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Best neighbourhoods to live in Lisbon

May 7, 2024
Guest blogger

If there is one thing we understand, it’s the importance of your student accommodation towards your general student experience. What’s more, we know a huge factor is your student home’s location. You want to live in one of the best neighborhoods, one that’s just as perfect for you as your residence. If this is you, let us guide you through Lisbon’s best neighborhoods for students! 

#1: Marquês de Pombal 

Definitely one of the best neighborhoods for students, it’s very, very popular with international students. Marquês de Pombal is known among the locals as the central business district of the city and also as a major transportation hub. With two metro lines crossing here, and something like 20 different bus lines to catch, you’re always just a shot away from any place in the city. During the day, catch the sun up in the Eduardo VII gardens and after nightfall head down to the Kiosk-bars of Av. da Liberdade for drinks with your friends. There are many student residences nearby, including several that are Erasmus exclusive.

#2: Bairro Alto 

An Erasmus favorite! If you don’t want to have to go to parties, but prefer the parties to come to you, rent a room in the Bairro Alto. From Thursday to Saturday, the crowds fill up every one of the tiny bars here and spill out onto the streets. Thankfully, it’s quiet enough during the day, so you can party as much as you want throughout the night and then spend your mornings taking it easy inside. Friendly warning, you guys: Bairro is for party-animals only. Check out our student apartments and studios in Bairro Alto. 

#3: Alameda 

The large avenue (Alameda d. Afonso Henriques) that gives this area its name has a very wide garden with plenty of places for taking in Lisbon’s great weather and a kiosk-bar where you can have one of the coldest — and cheapest — glasses of beer to cool off. The streets to the sides 

of Alameda have plenty of student flat shares that are popular with Portuguese students, especially students of Instituto Superior Técnico (- called IST, or Técnico, for short). Click the link if you want to check out some student shared apartments in Alameda. 

#4: São Sebastião & Saldanha 

The neighbourhoods of São Sebatião and Saldanha are between three of the main universities of Lisbon: Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Nova), Universidade Católica de Portugal (Católica) and Técnico. It is not surprising, then, that you will find a student in nearly every building of the area. Some places like Bairro Azul are almost entirely occupied by students. It has great transportation options, the Gulbenkian Foundation with its museum, library and gardens (useful whether you feel like art, a stroll or some study time) and El Corte Inglés, the huge department store that also has over 12 cinema rooms. Click the links if you want to browse for student apartments in Saldanha or to rent student accommodation in São Sebastião. 

#5: Alfama 

Alfama is not only the historical quarters of Lisbon, it’s the city’s heart and soul. This is a personal favourite of mine — the neighbourhood where I have always lived. You’ll find there is nothing more charming than Alfama’s crazy, maze-like streets, and there is no better way of taking in the city’s culture than getting lost here. At night, you can hear Lisbon’s traditional music, Fado, being sung from a hundred little restaurants. Houses and apartments are traditionally rather small and hundreds of years old, but some studios and apartments have been recently refurbished and make the perfect student homes to live in. Interested? Click the link to see student accommodation in Alfama.

Thanks for reading this post! We hope to see you soon, coming back for more. 

Whatever city you’re keen to move to, you’ll find a whole host of accommodation options including studios, private bedrooms, apartments, and shared bedrooms at Uniplaces. You can also check out Uniplaces city guides to find out more about the city you’re looking to move to and discover more tips about moving home as a student at Uniplaces Stories.

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