Why Choosing These Erasmus Destinations


Erasmus is not only choosing a city to live for a semester or a year. The city you choose is going to be your new home and a new place to build relationships, enjoy the culture and have fun. Because of that, we have assembled in this blog the best cities to go on Erasmus depending on 6 different categories.

 

1. Best Nightlife

When you think of Erasmus, the word party comes immediately to your mind. Of course, you have to study but, after that, nothing can stop you.

Seville is well known for its great terraces, bars, and vibrant nightlife. If you want to have a good time with your friends and dance all night, that’s not a problem, most of the nightclubs like Antique Teatro or Obbio close at 6 am. Are you staying for the whole year? You can’t lose the opportunity to enjoy the “Feria de Abril de Sevilla”; a complete week of traditional festivity plenty of tapas, manzanillas and rebujitos.

The same happens with Madrid, most venues open around 1 am and get busy around 3 am. This city is considered the sanctuary of big parties, and two of the most famous nightclubs are Kapital (has many floors, each featuring a different style of music) and Fabrik (hosted famous DJs like David Guetta and every week has different theme parties).

Fabrik nightclub (Madrid)

A lot of Erasmus students choose Budapest due to its incredible nightlife. The ruin bars are the preferred night experience for students and that’s because of the peculiarity of the concept. These clubs were built in the ruins of abandoned buildings, stores or houses and are a combination between flea market furniture and quality music. Some of the best ruin bars are Szimpla Kert, Instant or Fogasház.

Ruin Bar (Budapest)

 

2. Best location

The main purpose of doing an Erasmus is to discover the culture and the city where you would be living. There are also travel lovers whose intention is to visit the more countries the possible. For the lasts, these three cities are a good option to travel around Europe.

Strategically situated for lots of budget travels during an Erasmus experience, Vilnius It’s a good point from where to start visiting the north of Europe. Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Sweden and Finland are all nearby countries. The only problem with Vilnius is its cold winters. However, if snow doesn’t scare you; what are you waiting for to begin your adventure?

St. Michael and St. Constantine Church (Vilnius)

Prague is in a perfect location in the heart of Europe. This makes it very cheap and easy to visit other destinations, such as Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, Germany or Slovenia. Only a two-hour bus ride! Its privileged central position makes also very affordable traveling by plane to anywhere else.

The Belgian city of Leuven is the best city to learn languages and to travel around the Paris-Amsterdam-Cologne triangle. Leuven is situated almost in the centre of Europe, which makes doing a tour by car and discover Germany, France, Luxembourg or Switzerland very simple.

Leuven (Belgium)

3. Best Universities

For the diligent students, we have listed three cities with the best relation between quality universities and good student life level.

Coimbra is a student city and home to the oldest university in Portugal. The University of Coimbra was built on the grounds of a former palace and has approximately 21,000 students every year, of whom 10% are international. This will guarantee you a pleasant and charming international student atmosphere for sure.

Coimbra University

In the north of Italy, we discover Bologna, one of the favourite destinations for Erasmus students thanks to its Mediterranean climate and a relaxing student vibe. As well, the oldest university in Europe can be found here (founded in 1088). The University of Bologna is part of what gives this old Italian student town its beautiful charm.

University of Bologna

Groningen is probably the most expensive city on the list but also one of the most affordable within The Netherlands. This town contains the largest university in Holland, with 9 faculties and more than 175 courses available to choose from! If you are curious (and not too lazy) you’ll have the opportunity to improve your knowledge in different broad range disciplines.

 

4. Best weather

This category is made for those who hate cold winters and love to get bathed under the sunlight. The next 3 cities have the best average temperature in Europe for the whole year. Get rid of your umbrella and enjoy the vitamin C!

