Living in Lisbon

Cidade de Lisboa Imagem Turística Terreiro do Paço


The city

Lisbon is a mild-weathered city, with an average of 290 days of sunshine per year. The famous ‘city of the seven hills’ extends over hillsides and down to the Tagus river, offering great scenery from its many viewpoints, some of which are located within historic buildings.

Recent archaeological discoveries show that the city was visited by the Phoenicians around 1200 B.C. Some of its tourist attractions include monuments such as the Castle of São Jorge, Lisbon’s See, the Tower of Belém, the Jerónimos Monastery, the Terreiro do Paço Square and the ‘Baixa’ downtown area.

Among other activities, Lisbon offers water sports, both on the Tagus river and on the beaches of its South bank and the Estoril Coast. Its gastronomy will delight the most demanding of foodies, with its ‘pastéis de nata,’ in particular, being renowned worldwide. The city has an energetic nightlife, in the bars of Bairro Alto and Cais do Sodré, or in its numerous nightclubs, many of which are situated along the banks of the Tagus. For a quieter, more traditional evening, attending a performance of Fado, which was added to UNESCO’s list of the World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2011, is highly recommended.

This global city is one of Europe’s main economic hubs. Lisbon is the ninth city in the world in terms of the number of international conferences hosted and in 2015 it received the European Entrepreneurial Region award. It 2018 it received the following awards: Best European Destination’; ‘Best City Destination’ in Europe; ‘Best European Cruise Port’ as well as ‘European Green Capital’.

Living costs

On average, a student will spend around €650 monthly.



From €300/month


Supermarket and sundry expenditures: approx. €180/month

Cafeteria Meals: €4,50


Metro ticket: €1,50

Carris/Metro: €6,40 (daily ticket)

Monthly travel pass: From €12 to €40

Taxis start at €3.25; if shared, the fare cost per person may be cheaper than an individual public transport ticket.

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Local Events

Music festivals (June-August)

The warm weather ushers in numerous outdoor music festivals, with options for all tastes, from festivals headlined by world-famous artists, such as NOS Alive, Super Bock-Super Rock and Rock in Rio, to thematic festivals such as Sumol Summer Fest and Musa, both taking place on the outskirts of Lisbon.

Feasts of the Patron Saints (June)

In the traditional neighbourhoods of Lisbon, from the Castle area to the Mouraria, the evenings are enlivened during this festival, with plenty of music and dancing to the refrains of traditional Lisbon songs. The streets are adorned with garlands and the air is filled with the aromas of grilled sardines and basil. The feast day of Santo António, 13 June, is a municipal holiday, and the evening of 12 June is host to the lively festivities in these neighbourhoods.