University Life in Málaga

08 April 2024 5 minutes of reading
University Life in Málaga

Why choose university life in Málaga?

The capital of the Costa del Sol is one of the main university cities par excellence in Andalusia. With both public and private universities and an unparalleled setting by the sea, Malaga is the perfect place to start your university adventure.


What is it like to study in Málaga?

The possibilities in Malaga as a student are very broad thanks to the wide range of degrees and masters offered by the University of Málaga (UMA). From sciences, to engineering, architecture, fine arts or literature. The vast majority of studies are concentrated in two campuses: Teatinos Campus and El Ejido Campus, both very well connected by public transport.

In addition, being a medium-sized city, Malaga is ideal to move almost everywhere on foot, you have everything at your fingertips. And with a wide variety of cultural offerings and the best university atmosphere.


How is the student’s social life and the university environment in this city?

If we talk about university life, Málaga is one of the best destinations for a student. Culture, leisure, beach and a pleasant climate all year round, that is what you will find if you come to study here. Countless bars, restaurants and bars are distributed throughout the city to liven up the days between study hours and exams. The streets Marqués de Larios, Comedias, Compañía or Granada, are just some of the most popular in the old part of the city and where you will find the largest gastronomic offer.


The Malagueta Beach

Undoubtedly, the best known beach in Malaga is La Malagueta. Located very close to the historic center and with a promenade full of bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the gastronomy of Málaga. This beach is perfect to reach on foot, as it is only 15 minutes away from the center.



The climate of Málaga

If there is something that defines the city is its climate, with very pleasant temperatures that will allow you to enjoy its coastline all year round. With an annual average of 300 days of sunshine a year, it is one of the cities with the most hours of sunshine in Spain.


The General Library

One of the best places to spend hours studying is the General Library of the UMA. Very large, with an extensive catalog and which, during exam time, is open until the wee hours of the morning.


The museums

If we talk about cultural offerings, Malaga has several museums worth visiting. The Picasso Museum, which was born in Malaga, has a permanent collection that shows up to eight decades of his work and also hosts temporary exhibitions.

The Carmen Thyssen Museum is also another option if you like painting, as it takes a tour through the genres of Spanish and Andalusian painting from the 19th and 20th centuries.

And you can’t miss the Pompidou Center, one of the headquarters of the Georges Pompidou National Center of Art and Culture of France, which is located in the Port of Málaga. You will recognize it by its colorful square-shaped structure. It houses a permanent collection of 20th and 21st century art and also has two to three temporary exhibitions a year.


Caminito del Rey

One of the most spectacular trails in the world is located in the province of Malaga and is a highly recommended excursion for a weekend. It is the Caminito del Rey, just over an hour from the city. It has a route of more than 3 km that runs along cliffs and marshes, passing through dizzying walkways and with stunning views of the mountains of Malaga. The route starts in Ardales, passing through Antequera and ending in Alora. Undoubtedly, a highly recommended activity.



The SoHo neighborhood

The neighborhood of the arts, better known as SoHo, has become one of the trendiest neighborhoods of Malaga and one of the references in terms of urban art and culture.

It is located next to the port of Malaga and draws attention to the graffiti painted on many of its buildings by internationally famous graffiti artists. The neighborhood is full of galleries, artists’ workshops, theaters and businesses with a strong identity.

In addition, this neighborhood is the result of a citizen initiative project for the recovery of the area, which has institutional support.

The Cathedral and its gardens

The Catholic Monarchs were the driving force behind the construction of the cathedral in the 15th century. It is located in the Plaza del Obispo and was built in what was formerly a mosque. The cathedral has several architectural styles as it took more than 100 years to build and has gardens around it.


The Atarazanas Market

Located in the historic center of the city, the Atarazanas market is a gastronomic meeting point for tourists and locals alike. In the early nineteenth century, the market was a naval workshop of Nasrid origin that was finally demolished, all but the facade, which they managed to preserve intact. In this space we can find all kinds of food, from fish to vegetables and meat, and a variety of bars where you can make a stop between purchases.


The parties

There is no university city without its parties, and in Málaga, that is guaranteed. On the one hand, university Thursdays are sacred, and you will find a university atmosphere in most of the bars in the center. And, on the other hand, Malaga has several important dates on the calendar such as the Málaga Fair, held in August, or the Fiestas Marineras Virgen del Carmen, held in El Palo neighborhood of Málaga in July.


What do you eat in Málaga?

If there is a star dish on the Costa del Sol those are the sardine skewers. But that’s not all, in Málaga you can taste other dishes such as ajoblanco, concha fina, gazpachuelo or rice with cod. And for dessert a torta malagueña or a bienmesabe, perfect for the sweetest palates.



What are the student residences in Malaga like?


An important point if you are going to study in Malaga is your accommodation. Our student residences in Málaga are located both in the center and in the Teatinos Campus.


Campus Málaga Hall of Residence: located in the Teatinos Campus, next to the main faculties. With rooms and studios with kitchen, cafeteria service, study rooms, leisure room, self-service laundry, gym and swimming pool.



Málaga Centro Hall of Residence: located in the heart of the city center, with single rooms, cafeteria service, gym, study room, coworking room, outdoor terrace, self-service laundry and communal kitchens.




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