Saving less than $2,000 dollars before the big move to Madrid is stupid. I won’t lie and say I’m the best at budgeting–in fact, I’m not very good at all. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t notice a few things in terms of expenses.
Most people don’t pay more than 400€ for an apartment. I can’t imagine paying more than that (my rent is 400€ including gastos, or utilities). I have friends that pay a wide range and it’s due to what they are willing to spend. I know people who pay as low as 275€!
So let’s break it down:
I arrived on September 11th. A little early if you’re not doing CIEE, but I was paranoid!
Most likely you’ll pay for accommodation until you find an apartment. I stayed with another auxiliar who let me pay 10€ a night at her place. A lot of people stay in hostels, so that will vary on which hostel you book.
Airport cab ride: 30€ flat rate
Room while searching for an apartment (this would vary if you stayed in a hostel): 40€
Cell Phone: 20€
I went with Orange. The Ballena plan costs 8,95€ for 1GB of data per month, 12 cents per text message, and 0€ for calls (so it says). You have to pay for the SIM card as well (hence the 20€). You can add more data whenever you want.
Rent for the 1st month: 400€
Fianza, or your deposit: 400€
10 Trip Metro Pass: 12,60€
If you’re trying to explore, or if where you’re staying is semi-far from the center. You may be buying one of these until you get your abono (Madrid Metro Pass)
Madrid Metro pass: 39,40€ (Zone B1 and under 23 years old)
I loved this link to figure out how to get my abono.
Totaling to: 932€ or $1165
Some blogs say, “save space and don’t bring shampoo, conditioner, etc. you can buy it in Spain!” That also adds up and I wish I would have brought some from home, see my post on packing for your move to Madrid.
I’ve seen a lot of people looking for better pillows, a mattress topper, and hangers. These are all things you can’t necessarily bring from home. The pillow hunt is strange, yet true.
Although it seems like a lot, it’ll bring you here! Bienvenidos!