08/12/2016

Registering with social security

Registering with Seguridad Social (social security) is another essential step for anyone who would like to stay long term in Malaga, get a job and have access to free healthcare. There are a number of social security (‘seguridad social’) offices close to the centre, but if you live in or […]
08/12/2019

Accessing public healthcare in Andalucía

If you have both your NIE and social security number and you are in work then you are entitled to free healthcare in Spain. There are a number of health centres (or ‘centros de salud’) in the centre but it is important that you go to the one that corresponds […]
01/08/2020

Getting on the ‘padrón’ in Malaga

If you’re going to stay in Spain indefinitely, you should get yourself registered on the ‘padrón’ (population census). This is important for a number of reasons; firstly this can be used as legal proof that you have been residing in the city and secondly this will allow you to sign […]
02/08/2021

How to get a NIE in Malaga

If you’re not Spanish and you’re planning on staying in Spain long term, the chances are that you will need a Número de Identidad de Extranjeros (known most commonly as a NIE). Why do I need a NIE? To get practically anything done in Spain, you need an identification number. […]
14/08/2021

Renting an apartment in Malaga

Just arrived? You’ll need to find somewhere to live! With Malaga forging a strong reputation abroad, and the Covid pandemic, it’s trickier than ever to find an apartment or house that meets your needs – especially in the city centre. Prices have gone up a lot, especially with an increasing […]