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Living Costs (in €)

Living expenses vary according to personal lifestyle and choice of housing. On average, 625,00 € per month is required to face the basic expenses:

Expenses Price in Euros
Accommodation 350,00/400,00
Meals 200,00/250,00
Transportation 50,00
Leisure 50,00/75,00
University (books, etc.) 25,00
TOTAL 675,00 minimum


There are several students’ canteen facilities placed at main Universities where lunch or dinner is served for about 2,40 € (updated every year) per meal.

The timetable is:

  • Lunch  – from 11:30 to 14:30
  • Dinner – from 18:00 to 20:30

Other meals can be obtained in the various snack bars available where full meals should cost around 5,00 €. There are some fast food restaurants near Alameda, Saldanha or Chiado (downtown) as well as many low-priced restaurants.

Breakfast, in Portugal, normally takes place between 07:00 and 10:00 and consists of milk and/or coffee and toast or bread. In Portugal coffee is normally “espresso” type, called “bica” in Lisbon or “cimbalino” in Porto. Lunch is usually a full meal, including soup, fish or meat and dessert, with a coffee at the end. Most people have lunch between 12:00 and 15:00. Around 17:00, most people have a light snack and a coffee or milk. Dinner is also a full meal, like lunch, served between 20:00 and 22:00.

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