Enjoy Madrid and get around in many different ways!

In Madrid, the metro and the bus can take you wherever you need to go! Best of all, the pick up terminals are scattered throughout the city. Madrid also has other means of transportation such as bicycles. The most popular of the biking systems is known as BiciMAD.

To choose the rental option without annual subscription, you must download the BiciMAD app. Then you are able to fill in the form on your phone or the kiosk with your data. Just pay for the time used with your credit card, go to one of the bike stations throughout the city and scan the QR code on the bike you want to unlock it!

The app also has a map of the location of the terminals. There is also a tab for your favorite stops, the trips you’ve taken and the balance remaining after your trips.

If you don’t want to use the BiciMAD app, you can start your ride by visiting one of the kiosk stations. There you will find a touch screen terminal where you can purchase a one, three, or five day card. You can use this card as many times as you want during the requested validity period. The charge for how long you’ve used the bicycle will then be shown at the end of your ride when you re-park the bike. It is a simple, fun, and convenient way to get around the city!

The only difference between paying as you go or opting for the annual payment system is that the annual pay charges a 150€ pre-authorization fee that is unblocked when your card has been charged for the time used.

Now you know, Madrid has a thousand and one ways to be enjoyed and one of them is on two wheels; A very economical, ecological and fun way to explore Madrid.

BiciMAD website: bicimad.com/inscribete

Look at the map with the stations scattered around the city: bicimad.com/mapa

You can also take a look at some of the bike rental shops available in Madrid…

Matadero Madrid. Bicycle rental (Mobeo): Paseo de la Chopera, 14

Bicycle rental points in Juan Carlos I park: Vía Dublin, s / n

My Bike Río: Calle de Aniceto Marinas, 26

Bravo Bike: Calle de Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, 19

Bike Spain Tours: Plaza de la Villa, 1

http://Trixi.com Bike rental & tours: Calle de los Jardines, 12

Eco Moving Sports: Avenida del Manzanares, 2

Otero Cycles: Calle de Segovia, 18-20

Rent & Roll: Calle de Felipe IV, 10

Pangea: Paseo de las Yeserías, 15

Madrid Bike Tours: Calle de Santiago, 18, Bajo

BiciRetiro: Avenida de Menéndez Pelayo, 51

Diverbikes: Avenida de Menéndez Pelayo, 9

See more at the following list of the Madrid City Council.


How to use your electrical appliances in Spain

First, you come to Madrid with all your luggage. You settle in one of the rooms at Marli House, which accommodates all your belongings. But when you go to charge your cellphone, you realize that Spain has no outlets that fit any of your devices!

This is because in this region of the world, the plugs and sockets, and even the voltage are different from those used in the United States. This is why you should take into account some considerations when using your electrical appliances.

What are these differences?

– Electrical devices in Spain are adapted to operate at 220 volts, while those in the US operate at 110 volts. This means that here, the electrical voltage is higher.

– The plugs used in Spain are of type C.F., while those used in the United States are A.B.

The solution: use adapters!!!

Check the specifications

SO, where can you find them?

Whether you choose to stay at Gran Vía, Sol or Príncipe location, I can offer you a list of nearby places where you can buy the necessary adapters:

– In Bricodepot del Corte Inglés, Calle de Preciados, 4, piso 8.

– Multitienda León, Calle León, 26.

Now you know everything you need to know to keep your hair dryer, phone or razor working properly without damage. Enjoy your stay in Madrid with Marli House!


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Universities and leisure in Madrid

University & leisure in Madrid

Madrid is known for the quality of its universities internationally. Madrid has  over three million inhabitants and, due to the excellent quality of life and the many opportunities  to study and work, it´s a growing city. Therefore, due to high demand, it is often difficult to find a room to rent. More and more people are looking to study abroad, coming from other countries countries, and seek in the city the right place for infinite reasons. Therefore, the Accommodation for students it is the most viable option that we can find for those who want find a good place to stay, at a good price and very centrally located in the city of Madrid.


Universities in Madrid

The city has several public and private universities, with numerous campuses all over the city. One of the areas of the center of the city, Ciudad Universitaria, is very popular due to its great activity for university students, leisure areas, faculties and different campuses of the Complutense University of Madrid.