Barcelona is very popular among Erasmus students because it’s one of those cities that has the perfect recipe: large beaches, perfect weather and great food. Barcelona experiences an average maximum temperature of 20.3 ºC over the course of a year and almost 70 days of 365 are clear sky days. (The same as in the UK…)

Barcelona Beach

The Canary Islands are part of Spain but are geographically situated in the African continent, what means incredible weather during all seasons. The temperature here is one of the healthiest for human beings: average daily annual temperature in Las Palmas is 21.1ºC. In conclusion: a lot of sun, clean air and little wind. Why not trying it?

View of Las Teresitas Beach, Tenerife, Spain

Lisbon has always attracted students from all parts, and that is due to its marvellous people and for being one of the most comfortable cities to live in Europe. Also, the capital, is well recognized for having fantastic beaches and good weather. As a curious fact, January, the coldest month, has an average maximum temperature of 10ºC.

 

5. Cheapest

There are Erasmus destinations very suitable for student budgets. We know that the Erasmus grant is not enough sometimes (especially when you have to buy big amounts of alcohol for your 24/7 parties), for that reason, a good way to save money is going to cheaper cities.

The city of the Alhambra, Granada, has a very low cost of living. A tapa and a beer can cost, literally, 2.5€ and a single bedroom in the suburbs less than 300€ monthly (bills included). Keep in mind that Granada is not a big city so, sometimes is worth to rent a flat in the outskirts and have a nice 15-minutes’ walk to downtown.

Typical tapa in Granada

Another ideal city is Porto. The accommodation here is very cheap and accessible too. Of course, the farther from the centre the cheapest; sometimes it can be tricky to find a good shared flat in the downtown. In general, rent can’t be much more than 400€ a month. The living cost here, as in the rest of Portugal is very reasonable: 600€ should be enough to get by and go to nightclubs.

One more time, Prague. The living cost here is also lower than in cities neighbouring. There are several accommodation options like Uni residences that can range between 100€-300€. The most popular are called the Kolej Hostivars and Strahov. The good point about it is that you can save money on your rent and invest in new trips and experiences

Prague (Czech Republic)

 

6. Different experience

Our last category is dedicated to those who want to escape from the typical Erasmus destination. These places might not attract you at first sight but, its picturesque way of life will absolutely enchant you.

Belgrade is an incredibly rich mosaic of different cultures, influences, and styles with a mysterious and exotic atmosphere. Some interesting historical facts: in the main centre of the city you can find an actual cave made by Romans, there’s an ancient city underneath the city itself and the urban has had 15 different names during its existence. What’s more, Belgrade has more than 170 river clubs, which are the mark of the city’s nightlife.

Oulu is the capital of northern Finland and has about 250,000 inhabitants. The city is not particularly cheap but there are good opportunities for studying, working and research, especially in the hi-tech sector. Oulu is practically and broadly unknown, but offers a different experience to travellers who don’t mind cold and snowy winters.

Oulu (Norway)

Regensburg is located in the region of Bavaria (Germany) and its advantage is that isn’t as big as places like Berlin, Munich or Cologne, which gives you the chance to get lost easily in new places. This German city wasn’t damaged during the World War, which means that old buildings are still intact. The perfect place for architecture lovers.

Regensburg (Germany)

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5 Places You Simply Must Visit in Europe


If you are thinking about doing something interesting this summer and you love traveling, these are 5 essential cities to visit if you want to discover the beauty of Europe.

Budapest, Hungary

Hungarian Parliament Building from Pixabay

In this city, there are a lot of different activities that you could do. It offers a huge combination of different monuments, gastronomy, leisure activities as thermal waters and culture.

If you want to have a spectacular view of the city, you should go to the Citadel. You can also upgrade your experience going for a walk through the park surrounding this monument, and enjoying the fresh air and nature. The parliament is the most emblematic building because of his incredible architecture and location near the river.

The city is divided into two zones by the Danube river: Buda and Pest. A good option is to choose a free tour and explore the differences between these curious neighborhoods plenty of history.

Budapest is considered one of the safest and most beautiful cities in the world, so don’t lose the opportunity to get there.

