Both my girlfriend and I are EU citizens (same country) and recently I moved to Spain as I got a job in Madrid. Now, we are planning for my girlfriend to also come along, but the problem is we couldn't find her a job a priori as her field of expertise is rather too specialized (bachelor in classical studies). Also all study programs like the bachelor, masters program at the local universities require a knowledge of spanish (B1 level), which she doesn't speak yet.
I talked to the Spanish consulate in my home country and they said it is possible for an EU person to live in Spain without having a job if they can prove they have the financial means to do so (but didn't clarify what this means, ie what amount of money etc) and a health insurance.
The main problem (and vicious circle) that I foresee is how can you prove you have the financial means to live there without a bank account, which you can only open if you are registered, which you can only do if you can prove you can afford to live there!!!
So, my question is: is it possible for an EU citizen to move to Spain for a long term (>90 days) without a job or having been accepted to a university, but also manage to register properly with the authorities (get a NIE) and open a bank account and all that? If so can you share you experience and any possible options I missed?
PS.1 A friend suggested contacting an abogado (lawyer) who specializes in these kinds of things, but before I do that I would like to get some input first :)
PS.2 I know she can come as a tourist for 90 days and then try to find something, but she is reluctant to do so I'm afraid...