In terms of accommodation, expats will find that quality housing in Madrid can be difficult to find for a good price, and it is important to know where to search, how to negotiate and how to make a deal quickly, knowledgeably and efficiently.
Thankfully for expats the price of food, eating out and drinking is significantly cheaper than in cities such as London or Paris.
That said, expats should also realise that average salaries are generally inferior to major European capitals.
The healthcare system is considered one of the best in Europe, with a high-standard public system available for free for employees in Spain or EU citizens, and private coverage systems on offer for others.
Legal requirements to visit or stay in Spain depend on your nationality, reason for entry, intended duration of stay and even income. "Getting residency" is very straightforward for citizens of the EU but a little more complicated for American citizens. Your embassy in Spain will be able to help you with any additional questions.
We recommend the following websites to help you find out more about living and life in Madrid:
You may find the following estate agents to be helpful when moving to Madrid:
Useful Information from the ICS Welcome Committee