Coimbra is the university city of excellence in Portugal, making it perfect for living as a student, whatever your preference of living environment might be. You can choose both the urban area of the centre and natural areas located a little towards the outskirts of the city.
Keep in mind that, during the school year, the university population almost meets the population of the city, with a large flow of students arriving. This makes finding a flat difficult and there is a lot of competition. Search with the housing platform of Erasmus Play and start as soon as possible! That way you will be able to find your ideal accommodation more simply.
We tell you what are some of the most outstanding characteristics of sharing a flat in this Portuguese city:
You will feel welcome from the beginning, especially if one of your roommates is local. They are generally very friendly, calm and kind people.
The cost of living in a shared flat is usually very cheap, being usually cheaper than living in Lisbon and Porto. You will be able to take advantage of that extra money to visit these cities that are just a few hours away by public transport.
Living in a shared apartment gives you much more freedom and independence compared to living in a residence, for example in terms of schedules and rules.
Some apartments can be old and a bit neglected, as it happens in several cities throughout the country.
Ask your roommates about the use of air conditioning and heating so you don't get surprises when summer or winter arrives. Remember that some people prefer not to use them, especially when it comes to air conditioning.
Most shared apartments are located in uptown areas/neighbourhoods of Coimbra. This city is characterized by having many slopes/ramps so be prepared to exercise every day going up and down.
There are several apps for Erasmus+ that you will be able to use before, during and after your exchange. With them, you will have access to information and instructions to carry out certain procedures and paperwork necessary for Erasmus. You will also be able to read experiences, advice, news and other information of interest about the destination, such as the typical gastronomy that you have to try, which includes cod, some cheeses and cream cakes.
Here we tell you what are some of the ways you have to meet people in Coimbra. Remember that one of the best things you can do is share a flat, so you will be in contact with your colleagues as soon as you arrive in the city.
Most of the faculties of the University of Coimbra have an association from which different activities are organized in which you will be able to participate. You will also find the Erasmus Social Network (ESN Coimbra), which organizes parties, events in bars and other social activities to achieve the integration of Erasmus.
Most of the groups that you will find on Facebook are created by ESN Coimbra and are differentiated according to the academic year, although you will also find groups from other organizations. In all of them, you will be able to see the different events and activities that are being organized for students in Coimbra.
Normally, WhatsApp groups or other messaging apps are created from Facebook groups and associations. Take advantage of them to find other students with interests similar to yours and organize plans on your own, as well as to request information or help with whatever you need.
Keep these tips in mind when looking for a shared flat in the Portuguese city:
Determine if expenses are included in the price (water, gas, electricity, internet, etc.) In some cases, they are not and some owners can take advantage of it and collect more at the end of the month.
In May, the Queima das Fitas or Burning of the Ribbons is celebrated for a week. It is the most popular student celebration that marks the end of the career for the students of the last year. During these parties, which usually last a week, the streets of the city are full of students, music and events.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Coimbra?|
|On average, the cost of a room in a shared apartment in this Portuguese city is around €200-250 per month. You can also rent an apartment and choose your roommates yourself. These usually range from €600 and up.|
|How to meet people in Coimbra?|
|Surely your roommates will become some of the closest people during Erasmus. You can also join student associations, Facebook and WhatsApp groups.|
|What to ask before entering a flatshare in Coimbra?|
|You have to find out if the cost of the services is included in the price that appears in the housing ads. It is also convenient to make clear the basic rules of the house, such as cleanliness, schedules, visits, smoking, etc.|
|How to choose ideal roommates in Coimbra?|
|Ideally, all roommates' lifestyles should be compatible or similar, such as when it comes to nights out and schedules. Also, if you want to learn the language you can look for local partners and practice with them.|
|What are the best apps to find roommates in Coimbra?|
|There are several apps/websites that you can use. One of them is Erasmus Play, in which you will be able to search for single and shared rooms in verified apartments shared with other students.|