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Teach English in Malaga, Costa del Sol

Malaga is a beautiful city on the southern coast of Spain right on the Mediterranean Sea. The city is steeped in culture and Spanish tradition and it has a big international airport and excellent bus connections providing easy access to other cities such as Sevilla, Granada, and Cordoba. Our training centre is located in Plaza Misericordia just minutes from the old town and Malagueta beach. Malaga also has one of the most desirable climates with an average annual temperature of 23ºC. If that isn’t enough to entice you, it has something for everyone. Malaga is bustling with theatres, museums, plazas, tapas bars, Moorish tearooms (teterías), and stylish hotels, many featuring trendy rooftop terraces with bars, pools and stunning views.


For those of you who enjoy the nightlife, you will not be disappointed. The healthy mix of tourists, students, and native residents of all ages makes for a diverse and fun atmosphere. There are plenty of swanky restaurants and classy bars to begin the evening, followed by various types of night-clubs, rock bars, and flamenco shows to meet everyone’s needs. Once the night is over there are taxi stops all over the city and most importantly there are places open until 5 am to get a quick bite to eat.

Because Malaga has such a varied mix of nationalities visiting every year, the demand for English teachers is increasing. English is the default language for tourism in this city, so it won’t be difficult to find work once you’ve received your TEFL certificate with us!

To read more about the city, and life in Spain, check out our TEFL blog from our graduates and staff members.

How to get to Malaga

Pablo Ruiz Picasso Málaga International Airport is one of the busiest airports in Spain, with up to a staggering 16 million passengers annually. Regular or low- cost flights offered by First Choice,  AirEuropa, Ryanair, Iberia, Vueling, and Transavia to Malaga are available from most international airports.

How to get to our training centre

From Malaga airport, you can take the train (opposite) directly to Malaga centre in 12 minutes (C1 train to the last stop) for just €1.70. When you exit the train there is an exit to your right (to the historic centre) or an exit straight ahead of you (to Calle Cuarteles). This exit straight in front of you is just a 3-minute walk from our training centre.

How much does it cost to live in Málaga?

Are you planning to come to Málaga to take your Trinity CertTESOL course but you are not sure how much money to save or what your costs are likely to be? We have compiled a list of likely costs for one month in Málaga to help you get an idea of budget and plan for your stay more effectively.


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One-month budget:

Low-cost Average High-cost
Accommodation* €375 €400 – €500 €500 +
Food and drink** €120 €150-€200 €300+
Leisure*** €80 €100-150 €200+
Transport**** €0 €20 €40+
Course***** €1400 €1400 €1550
Total** €1975 €2070 – €2270 €2590+

* Prices can vary depending on the neighbourhood, number of people living in the apartment and facilities. We offer all our trainees our accommodation service. 

If you like to party, Málaga city is the place to be! The centre is bustling with craft beer pubs, trendy bars and clubs! If this is not your scene, you could head to Velvet or ZZ Pub for some live music or a jam night! Not a party person? Málaga is famous for its abundance of coffee shops and brunch bars. There are also language exchange events in the city at least 4 nights of the week. Málaga has something for all!

Málaga centre is easy to walk or cycle around as it is completely flat. Public transport is rarely needed here. If you prefer public transport, the fee is €1.40 per journey. Taxis are also not expensive, but costs can add up if you use them regularly or late at night (although there is also a night bus).


Lower cost

Most people who are living in Málaga for more than 6 months choose to rent a room in a student apartment in the city centre. There are many options in the city and you can find a long-term room for about €375 a month with bills included (plus one month deposit).

Málaga isn´t an expensive place to live in. You can have a glass of beer and a tapa for about €2.50. A typical Spanish breakfast can be bought for just €3 (this includes a coffee, an orange juice and a toasted sandwich called a Pitufo). Good coffee is hard to come by, the Spaniards do coffee well – it´s just knowing how to order coffee in Málaga that matters! You will need approximately 30€ per week for your groceries. There are plenty of supermarkets and places at competitive prices. The historic centre is small and easy to walk around so there is not a great need for using public transport in Málaga.

In Málaga, there is plenty to do which doesn’t cost a penny! From hiking the Málaga mountains surrounding the city to lazing on the beach and browsing the food and craft markets. Many of the Museums are also free to enter on a Sunday – it is difficult to get bored here, to be honest!

Average cost

Increasing your accommodation budget slightly will make things a little easier for you. If you’d like to live in a particular area or with only one other person, for example, you might find that spending a little more on your room will also mean a more modern, larger or better-equipped apartment.

Málaga is bustling with restaurants and bars on every street corner. Having a more flexible budget will allow you to eat out without breaking the bank. A ‘Menu del Dia’ (a three-course meal at lunchtime) is typically 8€. If you are into your wine, you are in luck! You can pick up a decent bottle of for just €3 at the supermarkets.

There are many other activities that can be enjoyed in Málaga such as; boat trips from the beautiful port (Muelle Uno), a visit to the botanical gardens (Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción) or just exploring the street art in the up and coming Soho district. If you are looking for something a little more exciting, you could try the famous gorge walk (Caminito del Rey).

While living in Spain, learning Spanish will greatly improve your quality of life. It will open doors to new opportunities and allow you to meet new people. Most of all, learning Spanish will mean being able to get things done on a daily basis without the hassle of a language barrier. You can sign up for 3 hours of Spanish classes a week of group classes for about €75 a month.

Higher cost

If you prefer to live alone or in a slightly smarter apartment, the sky is the limit. From €550 you can rent a good double room in a shared apartment with a terrace. Your own one or two-bedroom apartment could be more like €650 – €850. If you opt for your own apartment, you can expect to pay a month deposit plus a one-month agency fee. This option is usually chosen by those who have decided to stay long-term.

At TEFL in Spain, we care about our graduates and help you find the best TEFL job possible. You can expect to earn on average:

Private Class: €15 per hour

General English in an academy: €12 per hour / €1100-€1350 per month

Business English/ Exam preparation: €20 – €25 per hour

Depending on the type of class and the number of hours you work per week (24 hours per week is a normal full-time teaching contract) your salary can be anywhere between €1100 to €1350 per month. You will surely not be coming to Málaga to get rich as a teacher – but you will be coming for the quality of life!

If you would like to obtain an internationally-recognized TEFL certificate in Málaga, apply for the course here or get in touch. We will be happy to answer any questions to help you start off in the best possible way.

Find out more about our TEFL course here.

Find out about dates and prices here.