Arriving in Oviedo
a) The Airport of Asturias (OVD) is 47 km from Oviedo. There are flights to and from London (Stansted), Paris (Charles de Gaulle), Lisbon; Madrid, Barcelona, Majorca, Malaga, Seville, Granada, Valencia, Alicante, Lanzarote and Tenerife, as well as other internal and international flights depending on the season. For more information check http://aeropuertodeasturias.com/ or http://www.aena-aeropuertos.es/es/aeropuerto-asturias/index.html
Once at the airport, you can take a taxi to Oviedo (which will be very expensive; It costs more or less 56€) or you can take a bus that will cost you around 8€ and will get you downtown in 45 minutes. There are buses from the Airport to Oviedo from 7.00 to 23.00 every hour. You can get more information at www.alsa.es.
b) You can also fly to Santander airport (193 km far from Oviedo) from London (Stansted), Brussels (Charleroi), Edinburgh, Dublin, Dusseldorf (Weeze), Milan (Bergamo) and Rome (Ciampino). There are 2 buses every day from the airport to Oviedo (it takes about 3 and a half hours and it costs 13,35€) or you can take a bus to downtown Santander and catch another one to Oviedo from there (it costs 13,35€) . For more information check www.alsa.es.
c) There are many buses from Madrid and some from other major cities. You can check at www.alsa.es.
d) You can also travel by train. You will find more information at www.renfe.com.
Looking for an apartment
You will have to find your own accommodation for your stay in Oviedo. However, if you send an announcement looking for accommodation to the staff of the International Office, they will hang it on the notice boards of the Conservatory. Many international students find accommodation that way if they send the announcement early enough.
Another way to find a place to live in Oviedo, such as a room in a shared flat or a studio, is to search for announcements on the Internet (on websites like http://www.idealista.com/pagina/portada, http://oviedo.loquo.com/es_es or http://www.easypiso.com/) or on notice boards at the conservatory or university faculties. It is highly recommended to look for a flat situated as close as possible to the Conservatory, so that you will not have to take the bus every day.
Information on public transport, current ticket prices and discounts for students is available on the following website: http://www.consorcioasturias.es/es/portal.do?IDM=66&NM=3
To get a student discount, you must demonstrate that you are currently enrolled in a studies programme. That won’t be a problem once you arrive at the Conservatory, as you will be given the Conservatory’s student card.
For travelling around the region, the most popular options are buses and trains: Spanish national railways (RENFE) and regional narrow gauge lines (FEVE).
All incoming exchange students admitted shall register at the International Relations Office (IRO) of the CONSMUPA upon arrival and present proof of medical insurance. EU students shall present their European Health Insurance Card. It is compulsory for students from countries that have not signed any health service agreement with Spain or who are not covered by public insurance in their countries of origin to have a private health and accident insurance.
Incoming students admitted for training shall also be insured against accidents and third party liability.
Starting your studies at CONSMUPA
You can ask for a “Peer Mentor”: this will be a CONSMUPA student who will pick you up at the airport/station, will help you to find accommodation (although we advise you to find it before your arrival) and will help you during the first days of your stay. In exchange, we will ask you to fill in a written questionnaire on their performance as a Peer Mentor a month or two after your arrival in Oviedo. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that you will have a “Peer Mentor”: it depends on the availability of CONSMUPA students on your arrival.
Before your arrival in Oviedo, we ask you to tell the International Relations Office your arrival date and time. Then a time will be fixed for a meeting with the staff of the IR Office at the Conservatory. You will be given the CONSMUPA student card and your schedule, and will be able to ask any questions about your stay that you might have. You should bring the following to this meeting:
- A passport photo.
- Your ID card / passport.
- Your visa (if you come from a country which requires it).
- Your health insurance card.
You will be asked to fill in a registration form.
Spanish is used in all courses and lessons at CONSMUPA, although for international exchange students some instrumental or chamber music lessons may be given in English (if the teacher agrees).
We offer a 3-ECTS year-long Spanish for Musicians course. The University of Oviedo organizes intensive courses for Erasmus students twice a year (October, February) and the CONSMUPA international students are allowed to attend one of these. For more information ask the IRO.
Oviedo has a very rich cultural life, especially musically speaking: there are 2 professional orchestras, an opera season, a zarzuela season, several festivals (piano, dance)… For some of these events you will get a 50% discount on the ticket price if you buy it on the day of the performance and show your CONSMUPA student card.
Up-to-date information on cultural events in Oviedo and Gijón is available on the following websites:
A list of municipal sports centres in Oviedo is provided below:
Music shops near the Conservatory
Asturias is a very attractive region for people who enjoy active tourism.
There are numerous mountaineering groups that organize regular excursions. For more details, please consult the official websites of particular groups.
The seaside area of Asturias is also an excellent windsurfing and other water sports zone.
Places of cultural importance in Asturias, apart from Oviedo itself, include Gijón, Avilés, Covadonga, Llanes, Cudillero…
For more information, please consult: http://www.asturias.es/portal/site
The climate in Oviedo is rather mild, with mean temperatures around 5º – 10º C in December – February and possibly over 25º C in June – August. Due to its closeness to the ocean, the atmosphere is rather humid with a lot of rain during the year. In winter some snowfall may occur.
(Warning: this information is subject to change)