In addition to this, which is the one with the most faculties, we also find other public universities in the center of the city, as is the case of the University Carlos III, with campus in Puerta de Toledo; the Autonomous University, with campus in the north of the city, the Rey Juan Carlos University, with campus in Vicálvaro, Móstoles, Fuenlabrada and in the urban center itself.

But not only do we find public universities. And in the center there are also private universities of great prestige, as is the case of the Camilo José University Cela, the Nebrija University, the Francisco de Vitoria University, Saint Louis University- Campus Madrid, Pontificia de Comillas University also known as ICADE, University of Technology and Business, Suffolk University campus Madrid, CIS College, Schiller International University, EUDE, ESADE Law and Business School, IEB Institute of Bursåtiles Studies or the European University of Madrid and many others.  As is logical, in a city as big as Madrid we can find different attractive for university studies, from the Health Sciences, to the pure Sciences, Humanities, Communication, Documentation, Social Sciences, International Business, Languages ​​and disciplines of Fine Arts. In total there are more than two hundred studies university officers that it is possible to enjoy in the city of Madrid.

But not everything has to do with studying. And it is that the city offers us endless leisure attractions that we can not leave out. Therefore, if you are looking for what to visit in Madrid, the offer is infinite and the possibilities too. Facing students and young people, Madrid It is a city that offers plans and activities organized both day and night to live to the maximum the capital.

For this reason, being a tourist in Madrid is a pleasure because the villa is made up of prepared for thousands of foreign and national students who visit the capital every year. In addition, traveling safely in Madrid is very simple, since it is a quite place Suitable for young people because it is not dangerous. It is a fairly safe place to all hours and in all areas and neighborhoods of the capital.

Among leisure plans, the city is full of attractions for you to enjoy. Since monuments, squares, neighborhoods such as La Latina, Lavapiés, Malasaña, Chamberí or Moncloa; going through different free museums for young people and university students, as is the Prado, Reina Sofía, Sorolla, the History and Archeology, the Costume Museum or the Museum of America.


Night leisure in Madrid

The city has thousands of possibilities for nightlife. While in the center from the city we can find several nightclubs, the town also has numerous neighborhoods and nightlife areas for young people that will not leave you indifferent.


The neighborhoods of Madrid

In the first place, the Lavapiés district offers us an endless number of bars, pubs and restaurants in a multicultural area with a type of international cuisine of all kinds, from Hindu to Senegalese, passing through numerous Latin music venues, such as salsa, bachata or Meringue.

On the other hand, the neighborhood of La Latina also has nightlife in squares and terraces that belong to bars, where you can drink beer, vermouth and different tapas or skewers. The neighborhood of La Latina is just ten minutes away on foot Puerta del Sol and a few meters from the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, and also has several nightclubs.

Another of the most famous places of university entertainment is Malasaña. An area located a few streets from Madrid’s Gran Vía and where there are a hundred places for daytime and nighttime entertainment. It is one of the most modern areas for all kinds of activities. And it has local and all kinds of establishments, urban and avant-garde areas with street activities.

On the other hand, we can also find the Chueca neighborhood. Located next to the Gran Vía and Calle Fuencarral, it is one of the most walkable areas and where we find numerous clubs, bars and pubs with LGTBI themes. We also find several places where you can enjoy leisure.

And finally, the markets. And it is that in this city we can find many traditional markets of the town that have been transformed into zones and places of leisure day and night. First, San Miguel, as well as San Antón, Chueca or Chamberí. All of them are places where you can enjoy the rich cuisine of Madrid and where there are also many establishments of all kinds of regional and international cuisine with discounts and plans for university students.

Therefore, if you are looking for rooms in Madrid, the best option to enjoy your stay can be found in accommodations in the center of the city, to fully enjoy all the possibilities of the town and in order to meet as many people as possible. with which to share plans and interests. Marli house offers accommodation for students in madrid for years in its 5 floors available in the best areas of Madrid. Do not miss our website!!

Live the experience of being a University student in Madrid!


Madrid is magical place full of life and culture. The lively streets and historic architecture of this important European metropolis captivate all who visit. Madrid is also considered a multicultural city, very visited by tourists from all over the world, and is one of the most sought after cities by international  students. This capital city is a very welcoming place, and you will always find rooms in Madrid.

