Vigo, Spain - perfect size, hilly, traditional
The social life is good in Vigo and there are lots of university-arranged trips to cities like Santiago and La Coruna, and buzzing bars and cinemas in the city, which is easy to get around. Finding accommodation with Spanish students is practically impossible though, because almost all of them live with their families and come into uni on school buses! Living with Erasmus students is fine; try to speak as much Spanish as possible and enjoy yourself. Ensure you accept every invitation on your year abroad - you never know who you might meet!
Useful local words: ‘Empanadilla’, ‘gaitero’ and ‘caixa nova’.
What not to pack: Books for teaching.
What to pack: A warm coat and boots.
Couldn't have done without: Internet.
Word of advice: Pack light; buy heavy things like towels and bedding when you get there.
AL, Spanish and Italian, University of Bristol