Studying and living in Valencia
Studying at LABA Valencia means that you will make the most of the best time of your life while still enriching your creative spirit and preparing for your future career.
You will live in one of the best student cities in Europe and the world. In fact, Valencia was recently named the World Design Capital 2022.
You will study at an international school that is based on Made in Italy, exporting Italian design, creativity and style around the world.
At the end of your LABA Valencia experience, you will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree from prestigious British universities, a recognised qualification that is highly valued throughout the world.
Studying in Valencia will allow you to learn Spanish, a language spoken by almost 567 million people.
But don’t be afraid… languages are an opportunity for growth, and they will never be an obstacle.
- At LABA Valencia, classes are taught in English or Spanish, depending on the class composition.
- LABA Valencia offers English and Spanish language courses free of charge: A two-week intensive session in September, a course before the start of the academic year and weekly classes throughout the year. This is a unique opportunity to learn Spanish or improve your English to a minimum B2 level.
- Follow real-time classes in the language of your choice: Italian, Russian, Chinese, Arabic, Hindu, German, etc. LABA Valencia offers students and teachers Waverly Labs’ innovative technology, which are state-of-the-art devices for multi-language machine translation in real-time, so that students can listen to their classes and communicate with their teachers in 20 different languages*.
**English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Arabic, Greek, Russian, Hindi, Turkish, Polish, Chinese Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese, Hebrew, Thai, Vietnamese, and Dutch.
Valencia is a fashionable city among students and offers countless types of accommodation, from shared flats to university halls of residence or studio apartments in the city’s trendy neighbourhoods.
Our international department will help you find and choose the best option for you, selecting and proposing alternatives in line with your expectations and needs. We will help you complete the process of booking your accommodation.
The cost of accommodation in Valencia is very affordable. It may vary depending on the area and the type of accommodation selected: from 300/350 euros per month for a single room in a shared apartment in one of the trendy and fashionable neighbourhoods of the city; to 700/1000 euros for a studio or a single room, with services included, or in one of the city’s halls of residence.
Valencia: World Design Capital 2022. An explosion of creativity.
Valencia has been named the 2022 World Design Capital.
Valencia has become the new focus of the international creative community. Hundreds of events will take place from now on in Valencia, unique exhibitions and masterclasses led by prestigious artists, designers, creators, professionals and thinkers. This is a unique opportunity for our students to discover the great opportunities offered by the world of the cultural and creative industries and to live surrounded by the sector’s new trends and leading experts.
Rejuvenating energy, a city rich in opportunities
If you are wondering why Valencia is the only Spanish city that has been named the 2022 World Design Capital, as opposed to, for example, Barcelona or Madrid, here is why. Besides gaining international recognition, the city is an artistic, creative and production centre: Valencia is a window and an engine for the future of the creative industries.
Upon your arrival in Valencia, you will be exposed to the city’s rejuvenating energy, an energy capable of positively impacting and transforming the environment in which we live in.
Over the previous decade, this energy has also become a strong boost for social and economic growth. Valencia is the city with the highest number of startups per inhabitant in Spain.
Quality of life, Mediterranean climate, accessibility and sustainability
One of the factors that makes Valencia a magnificent study destination is the excellent balance that exists between its quality of life, accessibility and sustainability. Among the several factors that determine this balance, the following points are worth highlighting:
Valencia’s low living costs (rent, food, shops, bars and restaurants, etc.) compared to other large Spanish cities such as Madrid, Barcelona or Bilbao.
The city’s Mediterranean and temperate climate. Valencia offers more than 300 days of sunshine a year, with an average temperature between 6º and 17º in the winter and between 21º and 31º in August.
Valencia offers more than 142 km of bicycle lanes, pedestrian zones and large green spaces in the heart of the city, such as the famous Turia River Park, a huge 10-km-long park that is easily accessible from any corner of the city, where you can rest, walk, run, bike and cross the city from one end to the other without finding a single car.
In the middle of this great park, you will find the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences, a space of art, science and culture that is perfectly integrated into Valencia’s social and cultural scene. Designed by Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela, it is the largest cultural and scientific complex to date in Europe. It comprises the Hemisfèric, the Palau de les Arts, the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum, the Umbracle, the Ágora and the Oceanográfico. The City of Arts and Sciences is a complex of unparalleled beauty and harmony, which stands out for its grandeur and breathtaking location.
Valencia is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Cities thanks to Gothic buildings as unique as the Silk Market (‘Lonja de la Seda’) or the Water Court (‘Tribunal de las Aguas’.
Lively neighbourhoods, with a modern yet traditional spirit. Neighbourhoods such as El Carmen or Russafa, which are the favourite districts for Valencian students and artists, or the elegant Eixample neighbourhood, where you can find the modernist-style Colón market transformed into a meeting place with multiple bars and restaurants. These are neighbourhoods that offer the perfect mix between the warmth of a Mediterranean city and a modern and creative outlook, with cultural centres, co-workings, urban orchards, markets, pedestrian zones and squares, with restaurants and cafes, shops, etc.
Fun, sea, mountain, sport, music, art and culture
In addition to studying and learning, Valencia offers countless leisure opportunities.
Ocean and beach:
>>> Valencia’s province has 109 km of coastline.
>>> Accessible beaches by bike or on foot from anywhere in the city.
>>> A wonderful place for water sports: sailing, surfing, kitesurfing, etc.
>>> The famous ”chiringuitos”, which are the bars on the beach.
>>> Nightlife, gastronomy, music and shows.
>>> Tapas and beer, embodying the Spanish lifestyle, or a fantastic paella in front of the sea.
>>> The cultural, musical and artistic events held in the city throughout the year.
Traditional festivals, such as the famous Fallas or the Tomatina de Buñol, etc.
Museums, exhibition venues, science and culture, such as the City of Arts and Sciences, the Palau de la Música, the Oceanographic Park, with the largest aquarium in Europe, museums, theatres, galleries, etc.