Why choose Madrid for Study Abroad?

The community of Madrid has a significant number of public and private colleges and universities, including:

  • 6 Public universities, 4 of which are ranked globally as one of the best in their fields.  
  • The main headquarters of the National University of Distance Education (UNED)
  • 16 private universities, 4 of which are branches of other campuses, such as the University of Salamanca and 4 universities in the United States (Saint Louis University, Schiller International University, CIS The College for International Studies, Suffolk University).
  • 15 Arts conservatories, 6 public and 9 private.


In addition to having recognized centers of study, Madrid offers to expand the development of the races with the postgraduate and masters for all the specialties. This way, enormous specialization and evolution has been achieved in the options for the professional development of the last times.

Thanks to its wide variety of areas of study, the city welcomes a considerable number of students from abroad each year. Above all, these students seek a new vision and strategies in their careers. The most sought after careers  include Business Administration,

Advertising and Marketing, Systems Engineering and Hospitality and Tourism related specialties.


Getting around in Madrid

Moving around this city is safe, fast and convenient. Madrid has one of the  largest subway systems in the world, with 301 Stations. There are municipal buses as well as the Renfe commuter trains, making it easy for students and workers to travel  within and to and from the outskirts of the city. And if you need something faster, in the city you can easily find a taxi.

You can choose between 4 apps to order a taxi:


A city that does not rest. What to visit in Madrid?

This metropolitan area is full of places to satisfy all tastes. Below is a list of some of the best sites and activities for tourism, sport or rest.

Retiro Park: a historic place in the center of the city. Its use as a public park dates back to the year 1767. If you are looking for activities, in Buen Retiro you can take out a row boat in the big lake. Or, you can jog, walk or cycle on a path that borders the entire park. It is also used as a place to train outdoors. For artists seeking inspiration, El Retiro has magical places like the Crystal Palace,  the gardens of Cecilio Rodríguez, and the fantastic collection of roses known as La Rosaleda, among others. The park also has a large area of ​​trees and green spaces for visitors, where they can connect with nature. Retiro is the perfect place to study, read a book or simply rest.


Temple of Debod: a gift from the government of Egypt to the city of Madrid in the twentieth century. The structure was rebuilt stone by stone and its location from east to west was made strategically to preserve the orientation of its place of origin. It is surrounded by a fountain, and inside  you can find videos and information about its history. It is located on a hill very close to the Plaza de España, and has a extension of green areas for the enjoyment of its visitors. From the highest point, you can appreciate a beautiful view of Madrid, and also enjoy spectacular sunsets.

Puerta del Sol: if you want to go to the center of Madrid and Spain, this is the place. This area is well known for always being active, and is filled with shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. At the door of the old Post Office, you will find a very photographed plaque on the street.  This plaque marks the zero kilometer, the starting point of all the national roads from Madrid to the rest of Spain. Another popular point in the Puerta del Sol is the famous sculpture of the Bear and the Madroño, the symbol of the city.


Complutense University of Madrid

To study abroad or not, that is the question of every university student, even more in Europe, where the European Union context allows a flow of human capital for educational purposes much easier than in any other continent in the world. How could this opportunity be lost and what it entails? Well, it depends on each person.

Leaving the comfort zone is not easy for the students and there may be many personal situations that make it more difficult and difficult to make a decision like this, but in spite of that, as some say “you are not a complete professional if you have not studied abroad for a long time”.

Taking into account the importance of this decision and its implications, it is a good idea to analyze one of the bastions of European education, from your perspective as a plausible option for a foreign student. Always it’s very important the location of the student housing near to the university in general.

What should be known about the Complutense University of Madrid?

There is not much that cannot be said of the merits of the Complutense University of Madrid, a moderately cultured person can name you the multiple recognitions of this prestigious university. But if you are not from Madrid it is necessary that we give you a small summary of the little shops of this university.

Founded in the last year of the 15th century and considered for many as one of the best universities in the world, the Complutense University boasts of being the most important university in Madrid and consequently, one of the most important in the whole country, if not the plus. Illustrious minds have passed through its corridors that have been awarded by Nobel prizes, among many others that have contributed in an excellent way to Spanish society.

