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Living in Lisbon

Lisbon is the oldest capital in Europe, right after Athens, where the majority of all students in higher education in Portugal are studying. Culture, Sport and leisure spaces that converge in the city offer international students the full European experience: art galleries, cafes, museums, libraries, sports complexes, multiculturalism, in the unique architecture, the tours on foot or by public transport, and the gestures and words of the people that history taught to like to receive.

The passing centuries offer Lisbon more life, more youth, more light. It 's Lisbon's Fado, but also Lisbon's colors and festivals, its river, the Lisbon of long days and long nights. Lisbon is past, present and future.

 

The growing prestige of the universities in the Lisbon region is shown in numbers: about 10,000 foreign students are in Portugal to carry out a complete cycle of study (Bachelor, Masters and / or PhD), and there are about 3,500 students in mobility programs, especially under the Erasmus program.

The website Study in Lisbon is a partnership between the City of Lisbon and the city's universities and was released in 2015 with the objective of optimizing the university experience of students in the Portuguese capital. With Study in Lisbon, students who arrive in Lisbon can find answers to many of their questions, whether related to housing, scholarships or places to visit.

Lisbon is the safest large city in Europe, according to data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 2009; it is the European capital considered the safest according to the data from the Eurostat report in 2010. In terms of personal safety, it is considered one of the 50 safest cities in the world, according to Mercer report data - Quality of living worldwide city rankings 2016.

Portugal, in general, has low indicators of violent crime, being rated as the 13th safest country in the world, according to the 2015 Global Peace Index.

Security is undoubtedly one of the factors to consider when choosing Lisbon to study.

In recent years, the Municipality of Lisbon has been focusing on rehabilitation and upgrading of the most central areas of the city. These actions have accompanied the growing number of young people who reside in central Lisbon, with much of this young population being students - national and internacional -, in what is considered one of the best cities in the world to live.

Welcome to Lisbon!

 

Arrival

Aircraft Transports

Lisbon is between 2-3 hours from most European cities and a few hours away from North America and Brazil (6-8 hours). Lisbon International Airport is 7km from the city center.

For trips from the airport to the city center there are several options:

  • AeroBus: parts from the airport every 20 minutes between 7am and 21pm and every 30 minutes between 21pm and 23pm;
  • Metro: the airport station is about 15 minutes from the city center;
  • Local busesCarris is the largest network of urban transports in Lisbon and has several travel options from the airport to the city center. Buses 721, 722, 731, 744, 783, 791, 796, 705, 708, 745 operate between 6am and 9:30pm and bus 208 between 11pm and 4am. Information on the maximum size of baggage here.
  • Taxi: taxis are available 24 hours a day and the price of the trip from the airport to the city center varies between 10 and 15 euros.


Train transports

Students arriving by train from Lisbon can get off at the Oriente Station or Santa Apolonia Station, both just a few minutes from the historic city center.

More information:

CP - Comboios de Portugal

 

Transports in Lisbon

There is a vast network of public transport in Lisbon and you can choose from the bus, the subway, the elevator, the electric or the train, in the city or the suburbs.

The electric and bus tickets can be purchased at any sales outlet or inside buses, directly from the driver, at a higher rate. The metro tickets must be purchased at the respective stations. There are passes for bus travel / electric / metro valid for 30 days and rechargeable prepaid travel cards.

The Zapping card can be used as a multimodal ticket in the different city transport networks and suburbs, particularly in CP - Comboios de Portugal, Transtejo, Carris and Metropolitano de Lisboa. This rechargeable card can be purchased in retail outlets Transtejo, Carris, the Lisbon Metro stations, CTT and Payshop agents, charged with a minimum of € 1.80 and a maximum of 15 €, and the accumulated balance on the card cannot exceed 20€.

Carris, a public
transport company (bus and electric), covers the area of ​​the entire city of Lisbon. Most buses and electrics circulate between 6am and 11pm, while a night service that runs from 11pm to 4am. On the weekend services are substantially reduced.

Metropolitano de Lisboa is the easiest means of transport and the fastest for circulating in the city and runs between 6am and 1am.

More information:

Metropolitano de Lisboa
Carris – Transportes Públicos de Lisboa

 

Cost of Living

Lisbon is one of the cheapest cities in the European Union. The Portuguese capital occupies the 2nd and 6th place among the 35 cities that make up the ranking prepared by Cushman & Wakefield in the years 2010 and 2011, respectively.

