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Student accommodation near the University of Coimbra

Flats, rooms and residences near the UC

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Called in Portuguese "Universidade de Coimbra", the University of Coimbra is among the most demanded universities in Portugal. This wonderful city welcomes thousands of Erasmus students every year from different parts of the world, because it is not a very big city and it is charming. In addition, the historic campus of this institution was chosen as a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Due to the number of students who choose Coimbra as their university destination every year, we recommend that, if you are looking for accommodation near the University of Coimbra, you do it with plenty of time in advance to be able to choose the ideal one for you more easily.

Flats and rooms for students near the UC

No matter which area you choose to find accommodation, Coimbra is a city with many slopes, and you will have to go up and down through them daily. We give you some information, so you can find accommodation near the institution in a convenient area for you:

Where is the University of Coimbra located?

It is divided into three campuses, called “polos”, and the Faculty of Economics, which is in a building on Avenida Dias da Silva. In addition, the UC sports areas are in Campo de Santa Cruz, on the other side of the Mondego River.

Polo I - Alta Universitária

This is the main campus of the UC, located in the centre of the city, right next to the famous San Sebastián Aqueduct and the Botanical Garden. If you are one of the lucky people who study in the upper area of ​​the UC, you will soon discover the famous "Escadas Monumentais", since you will have to climb its 150 steps every day.

Among the faculties found here are those:

  • Law
  • Letters and Psychology
  • Sciences and Technology

Polo II - Pole of Engineering

Located south of the historic town of Coimbra, in the neighbourhood of Pinhal de Marrocos.

Here is where the classes of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology are taught, including the departments of:

  • Informatic Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Polo III - Polo of Health Sciences

This campus is located north of the centre of Coimbra, in the area called Celas. Here are all the departments of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, in addition to the research laboratories of these subjects.

Best neighbourhoods to live in near UC

The following are some of the best neighbourhoods you can consider:

São Bartolomeu

This neighbourhood is ideal if you are looking for accommodation near Polo I - Alta Universitária and the leisure areas most frequented by students. You will also have easy access to the banks of the Mondego River to walk or exercise outdoors.

Bairro Sousa Pinto

This area of ​​the city is ideal whether you are going to Polo III of Health Sciences as well as the Faculty of Economics and even Polo I. Also, here is the Praça da República, the square where students usually meet in the afternoons and evenings to have a drink.

Alto de São João

This area is more residential and is south of the city centre. It is very convenient if you want to live near Polo II, the Engineering Pole, which is a few minutes away walking. Here, there are also several affordable restaurants for students, but you have to take into account that you will be much further away from the entertainment venues preferred by young people.

Student residences near the UC

In this Portuguese city, you will find a wide variety of private residences from which you can choose, so it is very probable that you will find one that is located near the UC campus you are going to. Likewise, the university offers places in their residences that are organised by SASUC, “Social Services of the University of Coimbra”. You will surely find the ideal one for you to be able to live in a residence near your campus if that is your ideal type of accommodation.

Erasmus in the University of Coimbra

We recommend that you take into account the following information during your mobility:

  • The institution allows international students to do a Portuguese course before arriving, called OLS, and you can also access a semester course called “Portuguese Language Erasmus”.
  • If you are going to be at UC during the first weeks of March, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Cultural Week of the University of Coimbra. During this week there are many theatre, film, dance, music and other types of art events and shows.

FAQ about the University of Coimbra

What campuses does the UC have?

The campuses of this institution are called “Polos" and there are three of them: Polo I of the Alta Universitária area, Polo II of Engineering and Pole III of Health Sciences. Apart from that is the building of the Faculty of Economics and the Campo de Santa Cruz sports area.    

What are the best neighbourhoods to live in near the University of Coimbra?

This depends on which of the three university “Polos” you are going to. For example, for Polo I, you can consider the neighbourhoods of São Bartolomeu and Bairro Sousa Pinto. The latter is also close to Polo III and the Faculty of Economics. For its part, in Alto de São João you will be close to Polo II, dedicated to Engineering.

What’s near the University of Coimbra?

Most of the faculties are located near the centre of Coimbra, so they are close to the most frequented places of interest, both by students and tourists. In addition, many young people take advantage of the good weather to enjoy walks along the Mondego River.

How much does student housing cost near the University of Coimbra?

The cost of rooms near the institution usually ranges from €140 and up, although the average cost is around €350 per month, approximately.

Which are the best Apps for Erasmus students at the UC?

From Erasmus Play, we provide you with our app, in which you will be able to easily choose the accommodation near the UC that is ideal for you, as well as connect with other students who are going to be in Coimbra at the same time as you.