Information that will make your stay at ULisboa, Lisbon and Portugal easier.
The average prices when living in Lisbon are:
Room rental: 300 to 450€/month (Expenses such as power and water supply possibly not included.)
Studio or apartment rental: 450 TO 600€/month
Public transportation pass: 35€/month (bus and metro)
Museum/monuments ticket: 2 to 15€
Cinema ticket: 6.5€
Theatre, concert, opera or ballet tickets: 20 to 75€
National Minimum Wage: 557€/month
Students from all Member States of the European Union (EU) must have a valid ID card. European Union citizens staying in Portugal for longer than 90 days, should request a residence card from the Immigration and Borders Service (SEF) within 3 months after their arrival. All EU citizens are entitled to this card, which is valid for one year and can be extended annually.
All students that are non-EU citizens must obtain a study visa from the Portuguese Consulate located in their home country prior to traveling to Portugal.
In order to have a student visa granted, an acceptance letter from the ULisboa School of choice is necessary. The study visa is only valid for the expected duration of the study period, and/or up to one year.
It is recommended that the request for the study visa at the Portuguese Consulate is made at least two months in advance, prior to the date of arrival in Lisbon.
It is suggested that students carry with them an entry record (Declaration of Entry), for the first three days after their arrival in Portugal.
It is recommended that all exchange students both EU and non-EU citizens are always in possession of their identification documents.
Under the terms of the Schengen Agreement for border-free travel amongst people within the Schengen area, students in possession of a visa from a Schengen State do not need to obtain another visa.
Immigration and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras – SEF)
Regional Directorate for Lisbon, Tagus Valley and the Alentejo
Av. António Augusto de Aguiar, 20
Phone: +351 213 585 500
Fax: +351 213 144 053
Office hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 3pm
Decentralized Bureau at Laranjeiras
Rua Abranches Ferrão, 10 – Edifício Atlanta II
Tel.: +351 707 241 107
Fax: +351 217 231 300
Office hours: Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 7.30pm | Saturday from 9am to 3pm
Decentralized Bureau - Study in Lisbon Lounge
Praça Carlos Fabião, Lote 3, Escritório 3
Office hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm to 5 pm
Entry into Portugal requires no vaccination unless students are from a geographical area of risk.
Students from EU countries should obtain the European Health Insurance Card in their country of origin prior to traveling to Portugal. The European Health Insurance Card gives access to the Portuguese public health system (National Health Service).
Students who are not European Union citizens must obtain a valid private health insurance for the period of their mobility, as a copy of the insurance policy will be demanded in order to enroll at an ULisboa School. It is recommended that when contracting the insurance, students have prior knowledge of the terms, conditions and coverage provided for the Portuguese territory.
Additionally, mobility students attending ULisboa Schools are covered by a School Insurance, which is exclusive for accidents taking place during their school activities related to the university.
Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa) has 19 residences for students in Lisbon.
Every semester, the ULisboa Student Support Services sets aside vacancies in their Student Halls of Residence for foreign students studying at the University under the Mobility Programs.
To apply for a vacancy, foreign students participating in these programs should:
– E-mail the application to the International Relations/Erasmus Office of the School they will attend at ULisboa;
– This request must be made after the acceptance of the study period has been confirmed;
– If the student is assigned an accommodation under the above conditions, he or she shall be informed of all the procedures to be followed.
The ULisboa Student Halls of Residence are not free, as the stay is subject to the payment of a monthly fee, which is set annually.
ULisboa has 9 Dining Halls, seating a total of 3178 people.
There are 3 dishes available daily: regular, diet (upon previous request) and lacto-ovo vegetarian.
A full meal includes: soup, main dish, bread, desert/fruit/yogurt and a beverage (water, fountain juice or tea).
Other than serving meals, the Dinning Halls can also be used to study and provide internet connections and Wi-fi.
The current prices for meals are:
| Higher Education Students – 1st and 2nd cycles and Integrated Masters: 2.65 € (charged on a specific payment card);
| Higher Education Students – 1st and 2nd cycles and Integrated Masters: 3.00 € (paid in cash);
| Post-graduation and 3rd cycle Students: 3.80 €;
| Other Students: 4.00 €;
| ULlisboa Staff 4.10 €;
| Others, as long as they are authorized by the ULisboa Student Support Services: 4.80 €
Within primary healthcare, ULisboa provides medical appointments for general practice and other medical specialties.
Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa) offers various foreign languages courses, as well as Portuguese Language Courses for foreigners.
The focus on integration and promotion of cultural diversity is an important aspect of education at ULisboa. That is why language courses are structured to promote learning that includes a cultural dimension. Contact your School for more information about the courses and the study environment.
Portuguese courses for foreigners at ULisboa:
| Portuguese as a Foreign Language at the Institute of Portuguese Language and Culture of the School of Arts and Humanities
| Intensive English Language Course at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences
| September English Language Course at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences
| English Language Course at the Institute of Social and Political Sciences
The foreign language courses organized by ULisboa are of German, French, Hungarian, Chinese (Mandarin), Arab, Greek, English, Persian, Catalan, Hebrew, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, Hindi, Japanese and Russian.
| B-ON Library
| ULisboa Card (Access to Student Support Services, University Stadium of Lisbon, Caleidoscópio, Dining Halls, etc.)
| University E-mail
| Academic Portals
| Wi-fi on every Campus
| Microsoft and Google Services for Education
There are advantages in several areas for the Cartão Jovem EYC (EURO <29) holder. The main ones are discounts in cinema, music festivals, travel, pousadas da juventude (youth inns), sport events, museums, monuments, shops/stores, among others.
Membership is for young people with ages between 12 and 29 and costs only 10€. It expires after 1 year and can be renewed annually. To join, one need only provide a photograph, a copy of an ID card or passport, and fill-in a form with personal details. This information can be turned in at pousadas da juventude (youth inns), Lojas Ponto JA at the Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude (Portuguese Institute for Sports and Youth), the Postal Offices and Abreu travel agencies.
In order to open a bank account, one can choose any bank agency and bring over the following documents:
| VAT number
| Proof of residence
| Proof of enrollment
| Proof of income
Banks are open to the public from 8.30am to 3.00pm, during weekdays. The national ATM network is called MB – Multibanco – and it allows for cash withdrawal 24h /day.
Overall, post offices are open from Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 06.00pm. The central offices and those at airports have extended opening hours and may be open on Saturdays and, in some cases, also on Sundays.
Usually pharmacies are open to the public on weekdays between 9.00am and 07.00pm (some close for lunch between 1.00pm and 3:00pm) and on Saturdays from 9.00am to 01.00pm, having an illuminated green cross when on service overnight.
Traditionally, shops are open from Monday to Friday, between 9.00/10.00am and closing at 07.00pm. Some take lunch breaks from 1.00pm to 3.00pm. On Saturdays, normally they close at 1.00pm, although some shops in the city centers are open in the afternoon as well.
The numerous shopping centers have a longer working period – usually from 10.00am to midnight, every day of the week.
At public pay-phones you can use coins or special cards sold in shops, at post offices and in some kiosks (advertised on the spot).
The three networks that offer this service – MEO, Vodafone and NOS – have roaming agreements with most international companies, and provide good signal coverage throughout the country. At international airports there are mobile phone shops where you can rent equipment or purchase SIM cards that you can use on your device.
Paid Internet access is available in some cafes and various hotels and public spaces like Airports, Conference Centres, Restaurants, Service Areas and Shopping Centres. Wi-Fi areas are available and duly indicated, from where you can access wireless Internet, many times for free.
Healthcare and Hospitals:
| National Emergency Number: 112
| Health Line 24: 808 24 24 24
| Santa Maria: + 351 217 805 000
| S. Francisco Xavier: + 351 210 431 000
| S. José: + 351 218 841 000
| S. António dos Capuchos: + 351 213 136 300
| Curry Cabral: + 351 217 924 200
| Santa Marta: + 351 213 594 000
Poisoning: 808 250 143
Firefighters Lisbon: 808 215 215
Taxis (Radiotaxis): + 351 218 119 000
| PSP: + 351 218 111 000
| GNR: + 351 213 217 000
National Information Service: 1820