MADRID - A STUDENT CITY
Approximately 100.000 students from over 50 countries make Madrid an international student city. Madrid is the biggest city in Spain with more than 4 million inhabitants which results in one of the most dynamics, actives and lives cities in terms of culture and leisure. Located in the center of Spain, Madrid is the perfect Gateway to other cities in Spain and in Portugal as well.
Living in Madrid. Practical information
|Coffe||Soft drink||Caña (small beer)||Set menu||Cinema||Entry to discos/clubs|
|€1.30-€1.50||€1.50-€1.75||€1.20-€1.50||€9.50-€11.00 (at lunch time)||€9(Wednesdays are usually 50% cheaper)||€15-€20|
|1 journey||Metrobús (10 journeys)||Monthly ticket (Zone A, under 26 years old)||Monthly ticket (Zone A, over 26 years old)|
DISCOUNTS WITH A YOUTH CARD
Lernen Madrid has an agreement with the “carné joven” and EuropeanYouthCard which means you can enjoy a 5% discount on all of our programmes. Depending on the time, we can also offer some material for free.This card also allows you to benefit from discounts in many establishments in Madrid.
Visit their website for full information on the associated establishments:
The electricity in Spain is 220 kWand the sockets are for a two-pin plug (European). If you bring any electrical appliances, be sure to bring an adaptor in case it uses a different plug or voltage.
Students usually wear informal clothes, but it’s a good idea to bring something more elegant in case you go for dinner in a restaurant, or to a nightclub.
Please bring clothes suited to the season – the weather here could be quite different to that of your country. In winter the temperature changes – it can be very sunny, but you’ll still need to wear a coat. The temperature in winter is usually between 5ºC and 10ºC; in spring and autumn it’s between 10 and 20 degrees. In summer it’s usually over 24ºC.
The most important telephone number is:
• Ambulance-Police-Fire-fighters 112.
• It’s also important to keep a copy of the school’s number with you in case of emergencies. Remember 634 992 901!
Visit Madrid and travel around Spain
THE BEST MUSEUMS IN SPAIN
Madrid has the best museums in Spain. The must-see list includes the Prado museum, the Archaeological museum (free entry: Saturdays after 2pm, Sunday mornings, and some public holidays), the museum of Reina Sofia (free entry: Saturday afternoons, Sunday mornings, and other days after 7pm), and the Thyssen gallery, among others. We know you probably won’t have time to visit them all – speak to us and we’ll suggest the best one for your group, based on your interests.
LA SIERRA – TO SKI OR HIKE
Less than an hour from the city by car, train or bus, you’ll find yourself in the beautiful Madrid sierra. A perfect place to disconnect, and feel at one with nature. During winter you can ski in Navacerrada, and during the rest of the year, there are walks and hikes of differing levels of difficulty. The surrounding villages are enchanting, each with their own traditions.Navacerrada, Cercedilla, and Manzanares El Real are some interesting villages to visit.
ALCALÁ DE HENARES
This World Heritage city is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervan¬tes, the author of El Quijote, the best known Spanish work of literature, and has a rich historical and cultural past. It’s a per¬fect day trip, just 40 minutes from the city by train or bus. And it’s a tapas paradise! Don’t miss the corral de comedias, a pre¬served outdoor theatre from the 17th century. A visit costs €3 per person. A return Cercanías train ticket is €7.
SANTIAGO BERNABÉU STADIUM TOUR
Real Madrid’s stadium is a very important tourist attrac¬tion in Madrid, and one of the favourites of teenagers. Take a tour of the stadium and see the pitch and the mu¬seum, where you’ll see the trophies which the team has won throughout its long, successful history. Open Monday to Friday. The stadium tour costs €19 per person. Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more, at a cost of €14 (not guided) or €24 (guided).
SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL
50km from Madrid, easily accessible by Cercanías train or bus, you’ll find this jewel, a World Heritage site. El Escorial is a char¬ming town, well accustomed to welcoming visitors from all over Spain every weekend. The monastery of Escorial is just the start of the marvels offered by this historical place. Entry costs €10 per person.A return Cercanías train ticket is less than €8.
A beautiful city situated on the Tajo river, 60km from Madrid. With its Arabic and Jewish past, the city is full of history and tradition. The whole city, with its narrow streets, is a monument. Don’t miss the palace (€5 entry, free on Sundays) or the cathedral (complete visit for €11). The Greek museum is also worth a visit (general entry €3, free on Saturdays after 2pm). Easily accessible by train or bus, Toledo is perfect for a day trip. A return bus ticket costs approximately €15.
Segovia is a stunning city 110km from Madrid. Its most famous landmark is the aqueduct, which is just part of what remains of the Roman past. Segovia offers excellent gastronomy, with cochinillo (piglet) being its signature dish. This draws a lot of Spanish families to the city, to spend a weekend together. Save time for a walk along the river, around the edge of the city. A Cercanías train ticket costs around €12.
Check before travelling the agreement between your country and Spain in terms of medical cover. We recommend taking out a travel insurance policy before travelling, to cover any medical emergencies.
VISA AND RULES
- Students from the EU, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland don’t need a visa to enter or to live in Spain. A passport or ID card is enough.
- Students from the USA, Canada, Brazil, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Australia don’t need a visa for stays of up to 90 days, but will do for longer visits. Once in Spain, you can request to extend your visit period at a police station. Requests for a student visa can be made at the Spanish Embassy, or at the Consulate of your home country.
- Students from other countries usually need a visa. You should contact the closest Spanish Embassy or Consulate for more information.
- Laws regarding drugs and alcohol: Those under 18 are forbidden by law to consume alcoholic drinks, including beer and wine, and are also forbidden to buy alcohol. It is illegal to buy, sell or take drugs.
Pick up service!
For student who have booked a transfer service from the airport to the accommodation:
Before leaving your home country, you should provide Lernen Madrid with your flight details: terminal, date, time of arrival and flight number. Remember that the contact for all correspondence regarding your trip is: firstname.lastname@example.org
To pass through passport or immigration control in the airport, you will need to have the following documents:
- Your passport or identification card (depending on your country)
- Student visa (where necessary)
Once you have passed through immigration control, and collected your luggage, you will come into the arrivals hall. Here, a representative from Lernen Madrid will be waiting for you, with a sign with your name and the school logo. Please pay attention when looking for the representative. If you can’t find them, call the emergency number (+34) 646837220
If you haven’t booked a transfer, you have the following options to access the school by public transport:
- METRO: If you choose to take the undergorund train to the school, this is your route: Aeropuerto T1, T2, T3 – Nuevos Ministerios (line 8, pink), change at Nuevos Ministerios to line 10 (blue, direction Puerta del Sur) to Alonso Martínez.
- CERCANÍAS (commuter train): Aeropuerto T4 – Recoletos
- BUS: From terminal 2, take the bus 203 (direction Atocha Renfe) and stop at Plaza de Cibeles. Walk 2 min until Paseo Recoletos-Plaza de Cibeles, and then take the bus 37 (direction Cuatro Caminos) until Trafalgar-Luchana.
- TAXI: A charge of 30 € for a journey from the airport to the city centre.
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