When you arrive in a new country to start your Erasmus experience, it is an amazing feeling. However, when you start searching for your second home, it can be tricky sometimes. On this page, you can find all the tips, information and suggestions to find your perfect place and to start in the best way possible the greatest experience of your life.
The University of Coimbra has a lot of residences available for you, with very good prices. But the spots are limited, so we advise you to start looking as soon as possible. You can take a look at our Accommodation Map (down bellow) to see all the Residences locations, informations, photos and prices. For more information about the University of Coimbra Residences - Address: Rua Oliveira Matos, 27, 3000-305 Coimbra | GPS: 40.20842, -8.42114 | Contact: +351 239 101 282 | Web: https://www.uc.pt/sasuc/Alojamento | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org |
Rooms and Apartments
The most common type of accommodation for students in the city centre is renting a room in an apartment or in a private residence. You rent a room (individual or shared) and share the common areas with other students or residents. With this type of accommodation, you can get very good prices and meet a lot of new people. You also have a lot of apartments that you can rent just for yourself, or for one or two more people that you want to share with.
Remember that living with new people can be a very enriching experience, and it also can be a good chance to learn more about your host country or many others, by trading experiences, sharing culture, cooking together, and much more.
You can find all the information about some rooms and apartments to rent down bellow, on our Accommodation Map. There you can find the location, photos from the room and the apartment as well, and also the main points of the city.
The Accommodation Map
The Accommodation Map is a map created by ESN Coimbra Team with information about Rooms and Apartments available to rent around Coimbra City. All the information was given to us by the landlords themselves.
If you have any room or apartment available to rent and want to be promoted on our map or housing lists, just fill the form and we will update them as soon as possible: https://bit.ly/30QscKY
Tips, Information and Suggestions
Price Range: The normal price for a room in the city centre should go from 200€ to 300€, for a mid-sized room with a window. If someone is asking more than that for a room in bad conditions, far away from the centre, too small or without a window, you should think twice before taking it.
Contract: It is relatively common for owners to rent their apartments without a contract. This is illegal. A contract makes the renting arrangement legal and you will have some protection if some issue comes up. We encourage you to look for rooms with a contract. Ask the owner for a contract or some written document as proof of the housing arrangement.
Payments: Do not send large amounts of money to an unverified source, try to gather as much information about the owner as you can, or use verified portals like Uniplaces to avoid any problems. Ask for pictures of the house, information on flatmates, and check the address on Google Maps. Do not make payments by hand, it is better if you make payments by bank to keep some track.
Sources: It is normal to be on a rush when you are house hunting, and you want to save as much money as possible. But be careful to not be tricked. If you feel that something is not completely right about a house offer, always try to use a verified portal and pay the service fee. (For example Uniplaces.) Facebook groups can be a good resource to find a house. However, be careful and don't just take a stranger's word unless they give you the actual contact with the owner. We advise you to:
- Come earlier, check-in a hostel (for example the Penedo da Saudade Hostel) for a few days and start the house hunting in person,
- Use a verified Portal like Uniplaces
- Check our Accommodation map with a lot of information about Rooms and Apartments around Coimbra.
Conditions: You must check some main conditions before taking any housing offer. For example:
- Check if the room has a window - It is illegal, according to Portuguese law, to rent out rooms without windows.
- Check about the heating, especially if you will stay in the city during the winter, to know if you should buy a portable heater, an extra blanket, or put some extra sweater in your suitcase.
- Check what does the price includes. Get a clear picture of what is included in the price. Normally you have an all-inclusive monthly rent for your room or room and expenses.
- Check if there is also cleaning service for the apartment and whether it includes only shared spaces or all the house.
- Check the number of flatmates. The bigger the apartment the more noisy it can be, however, this should be compensated in the price.
- Check the number of bathrooms and check all the restrictions of the owner. Sometimes the landlords are quite strict in letting you bring visitors to your house or having animals as well. Check this before renting a house, especially if you are planning to have a lot of visits during the semesters.
Uniplaces is the fastest-growing online platform helping students around the world to find a home in Europe and has already booked more than 7 million nights in over 30 European cities. The online booking process makes it possible for students to safely rent from local landlords. Thanks to quality photos and detailed descriptions, Uniplaces makes sure students have all the information they need to make a safe and informed decision without the need of flying over weeks in advance. Uniplaces is creating the ideal rental experience for everyone and has its sights firmly set on becoming the number one mid- to long-term accommodation platform in the world.
You can get a 25% Discount on Uniplaces service fee by using the promotional code: ESNCOIMBRA.