How much does it cost to live in Valencia?
That you want to live on the beach and spend your summer afternoons in the beach bars is clear to us, of course. Who wouldn’t? But it is true that for this to be possible, you must be very clear about where to live, so that it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg while maintaining an optimum quality of life.
That is to say, future Cotowner, this is the moment in which you have to pay a lot of attention, because we are going to give you the indications so that the tree of the five-hundred-dollar notes grows strong in your garden.
OK, maybe we can’t do that, but we can give you the keys to enjoy one of the best cities in Spain. A place where the best climate, unbeatable gastronomy and a great atmosphere come together at the best prices. As well as being a location where the sun shines at least 300 days a year, it is also one of the cheapest cities in Western Europe to live in.
That’s right, we’re talking about Valencia.
If after reading this you’re already thinking about packing your bags and heading there, hold your breath and read on to find out how much it costs to live in this amazing city and how to get the most out of it.
What is life like in Valencia?
You’ve probably already taken a look at the post in which we talked about some of the reasons to live in Valencia and now you are in that moment of indecision in which you have doubts about: how to live in Valencia and what are the real prices in this place?
It is true that the cost of living varies from person to person, because it really depends a lot on the habits of each person. We have no idea how many and what you want to treat yourself to every month (we know you deserve a lot, but let’s see…), but it is possible to have a general idea of the main costs that an average Spaniard has every month for food, transport and rent.
Let’s get to it!
Chances are you want to sink your teeth into Valencian paella as soon as you’re in town and although this is almost a must for anyone new to the city, this can’t be your daily diet (or can it?). That’s why we bring you the estimated main costs of a balanced diet to give you an idea of how much you’re going to spend on it:
– Menu of the day in an expensive part of town: 16 €.
– Chicken breast: 6 €/kg
– Milk: 0.83 €/L
– Eggs: 2 €/dinner
– National cheese: 10 €/kg
– Potatoes: 1,56 €/kg
– Bread: 0.7 €/bar
– Tomatoes: 1,92 €/kg
It is now up to you to work out how much of these foods you consume, but the average is between 150€ and 250€ per month for one person.
Using public transport in Valencia is very easy and best of all, it’s very cheap. An EMT ticket costs 1.5€, while a monthly pass for under 30s costs 25€ in total. We advise you to get one of these as soon as you arrive, as there is no limit to the number of journeys you can make within 30 days from the date of validation.
For less than 1€ a day you can go as far as you want!
Now that you’ve got your food and transport sorted out, it’s time to think about where to live.
Despite being a very cheap city, especially if you compare it to other cities like Barcelona or Madrid, Valencia also has its little things. As a student, you’ll have the same problems as anywhere else: it’s usually difficult to rent flats or rooms for a short stay without being charged a fortune for the space, or even renting it out.
Also, prices, no matter how cheap it is, are another matter. To give you some context, a studio in a good area of the city can cost around 700€, not counting extra costs such as internet, for example.
But we don’t want the price of rent to take away from your dream of living in Valencia, so don’t unpack your bags just yet. At Cotown we are also super fans of this city and we want you to enjoy it as much as we do.
STOP! DON’T UNPACK YOUR BAGS! We don’t want you to lose sleep over the rent (never better said), that’s why at Cotown we have rooms available for you in the heart of the city from €388 per month, all expenses included. Get in touch with us and worry only about planning how you are going to get out of work and go to the beach.