In the table below are the prices of some products consumed daily so students from FCSH / NOVA can have a sense of the cost of living in Portugal.

 

Product

Preço

Daily Newspaper

1,10€

Movie ticket

Entre 3€ e 6,50€

Metro ticket

1,40€

Bus ticket Carris

1,80€

Electric Ticket Carris

2,85€

Full meal in an average restaurant

6€

Full meal in the cafeteria of SASNOVA, located on the campus of FCSH / NOVA 2,50€

1 Coffee

0,60€

1 Coca-Cola (33cl)

0,90€

1 Beer

0,85€

Photocopy (page A4)

0,05€

 

The table below is an average monthly budget:
Expenditures
Average price
Accommodation 200 / 275€
Food 150€ / 200€
Transport
35€

 

Coin

The Euro is the official currency of Portugal since the 1st of January 1999, although it was introduced as actual currency in January 2002. 1 euro is divided into 100 cents. For the new coins, eight denominations, were defined 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and 1 and 2 euros. The notes have the following values: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500.

More information:

Currency converter Bank of Portugal

 

Accommodation

The housing supply in the center of Lisbon is vast, there are several opportunities for those who want to settle in the city. The NCRI – Centre for Cooperation and International Relations, Study in Lisbon e a Student Association of the NOVA FCSH (AEFCSH) can help with finding a room or an apartment.

The Social Welfare Services of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (SASNOVA) currently have three university residences, with a total of 452 beds for use by university students.

 

University Residences

Alfredo de Sousa Residence

Campus de Campolide, P 1099-032 Lisboa

Telefone: 00 351 21 386 70 00

 

Fraústo da Silva Residence

Azinhaga da Chanoca

2825-144 Caparica

Telefone: 00 351 21 294 50 00

 

Lumiar Residence

Rua Rainha D. Luísa de Gusmão, 3, P

1600-003 Lisboa

Telefone: 00 351 21 754 36 60

 

Note: not always the number of places is sufficient to meet the needs of students from the University NOVA Lisbon. Thus, it is suggested to the students to contact the NCRI – Centre for Cooperation and International Relations and ask for details regarding accommodation.

 

Contacts:

Social Welfare Services of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (SASNOVA)

NCRI – Centre for Cooperation and International Relations

Student Association of the NOVA FCSH (AEFCSH)

Study in Lisbon

 

Short Stays

If there's need for accommodation for a short period, hostels in Lisbon are an economical and enjoyable solution. Students can also use one of the two Youth Hostels in Lisbon.

Lisbon Youth Hostel
R. Andrade Corvo, 46, P 1050-009 Lisboa
Telefone: +351 21 353 26 96
E-mail: lisboa@movijovem.pt

Parque das Nações Youth Hostel
R. de Moscavide, 47, P 1998-011 Lisboa
Telefone: +351 21 892 08 90
E-mail: lisboaparque@movijovem.pt

 

Schedules:

Open: Weekdays - from 9am to 1pm and 3pm to 7pm , but some shops remain open during the lunch hour. On Saturdays, business closes at 1pm, although some shops in city centers remain open in the afternoon. In shopping centers, opening hours are longer, usually from 10am to midnight.

Banks: open from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 3pm.

Pharmacies: Weekdays: 9am / 1pm and 3pm / 7pm. Saturday: from 9am to 1pm. All pharmacies, when they are closed, have directions to the nearest pharmacy where service is open 24 hours a day. More information on Service Pharmacies in Lisbon.

Mail: Post offices are open from 9am to 6pm on weekdays. The central stations and the Airport are open on Saturdays.

Electricity

Electric current: 230/400 volts at a frequency of 50 hertz. The sockets follow European standards. The use of blades (American standard) must be combined with a 230-volt transformer and also an adapter plug.

*Illustration of the Portuguese electrical outlet

 

Climate

In Lisbon, the winter is mild and the summer is hot, but more moderate due to its proximity to the sea. Spring and fall often register sunny days with mild temperatures.

Average Values

JAN/MAR

APR/JUNE

JULY/SEPT

OCT/DEC

Air

 

ºC

17.1

21.8

26.3

17.2

ºF

62.8

71.2

79.3

53.0

Sea

 

ºC

14.9

17.5

19.5

16.1

ºF

58.8

63.5

67.1

60.0

 

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