The Institute of Marine Sciences is located in Barcelona’s Villa Olimpica District between the Hospital del Mar and the Olympic Towers. To reach ICM, you can use:

Bus: Lines D20, V21, V27, 36, 45, and 59 are a few meters from the ICM. More information
Metro: The L4 line (yellow line) has a station (Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica) 300 metres from the ICM. More information

If you come from outside Barcelona arriving by:

Car: Use the Ronda del Litoral. Towards Bessós (north) take exit 21. Towards Llobregat (south) take exit 22.
Train (RENFE): Get off at one of these stations: Sants Estació, Clot, Passeig de Gràcia. And take the underground L4 line (yellow line) to Ciutadella-Vila Olímpica station.
Train (Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Catalana FGCC): Get off at Plaça Catalunya station, and take the 59 bus or the underground.
Airplane: Directly from the Airport (El Prat) one may take train, bus or taxi.


Student Residential Housing is offered at RESA student residence halls:

Both halls are extremely well located, less than 10-minute walk to the city center or to the Institute of Marine Sciences. The participants may choose between single or double bedrooms, with or without air-conditioning. All rooms are equipped with kitchen, and lodgement includes bed linen, towels and internet WI-Fi. When placing a reservation please indicate you are coming to the Institute of Marine Sciences and provide your Barcelona-Ocean course reservation number in order to get a discount on the regular price. Please also notice that these residence halls also have special offers for accommodation longer than 15 days.

Other options are:

  • Melon district Marina
  • ResidenciaOnix

    The cheapest option is at the Mare de Déu de Montserrat Hostel, starting at 20 euros per night in a shared room. They also have a few private rooms. Note though that the travel time between the hostel and the Institut de Ciències del Mar is 50 minutes by public transport. You can easily book through

    You can find a wide range of places to stay at Barcelona's City Hall website here.

    You’ll find more variety of accommodation here.

    We encourage interested students to make their own reservations well in advance.

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