Regarding its offer for foreign students, the Complutense has been an important neuralgic center of the so-called “Erasmus project”, from the point of view of the export of students and its reception, so if you belong to a European institution, there should not be major inconveniences from the institutional, administrative and economic point of view.

Where you can live when studying abroad?

Apartments for students, student accommodation Madrid, etc, it is impossible that these things do not go through the head of those who wish to “leave for Erasmus”. Obviously, there is no rational person who thinks of going to another country without having articulated the subject of his place of residence in that nation. However, the University does not have its own residences, but if there is a large supply of sites in which to reside near it, after all, Madrid is a city for students par excellence, so it is definitely an ideal place to study. The price range is quite acceptable and there are many people willing to help and guide with regard to the needs of the student in particular: covered services, shared flats, etc.

However, the rooms and flats near the university can be a bit difficult to access, since, as expected, they are the most requested and this means that the demand can exceed the offer or that the prices are exorbitant. Given this, we can consider the possibility of going to more southern points of the city, even outside the area governed by the Madrid City Council. In this case, you should not fear too much, because the Spanish capital is a modern and very connected city, so if you need to travel to a more or less considerable distance, you can do it comfortably.

The Madrid Amusement Park

Madrid is one of the best cities to study for different reasons: the offer of student housing, the large variety of quality institutions, the ease ways of transport, the commitment to the Erasmus project, etc. With this in mind, it is known that the life of the university student is based on the home-university diatribe, but this is never exactly the case, especially for those who wish to study abroad and live new experiences. And, the student cannot live alone to study and sleep, he requires an escape route from their routine activities to feel comfortable and happy, and get rid of stress, in addition to being healthy.

With all this in mind, it is time to talk about one of the most interesting attractions in Madrid, dedicated to people who want to get distracted within their borders.

What is the amusement park of Madrid?

If the name is not obvious enough, it’s a park where you get amuse, but wait, there is more, because it’s not a simplefair. This park is located in the Batan Zone of the Casa de Campo and it has two entrance doors: by Zona Tranquilidad and by Nickelodeonland.

The park has a fairly acceptable accessibility with the possibility of arriving by car, metro, bus and more ways. It is a large park with an immense number of attractions, has changed over time and has been renovated, so it meets the expectations to spend a funny day out of the student apartaments.

What can you find in the amusement park of Madrid?

First of all, it should be clarified that the park is divided into zones, which will be exposed soon. Each zone has a significant number of attractions and other smaller areas located within it. The ideal is to go with a fixed plan to not get lost in the sea of ??indecision, although the queues are not usually very long as in other fairs.

With this in mind, the park is divided into:

– Tranquility Zone: 4 attractions, numerous food sales and shows.

– Area of ??machinism: more than 10 attractions, the area par excellence for those who enjoy extreme attractions, has 4 food businesses.

– Nature area: a quieter area for those who enjoy the green and attractions with water. It has 6 attractions and numerous shows and food stores.

– Nickelodeonland: A more focused area for children, set in the characters of the famous television network and animation studio. It has 13 attractions and several food and entertainment stores.

A different afternoon

As you can see if the amusement parks are to the liking of the person, he will not get bored. Not everything that implies leaving the student accommodation madrid to have fun means partying and drinking. The park may seem an attraction for the little ones but it is the kind of place where you can live unforgettable experiences with the new companions. In addition, the local acquaintances can offer to guide the walk through the best locations, being an opportunity to meet people and break the ice, in addition to giving any topic of conversation. In general, if you are going to live in Madrid for a while, it is something worth visiting, among many other things.

Las Rozas Village

Las Rozas de Madrid is a municipality located in the north of Madrid that is part of the Community of Madrid and is one of the most active municipalities in this country, with a growing population and one of the most popular destinations to study abroad, with numerous options for student housing.

As it is a highly populated and lively city, it is natural that it has many interesting places, among them, a great variety of shopping centers, among which “Las Rozas Village” stands out, which was inaugurated in the year 2000 and has more than 100 local brands recognized with an amount of approximately 1000 workers. The year is visited by approximately 4.5 million people, 40% of whom are foreigners.

