First, there's the rent. It might interest you to know that, compared to other European cities, renting in Barcelona doesn't seem that expensive. Don't get it twisted, it's still a bit pricey compared to the whole grand scheme of things, but when you see how much rent is in the likes of Rome and London, you'll thank your lucky stars that you chose Barcelona as your new home. The range for the monthly rental fee of a one-bedroom apartment in the heart of the city is from €800.00 to €1,200.00. While a three-bedroom flat in the same area would cost around €1,300.00 to €2,000.00.
Now, buying a property in Barcelona, on the other hand, is a different matter entirely! You'll probably need to shell out your entire life's savings to get to buy the property you want in this Catalan capital. The price of one square meter for a property in the city center is already around €3,500.00 to €6,000.00. While for a property along the outskirts of town, it's from €2,300.00 to €4,000.00. It's possible that, since most of Barcelona has been untouched for centuries now, the preservation of it all makes purchasing property here quite an expensive endeavor.
As far as utilities are concerned, you rarely have to worry about that. Basics such as your electricity, water, heating, and garbage disposal bills mostly amount to a minimum of €85.00 to a maximum of €212.50. It depends on how big your home is here, the location within the city, and of course, your consumption. Meanwhile, at least having WiFi in your place will also only cost you around €30.00 to €60.00 a month! If you're careful with how you manage your electricity, use your water, and more, your utilities costs can actually amount to less than €200.00!
Now, your food costs are actually what will make you smile. Sure, Barcelona is a known foodie hub, from the paella places to the churros hotspots, but if you're one to cook for yourself (as many Barcelonians are!), you'll only have to spend a median total of €57.68 for a trip to the store! Mind you, this already includes a dozen eggs, a liter of milk, a 1.5 liter of water, as well as 1kg of various fruits and vegetables. There's even some alcohol thrown into the mix as well. So with this low cost, it's no wonder many locals in Barcelona prefer a homemade meal!
But what about dining? Surely the Catalonians want to go out every once and a while. Well, they love going out a lot! Why would you want to stay cooped up in your home? Because of the high costs? Granted, going to the first-class world-renowned establishments will cost you a pretty penny, there are still many economical options to go for. An unknown inexpensive hidden gem, for instance, will only charge you up to €15.00. While a three-course feast with your significant other will cost around €35.00 to €70.00 in a mid-range restaurant. Not bad, right?
Similarly to other European cities, Barcelona's public transport systems are efficient enough to take you to where you want/need to go on time. And if you purchase a monthly pass, which can cost around €40.00 to €54.00. if you're lucky. At least, for a one-ride ticket, it's only going to cost you about €1.30 to €2.40. Conversely, it's actually purchasing your own car in Barcelona that will probably leave you bankrupt. Depending on the type of vehicle, cars here cost €20,000.00 to €25,450.00, not to mention a maximum price of €1.49 for every liter of gasoline.
As the hometown of FC Barcelona, it's no surprise that this Catalan city has its fair share of great gyms and fitness centers. Of course, the more first-class and luxe you go for, the more you'll have to pay for membership. While the mid-range ones, which are just as good, usually cost around €30.00 to €58.00 a month for membership. And if you think that's insane, wait until you go to the movies! The highest-priced movie ticket in a standard cinema in Barcelona is €10.00! Just that and you can already enjoy the film you've been aching to see for a long time!
Clothing is also surprisingly not that expensive here in Barcelona. One of the forgotten fashion capitals of Europe, the city has developed its own sense of style that strays away from luxury a little but still sophisticated and sexy nonetheless. If you go to any of the city's designer outlet stores, you might find a great piece from a high-street brand that will probably cost around €40.00 to €110.00. The most expensive pair of sneakers from a world-famous sportswear brand can get in this part of Spain is €115.00, which is still a major steal compared to those in other cities.
Finally, the reason you're saving all your hard-earned money: your children's education! The good news is the pre-school and kindergartens in the city only cost around €300.00 to €600.00 a month. But when your child grows up, it becomes another story! Barcelona is home to a good many private and international schools that will really prepare your little ones for the real world. But, of course, you're gonna have to invest in a lot of dough to enroll your child into one of them. Generally speaking, a term in such an institution will cost around €6,000.00 to €12,000.00.
It's possible that even someone who's slightly stingy with his/her money can still maintain a comfortable lifestyle in Barcelona. Surprisingly, the living costs here are comparatively lower than those in other cities similar to its kind.
Still, stingy or not, the only way to live your best life in the Catalan capital is to invest in a Barcelona luxury apartment as your new home here! You won't regret it!