Porto is a city with spirit and character. Although it’s a small city compared to Lisbon, studying in Porto is all about living and loving that work-hard, party-hard spirit. The locals are welcoming, the sights are breathtaking, and there’s a nice spot for every student. Check out the 5 most popular neighbourhoods in Porto:
While it’s not the prettiest neighbourhood in Porto, Paranhos is very popular amongst students because it’s where most of Universidade do Porto and Politécnico do Porto’s faculties are located, such as the Engineering and Medicine faculties, and the Education and Nursing schools.
The best part about Paranhos is its excellent connection to the city centre — any stop on the yellow line takes you directly to Aliados, São Bento, and Ribeira in minutes. If you prefer to stick around the neighbourhood, have a juicy francesinha at Yuko — open six days a week until 2am.
Bonfim is a residential district and it’s very close to the city centre. It’s perfect for students who study at the Faculdade de Belas Artes (Faculty of Fine Arts).
The neighbourhood has two really nice parks — the Jardim do Campo 24 de Agosto and Jardim de São Lázaro. Both are great for a stroll and a bite to eat in one of the many cafés and restaurants. The latter is right by the Faculty of Fine Arts and Porto’s main library — but if you prefer to study outside, a nice 15-minute walk will take you directly to the Ribeira and the Douro River.
Cedofeita is a residential area and an up-and-coming district close to the city centre. It’s also considered to be Porto’s art district, especially Rua Miguel de Bombarda — a street filled with art everywhere you turn, from the contemporary art galleries to murals on the actual street.
It’s a great area to hang out with friends — go for a quiz night, karaoke or a jam session at Breyner or enjoy a craft beer at Catraio. While there are no universities in the area, you can easily reach Pólo Universitário with all of Universidade do Porto’s main universities and Universidade Fernando Pessoa in Paranhos — simply take the yellow line at Faria Guimarães and stop at Pólo Universitário.
Although a bit far from the centre, Campanhã is a residential district and popular amongst student for the low rent prices. It’s also where Estação de Campanhã, Porto’s main train station, is located.
For sports fans, Campanhã is home to Porto’s main football team, FC Porto. The district is also home to one of the prettiest churches in the city, the Igreja de Santa Maria de Campanhã. The district is very well-connected with the metro (lines A, B, C, E and F) and the railway — it’s where the main intercity trains depart from and head to Aveiro, Coimbra or Lisbon, to name a few.
If you love the ocean, Ramalde is one of the closest districts you can live in. It’s also ideal for students who study at IPAM, ISAG, Porto Business School, and the Catholic University.
It’s close to the city’s second largest football stadium, Estádio do Bessa, home to Boavista FC. It’s also close to Porto’s main shopping centre, Norteshopping; to the Serralves Museum; and to Parque da Cidade, where the NOS Primavera Sound festival takes place every year.
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