FOREIGN RESEARCHERS GUIDE
The purpose of this guide is to provide useful information to foreign researchers who travel to La Rioja.
to get to Logroņo
Living in Logroño
Universidad de La Rioja
International Relations Office
Avenida de la Paz 93
26006 Logroño Spain
Ph: +34 941 299 152
Fax:+34 941 299 208
To download the Foreign Students Guide
1. HOW TO GET TO LOGROÑO
Logroņo has a small airport which receives domestic
flights from Madrid and Barcelona. It works with Air
Nostrum L.A. Mediterraneo-Iberia Regional. You can book
your tickets in the next web: http://www.iberia.com
Once you get to Agoncillo airport, you must call a cab
(Taxi phones: 941-505050/ 941-222122). It cost about
15-18 euros and you will be in the centre of Logroño
in 10 minutes. Other nearby international airports are
Bilbao (Aeropuerto de La Paloma), Madrid (Aeropuerto
de Barajas), Zaragoza or Barcelona, Vitoria (Foronda),
Pamplona (Noain), San Sebastián (Hondarribia),
Santander (Maliaño), Burgos, etc...For further
information you can check: www.aena.es
you are at one of those airports, communication to Logroņo
is much easier and faster by coach and by train.
Bilbao-Logroño (Distance 152 km.)
You can get from Bilbao to Logroņo by train or coach.
Coach: If you arrive at Bilbao airport you can pick
a bus which leads to the city. The last stop is Termibus,
the point where the bus station, the underground (Metro
Bilbao) and the train station converge. For further
information about this bus you can look here:
You can also take a taxi to the Bus Station of Terminal
Garellano. The name of the company that goes to Logroņo
is called LA UNION (ALAVESA). Once in the station, you
should go to their counter and ask for coaches to Logroņo.
Contact telephone in Bilbao: +34-94-4271111 or +34-94-4395205
(general information). Contact telephone in Logroņo:
+34-941-235983 (general information).
NOTE: Bilbao bus station is outdoors!
Train: The Train station at Bilbao is called Estaciķn
de Abando, address: Plaza Circular, 2, contact phone:
+34-94-423 86 23. The national rail company in Spain
is called RENFE, for further information go to www.renfe.es,
contact phone: +34-902-240202.
Madrid-Logroño (Distance 333 km.)
You can get from Madrid to Logroņo by plane, train and
Plane: Madrid-Logroño flights can be found on
Iberia’s website (a flying company)
Coach: If you arrive at Madrid airport (Barajas), you
can take either a taxi or the underground (you can have
a look at the undergorund map at: www.metromadrid.es (underground stop Avenida de América
and address: Intercambiador de Avenida de América
Nº 9) More information about coaches’ timetables
to Logroño, www.alsa.es
and phone number:+34-902-422242.
Train: There are very few trains from Madrid to Logroņo
(Chamartín or Atocha railway station). For information
on the train timetables visit the webpage of RENFE,
the National Train Company of Spain www.renfe.es,
Zaragoza-Logroño (Distance 172 km.)
You can get from Zaragoza to Logroño by plane,
train and coach.
Coaches from Zaragoza to Logroño leave from
the station : C/ Avda. Navarra nº 80 (Estación
intermodal de Zaragoza). For further information: www.grupo-jimenez.com.
Train: There are several trains from Zaragoza to Logroño.
For information on the train timetables visit the webpage
of RENFE, the National Train Company of Spain www.renfe.es,
Barcelona-Logroño (Distance 468 km.)
You can get from Barcelona to Logroño by plane,
train and coach.
If you arrive at Barcelona airport (El Prat), you
can take a suburban train or a bus. If you take suburban
trains (RENFE «Rodalies» service), you must
leave at Arc de Triomf stop (Estación del Norte
bus station) or Sants stop (Sants railway station).
