Hello future incoming student!!
Welcome to the capital city of the Biobio Region, Concepcion! A city well known for its student and at the same time bohemian atmosphere.
ABOUT CONCEPCION AND BIOBIO REGION
This city is located 318 miles at the south of Santiago and is the capital of one of the three provinces that make up the Biobio region. The province of Concepcion (also known as “Big Concepcion”) has 2.037.414 habitants and there is one of the most important industrial centers of the country. The city was founded in 1550 by Pedro de Valdivia as part of the Spanish colony and it has as its cultural symbol the Plaza de la Independencia, the place where the solemn declaration on the Chilean liberation from Spanish realism was made in 1818. You should remember the word “penquista” because that’s how we call a person who was born in Concepcion.
In our days, Concepción concentrates a majority urban population, but there are also rural towns mainly located on the outskirts of the city. The landscape is very diverse, for example it takes just 40 minutes to go to the beach, or just 20 minutes to get to the Nonguen Nature Reserve, or 2 hours and a half to get to the beautiful and snowy mountains of Chillan.
Concepcion is known as “the cradle of chilean rock” because of the important chilean music bands that have born there and, at the same time, as “the university city” because of the number of universities that exist. Here you will find students from all over the country and an important youthful culture characterized by artistic expressions, music festivals, the emergence of social demands and more.
The Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción is a traditional and private university, belonging to the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities. It was founded on July 10, 1991 and currently has more than 11000 students. The degree in Medicine started in 1997 and had its first graduates in 2003. Its principal campus is located by one of the main avenues of Concepcion.
- Hospital Las Higueras (Talcahuano)
- Hospital Clínico Herminda Martin (Chillán)
Biomedical Science Research Laboratory, Basic Science Department, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción.
HOW TO GET THERE
You'll probably arrive by plane to Concepción and if you do so, you will arrive at the Aeropuerto Internacional Carriel Sur. If your first stop in our country is Santiago de Chile, you can get from there either by plane (at the airport previously mentioned) or by bus at the Terminal Collao, which is located near the city center.
PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN CONCEPCION
The most versatile and frequently used transportation are buses. The fare is around Ch$500 and it must be paid by cash, directly to the bus driver. No card is used for this.
Another option is taking the train (here we call it “Biotren”) to move yourself between the main towns in Concepcion surroundings. The fare depends on how long the route is, but it's usually between Ch$300 and Ch$750. In this case you’ll need a Biotren card, which can be bought in the train stations.
Here you can see a top 10 of must see places of The Big Concepcion. (Warning: it’s not in a particular order)
- University of Concepcion
- Caracol Hill
- Bohemia Penquista
- Bellavista Beach and Dichato
- Biobío theater
- Nonguén National Reserve
- Jorge Alessandri Park
- Ramuntcho Beach
- Biobío river mouth
- Playa Blanca Beach
The Big Concepcion considers the surrounding communities, not only Concepcion city. This communities are interconnected by public transportation and you can do short trips to visit the different places that we mentioned before. If you are looking for nice landscapes and a good time with friendly people, this is your city!