Are you attracted to the idea of having the experience of living on an island? Madeira is chosen by a large number of international students every year, especially those who like to enjoy nature and adventure. On this Portuguese island, you will be able to enjoy city life in its capital, Funchal, and the rest of the parks, beaches and cliffs that it has.
Although life in Madeira is usually quite cheap, students often choose to live in shared flats to save on rent and enjoy the experience more. Your flatmates will surely become some of your closest Erasmus friends!
We tell you what are some of the most outstanding aspects of living in shared flats on the Portuguese island:
You will find shared apartmenfts in convenient areas near the University of Madeira, in neighbourhoods such as the centre of Funchal, São Roque, São Martinho and Santo António.
If any of your classmates are Portuguese, take the opportunity to delve deeper into the local culture and learn the language!
Some apartments may have access to facilities such as a swimming pool or terrace with beautiful sea views.
Some rooms are part of hotel complexes and do not have access to a kitchen, so you will have to go out to eat every night.
If you choose to live in a shared room, you will not have any space to yourself, but you will have to share the common areas of the apartment.
Within the useful information provided by the Apps for Erasmus+ that you have at your disposal, you will find instructions for certain procedures that you have to do and also advice from students from previous years. For example, young people want you to keep in mind that most of the nightlife is in the city centre, in the Zona Velha, so you have to decide if you prefer your accommodation to be close to the busiest entertainment areas. or from the university.
The following are some of the ways you have to meet people on the Portuguese island, in addition to making friends with your flatmates:
The Erasmus Student Network has the ESN Madeira, with which you will be able to enjoy the best of the island at the same time as you meet other exchange students. Some of the activities you can join are boat trips, international dinners, Funchal city tours, and visits to museums such as the Casa-Museo Frederico de Freitas, among others.
Most of the Facebook groups that you will find are created by ESN Madeira. They are usually divided according to the academic year and in all of them, you will be able to see the calendar of planned activities and photos of those that have already taken place.
Surely you will find groups on Whatsapp or Telegram that you can join. We recommend that you do so since in them you will be able to introduce yourself, share who you are, where you come from and your interests. That way you will be able to be more directly connected with other young people and you can organize plans on your own to enjoy the island to the fullest.
Keep these tips in mind when living in shared flats in Funchal and the rest of the island:
You will have the opportunity to choose between single spare rooms and shared rooms, so you have to decide if you want to have your own space inside the apartment or if you prefer to save even more on the cost of rent and share with another student.
If you are in Madeira in spring, you will be able to enjoy the colour and fun of the Flower Festival. During the days that the festival lasts, the municipality of Funchal is filled with flowers, dances, parades, music and other fun shows.
|How much does a shared flat cost in Madeira?|
|Generally, the price of a spare room in a shared apartment on this Portuguese island is around €250-300 per month. However, the cost may be lower or higher depending on the characteristics it has and the location of the flat.|
|How to find roommates in Madeira?|
|We recommend that you do it in online communities such as Erasmus Play since there you will be able to choose between the available and verified rooms in shared flats.|
|How to meet people in Madeira?|
|One of the best ways is to join ESN Madeira, so you can meet other Erasmus students who are in the city. You can also join the Facebook, Whatsapp and Telegram groups that are available.|
|What are the advantages of sharing a flat in Madeira?|
|The two main advantages are: easily befriending other students and saving on the cost of rent, taking advantage of that extra money to be able to enjoy even more of everything the island has to offer.|
|How to choose ideal roommates in Madeira?|
|Students from previous years say that the best thing you can do is live with roommates who are of different nationalities, to learn about different cultures and practice Portuguese or the language in which you communicate with each other.|