Braga, Portugal

Bom Jesus do Monte from Pixabay

The city of Braga is near Porto, only 1 hour by train, and offers an amazing and friendly atmosphere with lots of parks and green fields to visit.

Founded by Celts and taken after by the Romans, it is host to the oldest Portuguese archdiocese and was the capital of the province of Gallaecia. Inside Braga, there is a castle tower and a beautiful Gothic Cathedral that should be visited. Whether you are a believer or not, you might go to Sameiro Sanctuary, it is a stunning religious monument built with a lot of creativity and passion.

Braga also offers a big amount of high-quality events throughout, where is included the biggest White Night in Europa, with many street concerts.

Florence, Italy

Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore from Pixabay

A charming and little incomparable city, where the birth of the greatest masterpieces have taken place. Florence is a museum itself.

One of the best places to go if you are an addict to art, sculptures and paintings. There are museums like La Galleria dell’Accademia, where you can see the magnificent statue of David, or Le Gallerie degli Uffizi, where you can find the famous painting: Birth of Venus.

Not only does this city bring you the opportunity to enrich your cultural knowledge but it also offers a great variety of tasty Mediterranean food. We recommend you going to a very special place called All’Antico Vinaio or to a fantastic restaurant called Zà Zà. 

Krakow, Poland

St. Mary’s Basilica from Pixabay

Krakow is Poland’s second-largest city and embraces thousands of tourists every year. Its beauty and its enjoyable people make this city a wonderful place to visit.

The city boasts hundreds of historical buildings, from medieval churches to modern architecture edifices. Two of the most popular ancient monuments are Wawel Royal Castle and St. Mary’s Church (situated in the city center).

There are also almost 36 museums around Cracow. Most interesting museums can be The Czartoryskis Museum or Schindler’s Factory. Good restaurants are concentrated in the Old Town historic center and most restaurants have country’s culinary traditions menus.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Canal of Amsterdam from Pixabay

Amsterdam is considered one of the greatest small cities in the world. It is also one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.

This city has an incredible amount of bridges and canals that create a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Everything is thought for the bikes and every one has its own. Going by bike is also the best way to visit the city if you want an authentic local experience.

It has all the advantages of a big city: extraordinary nightlife, international restaurants and rich culture. Besides, it also has some peculiarities that you might not find in another European city like the coffeeshops and the red light district. Because of that, we consider this city unique.


Top 5 Things That you Will Enjoy Visiting In Granada


Here we have 5 fantastic things to do if you are going to visit this spectacular city. The city has gorgeous views, a great culture and tasty food that you can enjoy with your friends or, why not, you and yourself.

1.The Alhambra
Alhambra (in Arabic: Red Castle) is one of the most wonderful places in Andalucía to
visit. It is an absolute contrast to go from the crowded center of the city to this ancient
castle on the hill in less than 20 minutes and see how many different cultures are mixed
at the same time. The Alhambra is considered a World Heritage Site and millions of
tourists are impressed by this monument every year.

2. Generalife Gardens
If you go to the Alhambra, you should visit its gardens. Arabic people loved water and it
was essential for them. Because of that, the gardens are full of plenty of fountains and
canals which give to this place a fantastic and peaceful atmosphere. Are you stressed?
Go for a walk to the Generalife Gardens and you will feel completely relaxed.

3. Tapas and Albayzín
Do you like to drink and to eat? And what about eating and drinking for only 5 euros? In
Granada there are a large variety of bars that offer beverages and free tapas. But what
is a tapa? A tapa is a traditional dish that always accompanies your drink. Get ready to
discover all the traditional dishes! After that you can also go to the most famous
neighbourhood in the city: the Albayzín. From the central square, called San Nicolás, you
can find a very interesting perspective of the Alhambra.

