6 hacks for students in Barcelona

This article is written by barcelonaexpatlife.com, a diverse online community for expats in Barcelona.

Being a student in the city can get pricey fast. Luckily, there are easy and convenient ways to make the most of your money as a young person here in Barcelona. Here is a list of some of the best life hacks to lighten your everyday spending:

Bus line 46 – Aeroport Bcn

If taxi fares to the airport are digging a hole in your pocket, switch to bus line 46. This line has 23 stops from Av Paral Lel – Llançà to Airport – Terminal T1 and operates every day of the week from 4:50 to 23:50. The bus line 46 fare to Aeroport Bcn is approximately €2.40. Save that extra cash for a coffee – or three – before your flight! Download the TMB app to track the bus and see updates like delays or route changes.

T-jove (Young person’s travel card)

Anyone under the age of 25 can use the T-jove travel card to make unlimited journeys over 90 days on all operators in the integrated transport system. You can purchase yours with the TMB app or TMB Tickets website from €80 for one zone. Note: you’ll need a national ID document, foreigner ID document (NIE) or passport to show proof of your age!

Carnet Jove

The Carnet Jove youth card offers more than 8000 reductions on experiences and services related to culture, leisure, art and museums, technology, beauty, fashion, health, and restaurants in Catalunya. With discounts that vary from 10 to 50%, any person aged between 12 and 30 who can pay €7.90 per year is eligible. You can request a card for pick-up on the Carnet Jove website, or go through the process at any La Caixa branch.


Created for the international student community by recent graduates, Studentfy offers discounts, benefits, products, and services at over 80 locations in Barcelona. Select your university when you register on the app and receive a digital membership card that will help you save at gyms, museums, restaurants, bars, and events with other students.

Barcelona library cards

Applying for a free library card online comes with more benefits than you might think. Beyond borrowing books, you’ll gain access to databases, newsletters, educational courses and workshops, language learning, study rooms, internet, computer equipment, and various customized services. Library cards also provide holders with discounts on cultural activities and services in Barcelona and throughout Catalonia. Considering it’s free and only expires after 5 years of disuse, what’s the harm? Right?

Too Good To Go

If you want to join the movement against food waste AND eat quality food at a reduced price, we have great news. The Too Good To Go app is a platform for small greengrocers, bakeries, fishmongers and large chains to sell the extra food that they would otherwise throw away at the end of the day. Too Good To Go is a great way to discover new places around the city without the guilt of eating out.

If you’re an expat student looking for more tips on how to navigate life in Barcelona, check out Barcelona Expat Life’s website at https://barcelonaexpatlife.com. Through blogs like this one, Barcelona Expat Life can help you find the best spots, events, and resources around the city.