Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Knowing and living in Tarragona

Tarragona is the main town of the south of Catalonia (Spain). It has a population of about 140,000 inhabitants. It's placed 100 km south of Barcelona, on the Mediterranean coast. From Barcelona you can come by train or bus and the trip takes approximately one hour.

Archaeological remains of the Roman era of incalculable value are preserved in the town. The archaeological ensemble of Tárraco (Tarragona's original name) was declared "World Heritage" by UNESCO in 2000.

Tarragona is part of the Costa Dorada, which has beaches in 20 villages in the south of Catalonia such as Cambrils, Salou, Vilaseca, Altafulla, Torredembarra, etc. visited by thousands of tourists every year. It has a temperate and mild climate with an average temperature of 18° C (25° C in summer and 12°C in winter).  

In Tarragona theres is an important offer of leisure and gastronomy, too. In Vilaseca (7 km from Tarragona) you find Port Aventura, the biggest theme park in Spain.

Living in Tarragona as a student of the URV costs about 450-700 euros per month, depending on accommodation and lifestyle chosen. It should be taken into consideration that the duration of MASTERDEC is around 10 months. 


URV has an Accommodation Office where you can find further information about these different accommodation options. You can contact the telephone 977 558 836 / 977 558 029 Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or through the email bhabitatge(ELIMINAR)@urv.cat.

Basic Shopping 

For basic shopping such as food, cleaning, etc. there is a wide range of supermarkets. A person can spend between 80 and 120 euros per month.

The URV has a restaurant where menu for lunch costs 8 euros approximately. If you want to eat something cheaper, in the center of Tarragona there are many cafés that offer sandwiches between 2 and 5 euros. In all restaurants, they offer full menus at lunchtime that cost between 8 and 12 euros. 

Other Spending

There are other expenses living in Tarragona. It is important to calculate the local transport, mobile phone, leisure, etc.