Expat Madrid: The Ultimate Guide to Living in and Working in Madrid, Spain


Your ultimate guide to all the realistic information you’ll need to move to Madrid, including budgeting, traveling, finding private English students, the best ways to learn Spanish abroad, and more.


The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Madrid, Spain is 42 pages of answers to any question you could possibly ask about, you guessed it, living and working in Madrid. This book is the most extensive resource available to help you in your move abroad. Paired with the Expat Madrid Resource List, you can prepare yourself to make the most out of your move to Madrid.

Table of Contents:


  1. Rent
  2. Food
  3. Transportation
  4. Your Abono

Getting the Job

  1. Teaching English
  2. Au Pair

Travel Insurance

The Visa Process

  1. What You’ll Need
  2. What to Expect
  3. What You’ll Learn

Packing for and Traveling to Madrid

  1. Packing
  2. Traveling

Finding a Piso

  1. Location
  2. Roommates vs. Living Alone
  3. Pets
  4. Neighborhoods
    a. Sol
    b. Chueca
    c. Malasaña
    d. Huertas
    e. La Latina
    f. Lavapiés
    g. Moncloa
    h. Chamberí
    i. Retiro
    j. Salamanca

Finding Your Piso

The Interview

Cell Phones

  1. Your Options
  2. Price
  3. Roaming

Bank Account & NIE/TIE

  1. Getting Your NIE/TIE – What is it?
  2. Applying for your Fingerprint Appointment
  3. What You’ll Need for Your Fingerprint Appointment
  4. Modelo 790 Código 012
  5. Guide to Your Fingerprint Appointment
  6. Picking Up Your TIE/Opening a Bank Account
  7. Choosing a Bank

Getting Your Abono

  1. Get Your Appointment (Oficina de Gestión)
  2. Going to your Appointment
  3. Another Option: Estanco (Tobacco Shop)
  4. Using Your Abono

Day-to-Day Life

  1. Eating and Sleeping
  2. In the Home
    a. Space
    b. Habits
    c. Be Respectful
  3. Public Life

Host Families

  1. Price
  2. Lifestyle

Where to Find Things

Teaching Private English Lessons

  1. What You Need
  2. Finding Students
  3. How to Teach Them
  4. What to Charge

Learning Spanish

  1. Immersion
  2. Spanish Classes
  3. Intercambios


  1. In Madrid
    a. El Parque del Buen Retiro
    b. Palacio de Cristal
    c. Templo de Debod
    d. Palacio Real de Madrid
    e. Santa María la Real de la Almudena
    f. Plaza Mayor
    g. Puerta del Sol
    h. Gran Vía
    i. Sobrino de Botín
    j. Chocolatería de San Ginés
    k. El Rastro
    l. Plaza de Cibeles
  2. In Spain
    a. Granada
    b. Toledo
    c. Córdoba
    d. Segovia
    e. Barcelona
  3. Outside Spain


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