No One Says Apartamento: A Piso Glossary for Spain

When I first moved to Madrid, I absolutely thought my Spanish was on point… until I started looking for apartments and had my potential compañeros de piso rambling on a mile a minute about fianzas, ascensores and gastos aparte. ¿Say what?

For starters, you’re not looking for an apartamento. You’re looking for a piso. Well, most likely your looking for una habitación disponible en un piso – an available room in a flat/apartment.

You’ll see these words all over the flat-finding sites and will be using them constantly during the piso hunt, so start brushin’ up!

Los Basicos

The Basics

Piso (en alquiler)

apartment / flat (for rent)

Piso Compartido

shared flat/apartment

Habitación/dormitorio

bedroom

Estudio

studio apartment

(6`) planta (con/sin ascensor)

(sixth) floor (with/without elevator)

Alquilar

to rent (verb)

¿Está todavía disponible?

Is it still availabe?

La gente

People

Inmobiliario

Rental agency (boo!)

Dueño/a

landlord

Compañero/a(s) (de piso)

roommates / flatmates

Vecino/a(s)

neighbours

Fumador(es)

smoker(s)

(¿se admite) Mascotas (?)

Are pets allowed?

Dinero & Documentos

Money & Documents

Alquiler / renta (mensual)

(monthly) rent

¿Cuánto vale?

How much is it?

Fianza (de un mes) (de dos meses)

(1 month) deposit; (2 month) deposit

Gastos (luz, gas, agua, internet)

bills (electricity, gas, water, internet)

Gastos incluidos

bills included

Gastos aparte

bills separate / additional

Comunidad

community fees

Transferencia

bank transfer

Efectivo

cash

Recibo

receipt

Contrato

contract

Localización / Ubicación

Location

Bien comunicada

well connected (in terms of public transport)

Bien ubicado

good location

Cerca de

near, close to

Seguro

safe

Calle callada/ruidosa

quiet street / noisy street

Características

Characteristics

Exterior/interior

Exterior or interior room

Amueblado

furnished

Cama individual / cama doble

twin bed / double bed

Extras

Extras

¿Hay …

Is / are there….

Ascensor ?

an elevator/life?

Calefacción central ?

central heating?

Aire condicionada ?

air conditioning?

wifi ? “weefee”

wifi

Or just download the printable version here: No One Says Apartamento – A Piso Glossary for Spain.

Like what you see?

The real consejos are in the links below. Read on and get ready to make yourself at home in sunny España 😊

The 3 Commandments of Piso Hunting in Spain

Part 1: How to Find an Apartment in Spain – The Basics

Part 2: Home is Where the Heart Is You Don’t Hate Your Roommates ❤ (coming soon)

Plus, read on here to find out what you should be doing now to prepare for the big move in September.

Region Specific

Las Palmas Language Assistants: Barrios of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Santa Cruz Language Assistants: Barrios in and around Santa Cruz de Tenerife & La Laguna (coming soon)

Madrid Language Assistants: Barrios of Madrid (coming soon)

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. THIS IS SO HELPFUL!! THANK YOU!!!!

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    1. Erica says:

      Glad to help 😉

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