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Living in Madrid is great. It is a city with high standards of order, which is very clean, very safe, has a good transportation system, etc. The active nightlife of Madrid makes that international students love this city so much. However, we will not bore you with all of the advantages when living in Madrid. But how to choose where you will live in this big city? Below we listed, in our opinion, the top 5 zones in Madrid for international students or English Auxiliars, mentioning their advantages and disadvantages so that you can choose your future neighborhood more objectively.

 

Zone #5 – Salamanca: “The Preppy Neighbourhood”

Advantages:

  • Salamanca is one of the most beautiful and better maintained zones in Madrid.
  • The area has wide streets.
  • Very quiet and safe district.
  • The neighborhood is close to the famous Retiro Park, or “Parque de Retiro” in Spanish.

Disadvantages:

  • Salamanca is one of the more expensive zones in Madrid
  • There are not many options for free activities or events taking place in this area.
  • It is a bit far to walk from Salamanca to Sol (The most central point of Madrid). 

Zone #4 – Lavapiés: “The Hippie Area”

Advantages:

  • Lavapiés is the cheapest neighborhood from our list.
  • Only 1 metro stop away from Sol.
  • Many affordable bars and restaurants.
  • Multicultural environment.

Disadvantages:

  • Some people claim to feel a bit unsafe, especially at night.
  • Sometimes there might occur conflicts between drunk people or people on drugs.
  • The apartments that give out on the main streets can be very noisy.

Zone #3 – Moncloa: ‘The University Neighborhood”

Advantages:

  • Moncloa is a university area, so there are a lot of young Spanish students.
  • Like Salamanca, this neighborhood very safe and clean.
  • Very quiet neighborhood.

Disadvantages:

  • To go to Sol by walking, it is a bit far.
  • There are a lot of bars and clubs, but with little international people.
  • If you are older than 27, you might feel like the audience in the bars and clubs is a little bit too young for you.

Zone 2 – La Latina: “The neighborhood most Madrileño”

Advantages:

  • In La Latina you can find the most typical architecture of Madrid.
  • The neighborhood is well-maintained.
  • Lots of bars and restaurants.
  • Only 10 minutes of walking to Sol.

Disadvantages:

  • Apartments in this area could be very noisy when they are close to bars.
  • The audience in the bars in this neighborhood might be a bit older and less international.

Zone #1 – Malasaña: “The Hipster Area”

Advantages:

  • Very young and tolerant environment
  • Lots of free events in Malasaña
  • In Malasaña, you can find a lot of modern bars, shops and restaurants.

Disadvantages:

  • Besides Salamanca, it is the most expensive zone in Madrid on our list.
  • It could be very noisy living there.
  • It can be overwhelming sometimes because of the number of people living in this neighborhood.

So, as you can see, Malasaña is the number 1 of our “top 5 zones in Madrid for international students or English Auxiliars”. We hope you found this article useful and that you could identify with some of the zones we mentioned here. 

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