Valencia, the city of flowers, sun, seabreeze and history will steal your heart...it’s a promise! Discover the best neighbourhoods to live in Valencia, perfect for students and international expats.
Valencia, home to almost 800.000 people, is a charming and unique city located in the Mediterranean Spanish coast, right in front of the stunning Balearic islands.
This city, rich in history, culture and languages - in Valencia, locals use their own language, more similar to Catalan than regular Spanish - is a patchwork of vibrant and artsy neighbourhoods, historical sights, beautiful and sunny beaches, peaceful green areas, a great nightlife and much more.
Many international students and young professionals decided to move to Valencia, but there’s not an only answer to the question “which is the best area for expats in Valencia?”; it all depends on the kind of person you are, if you prefer a central location, with all its pros and cons or a peaceful neighbourhood in the outskirts of the city.
No worries, we are sure you will find a place suitable for your needs and pick the perfect home abroad!
Keep reading and discover the best neighbourhoods in Valencia...for us!
Ciutat Vella (which in Valencian language means “Old Town”) also known as El Carmen is one of the most popular areas among young expats. Here you can enjoy the historic part of the city, the most attractive (and Instagram friendly) buildings, lovely cafes, bars and restaurants.
You can’t get any more central than this!
It’s a vibrant neighbourhood, packed with tourists and locals and, if you want to connect with more internationals, this is the right place for you.
But, there are a few downsides: even though here you can find everything you need, do not expect the largest supermarkets, car parkings, banks or many conveniences...it is not a residential area.
That’s why we think that it’s perfect for students coming to spend their experience abroad in Valencia.
Have a look at our rooms for rent in El Carmen, Valencia and choose your accommodation!
Only in the last decade Ruzafa, or Russafa, became very popular in the expat scene: in terms of both accommodation and working spaces. This is one of the best neighborhoods to live in Valencia for entrepreneurial expats, digital nomads and international students, due to its eclectic nightlife, interesting architecture and multicultural cuisines.
In Ruzafa you can find many facilities such as banks, big markets and supermarkets, lots of coworking spaces and the transportation is pretty good as well: even though you are not in the super centre, you can easily reach any part of the city.
Interesting fact: during the Fallas Festival (undoubtedly the most important one, that you can’t miss when in Valencia) this area literally lights up! It gets crowded, packed with locals, tourists from all over the country (and the world), loud music in the streets and many parades.
Check out these rooms for rent in Ruzafa and live your unique Valencian experience.
The popularity of Camins Al Grau has been increasing only in recent years among locals and expats. It is a quiet neighborhood but it’s well connected with the most important areas of the city: the university campuses, the enchanting City of Art and Sciences and...the beach!
Yes, by living in Camins al Grau you will have an easier access to the beach, such as Playa la Malvarrosa, with its kilometres of fine sand and warm Mediterranean waters.
Moreover, in this neighbourhood you will have any kind of facilities you need: shops, supermarkets and health centers and moving toward the Cedro area, you can find lots of cafes, pubs and concert halls. El cedro is characterized by its alternative atmosphere, indie or rock music and good tapas restaurants.
And do not forget the trendiest area: Blasco Ibáñez. It’s a few minutes walk from Camins Al Grau and definitely the most popular nightlife spots over the last couple years.
Last but not least, here you will be close to the City of Arts and Sciences: an architectural and cultural complex. A unique space where you can learn and enjoy science, nature, technology and have fun at night in the famous Umbracle club.
Are you a little curious?
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Benimaclet is one of the most popular neighborhoods for students because of its proximity to the Universities and its good transportation service, with numerous bus stops and the metro.
You can reach the Old Town, the Valencia city centre, in about 15 minutes.
In Benimaclet you may experience a village feel, due to its traditional houses and narrow streets. In fact, it was an independent municipality until the year 1882, and then it became a district.
Benimaclet today is a multicultural neighborhood, a landmark for international university students and one of their favorite places in town for a night out, thanks to the many restaurants, leisure activities and interesting cultural agendas.
Discover our offer of rooms for rent in Benimaclet, Valencia.
Located north of the city centre, precisely where the famous Serrano Gates outline the Old Town area, La Saïdia is a lovely and quiet place, famous for its many monasteries, bridges and parks. By living here, you can relax and have your daily walks in the enchanting Royal Gardens or the Marxalenes Municipal Park.
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We hope you find this brief guide useful, but there still are many other neighborhoods in Valencia you can explore and choose as your next home abroad!
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