If you’re wishing to study in Spain, Madrid is a fantastic city to choose. Our residence – at the intersection of two of Madrid’s most popular areas and moments from several metro stations – is perfectly located to make it to class in just a few minutes. When there’s extra studying to be done, we’ve plenty of areas to choose from within our historic Wunderhouse Madrid residence. WiFi throughout the communal areas makes it as easy to study in the tranquil central courtyard or in a deckchair on the terrace as it is in the grand surroundings of our communal study area or the desk in your room. Need a change? Head out to one of our top 10 best places to study in Madrid…
Real Jardín Botánico
Madrid’s Royal Botanical Garden is located in front of the Prado Museum. Study like hundreds of Madrid students before you: sitting under the shade of a tree in the 8-hectare botanical garden which is organised into three outdoor terraces and has around 1,500 trees to choose from.
The gardens of El Retiro host an annual book fair plus plenty of concerts popular with students and locals. Pack a picnic and then take it in turns to row around the lake whilst you and your friend take it in turns to study or test each other’s memory with a rapid-fire round of questions.
This gluten free bakery and café is just a few minutes walk away from Wunderhouse Madrid. Thanks to the free WiFi – and quite possibly the best banana bread in the city – it’s popular with students wanting to enjoy some quiet study time over coffee and cake.
Loved from its home city of Brussels to New York’s Brooklyn, Le Pain Quotidien’s branch five minutes walk away from our Wunderhouse Madrid residence is good for group study sessions at their big, communal table stretching down the middle of the room.
Whether you want to browse (and buy) books or simply prefer to sit in the café and make the most of their WiFi for a focused study session, this is arguably one of the best bookshops in Madrid. There are also plenty of in-store events that are worth checking out when you’ve finished studying.
The National Library of Spain, isn’t only the largest library in Spain, it’s also one of the biggest and most impressive libraries in the world. It’s hard not to be inspired by the architecture alone. Open until late, it’s practically a prerequisite to enjoy a weekly visit here when you study in Madrid.
Biblioteca Pública Municipal Iván de Vargas
Step inside the historic building and you’ll find books dedicated to art, architecture, history, film, literature and even a room dedicated to all things Madrid… this library is a fantastic place to study if you want to do some research.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia
Whether you’re in Madrid to study art history or you’re studying an entirely different subject, it’s worth setting aside some time to stroll around the museums at times when they offer free entry. Spain’s national museum of 20th Century art is worth several visits. They offer free admission on Mondays and Wednesday – Saturday 7pm – 9pm and on Sundays from 1.30pm – 7pm. They also have a café and small seating areas for you to sit and make notes.
Spain’s main national art museum houses one of the best collections of European art dating from the 12th Century to the early 19th Century. Students aged 18-25 are always allowed free access but if this doesn’t apply to you, head there to browse the collection and enjoy some study time 6pm-8pm Monday to Saturday and 5pm-7pm on Sundays and holidays.
In winter, if you’re craving a tropical fix, you only have to travel as far as the Atocha train station. The large indoor garden at the station is lined with benches where you can sit in the middle of the ‘urban jungle’ and enjoy some uninterrupted study time.