Life in Pamplona
In Pamplona you will find a big number of banks with different offers and programs to adjust to your needs. Nevertheless, as a newcomer, we normally recommend until you have everything settled, to create an account with Banco Santander. Their branch office at street La Rioja 2 offers student bank accounts as well as advising adapted for the needs of students. Besides, here you can open a bank account with your passport instead of waiting until you have the official Foreigner I.D.
The University of Navarra Housing Office provides information on the different kinds of housing and advises students to help them find not only a house, but a home. The options offered by the University of Navarra are all different: while Colegios Mayores are a good option for those who will start their whole degree at the university, flats and residences are a better choice for exchange students. Click here to look for the housing offer that adjust to your needs.
It is required for all international students to have a health insurance that will cover them during all their stay in Pamplona. That’s why it is also necessary for you to know if your country has an special agreement that gives you access to free healthcare at public hospitals, or if you haven’t got an insurance yet, to look for one. On the link, you can read all this information.
If you are staying here for just a semester or a year, the best advice we can give you is to get a chip from any phone company and choose a pack that adapts to your needs. With a chip, you don’t have to worry about contracts and permanence clauses and you pay only what you consume. If you are staying for more than a year, the chip is still a good option, but probably you’d like to check what offers and fees you can hire for a good price. Keep in mind that among the huge variety of phone services, companies like Movistar, Vodafone or Orange may have the most expensive offers, but always check to see temporary bargains.
Pamplona is surrounded by supermarkets. Brands such as Eroski, Día, Caprabo and BM can be seen around every neighborhood and are perfect for your weekly grocery shopping. Nevertheless, keep on mind that these supermarkets are closed on Sundays. For emergency food-shopping, you can find different small stores around the neighborhoods with basic things like ham, cheese, bread or frozen pizzas. Also, we recommend you to try the fruit and vegetables offered by small local shops. Navarra is well known for the quality of its veggies, so you shouldn’t miss the chance to taste them.
When it comes to get all the stuff you will need during your stay (sheets, towels, hangers…) you have many options around the city. Little stores with a huge variety of items known as chinos are the perfect place for you to get stationery items, hangers and storage devices. Places like El Corte Inglés or Carrefour are useful when it comes to finding electronic devices, adapters, sheets, towels, pillows, etc. Besides, both stores also count with a supermarket as well.
If you are looking for places to shop clothes or find different stores, you can take a walk along Carlos III, a boulevard full of different stores, or take a bus or cab to the two malls of the city: Itaroa or La Morea.
Agenda Cultural Pamplona
Compared to other Spanish cities, Pamplona might be small, but that does not mean there’s nothing to do during the year. From food festivals to free concerts, and a constant celebration of traditional festivities, you have plenty of activities to enjoy the city as much as you can. Check out the cultural agenda and the constant updates that the city hall has prepared and save the dates that might interest you.
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