I’m thinking about studying in Barcelona. The only thing I’m worried about is the prices and if I have enough money. Everything with the places I’m staying is paid for. But I get 600 euros a month to buy food and other stuff with like paying the cellphone bill, gym and also other things. I like to shop a lot also. I wondered how is the prices in Barcelona on the stores? And is 600 euros enough. I live in Norway which is very expensive, but I think Barcelona has the same prices.
Thank you for the question! We can of course not guarantee you that this is a good answer for you, but we will do our best. If you have 600 Euro a month to live for, and all your common costs and flat costs are arranged already, it is of course possible to survive on 600 Euro a month in Barcelona. If you come from Norway the prices for groceries are cheaper and you can easily eat quite nice food at home and still have lots of money left. If you like to shop a lot, then 600 Euro is not enough anywhere in the world, maybe especially not in Barcelona. You can of course find cheaper shops, but in general wherever you go in Europe, if you buy a sweater, a trouser and a t-shirt, 100 Euro can leave your pocket easily… and if you have a total of 600 Euro to spend a month, then that is not a lot.
Your cellphone bill does not need to be very high, at least not if you use WiFi, WhatsApp and similar tools to save money. If you want a gym ticket for a month, then that will also require quite a lot of money, so you should be prepared at paying between 70-100 Euro a month for a good membership at a local gym.
To make it short… it is easy to survive on 600 Euro a month in Barcelona if your flat and all costs connected to that is paid for. But, it will require that you shop less clothes, and you should be prepared for some time without the biggest luxury.
Good luck on your decision!