A University City

A University City

A vibrant study destination


Granada is, first and foremost, a university city. It has a population of 240,000 people, 80,000 of which are students, lecturers, and administrative and service staff at the UGR, meaning that a staggering 1 in every 3 inhabitants is directly linked to the university. This has given rise to the development of a modern, multicultural and vibrant study destination that welcomes people from all backgrounds.

It is also one of the least expensive cities in Spain, while it is commonly regarded as offering the highest quality of life.

An incredible historical legacy

Alhambra at night WP

The world-renowned Alhambra and Generalife palaces, which form the backdrop of Granada’s cityscape, are widely regarded as the most outstanding examples of Arabic architecture in the world. In 1984 these palaces, along with the labyrinth-like historical quarter known as the Albaicín, became UNESCO world heritage sites, further adding to Granada’s reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

A cultural hub

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Thanks to its rich historical and cultural legacy, and to the presence of a pro-active university community at the UGR, Granada has firmly established itself as a vibrant cultural hub. It currently boasts a wide variety of festivals which take place throughout the year, such as:

  • A vast array of Flamenco Music and Dance Festivals
  • The International Jazz Festival
  • The Hocus Pocus Magic Festival
  • The International Music and Dance Festival
  • The International Theatre Festival
  • The International Tango Festival
  • The International Film Festival “Cines del Sur”
  • The Alhambra Sound Music Festival
  • The Zaidín Rock Music Festival
  • Retroback International Classic Film Festival
  • The International Poetry Festival
  • The International Young Directors Festival

Further information

To read more about the city of Granada, click here

To read a brief history of the UGR, click here

This map indicates the location of the University of Granada and its campuses: