Barcelona, Mediterranean Spirit

The programmes are held in Barcelona, an open-minded, Mediterranean city with an active and cosmopolitan population. Due to both its location and character, Barcelona is an important industrial, commercial and business hub. In addition, the city offers a wide range of cultural activities, with numerous art museums, concert venues, theatres and cinemas, organising events all year round.

Barcelona’s geographic location also makes it an attractive destination for sports lovers of all kinds.



Barcelona has become one of Southern Europe´s economic powerhouses due to its geostrategic location and open character. Well known for being a key commercial center and its strong commitment on industrial innovation, advanced services and the new economy, it boasts two of Europe’s major logistical hubs – its port and international airport.

It ranked among one of the best European cities for business, it is considered the best city for workers, is the 3rd best known city for European executives and it absorbs 25% of all Spanish foreign investment. A great spot for innovation and to start new business projects, thousands of Spanish and foreign firms have already set up their H.Q. or branches here.

It's no wonder why two of the top ten European business schools are located in Barcelona. Student life is full of fun and opportunities for development. Studying in Barcelona is synonym for success. For more information about the business city, please visit its official website.


Barcelona offers a wide variety of housing options, ranging from rooms in shared flats with other students or families to residence halls, individual flats, hostels and hotels to suit all tastes.

ESADE has an agreement with the Roberto de Nobili University Halls of Residence: 

The Barcelona-Sant Cugat campus offers the Roberto de Nobili University Halls of Residence, a modern building with large open spaces and over 180 comfortable single rooms with all the services and amenities that are sure to make you feel at home.

Barcelona offers a wide range of halls of residence and university-owned accommodation located in different parts of the city.

Estimated living expenses

Estimated monthly budget for single students:

  Accommodation (shared flat): €400*
  Utilities: €80
  Groceries: €200
  ESADE Cafeteria: €115
  Transport: €60
  Sports: €45
  Misc. Expenses: €300
  Monthly Budget: €1,200 

*The cost of a shared flat may vary from €300-550 depending on location, room size, etc.

Please bear in mind that this is only a very general estimate, given that how much you spend is up to you and Barcelona can be as inexpensive or costly as your individual tastes dictate.

For participants in our Executive Programmes, ESADE has an agreement with the following hotels:

• AC Victoria Suites: this hotel is located in the heart of Pedralbes district, five minutes away from ESADE.
Please have a look at their website:

• Upper Diagonal: this hotel is also located in Pedralbes, and is ten minutes away from ESADE.
Please have a look at their website:

If you should need to book a room please contact our travel agency El Corte Inglés:



“I chose ESADE because it has the reputation of being one of the best business schools and I thought it was the perfect way to enter my MBA. Through the programme we had many cultural visits, tourist of the city itself, as well as visits to a lot of the businesses here. For me the experience has been not only educational and professional but also personal.”

Student, MBA, University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan – USA