Lisbon is a laid back city that likes to eat, drink and dance. Make the most of the awesome weather at the beaches, chilling at riverside cafés or sunbathing in the city’s gardens. From enjoying a few beers in the streets to crazy Erasmus events in bars and clubs, there are parties to go to every night. If you’re looking for student accommodation in town, you might want to start with the 5 most popular neighbourhoods in Lisbon for students.
Arroios is one of the neighbourhoods along Avenida Almirante Reis. It’s a residential, working class area with very spacious avenues, two of which are some of the city’s main arteries — Avenida Pascoal de Melo and Avenida Almirante Reis. Because of its central location, residential buildings and great public transport connectivity, it’s very popular with students.
If you love buying fresh produce, the Arroios Market offers fresh fish, flowers and fruit. It’s also a nice area for students attending Técnico University — a few minutes on foot will get you there. It’s usually also one stop away on the green metro line, but the Arroios metro station is currently closed for construction until 2019.
São Sebastião is part of the Avenidas Novas freguesia. Since it has great public transport connections to the city’s main universities, it’s not surprising to encounter a student in nearly every building in the area. Some places, such as Bairro Azul, are almost entirely occupied by students.
From São Sebastião metro station, you can reach NOVA University in 10-15 minutes on foot (it’s a bit of a climb); Técnico University is two stops away on the red line (stop in Alameda); and ISCTE and University of Lisbon are three and four stops away, respectively, with the red and yellow lines.
São Sebastião is also home to one of Lisbon’s oases: the Gulbenkian garden. It’s the perfect place to study and chill! There’s also the El Corte Inglés in Avenida Almirante Reis, a huge department store with 12 cinema rooms.
Alameda is another neighbourhood along the Avenida Almirante Reis. Its large and iconic avenue, named Alameda D. Afonso Henriques, gives this neighbourhood its name. Its most iconic feature is a very wide garden — it stretches from the steps of Técnico University’s main entrance to the Fonte Luminosa fountain, and has plenty of grass to take in Lisbon’s great weather and to practise a few sports.
The proximity to Técnico has made the streets alongside Alameda fill up with students seeking for an apartment near campus. However, both the green and red lines drop you off close to a lot of other universities in the city, such as the University of Lisbon in Cidade Universitária.
Students who live here, especially from Técnico, regularly flock to the Arco do Cego garden, right between Alameda and Saldanha. Grabbing a beer from the nearby cafés and chilling after classes is an essential tradition.
It used to be a no-go area and a feared neighbourhood filled with prostitution and drug trafficking not that long ago. Now, after undergoing construction and remodeling, Intendente is one of the hippest and coolest neighbourhoods in Lisbon. It’s no wonder students want to live here.
It isn’t as fancy as Chiado, typical like Alfama or as famous as Bairro Alto, but Intendente has a particular edge that appeals to designers, musicians and artists. It’s also home to one of the coolest bars/cafés in the city, Casa Independente, located in the neighbourhood’s main square, Largo do Intendente. Right in the centre of it there’s even a wrought-iron sculpture/small garden created by one the most world-renowned Portuguese artists, Joana Vasconcelos.
Intendente is yet another neighbourhood located on Avenida Almirante Reis. The almost 3km long avenue has five metro stations, all on the green line, including Intendente. It’s not particularly close to the city’s universities, but the great public transportation connections will take you to them in no time — you can change to the blue line in Baixa-Chiado, to the red line in Alameda, and to the yellow line in Campo Grande (this one is a little bit far away).
Saldanha is a neighbourhood in the city centre located between São Sebastião and Alameda. The Praça Duque de Saldanha, the neighbourhood’s main square, is one of those places always filled with heavy traffic, but the streets alongside it are pretty quiet and residential.
It’s one of those places that perfectly blends 20th and 21st century Lisbon — modern and old buildings effortlessly mingle side by side, as do small shopping centres like Atrium Saldanha and Monumental, and great restaurants and bakeries.
Its central location is very appealing to students, and although there are no universities in the immediate area, Saldanha’s red and yellow lines will take you to NOVA University in São Sebastião and University of Lisbon in Cidade Universitária. Living here is also the perfect excuse to have a beer in Arco do Cego garden!
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