This shopping center is located 30 minutes from the center of Madrid. This is located in a central area and if you go by car you just have to follow the A6 until exit 19 and at the first roundabout you must continue straight and follow the instructions to Las Rozas Village. If you want to take public transport, then you can get to Shopping Express on a bus that goes directly from the Plaza de España in the center of the city. This is located near the student accommodation Madrid or you can opt for the luxury AUTOCAR that operates just like the bus but is more exclusive.

Las Rozas Village, home to hundreds of stores

Las Rozas Village is one of nine European Villages of The Bicester Village Collection by Value Retail, which are located in cities such as Milan, Barcelona, Paris and London. Therefore, it offers an exclusive luxury shopping experience, it has more than 100 boutiques of the best recognized European and international brands, with a large selection of objects for home and fashion. It also has discounts of up to more than 60% on the price it was originally, also has a selection of cafes and restaurants, and offers a selection of services. Tourist information centers, in addition to offering information on accommodation, student apartments, among others.

It is an essential destination for people who visit Madrid and seek a unique shopping experience to enjoy a pleasant day. This shopping center is distributed in streets that are outdoors and also has free parking, free WIFI, playground, catering area and the information center for tourists. In addition, it also has a personal stylist service and for those customers who come from outside the European Union it offers the tax-free purchase service due to the Tax-Free service.

Visitors can also enjoy their day of shopping while accumulating miles: the collection of nine Villages has teamed up with numerous airlines and travel programs around the world, thus offering its members to earn miles thanks to their purchases in any of the nine European Villages. All you need to do is to present your membership ID and to purchase tickets at the Village Tourist Information Office on the same day of your visit.

Las Rozas Village has a free application for iOS and Android where you can explore, move and search the Village. The advantages offered are:

  • Observe the collection of the nine Villages.
  • Take a look at the interactive maps of each one.
  • Find the address of your favorite brands to find the boutiques of your choice.
  • Access to the Shopping Express bus service as well as to cars with driver.
  • You can also find out about the exclusive offers, VIP events and latest news.
  • Plan the visit in advance from anywhere in the world.

El Retiro Park


The Buen Retiro gardens were created by Felipe IV in the 17th century as a recreational estate for the kings of the House of Austria. Later, in the reign of Ferdinand VII, the replanting of the park begins, the House of Fieras, the Real Embarcadero )Royal Jetty) and the Garden of Caprichos or Reserved, of which there are some buildings such as the Artificial Mountain and the Fisherman’s House.

It was used as a fortress and quartering by the French military during the War of Independence, which caused successive demolitions of the site and numerous damage. The remodeling, added to the urban expansion of the city during the 19th century, created the current appearance of El Retiro. Once enabled, it becomes part of the municipal heritage, opening to the enjoyment of the people of Madrid.

El Retiro has hosted several international exhibitions, of which emblematic buildings such as Palacio de Cristal (Crystal Palace) and Palacio de Velázquez have remained.

At present it has been declared a Historic Artistic Garden, being one of the green lungs that make up the rich cultural heritage of Madrid. Ideal for sports, long walks, enjoy the green areas. The Big Pond, the estuaries, the ponds and fountains, harmoniously adorn the extension of the Gardens. You can take pleasant walks in their boats, and enjoy the varied artistic and musical exhibitions of multiple street artists. Its recreation and recreation areas, like many parts of our city, offer guaranteed security by the municipal police of the city.

It is an ideal area to study outdoors and fun for many students and young people in Madrid.


Lope de Vega Theatre

The Gran Via is one of the most important streets in the city of Madrid, Spain. It is located from Calle de Alcalá to Plaza de España. It is one of the most important landmarks of the city from the commercial, tourist and leisure point of view. This street is famous for its multiple cinemas and theaters. Near there are numerous student houses, so it is usually resorted mainly by students.

Currently for its many attractions is one of the streets with more student housing. In addition to being a bridge (figuratively) between the east and the west of the city of Madrid, this street was planned primarily as a meeting point for the locals and as a recreational and commercial area, especially for people who study abroad.

This is a perfect zone for international students because they can learn about the culture of the country in a funny place. This street it also meant a change in the habits of the locals, because it housed the first stores of the city, as well as luxury shop windows, large cinemas or cafes that are very popular during the first decades of life.

