UPT does not provide housing for students. Before student’s arrival, the IRO may give advice in the search for accommodation.
For the first days in Porto, it is recommended to book a room in a youth hostel, if you decide to search in loco:
But what is really advisable is to book a room/apartment before arriving.
http://www.spru.pt/ - individual studios
http://studathome.com/ - couple of former Erasmus in Porto willing to help
http://erasmusu.com/pt/erasmus-porto - you have to sign up to contact the majority of landlords
www.uniplaces.com (to get promotion give the code UP) you have to sign up to make the contact with all landlords.Use the promo code PORTUCALENSE10 to get 10% of discount on the booking charge.
Travelling upon arrival
The easiest and cheapest way to get from Porto airport to the city center is to take the metro (en.metrodoporto.pt). Line E (Purple) connects airport station to Porto city center. "Trindade" station, in downtown, makes connection with all lines. The title (andante) required for travelling is Z4. It takes about 30 minutes and the single fare is €1.95. For the first time, you need to buy the card (reusable and rechargeable) that costs €0,60.
UPT has got a canteen opened from 12 am to 2 pm. The whole meal (soup, main dish-meat or fish- dessert, bread and water or juice) costs approximately 4.00 EUR. Just opposite the Portucalense University building you will find the shopping center Campus S. João which has a food court, opened from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Cost of living
Room in a shared apartment: from 200€ to 300€ (within this range most include bills)
Most of the times an accommodation guarantee deposit of 1 month of rent will be asked, that you will get back in the end of stay.
Food and beverage:
Roll of bread: 0.17€
Milk (1l): 0,65€
Rice (1kg): 0,80€
Chicken breast (boneless, skinless): 4€ (300 gr.)
Oranges (1kg): 1,15€
Meal, inexpensive restaurant 6€
Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant - 30€
Transports: approx. 25 € (for a Z2 Andante monthly pass)
Self-service laundry: wash 3,5€, dry 1,30€
University-related costs: For Erasmus students do not exist except UPT’s Library fines.