Choosing accommodation with perfect conditions is a time-consuming process and should be done calmly and thoughtfully. If you are looking for a room for students in Lisbon but you still have doubts about which option is best for you, read on.
Rooms for students in Lisbon: the best option for you
There are some points to consider before you start looking for accommodation.
1. One of them is your budget, since the cost of living in Lisbon can be a little high.
2. Another variable to take into account is the location. Where is your college? Where would you like to live? The best neighborhood for students in the capital will depend a lot on your preferences and needs.
3. Last but not least, think about your personality traits and your preferences. Do you like being in your corner more or do you love being around people? Do you see socializing with other students as a high priority or do you value privacy more? Isn’t having to worry about household chores the best that can happen to you or is it indifferent to you?
Evaluate all these details well and then yes, start looking for a room in Lisbon. What is the best option? A student room in an apartment or residence? We will help you.
1. Room in a Student Residence
There are two types of student residences in Lisbon: public and private.
Public student residences belong to the State and are managed by Universities. However, getting a place in these residences is not easy since they are limited and most of the public student residences are destined to those who have a scholarship or to students of international exchange programs – such as Erasmus.
Private student residences are full of advantages and one of them is being able to opt for total privacy whenever you want.
A good example of private accommodation for students is the Collegiate Marquês de Pombal residence. In addition to rooms for modern and well-equipped students with everything you need for your day-to-day life (including a small kitchenette), you have a gym, swimming pool, living and study areas and even a laundry room.
If you want a place to live that gives you maximum comfort without having to spend a lot of money, this is the best option for you.
2. Student room in an Apartment
A student apartment in Lisbon can be a good option. If you know more people who are currently looking for a home and available to share expenses, talk to them and start looking now.
But, as in the search for any other type of accommodation, it is important that everyone talk before starting the search, to align expectations and avoid disagreements. Living in a shared space – even with people we know well – can be complicated and often also results in a lack of privacy and independence. So think carefully before making the decision to share a home.
The prices of apartments in Lisbon can vary a lot depending on the location, the number of rooms, the age and the condition of the property.
Location is one of the most important variables. If you all study at the same college, it is easier to choose a location that allows you to avoid public transport. However, if this is not the case, take a map and a compass and see which radius is most advantageous for everyone. However, getting everyone to win equally will not be easy.
3. A Private Apartment?
Living alone is the dream for a lot of young people. However, even studying and working at the same time, it can be challenging to pay for an apartment alone in Lisbon.
The radical change of your parents’ house to an empty apartment can bring you moments of deep loneliness and sadness. In addition, it will not allow you to meet many people and will automatically distance you from socializing with other students, moments that can help make this phase easier and more enjoyable for you.
However, if you have already decided that this is exactly what you want for yourself and if you have that possibility, we advise you to start the search as soon as possible. The Portuguese capital population is growing rapidly and there are really good opportunities to fly from one day to the next.
As we told you before, the first step – or the most important – is to make an assessment of your monthly budget. How much can you spend per month? How much money do you need to have a comfortable life?
After that, think about your preferences and schedule visits without obligation. The earlier you do it, the more chances you have of getting a good deal.
We hope we have helped you decide whether it is better to rent a student room in a university residence or in an apartment. We wait for you with open arms at Collegiate AC.