You can see the corresponding timetables in this website: www.renfe.es/cercanias/barcelona/index_horarios.html
If you get a bus (line 46), you must leave at the
last stop: Espanya square (Pl. Espanya) stop. Then you
must get the underground to Arc de Triomf stop (Estación
del Norte bus station) or Sants stop (Sants railway
station). Barcelona Metro can be found on this website:
Plane: Barcelona-Logroño flights can be found
on Iberia’s website: http://www.iberia.com/
Coach: Coaches from Barcelona to Logroño leave
from Estación de Barcelona Nord (C/ D’Ali
Bei, nº 80). The name of the company that goes
to Logroño is called ALSA and its webpage is:
(you can purchase tickets online). Contact telephone:
Train: There are several trains from Barcelona (Sants
railway station) to Logroño. For information on
the train timetables visit the webpage of RENFE, the National
Train Company of Spain www.renfe.es,
Hendaya-Logroño (Distance 114 km.)
If you come from France by train you
should arrive at Hendaya. Hendaia/ Hendaya is a small
French village which borders on Spain. The name of the
company that goes to Logroño is called LA ESTELLESA
(www.laestellesa.com). If you get in contact with LA ESTELLESA
(contact phone: +34-948-326509/ +34-902-101044; fax.:
948-326518; e-mail: email@example.com) at least one day BEFORE,
a coach will go by to pick you up. Its way is Hendaya-Irún-San
Should you travel by car or other means of
If you intend to travel by road, you may check the following
2. UNIVERSITY FACILITIES
The University Library houses more than 150,000 books.
There are three reading rooms with 400 seats. There
are also some small rooms which are used by students
to work in groups. The Library has other facilities
too such as a Periodicals Library, which receives more
than 2,000 academic periodical publications, a European
Document Centre and a Newspaper-room where International
and National Newspapers are available. http://biblioteca.unirioja.es
Monday to Friday: From 8:30 to 21:30
Saturday: From 9:00 to 14:00
During exam periods, opening hours are modified.
There are 12 Computer Rooms at the UR with over 200
computers. All campus buildings include several computer
rooms with Internet access. International Students have
free access to these facilities.
Campus Map (219 kb.)
Recreation & Sport
The Modern University Sports Centre is located on the
Campus. There you can find information about the activities
which are being or will be offered (aerobics, basketball,
soccer, excursions, fitness, trekking, ski…) The
sports centre website is:
Perhaps you need a temporary accommodation for the first
days. You will find some hotels and hostels in this
web page: http://lariojaturismo.com/Alojamientos/index.php
The University of La Rioja does not own students flats
but maintains a web page with a database for housing
which students may consult prior to their arrival.
You will find updated and detailed information regarding
prices, size, location, etc… in this web.
Once you have found an apartment, a contract is usually
made between the owner and the student including information
for example whether the water, electricity and gas expenses
are included or not in the monthly payment.
A deposit is usually required which normally amounts
to a monthly payment. This will be fully refunded as
long as no damage has been produced to the flat and
the student stays for the whole period agreed in the
contract. In general, flats are fully equipped but students
are advised to bring their own house linen.
If you choose to live in a shared apartment and you
need accommodation for your first days in Logroño
please indicate it in your application form. Please
note that you must inform the International Relations
Office of your travelling arrangements at least a week
prior to your arrival.
Students have also the possibility of staying in one
of the Halls of Residence. Information about the different
residences can be found in the University web page:
If you choose to live in a hall of residence please
let us know which one by indicating it in the application
Note that most halls of residence are closed during
summer and do not open until courses begin.
Eating at the University
On the Campus, there are 2 cafeterias located on the
following buildings: Quintiliano and Científico
Tecnológico. In these cafeterias it is possible
to have either snacks, sandwiches or a proper meal.
They offer a special menu - menú del día
-at a relatively low cost (approximately 5 - 7 €).
In the University of La Rioja there are cultural, professional,
solidarity, leisure associations, etc. There is also
a literary magazine and a theatre group. If you are
interested in joining any of these activities you will
be able to obtain more information once you are in Logroño
at the Consejo de Estudiantes (Edificio Filologías)
You can find information about the different associations
in the next link: http://www.unirioja.es/estudiantes/asociaciones.shtml
You will find detailed information on the courses offered
at the UR at the following link: Study
Registration takes place at the International Office
usually a week after the start of each semester. In
this manner students have enough time to visit the courses
they may be interested in taking as well as to make
all the necessary arrangements and changes in their
The academic calendar can be found on the following
Spanish Language Courses
The Language Centre of University of La Rioja
offers free Spanish Courses during
the academic year. The aim of these courses is to help
students to improve their language skills and thus be
able to make the outmost of their study period. Students
should take into account that these courses are not
official and that no credit points are awarded for them
(otherwise agreed with your home University). At the
beginning of every semester students who are interested
in these courses will have to take a level test. There
are currently two levels: intermediate and advanced.