4. Sierra Nevada
If you like skiing, Granada is the place made for you. Having the highest peak in the
peninsula, the Sierra Nevada offers more than 110km of piste to enjoy skiing with your
friends and family. In high season there are visitors from all over Europe. If you are bored
and you would prefer to be in a warmer place near the coast, that’s not a problem! You
can go from the mountain to the beach in less than one hour by car. On some occasions,
if you are lucky and it is not very cloudy, you can see the sea from the heights of the ski
resort.

5. Music and nightlife
Not all the important things are related to palaces and monuments, music and art have
always been very present in the culture of the city. Granada is a city of students, the city
that receives more Erasmus students than any other city in the EU. There is no time to
have a boring day, everyday is different and fun. No matter which music genre you
prefer, there are clubs for everything you need: rock, jazz, reggae, techno, flamenco,
salsa and much more.

Whatever you like, Granada is a city you should visit if you are planning to go to Spain
on holidays. Don’t miss the opportunity to immerse yourself in this wonderful
experience and meet the people, the culture and the beauty of the town. You won’t be
disappointed!


7 Ways to Reward Yourself After Your Final Exams


Your final exams are coming to an end and there is no time but now to reward yourself for all your hard work this year. Whether you’ve finished your first year, preparing to knuckle down for third year or just completed your degree you owe it to give yourself a reward for getting here. Forget about those essay all-nighters, the junk food on tap and coffee shakes. You’ve made it and it’s time to celebrate!

Let your hair down

You’ve been putting off a party so you can get some last minute cramming in. Well, now it’s time to let your hair down! Assemble the gang, get your favourite tipple and get ready to party until the sun comes up. You’ve worked hard so now it’s time to play hard! Just remember to drink lots of water in between drinks to keep yourself hydrated and keep that dreaded hangover at bay.

Go on Vacation

summer student budget

I mean, why not? Go on a trip with the squad. It’s the perfect reward after a hard year of studying. Plan to go interrailing through Europe, go find yourselves in Thailand or go on the ultimate backpacking trip in the land down under. There are plenty of destinations to explore, that will help distract you from September approaching.

Go out for a meal with friends

Now is the time to indulge. Pick a restaurant, call around the gang and treat yourself to be best eats you can think of. Pizza, pasta, burgers, ice cream sundae? You’ve earned it and don’t forget to check out that cocktail list. Bellini anyone?

Catch up on your favourite TV show

Have you missed catching up on all your favourite shows? Been studying too hard and not been able to keep up with the latest gossip? Now you can finally binge to your heart’s content and not feel guilty. It’s okay! You can catch up on everything that you’ve missed and maybe even start a new show to get you through summer. You can finally stick on the next episode without worrying about how it’ll affect your grades!

Go on a shopping spree

Is there anything better than retail therapy? Treat yourself to that dress you’ve been putting off. To a Lush bath bomb or maybe some new cosmetics? You’ve earned it!

Treat yourself to a spa day

Have you ever treated yourself to a spa day? This is the ultimate gift of relaxation after months of stress. Relax and unwind with a massage, chill out in the sauna and watch your worries float away in the jacuzzi. Why not also add on an afternoon tea package?

Catch up on all that lost sleep!

You’ve been pulling so many all nights you could carry home your shopping with the bags under your eyes. It’s time for some well-needed rest and relaxation. Pop on your comfiest PJ’s and climb into a brand new clean bed and catch up on all that well-needed beauty sleep.

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Top 10 Adventure Activities You Have To Try in New Zealand


New Zealand is the perfect destination for adrenaline junkies. There is something for everyone to experience from bungee jumping, white water rafting, sky diving, canyoning, diving and more!

Scuba dive off Tutukaka coast

Are you ready to explore the deep blue waters off the Tutukaka Coast? Get ready to enjoy some of the best scuba diving you can find in the world. Located off northern New Zealand’s Tutakaka Coast, thousands of scuba divers travel here every year to explore the beautiful variety of marine life this coast has to offer. Famed as one of the top ten diving sites in the world, it is a must-see destination for all diving enthusiasts.

Take the leap off the Sky Tower in Auckland

It’s a long way down!

