Meeting different people from a range of nationalities, travelling around Spain, trying different food and wine, different daily routines, different education/teaching system. We wanted a flat with 3 bedrooms (and no strangers!) with a budget of maximum of 400EUR a month each. We wanted open space and preferably a balcony.Gabriella, Mia and Yasmine - English
They tell their experiences
Tell us more about you.
Gabriella: I study International Relations and Spanish at the University of Leeds, and I am spending my Year Abroad here in Valencia for Erasmus.
Mia: I study Modern Languages at Exeter University in the south of England; i specialise in Spanish literature studies and so am currently studying Spanish in the University of Valencia with Erasmus for my 3rd year.
Yasmine: I study French and Spanish at the University of Exeter in England and I am teaching English in the University of Valencia to university students and teachers as part of the Erasmus programme and for 3rd year
Why did you want to do an erasmus exchange?
Gabriella: I wanted to practise and develop my Spanish in a real life context
Mia: A chance to live abroad with my friends whilst also strengthening my Spanish speaking skills
Yasmine: To be able to improve my Spanish and immerse myself in Spanish culture as well as having the opportunity to mix with Spanish students through my job
To go abroad is not always easy, what do you remember about your flat hunting?
Gabriella: It was scary coming to a new country with no where to live and so many possibilities, especially negotiating with a range of estate agents in a foreign language
Mia: Luckily my flatmates came out before me and did all the searching for me!
Yasmine: Being able to sort out all the necessary documentation by myself after realizing the lack of English language skills amongst the locals, which allowed me to put myself to the challenge and communicate with Spanish people
How have you known Erasmus Find A Flat?
We posted on an Erasmus Facebook page that we were looking for a flat and got a quick reply from the Erasmus Find a Flat Facebook group. We went to view the flat the next morning and moved in that day!
What were your requirements?
All: living in the student area, near the university. We wanted a flat with 3 bedrooms (and no strangers!) with a budget of maximum of 400EUR a month each. We wanted open space and preferably a balcony.
How long did you stay on Valence?
We have lived here since January and live in Blasco Ibanez, near Cabanyal Station. In the apartment Manuela Estelles.
Do you have a good memory to share? A little story?
We went to the First Holy Communion of a Spanish girl, and we ended up being invited to a Spanish wedding that same day! We had a great time and met lots of Valencian families!
Can you fill this sentence: “We can’t leave Valencia without …”
Lots of fun in the sun!!
How about the benefits of living here?
Meeting different people from a range of nationalities, travelling around Spain, trying different food and wine, different daily routines, different education/teaching system.
Some advises for the future erasmus students?
Live in Blasco Ibanez as it is the student area and near to the University campuses, attend organized Erasmus events and parties, live with internationals so you practise speaking, go on Tandems to keep up the language, go on Happy Erasmus trips!
TIPS IN VALENCE
El Carmen, terraces such as Umbracle and “Petit Bistro” possibly the terrace more elegant of Valencia with a select environment. Placed in the heart of the city, Plaza de la Reina. Open mic night at Radio City, Silent Disco at Picadilly, a walk down the marina and much more!