Living in Asturias
The Principality of Asturias is an autonomous community of little more than one million inhabitants, with a robust industrial tradition and natural heritage among the best conserved in all of Spain. It has an Atlantic climate, with mild temperatures all year round and abundant rain.
The service sector carries the most weight in Asturian business activity, although heavy metal-working industry and mining contribute significantly to the Asturian GDP. Asturias is one of the safest regions in the country and connected to the rest of Spain and Europe through an international airport, networks of regional and long distance trains, as well as transportation by motorway.
The Principality of Asturias has public education and healthcare systems that are among the most highly valued. The region has highly conserved, well-protected coastline and natural landscapes. In addition to the Picos de Europa National Park, the region has five Biosphere Reserves recognised by UNESCO.
The Cost of Living in Asturias
Monthly expenses for a foreign student can run to around 600 euros, depending on the chosen accommodation option. There is no limit to the amount of currency a foreign student can bring to Spain. It is advisable that you have a credit card and open a bank account.
In order to open an account in a bank established in Spain, a foreign student must apply for an identification number (N.I.E.), which will be issued by applying for a residence card at the Office for Immigration Affairs.
Spain is not an expensive country, although the average cost of living can vary greatly. Large cities, such as Barcelona, Madrid and Bilbao, are far more expensive than smaller cities, such as Oviedo or Gijón.