In the 2015–2016 academic year, 74.5% of the 154,907 university students living in Catalonia travelled from their municipalities of residence to one of the 23 municipalities where the university education centres are located.
With respect to the areas of the Territorial Plan, there is a significant variation in the percentages of students who studied in the same area of the Territorial Plan as they lived in. Thus, most of the students living in the Àmbit Metropolità (94.3%) studied in the same area as they lived in. The students living in El Camp de Tarragona (67.5%), Ponent (61.0%) and the Comarques Gironines (58.3%) were in an intermediate situation. Finally, the percentages of students who studied in the same area as they lived in were lower among the students living in the Central Counties (27.9%), El Penedès (6.9%) and Les Terres de l'Ebre (3.5%). In L'Alt Pirineu i Aran there is no university education centre and the 1,085 university students who lived there had to travel outside the area to study.
For a detailed analysis of student mobility in all municipalities of Catalonia see Extended Intermunicipal and Inter-county results.
The Statistics on Commuting for Study Reasons analyse the journeys made by students between the place of residence and the place of study, on the basis of enrolments registered by the Ministry of Business and Knowledge's Secretariat for Universities and Research. The use of the registration records has allowed Idescat to develop statistics on travel for study reasons, on an annual basis, starting from the 2011-2012 academic year. The data presented refers to students enrolled in Catalonia, whether they reside there or not.
The Statistics on the obligatory mobility for study reasons of university students are published by place of residence, place of study and sex. The territorial disaggregation is by municipalities, counties, areas of the Territorial Plan, provinces and Catalonia.