Every year, this Portuguese city increases the number of Erasmus students who choose it for an exchange, both thanks to its lively student atmosphere and the possibility of reaching the beaches of the Algarve in about an hour by public transport.
As we receive more and more students, the search for accommodation in Faro tends to be more complicated. If living in a shared apartment is your preferred option, we recommend that you start your search as soon as possible to be able to choose one that has all the characteristics that are important to you. Surely you enjoy living with roommates from different parts of the world!
We tell you what are some of the pros and cons of living in shared flats in the Portuguese city:
Accommodations are usually found in neighbourhoods that are convenient for young people, both close to the centre and the most popular entertainment venues, as well as to the different campuses of the University of the Algarve.
In the student residences, you will be able to choose between single and shared rooms (between 2 or 3 people).
If one of your roommates is Portuguese, you will meet a friendly and fun person. Also, take the opportunity to learn the local language and a little more about its traditions!
The demand for shared flats is very high, so it can be difficult to find a room that has all the important details for you. Make sure to start the search as soon as possible.
You will have to reach an agreement with your roommates about the use of air conditioning in summer so that the utility bills do not rise too much.
There are some apps that you can use to make your exchange process as smooth as possible. In these apps for Erasmus+, you will be able to access a lot of useful information, including instructions for procedures, paperwork and advice from other young people. One of the tips given by students from previous years is that you take the opportunity to buy a bicycle and save on transportation costs, especially to go to the beach and avoid the bus ticket. You will save a lot!
Here are some of the ways you have to interact with other students in the city in the south of Portugal:
The association in which the most international students can meet is the ESN Algarve. In it, you will be able to enjoy numerous activities at the same time as you meet other young people who are in the same situation as you. You will also be able to take part in the Erasmus National Meeting of ESN Portugal, in which students from all over the country meet for four days to enjoy activities together.
There are several Facebook groups for Erasmus that you can join to connect with other students, such as some that are organized according to the academic cycle. You can also join the one for the ESN Algarve, where you can see the calendar with all the activities you can join, including picnics, international dinners, language exchanges, and affordable trips to other places in Portugal like Tavira, and the beach.
In the WhatsApp groups that you can join, you will connect with other students, and you can talk with them instantaneously. In these groups, you will also be able to propose the plans that you want to make to find other young people who want to join, such as touring Faro or going to the beach.
These are some tips to keep in mind when living in shared flats in the Portuguese city:
If you want to avoid the cost of public transport to get to the university campuses, you should look where you are going to go. The Gambelas Campus is the one that is farthest from the city centre, about 5 kilometres away, in the neighbourhood with the same name.
Take advantage of your stay in Faro to visit all the beaches in the area, not just those that are closer to the city. For example, you can go to Ilha Deserta, Ilha de Culatra and Ilha de Faro.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Faro?|
|In general, the average cost of a room in a shared apartment is around €370 per month, although it can be more expensive or cheaper depending on the characteristics it has.|
|How to find roommates in Faro?|
|Search for online communities like Erasmus Play, where you can also compare the different options of verified shared flats that are available.|
|How to meet people in Faro?|
|Coming to this city for Erasmus, you will be able to join different groups on Facebook and Whatsapp to meet other international students. You can also be part of the events and activities planned by ESN Algarve and ESN Portugal, integrating with other young people.|
|Share a flat or live alone in Faro?|
|Sharing a flat will make your student budget more affordable, so you will have more money to enjoy the wide range of activities that you have at your disposal. Also, it allows you to share the experience up close with your flatmates, which makes it more fun.|
|How to choose ideal roommates in Faro?|
|If you want to delve into the local culture, it's a good idea to have one of your roommates be Portuguese. However, you surely live in a multicultural environment and the ideal would be that everyone's lifestyles are relatively compatible.|