The interest in studying in Lisbon by students is growing, which is reflected in the increase in rental prices. And it is that in the Portuguese capital you will be able to access high-quality education, as well as enjoy a very lively and fun student environment.
When looking for roommates in Lisbon, try to find those with similar habits or lifestyles as you. This way, it will be easy to avoid problems that usually arise from living together, such as if they invite many guests, if they smoke inside or if there are many parties. In Lisbon, you will be able to have roommates from different parts of the world, you can take the opportunity to learn from them and their traditions.
Here we mention some advantages and disadvantages of living in a shared flat in the Portuguese capital:
Life in Lisbon is very cheap compared to other European capitals. By sharing a flat you will be able to save a lot and take advantage of that money to enjoy the cultural offer of the city and travel to other parts of Portugal and Europe.
Portuguese are very close, open and friendly. If you live with local roommates you will be able to delve into the culture as much as possible and learn about their lifestyle and, why not, their gastronomy.
Many of the shared apartments are located in neighbourhoods full of students and with a very good atmosphere, such as Alameda, São Sebastião or Bairro Alto in Lisbon.
Most of the apartments do not have heating installed because in winter it is not so cold, so you will have to use radiators if you need them.
Many apartments are old and not in the best condition, as the owners do not live there.
Lisbon is known for being teeming with people, both tourists and locals. If you want to have your own space to rest from social environments, keep in mind that sharing a flat with an individual room will be great.
You can use different apps for Erasmus+ to find out about different aspects of the exchange. For example, the one created by the European Commission, which provides information on the procedures necessary to apply for mobility and to reach cities, on how to validate subjects, on different experiences and student recommendations, and on other services and discounts.
Enjoy the company of your flatmates and take the opportunity to share different activities with them, both inside and outside the apartment. You can also use the following ways to meet people in Lisbon:
Each of the university faculties usually has a student association with which you will be able to solve doubts or problems. In addition, in Lisbon, you will be able to form part of ESN Lisboa and the association called Erasmus Life Lisboa, with which you will be able to carry out different activities and affordable trips for students.
In the Facebook groups of the associations, you will be able to find out about all the activities they organize, such as sporting events (volleyball, basketball, soccer, surfing, etc.), international meals, parties, among others. You will also find groups that go according to the academic year, in which you will be able to connect with students who go to Lisbon at the same time as you.
In addition to the groups created specifically by students, in Lisbon, the associations have WhatsApp groups in which they keep young people updated on all the activities they organize. You can also take advantage of these groups to introduce yourself and find students with the same interests as you.
We give you some tips for living in the Portuguese capital:
Look at the location of your apartment and go to Google Maps to see if it is on one of the typical slopes of the city, to avoid any surprises upon your arrival.
If you are there in winter and it is cold, try to reach an agreement with your roommates about the use of heating so that the price of the bills does not increase too much.
Living in the centre of Lisbon means constantly being surrounded by students, locals and tourists. If you prefer a quieter place, consider surrounding neighbourhoods.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Lisbon?|
|The cost of a room in Lisbon usually starts at €100 per month, although the average cost is around €250-300 per month. In the case of shared apartments, the final price per person is usually in the same range.|
|Where to look for shared flats in Lisbon?|
|We recommend that you search on Erasmus Play, the comparator where you will be able to see the verified flats and rooms from multiple online platforms and websites. When you find the ideal accommodation for you, make the reservation quickly, completely safely and online, so others don't do it before you!|
|How to meet people in Lisbon?|
|The best way to meet other young people as soon as you arrive in the city is by sharing a flat because you will be in their company from the moment you arrive. You can also be part of Erasmus associations (such as ESN Lisboa and Erasmus Life Lisboa) and join Facebook and Whatsapp groups.|
|Why share a student flat in Lisbon?|
|Because it allows you to save on the cost of the monthly rental and invest that extra money in activities and trips to enjoy the experience more. It also makes everyday life more fun and allows you to share your experiences with students from different parts of Portugal and the world.|
|What should I know when entering a flatshare in Lisbon?|
|You have to find out what the lifestyle of your flatmates is, to know if they are compatible or similar. We also recommend that you find out what the general rules of the house are in terms of cleaning, visits, pets, smoking, parties, etc.|