordable prices.
Eating and drinking out in Madrid is probably the most convenient thing. Tapas and cerveza are an almost daily appointment for Spaniards. For example, a place to enjoy bocadillos and cerveza at student prices is 100 Montaditos, which on some days has an 'everything for 1€' promotion. For my monthly shopping I spend around 100€, trying to go to cheaper supermarkets such as Lidl, Dia and Mercadona. Going out in Madrid can be surprising. In fact, there are many clubs with free entry especially for Erasmus students and more chic discos, where entry is around 15€.
Having arrived in Madrid in early 2020 to pursue my master's degree, I started looking for a flat on-site. In fact, several people had told me to go in person to visit the flats before renting them. This is because you can find many scams and the photos often do not reflect reality. After about ten visits, I finally found the flat that fully met my expectations. In fact, apart from having a large, well-organised and furnished space, I shared the apartment with two international flatmates (an American and an Argentinean).
Despite the fact that my experience in Madrid was short-lived due to the onset of the pandemic, I can say that I lived that flat to the fullest. Located a few steps away from the La Latina district, more precisely in Puerta de Toledo, the movida area, the city markets and the main square were within a maximum 20 min walk. A quiet area with parks and gardens where you can relax after a busy day at university.