Located in the northern area of Lisbon, near "Cidade Universitária" - which houses the various faculties of the state-run oldest university in Lisbon, the University of Lisbon -, the National Library and the University Stadium, it extends over an area of 37,000 m². To the north of the campus a further area of around 12,000 m² is yet to be developed.
It can be reached by underground, several bus routes, car, bicycle, on foot.
As is usual in Portugal, students do not live on campus. A high percentage of the nearly 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students are residents of the Greater Lisbon area. They commute daily to attend classes.
However, UCP has one female hall of residence (RUF), outside the campus but close to it (a ten-minute walk).
The campus comprises three buildings interspersed with green spaces and parking lots.
The central building of the campus, called Edifício da Biblioteca Universitária João Paulo II, houses among others the main University Library, several research and post-graduate institutes, the Rector's office, the university's support services, the chapel, the bookshop and the stationery shop, as well as a Congress Centre (Centro de Congressos and Auditório Cardeal Medeiros).