The number of international students living in Lisbon has skyrocketed in the past three years, as has the quality and quantity of the city’s student rooms.
Between its year-round sunshine, vibrant history and fantastic beaches, it isn’t hard to see why Lisbon is fast becoming a popular destination for international students. The cosmopolitan city is home to some of the world’s top higher education institutions, as well as an array of prestigious research centres and business hubs. There are now hundreds of complexes dotted across the city catering to this ever-growing influx of students, ranging from cheap and cheerful single-bedroom dorms to swish studios in resort-like complexes. We’ve rounded up five of the best student accommodations in Lisbon taking into consideration value for money, facilities and amenities, student reviews and location.
Beach residence near Lisbon
For beachside living, students will be hard-pressed to find a better deal than this modern seven-bedroom student complex in Paco de Acos. The house is located a short stroll from the train station, away from the hustle and bustle of the city but close enough to dip in and out of with ease. There’s a range of twin and single bedrooms to choose from, each kitted out with comfy beds, desks and some with private bathrooms. A sun-filled terrace is equipped with tables, chairs and loungers for al fresco dinners and drinks. Linen and towels are available for an extra cost.
From €550 per month. You can book this beach residence and 13 other student accommodations in Lisbon at the best available rates at Uniplaces.com.
Best known for its parks and punks, Alvalede is a popular residential area that frequently ranks as one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. This student accommodation complex is situated slap-bang in the heart of it. All bedrooms feature a comfy double bed with under-bed storage, a study area, a wardrobe, an en-suite bathroom and a living area with a fully-equipped kitchen, making it an ideal option for those looking for a little more privacy than you might find in your average dorm. There are plenty of communal spaces for socialising too, including a TV area, games room and rooftop terrace. Cleaning services are available weekly for rooms and daily for communal areas.
Praça de Alvalade, 9 / From €620 per month
Student residence in Lisbon
This colourful apartment block is located in trendy São Sebastião, close to the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. The four-floor building encompasses 19 bedrooms, as well as a one-bedroom flat for those who prefer privacy. Bedrooms are kitted out with single or double beds, a desk and ample storage space and some even boast a private balcony. Communal spaces – a well-equipped kitchen, dining room and living room – can be found on each floor. All bills are included in the price, as well as weekly cleaning services and weekly change of towels and bed linen. Popular student haunts like the Bairro Azul and Gulbenkian Foundation Garden are within spitting distance.
From €660 per month / More info at Uniplaces.com
Livensa Living Lisboa Cidade Universitaria
Located a few minutes walk from ISCTE, the Universidade de Lisboa and the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, students can practically roll out of bed to their lectures from Livensa Living. Students can choose from a range of rooms, from twin bedrooms to studios fitted with fully-equipped kitchens. All rooms come with an en-suite bathroom, ample storage space, a comfy desk and a TV too. But the real standout features are the impressive facilities, which include a state-of-the-art gym, a rooftop pool, private dining rooms, a games room and a cinema.
R. Sousa Lopes 51 / From €674 per month
Nido Living Campo Pequeno
Nido Living offers several student accommodations across the city, though Nido Campo Pequeno is the most centrally located. Students can choose from a range of stylish double rooms and studios, with access to shared social and study spaces and all-inclusive rent within a stone’s throw of the city’s top universities. Community is at the heart of the Nido Living experience and the team here runs regular events, from employability workshops to breakfast clubs to DJs and dancefloors. Common spaces are fitted with Sonos speakers, gaming rooms have the latest consoles and the gym and yoga rooms are kitted out with high-spec equipment to enhance students’ well-being.
R. da Escola Politécnica 38 / From €725 per month