For further information on other language courses,
see webpage: www.fundacion.unirioja.es/espanol/ing/index.shtml
NOTE: University of La Rioja Foundation (FUR)
cooperates with Instituto Cervantes to accredit the
Diplomas in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE).The
Diplomas in Spanish are considered as sufficient accreditation
of knowledge of the language for any professional or
academic activity in Spain requiring the appropriate
level of competence (Article 4.3, Royal Decree 1137/2002).
In order to inform you about international recognition
see website: http://diplomas.cervantes.es/general/reconocimiento.jsp
You can take the examination (Intermediate–High–Superior)
in November or May. For further details: www.fundacion.unirioja.es/espanol/ing/complementarios/que_es_dele.shtml
3. LIVING IN LOGROÑO
The Tourist Information Office is located on Paseo del
Espolón nº 1. There you will be able to
find information about Logroño and La Rioja but
also about the rest of Spain. Telephone number: 941
29 12 60
The Tourist Information Office of Logroño is
located on Portales, 50 (Antiguas Escuelas Daniel Trevijano)
26001, their phone number is 941 273 353 and their website
Some other useful websites:
City Hall of Logroño: www.logro-o.org
Government of Rioja: www.larioja.org
Regional Ministry of Tourism: www.larioja.org/turismo
Tourism in La Rioja: www.lariojaturismo.com
Tourism in Logroño: www.logroturismo.org
Bretón de los Herreros Theatre: www.logro-o.org/breton/index.asp
Amós Salvador Exhibition hall: www.logro-o.org/culturalrioja/sala_amos.htm
Guide for Leisure in Logroño: www.guiadelocio.com/logrono/
El Rioja y los 5 sentidos: www.lariojacalidad.org/elriojaylos5sentidos/
Festivals in Logroño: www.logro-o.org
Festivals of San Mateo: www.logroturismo.org/agenda_san_mateo_08.htm
Cost of living
The main expenses are living, food, clothes, transport,
etc. You can have a look at this website: http://http://ec.europa.eu/ploteus/home.jsp?language=es
- Accommodation for a month: 600 €
- Cost of food for a month: 250 €
- Transport for a month: 45 €
- Urban bus ticket: 0.60 €
- A cinema ticket: 5.70€
- A newspaper: 1 €
- A loaf of bread: 0.50 €
Logroño has a continental climate with gentle
and pleasant temperatures practically all year round.
The seasons of the year follow a regular pattern and
extreme temperatures are not common. November to January
are the coldest months (average temperature 6ºC).
The highest temperatures are recorded in summer, during
July and August (average temperature 29ºC). .
Logroño is one of Spain's most commercial towns
and has been granted several awards due to the high
quality of its commerce. Most of the clothes shops,
shoe shops, etc... are located in the City, but it is
also possible to find this sort of shops all over Logroño
. Shops are open six days a week from Monday to Saturday
(although some of them close on Monday mornings). Their
usual opening hours are: From 10:00 to 13:30 and from
17:00 to 20:00. In summer, some shops remain open until
Bookshops: The University of La Rioja does not have
a bookshop on the campus. Students will find many bookshops
in the City-Centre and in the old part of town, there
they will be able to find the books and other research
material they may need. If you need to make photocopies
there are many different establishments close to the
University which offer very competitive prices.
Food shopping: Most supermarkets are open from 09:00
to 20:00 even though some of them are open for even
longer hours and do not close until 21:30. You can also
find small corner shops where you can buy bread, fruit,
Markets: There are different traditional markets in
Logroño where you can buy fresh meat, fish, fruit
and vegetables. They are the best place to buy typical
products from the region. The oldest one is called Plaza
de Abastos, a beautiful 1930's building located in the
old centre of town.
Mercadillos: (Street markets) They are also very traditional
in small villages and offer lower prices than normal
shops. In Logroño there is only one, mainly for
clothes, located in Marqués de la Ensenada. Opening
hours: Wednesday and Sunday mornings.
