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17/05/2011Editor's Guide: Getting Started in Spain

Editor's Guide: Getting Started in Spain Expatica's Getting Started section will provide practical information on how you can open a bank account, exchange your driving licence, improve your Spanish, and more.

If you've just landed in Spain, it's tempting to start exploring, but there are some essential tasks to get through first. Our Getting Started section offers a wealth of important information and advice.

Visas and bank accounts

If you haven’t done it already, sorting out your residence visa is an essential first step. Another essential step is opening a bank account. Visit our Banking section for details on banking in Spain or choosing a Spanish bank, and to keep up to date with news from the financial world.

Finding a home
So you have your visa and bank account. Now you need to find a place to stay. Read Expatica’s guide to where to live in Barcelona or Madrid. Should you rent or buy a home—and where? Expatica helps you to do the research and decide on the best housing option. For basic guides to renting and buying in Spain, visit our Renting and Buying sections.

Photo © Ando's Adventures

Education
Education is another important point for you to consider when moving to Spain with your family. You’ll need to decide on local or international education for your children and pick a school. Visit our Education section to find out about Spanish schooling system.

If you have young children, you may need to enrol them in a daycare centre or hire an au pair. Expatica’s Kids and Pre-school sections will help you to find suitable childcare. Students should visit our Higher Education section and Courses & Workshops has something for everyone.

Setting up home
Once you have found accommodation, you’ll need to set up home and get connected and set up basic utilities. Read what expats have written about finding a home in Barcelona, and find out the meaning behind the North-South divide. Ask around to find the most cost-effective service providers; why not try asking in the Expatica forums or Ask the Expert section?

Finding a job
If you are looking for a job, then learn more about the management culture in Spain before you start on your job hunt. Check out our Employment & Trends section, or read about how to make it as a freelancer. Expatica’s A-Z listings will direct you to specialist recruitment agencies in Spain.

Learning the language
Speaking the local language is important if you want to improve your social life as well as job prospects, therefore make sure that you enrol in a language course and pay a visit to our Languages section.

Healthcare
So far so good, but don’t forget your health – moving country is stressful. Learn about the Spanish health system, choose a health insurer and find a doctor by clicking on our Healthcare section.

Photo © Qwerty trips

Driving
If you want to get out on the roads, find out if you can exchange your driving licence and, if you don’t have one, find out if you can learn or even take your test in English or a language other than the local one. Learn more about the infamous Spanish drivers and ‘Driving in Spain’ gives a good overview to get you started on the road.

Public transport

If you plan to ditch the auto world for the most part, get to know the public transport system in Spain. Expatica also has articles about public transport in Madrid and Barcelona.

Join the community
The Expatica article ‘Notes for country movers' offers sound advice to singles: Don't become a hermit or a bar-fly. Get out and about, and network – become a member of Expatica’s community in Spain, make full use of Expatica’s forums , and use the dating site to meet and interact with like-minded people in the international community.

Photo credits: Qwerty trips; Ando's Adventures
 



2 reactions to this article

Andrew posted: 2011-12-30 12:45:14

Try: www.comprende.co.uk This is a new website teaching Spanish. It consists of a fully structured course of fifteen lessons. These lessons are online, pre-recorded and interactive simulating a one to one lesson. With proven methodology, motivating and it has had great results. Affordable prices too.

Learning the language will greatly improve your social life and job prospects.

Premier Spain posted: 2014-07-27 22:43:12

Shall you need help with relocation to Spain, please feel free to contact us: http://www.premier-spain.com

2 reactions to this article

Andrew posted: 2011-12-30 12:45:14

Try: www.comprende.co.uk This is a new website teaching Spanish. It consists of a fully structured course of fifteen lessons. These lessons are online, pre-recorded and interactive simulating a one to one lesson. With proven methodology, motivating and it has had great results. Affordable prices too.

Learning the language will greatly improve your social life and job prospects.

Premier Spain posted: 2014-07-27 22:43:12

Shall you need help with relocation to Spain, please feel free to contact us: http://www.premier-spain.com

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