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Living in Madrid

Living in Madrid

Madrid is the cultural, financial and political capital of Spain. With 3.2 million inhabitants in the city and almost 6 million in its metropolitan area, it is the most populous urban area in the country.

Home to more than 2,000 multinational companies, it is the third most important city for the organisation of professional events.

Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport is the sixth largest airport in Europe in terms of passenger numbers. The city is perfectly connected by air to the main European cities (2 hours from Paris, Milan or London, and just over 3 hours from Berlin or Copenhagen) and to the main world destinations.
Thanks to the excellent high-speed rail network, from Madrid you can easily visit more than 30 Spanish cities in a very short time. Within the city, Madrileños enjoy its extensive metro network, the second largest in Europe.
Madrid is a lively, safe and cosmopolitan city. Its streets mix tradition with innovation, classical art with the most avant-garde design. The leisure and cultural offer is extensive. You will find one of the most important art galleries in the world, the Prado Museum, as well as other important galleries and exhibition halls. You will also enjoy its gastronomy, nightlife, concerts and sporting events. All this makes Madrid one of the leading university cities in Europe, with more than 300,000 students enrolled each year.


UDIT is located in the Chamartín district, a residential neighbourhood, perfectly connected to the city centre by public transport. Near the school you will find residences and rooms for rent.

In cities such as Madrid it is advisable to look for accommodation at least 2/3 months in advance of your arrival in Spain, in order to secure a place for the whole academic year.

If for any reason you cannot find accommodation, or you decide to look for accommodation once you are in Madrid, we suggest you start your search at least 2/3 weeks before the start of the programme.

It should be noted that rents in the cities in the metropolitan area of Madrid are more affordable in terms of price and have the advantage of being very well connected by conventional means of transport: metro, suburban trains and buses.

If you don’t know where to start your search for accommodation, we have prepared a short guide to help you find accommodation, both student residences and rooms in shared flats.

Do you have any queries? Ask us!


You have many options for getting around the city, from public to private transport. The best option is to get the Youth Travel Pass from the Community of Madrid,, for 8 euros a month (if you are under 26 years old) you can use the metro, bus and suburban train throughout the metropolitan area*.

*price of the transport pass until 30/06/2023
Another option available to you is the bicycle rental service provided by Madrid City Council. You can use it on a one-off basis or as a monthly subscription.

Madrid has several private companies that rent scooters, motorbikes and electric cars (car sharing) to facilitate mobility. Of course, you can also use taxis or VTC services such as Uber, Cabify or Bolt.

Cost of living for a student in Madrid

The cost of living for a student in Madrid is between €800 and €1,200 (depending on the type of accommodation you have chosen).

Accommodation in university residence varies according to the option you choose. (More or less centrally located, single or shared room, full board or breakfast only, etc.) but it is around 1,000 euros per month.

If you decide to look for accommodation in a shared flat, the price varies depending on the area you choose. In general you can find rooms between €350 and €600. The area where university students tend to live is Moncloa and Malasaña. Because of the proximity to our school, many students choose Chamartín and Arturo Soria.

In addition to accommodation, we can give you some hints on other common expenses.








Transport pass

20€/month (under 26 years old) – 55€/month (zone A)

Pocket money


Cinema ticket

9,5€. Wednesday is spectator's day: 5 €

Bus ticket


Single metro ticket


Travel by taxi


A taxi ride from the airport to the city centre

€50 (fixed price) with a duration of 20 minutes.

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