Living in Braga

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The city

Braga is the birthplace of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, whose first campus was created in this city in 1967. Braga enjoys a dynamic and innovative spirit, with a high percentage of young population (about 46%).

Built over 2,000 years ago, this city combines antiquity with knowledge, thanks to the work and research of visionary professionals and entrepreneurs who add immeasurable value to its companies and universities.

Braga is one of Portugal’s most religious cities, boasting some of the earliest national monuments, such as the Monastery of Tibães, which is the oldest national cathedral and the motherhouse of the Benedictine Order. Adittionally, the Cathedral of Braga, the Sameiro Sanctuary and the Raio Palace are among some of its other renowned monuments.

The city offers a rich gastronomy, following the tradition of the older generations, being cod the favorite dish. The influences received from other cultures over the centuries explain the multiplicity of gastronomic specialties. The universities in the city create a diversity, vitality and youthful atmosphere during the school year.

Thanks to Braga's large student population, there are plenty of late night bars and dance clubs, with options for every taste.

As a result of its cultural, social, political and economic initiatives, Braga was awarded the titles of ‘European Youth Capital’ in 2012, UNESCO’s ‘Creative City’ in 2017 and was elected in 2018 as ‘European City of Sport".

 

Cost of living 

On average, a student will spend around €500 monthly.

Accommodation 

Room in flatshare: starting at €200

One-bedroom apartment: €318.89/month (approx. value)

Transportation

Monthly travel pass: €32 (approx. value)

Food

Restaurant meal: around €5/main course

Supermarket expenditure: approx. €160/month

 

Local events

‘Enterro da Gata’ Academic Festivities (May)

The ‘Enterro da Gata’ opens with a serenade and is followed by seven nights of festivities at the Alameda do Estádio Municipal de Braga, including concerts and celebrations which mark the end of academic life. The ‘Gata’ (cat) symbolises academic failure, therefore the ‘Enterro da Gata’ celebrates ‘the burial of the cat’.

São João (24 June)

The celebrations around the birth of St. John the Baptist are among the most popular and traditional in Portugal, and have as their centrepiece the chapel of São João da Ponte. These festivities comprise a rich and varied programming, including folk music and folk dancing, artistic lighting and fireworks.

Braga Romana (Roman Braga - June)

During this festivity, a Roman market is recreated in the historic centre of the city, including a stage for processions, circus performances, theatre, and war reenactments.

TERRA-Traditional Music Festival (late August)

This festival aims to promote traditional music through music and dance concerts, and other activities for all ages.