This street consists of three sections and the third section houses spaces for leisure and recreation, such as party rooms, cafeterias, multiple shops (bookstores, fabric stores, etc), office buildings, cinemas and theaters, among which stands out the Lope de Vega Theater.

History of the Lope de Vega Theater

The Lope de Vega Theater is located on the Gran Vía, near some student accommodation Madrid and this takes the same name as the old Bacilos Theater which was inaugurated in this same city in 1850. However, this old theater has already disappeared. Its location is in the block that occupies the numbers 53, 55, 57 and 59 of this street, where it is located between this, the street of Isabel la Católica, where is the site of the now defunct Casa Profesa de los Jesuitas, which It was burned down and San Bernardo Steet, next to some student apartments.

This lot was acquired in 1944 by the metropolitan real estate company. The block was built in only four years: It housed a large underground shopping center, Building Lope de Vega, between 1945 and 1959, the basements, the hotel and the Lope de Vega theater.

This theater was inaugurated in April 1949, mainly specialized in musical shows but in 1954 a cinema screen was installed there, becoming in this way the “Teatro Cinema Lope de Vega”. In the first years of its life, it was the point for great figures of the time such as Juanita Reina, Antoñita Moreno, Concha Piquer and Carmel Morel. When The Man of the Spot was premiered in 1997 a new stage emerged in this theater that was marked by the take-off of the musical genre in this Spanish capital. This musical was played by José Sacristán and Paloma San Basilio to welcome it and it was necessary to reform the theater for this staging, thus it was endowed with infrastructures that transformed it into the ideal space for this kind of presentations.

At present the Lope de Vega Theater offers a varied program, among which concerts of classical music, jazz, flamenco, new age, drink, in case this is not enough, it also has great plays.

It has more than 180 performances per season and also has a capacity of 1100 people, with more than 100,000 spectators per year. Also it has a cafeteria service that offers 3 bars. In conclusion, it is one of the most representative and important cultural spaces of this city.

Cibeles Square

The Plaza de Cibeles, located in Madrid, is one of the best options if your plan is to study abroad. In addition to being in an excellent location, it has many alternatives in terms of student residences.
Studying away from home is an experience that many young people want to live, to know another city or another country, etc. It also allows to have an aesthetic in the plans of children who have just graduated from school, to have the possibility to choose between all the places in the world is a great benefit, and Spain, for its part, has many beautiful cities, with a culture and a welcoming atmosphere. However, the capitals always have an extra more than curiosity, they have a lot of things to do.

Among the many options that Madrid offers, the Plaza de Cibeles, has varieties of houses for students that make the person feel that he left his country, as if you were at home. On the other hand, you have the option to obtain more information and start having your own and more personalized space. We must always bear in mind that the life we ??have as a student is an unrepeatable experience, which is the moment when we stop being children and prepare for an adult life, but a little more relaxed, living the experiences and moments that it presents us day to day.

Having different alternatives to do and recreate in free time is also to take into account to consider studying abroad. That’s why the Plaza de Cibeles has a wide variety of options for spending free time.

There are many alternatives or we choose where we want to study, however, Madrid is an option that is always dormant for different reasons. First of all, that is a very mobile and full of life, updated and always at the forefront, there is much culture and art through its streets, it is a cosmopolitan city, where the business world is managed and there are many opportunities to work and to do in leisure times. The cuisine is very varied and tasteful, as well as the great commercial life that exists in it.

Choosing to study abroad is a very important step, whether to study and specialize and do a postgraduate, is to find the ideal city for a task that needs to be done, and Madrid opens the doors to us with excellent alternatives.

What does Plaza de Cibeles offer us?

It is a very busy environment that always has something to offer to the people who live or visit this place, because of the architecture that we can see in its streets seduce us in passing, the buildings that surround the square have a variety to taste for the people they want to live in this wonderful location and is full of art, architecture and history.

Always, there is a plan to go out and enjoy Madrid and studying abroad is an advantage to have a simple view, with everything new for the new country, and find a location where every day there is a opportunity of amazement in the perplexities that there are in it, so it is a benefit that Plaza de Cibeles offers with its extraordinary scenarios. The beautiful views that the apartments can have for the students are a sense of tranquility and peace.