King Juan Carlos University (URJC ) is a large campus university based in Madrid. It is named after the king who helped Spain transition to democracy after the death of Franco. URJC educates nearly 40,000 students annually. Only founded in 1996, the university has grown swiftly, with campuses in 4 of Madrid’s satellite towns – Alcorcón, Aranjuez, Fuenlabrada, and Móstoles – as well as the main campus at Vicálvaro and 2 smaller centres in Salamanca and Argüelles in the city.
URJC is a relatively young university, but it has grown swiftly and has some fantastic facilities, including sports fields on most campuses, gyms, indoor sport facilities, and even a 3000-seater athletics stadium. Although the Vicálvaro campus is towards the outer edges of the city, it isn’t actually that far from the centre, and has Metro connections on Line 9, as well as a cercanías (train) station which can take you to Sol in under 30 minutes. From there, it is an easy walk to the best nightlife and shopping in the city. Even the campuses outside of Madrid proper are easy to reach on the Metro system or cercanías. The Chocolate Palmiers at the cafeteria in Alcorcon! We shall say no more. There are lots of green areas in each campus where students relax and chat under the trees in the shade – and with nearly 40,000 students from 102 countries, there are a lot of people to get to know.
The campus is a little far from the city centre (you will need a Metro pass), the campuses are far away from each other and the library could be improved.