Lisbon offers a wide variety of accommodation for students from university hall of residences to apartments and rooms. Financial resources, length of stay and the nature of the course to attend will contribute to the decision on the choice of accommodation.
The most important universities have halls of residence, managed by the Social Action Service “Serviços de Ação Social – SAS”) of every institution, albeit with limited capacity. Like the Portuguese students, international students are eligible for accommodation in university residences and applications have to be submitted to the university where you will study.
Alternatively, you can rent an apartment or room based on the many options offered by the private rental market. Many students search for an apartment to share with other students, including a room for their own and sharing kitchen and bathroom, among other services.
The conditions for the stay at an accommodation vary and, therefore, during the search, you must make all the appropriate questions (eg, the contract duration, if they are available internet access, laundry, telephone, TV, etc.).
For more information: Contact the university you are applying, which usually provides information on apartments and rooms available in the relevant geographic area (this way, you’ll find an accommodation contacting directly the owner of the room/apartment)
While the rooms in shared apartments and student hall of residences are a more affordable option, a complete apartment accommodation will be a more expensive solution (above 250 € on average).
If you can not find accommodation before arriving in Lisbon, the city offers hostels which are considered the best in the world in international rankings and where you can stay until you find a hall of residence, apartment or room.
In either option, Lisbon offers accommodation tailored to the tastes and possibilities of each one.