During the 2017-2018 academic year, 83.3% of non-university students (1,015,737) studied in the same municipality as their place of residence, while 16.7% (203,136) studied in another municipality of Catalonia, according to the Statistics on Commuting for Non-University Studies.
Among the municipalities with more than 5,000 inhabitants, Barcelona was the one that retained more resident students of non-university studies (97.0%), followed by Lleida (96.0%), La Seu d’Urgell (95.9%) and Mataró (95.0%). At the other extreme, 6 municipalities retained fewer than half their students, headed by Sant Antoni de Vilamajor (33.0%) and Santa Cristina d’Aro (43.0%).
In addition, the municipalities with the highest proportions of non-resident students were L’Arboç and Montgat. These two municipalities stood out from the others with more than 5,000 inhabitants because more than half the students studying there were non-residents (64.2% and 52.9%, respectively). On the other hand, Caldes de Malavella was the municipality which attracted the lowest proportion of students from other towns (0.3%).
By county of residence, El Barcelonès was the county with the highest proportion of students studying and residing in the same municipality (93.2%). At the other end of the scale, El Pallars Sobirà had the lowest proportion of students studying in the same municipality as their place of residence (54.9%). With regard to compulsory education, the counties with the highest proportions of students studying and living in the same municipality were El Barcelonès (95.2%) and El Montsià (92.1%). In contrast, the counties with the lowest proportions of students studying and living in the same municipality were El Priorat (68.8%) and El Pallars Sobirà (61.0%). More than 80% of students studied in the same municipality as their place of residence in 26 of the 42 counties. With regard to post-compulsory education (baccalaureate and vocational training), more than 50% of students studied outside the municipality where they resided in 29 counties and Aran. This proportion was higher than 75% in 7 of the above counties (Ribera d’Ebre, Ripollès, Moianès, Priorat, Terra Alta, Conca de Barberà and Garrigues).
For a detailed analysis of student mobility in all municipalities of Catalonia see Extended Intermunicipal and Inter-county results.
The Statistics on the obligatory mobility for study reasons of non-university students 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 Education. The treatment of the administrative records of student enrolments enabled Idescat to produce a statistical on journeys for study reasons, con periodicidad anual, which starts with the academic year 2011-2012. 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 non-university students are published by place of residence, place of study, sex, and age group and level of education. The territorial disaggregation is by municipalities, counties, areas of the Territorial Plan, provinces and Catalonia.