The Sky Tower is a famous Auckland Landmark which makes up the city’s skyline. The highest building in the southern hemisphere at 328 metres, it offers New Zealand’s only Base Jump by wire. So why not take the leap? Once upon the observation deck, you will be treated to breathtaking views across the city. It may feel like a long way down but this is the ultimate adrenaline rush for anyone looking for the ultimate adventure.

Go White Water Rafting

You have plenty of choices to tackle the rapids in New Zealand. You can explore the underwater Ruakuri Caves or journey down the highest rafted waterfall in the world in Rotura. Not for the faint-hearted, white water rafting is definitely a must when visiting New Zealand. There are plenty of tours and different routes can cater depending on levels of experience.

Bungee Jump

If New Zealand is known for one thing, it’s Bungee Jumping. The country offers plenty of choice from destination to type of bungee jump. Best bet is to start off in Queensland and take the leap off the 43-metre high Kawarau Bridge. After easing yourself in gently it’s time to hit the 134-metre height of Nevis.

If base jumping in Auckland isn’t enough for you, you can also bungee jump off Auckland’s Harbour Bridge. I mean, why not, whilst in the city?

Sky Dive from 15,000 FT

So you’ve completed a base jump, a bungee jump and now you want to move onto something bigger? Why not a 15,000 feet skydive over Queenstown? You won’t have time to be scared, you’ll just be taking in all that glorious scenery whilst you freefall at 200km per hour for 60 seconds.

Mountain Bike the Old Ghost Road

If you’re in search of the ultimate backcountry mountain bike ride, look no further than the Old Ghost Roadon the South Island’s wild West Coast. But you’ll need to be fit, skilled and well equipped to tackle it. New Zealand’s longest single-track, the Old Ghost Road, resurrects an old gold miners’ route between the ghost town of Lyell in the Buller Gorge and Seddonville near the coast. The full trail is remote and challenging, and takes at least two days. However, return trips from both ends are richly rewarding, with scenery and stories in spades.

Heli-Ski in Southern Lakes

The best snow is always the hardest to get to, but if you have a helicopter, there is no such thing. Southern Lakes Heli-Ski will take guests to the best conditions in the heart of the Southern Alps. No lines for the chair lift, just empty valleys of perfect powder ready to have fresh tracks carved through them. With access to over 8,500 square kilometres of terrain, across 11 different mountain ranges and boasting an excess of 600 runs, Southern Lakes Heli-Ski caters for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.

Go Jet Boating in Queensland

Another quintessential New Zealand adventure activity is jet boating. Queenstown’s Shotover Jets wind through spectacular rocky canyons on a breathtaking journey. The Shotover Jet has carried more than three million passengers, hurtling down the Shotover River rapids with squeals of equal parts terror and delight at the full 360-degree spins, twists and tight turns between the grey rock canyons of one of New Zealand’s most memorable landscapes.Today, Shotover’s signature ‘Big Red’ jet boats are one of New Zealand’s most famous and iconic tourist attractions and widely regarded as the world leader in commercial jet boating.

Go Ziplining

You’ll get to experience the rainforest from a whole different perspective up in the canopies. The perfect adventure to take in the beautiful flora and fauna that New Zealand has to offer. Enjoy an early morning tour and take in the lush view of the ferns and sunrise, or why not try it at night and listen to the chorus of birds in the canopies? Get back to nature and get your heart racing whilst you zip through the trees and see New Zealand from a bird’s eye view.

Go Canyoning in the North Island

Have you every gone Canyoning before? Canyoning combines swimming, ziplining and abseiling down New Zealand’s scenic canyons, of which there are plenty. The ultimate natural adrenaline buzz, why not tackle the Sleeping God Canyon in the East Coast of the North Island? Spend your day surrounded by nature, leap off a 13-metre high cliff, abseil down waterfalls and swim in the cool blue water of the rock pools. This is the ultimate way to get back to nature and enjoy the best of what New Zealand has to offer.

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