Bus Station (for long distance journeys, NOT
for metropolitan service):
The Bus Station is located in Avenida de España
Telephone number of the Information Office: 941 23 59
Private bus companies operate from Logroño to
the main Spanish towns on a daily basis. You can get
the timetables by calling the aforementioned number.
The train station is located in Plaza de Europa s/n.
Telephonic enquires and reservations can be made calling
to 902 24 02 02.
Uni-taxi Rioja: 941 22 21 22 / 941 50 50 50
Information Centre: 941 29 27 77
There are 11 lines of urban buses, and 2 night lines
(BÚHO) during the weekend. The bus service starts
at 7:00 and finishes at 23:30 with buses coming every
15 minutes and 30 minutes on the weekend. The night
bus service (BÚHO) goes from 23:30 to 4:00 with
buses every 30 minutes . The service starts at 7:00
and finishes at 22:30.
You can ask for the “bono bus” for students
and find further information on this website: www.logro-o.org
You can also take a look at the buses routes on this
There is a Bank Office in the Campus (Edificio Quintiliano).
Bank opening hours: From 9:00 to 14:00
Bear in mind that bank offices are no open on the afternoon.
Currency: The Spanish currency is the Euro.
Coins: 2 €, 1 €, 50 c, 20 c, 10, 5 c, 2 c,
Notes: 500€, 100€, 200€, 50€, 20
€, 10 €, 5 €.
(Notice that certain shops, bars, cafés etc…
might not accept notes bigger than 50 €)
There are three Post Offices in Logroño:
- Plaza de San Agustín nº 1
Tel: 941 28 68 02
- Avd. de Lobete nº 1
Tel: 941 23 64 32
- Barrera nº 22, bajo
From Monday to Friday: From 8:30 to 20:30 (no lunch-time
Saturday: From 9:30 to 14:00 (They may be different
We will give you detailed information on what
to do and where to go in case of illness once you are
Please remember that you must bring with you your E-128
form or Private Insurance Policy. You will be required
to present a copy upon arrival.
Where to eat
For "Tapas" and typical La Rioja
food there are two main streets Calle Laurel and Calle
San Juan. They are located in the Old Centre and there
you will find many small tapas bars, opening at midday
and at night, where you can try different specialities.
If you prefer other type of food, Logroño also
offers you a wide range of Chinese, Italian, Mexican,
Nouvelle Cuisine style food etc.
Cinema and Theatre
There are 3 cinemas in Logroño Cines
Ábaco, Cines Golem and Cines Moderno.
Tickets cost around 5,50 € except on Wednesday
(Día del espectador) when they are 3,50€.
Bretón Theatre offers an interesting programme
including films in their original languages, theatre,
Museums & Art Galleries
In Logroño there are several galleries,
some are public and others are privately owned. Most
of the exhibitions they house are travelling exhibitions
which means that museums and art galleries change the
From Monday to Saturday: From 19:00 to 21:00
Sunday: From 12:00 to 14:00
C/San Antón nº 3
Centro Cultural Caja Rioja
From 18:00 to 21:00
C/ Gran Via nº 2
Museo de la Rioja
From Tuesday to Saturday: From 10:00 to 14:00 and From
16:00 to 21:00
Sunday: From 11:30 to 14:00
Plaza de San Agustín
Casa de Las Ciencias
Monday to Saturday: From 9:30 a 13: 30 and from 16:30
Sunday: From 10:30 to 14:30 and from 17:00 to 21:00
Calle del Ebro, nº1
Galería Pedro Torres
C/ Calvo Sotelo nº27
Galería de Arte Martínez Glera
C/ Marqués de Vallejo nº 3
Other Useful Addresses
c/Perez Galdós 29
Telephone number: 941 28 81 67 / 941 28 81 68
Oficina Única para asuntos de Extranjería
Calle Pérez Galdós 29
Most Erasmus students do not need a student visa. If
you need one, please let us know as soon as possible
so that we may issue the necessary documents for you.
In order to contact the Embassy in Spain, please
visit the following website from the Spanish Ministry
of Foreign Affairs http://www.maec.es
Should you have any question please do not hesitate
to contact us:
International Relations Office
Relaciones Internacionales e Institucionales
Edificio de Rectorado
Avda. de la Paz nº 93
Telephone Number: +34 941 299 152