Upon your arrival in our city, the most important step you need to take is to find a place to live in for the next few months. Here you can read some information about the real estate market in Porto along with som info about where you can stay until you find permanent housing.
Ask for help to a Portuguese buddy!
- ESN PORTO BUDDY PROGRAM
You should register for towards being given a Portuguese Buddy. BuddyPorto is a project created by ESN Porto, a group of volunteer students who work to aid the integration of exchange students in Porto. BuddyPorto works on the principle of "students helping students", and basically consists of having a local student helping you when you come to the city. That person can pick you up at the airport, help you find a place to live, show you the University, etc.
You can read more about the Buddy System HERE!
Arriving in Porto without Accommodation:
Normally Erasmus come to Porto without a permanent place to live, however you shouldn't arrive without temporary accommodation. ESN has partnerships with some hostels in order to help you in the first few days or weeks in Porto, such as Nice way Hostel. For more information go to our website. Normally it takes about 2-3 days to find a house.
Here are some general tips regarding accommodation in Porto
Private houses: Porto’s real estate market is a little bit different from most European cities, as most Portuguese don’t live in downtown Porto. This is good news for erasmus students, because this means renting houses in downtown Porto becomes cheaper, and since most Erasmus parties and bars are located there, generally, Erasmus studentes choose this area to live.
Prices vary depending on the place and conditions of the house: 200€-250€ are the “regular” prices for a room in Porto. You should clarify with your landlord what exactly you are paying for. Usually, renting prices don’t include gas, electricity or internet.
Places to find Adds on the internet:
http://www.bquarto.pt/porto/quarto_porto (Requires registration)
http://www.easyquarto.com.pt/ (login required - you can do it with facebook)
http://www.spru.pt/ (Private students residence)
When you arrive in porto:
Normally faculties have a wall where students post adds for houses up for rent near that faculty, so you should also try to go to your student association.
What can ESN do to help you?
We understand that your Portuguese isn’t the best upon your arrival and some landlords don’t speak English, so if you’re having communication issues, you can always pass by the ESN office and we’ll contact them for you. Also if you've already found a place but need someone to share the house with, leave your contact at our office and we’ll help you find someone.
Regarding Landlords and contracts:
Most landlords won't ask you to sign a contract, nevertheless it is very difficult to rent an house for less than 10 months. Also most people won't rent you the house without meeting you in person. It’s not uncommon for Portuguese landlords to ask for 2 month's rent in advance, the standard is one month, some will also ask you for a deposit that will be returned if you don't damage to the house.
If you have any doubts or questions don't hesitate to contact us, we will try our best to help you.
Good luck! :)
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