The Cost of Living in Cordoba
Anna has been trotting around Andalucia since 2011. She spent three years as an auxiliar, first in the tiny town of Lucena for two years and in Cordoba for her third. This fall she’s starting a new adventure in the Andalusian capital, Sevilla.
City and Comunidad: Cordoba capital, Andalucia
School: I lived in Cordoba but was placed at an elementary school in Montoro, about 45 minutes away.
Your living situation: I shared a 3-bedroom, one bath apartment.
How did you find your flat? Por casualidad! I was perusing the area around Ciudad Jardin, checking out flyers, when a guy who was putting up his own asked me if I was looking for a place. Obviously I was, we went and he showed me the place and that was that.
Rent: €203 a month with water and WIFI included
What did you spend on utilities? We used bombonas, which were about €17 a unit. I think in the winter we went through about one every two weeks or so. In the warmer months it was more like one every three to four weeks. So maybe, at most, I personally spent about €10 a month on gas (after dividing it up). Electricity is a bit more difficult to figure. I think all told I personally paid between 100 and 120 euro for all 9.5 months.
Your cell phone company and plan? Movistar. I paid a little over €3 a week for 1 gig of data. Using Whatsapp meant I rarely spent additional money.
What do you pay for internet? It was included in the rent.
How much did you spend on groceries? Maybe around €80. My grocery bills were rarely over 20 per trip, and I’d go about once a week for a big haul.
Did you have any other sources of income? Yes!! Private classes ranging from €10 to €18 per hour, and then I also worked at an academy for €12 an hour.
Were you able to save any money? Yes!!! My school didn’t pay me for the first 3 months, which was less than ideal, but it motivated me to hustle for extra income. When I finally got paid, I didn’t even need to use the monthly stipend. But I was also working an extra 15 hours a week with some really long days. I left Spain with around 2500 in my account.
Your favorite tapas place: Oh man. That’s difficult. Caña de España is a popular one. I’d get a beer and this chicken curry tortita thing. I think it was usually around €1.60.
Your breakfast hangout: El Diario de Noah! It’s themed around the movie The Notebook. I’d always get tostada con tomate y café con leche. It’d usually come with a shot of natural orange juice and a glass of water. I think it was about 2 euro?
Nightlife: Soul is a sweet place. No entrance fee, super random assortment of music and decently priced copas – maybe €4 to €5 for a gin and tonic.
How did you get around? I walked basically everywhere, but did need to take a bus to get to the pick-up spot of the other teachers in order to hitch a ride to Montoro. I paid the commuters 5 euro a day for the privilege (but didn’t start paying until January, and I only worked 3 days a week, so overall, for the year, the rate would be lower, if that makes sense). I got a bonobus, which made each ride .90 instead of 1.20.
Your favorite thing about living in Cordoba? Being able to walk everywhere, the low cost of living, the mild winters, the gardens, the river, the mercados… Oh man. I could keep going.
Any dislikes? The utter ridiculousness of the pisos in winter. I’ve never been so cold, and I’m from Nebraska.
How easy was it to travel around Spain and Europe from Cordoba? The nearest airports (Seville and Malaga) are about 2-2.5 hours away. Buses and trains were more or less conveniently scheduled. Gotta love/hate the overnight bus to Madrid!
Your guilty pleasure purchases: Food! I also got some jewelry in the Juderia. Oh and old postcards from El Laberinto, the used bookstore by the river.
Top Tourist Destinations in Cordoba: The Juderia, hands down. The Botanical Gardens are also a great place on Sundays (€1 entrance fee). And of course, the Mezquita.
Something you wish someone had told you before moving to Spain? It’s not particularly profound, but if you’re an auxiliary, take advantage of the health insurance. A teeth-cleaning is included, and you can go to chiropractors or whatever. Pretty much anything will be cheaper than in the States.
Get more great snaps from Anna via her Instagram account @annachronism.
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