Where to live in Lisbon? Best Neighborhoods in Lisbon

Accommodation and Neighborhoods in Lisbon

If you have ever thought of moving to a city in Europe, you may have thought of the city of Lisbon at some point. Not only is Lisbon the best city in Portugal, but it is also one of the best in the whole continent. It has a warm atmosphere, nearby beaches, and many cafes. It also offers a wide range of universities and institutes for students, and the nightlife is very active. So now let’s get to know the best neighborhoods of this beautiful city.

The best neighborhoods in Lisbon have been cataloged in recent years thanks to the great student demand from university students. These are surrounded by different areas of the city, but they ensure that any place in Lisbon is good to live in, let’s see which the best are.

Admiral Reis

Almirantes Reis is not only one of the main avenues of the city, but it is also one of the most multicultural and its rental prices are very low. Very close to this avenue are the Intendente and Arrojos neighborhoods, two of the most eloquent and full of Portuguese culture. This area is very sought after by university students as it is close to several universities.

São Sebastião

Here we can also see a large number of students, as rents are usually cheaper and there are many coffees where you can share and spend unforgettable moments. Moreover, it is one of the most demanded neighborhoods, as it is very well connected with the rest of the city through buses, subway, and trolleys.

Near São Sebastião is the brand new Benfica Student Housing with high-quality private suites and amazing common areas such as cinema room, fitness room, library and outside garden!

Marquês de Pombal

If you are an entrepreneur and want to get ahead in your work area, then this is the neighborhood for you. Marquês de Pombal is where the greatest business activity in the whole city is concentrated. Rents here can be relatively high, which is why students prefer to look for other areas near Arroios and Pena.

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Santos, Bica and Bairro Alto

These three neighborhoods are neighbors of each other and it is one of the largest university communities in Lisbon. First of all, there is Santos, where the bars and discos are the protagonists, but when the sun comes out everything is very quiet. Then there is Bica, a colorful neighborhood where you can also enjoy a good nightlife, but during the day you can feel an implacable tranquility. And Bairro Alto, one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city, is known for being the place where the biggest university parties take place in Lisbon.

Transports in Lisbon

In Lisbon, there are many ways of getting around, and one of the most popular is the options that leave from the port. However, in order to be between neighborhoods and different areas of the city there is a public river transport network. Among them is the Transtejo that connects the southern part of the city with the northern part.

There is also a railway network with nine lines and more than 110 stations. Among its main stations are Oriente, Casi do Sodré, Entrecampos, Rossio, and Santa Apolónia.

And another option to move is the city’s trams. A classic means of transport in the city. With their characteristic yellow color, they go through different districts of the city, even going up to the hills.

Lisbon Tourist Attractions

Whether you are a student, a businessman, or even retired, you should consider visiting and getting to know the following Lisbon attractions to get a better understanding of where you will be living.

Terreiro do Paço

If you move to Lisbon you may come or at least pass through this square frequently. This is the Plaza del Comercio, a square with a neoclassical style that gives a unique view of the river Tagus. If you want to take a boat ride you can have a better view of the city and the river.

Tower of Belém

The famous Belém Tower is perhaps the most important building in Lisbon and Europe. Not only can you admire the stone vaults made more than 100 years ago. It is really a work of art worth admiring. You can also take advantage of eating the famous cakes in one of the bakeries around it.

Monastery of the Hieronymites

Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Lisbon gives its inhabitants and tourists one of the most architectural buildings in Europe. In this building, you can see the reflection of the richness of the Portuguese Crown, and the great ingenuity that D. Manuel I and Diogo de Boitaca had to carry out such an impressive work.


Design and Fashion Museum

The MUDE, Museum of Design and Fashion is another place you should visit when you go out to see the city. It is located in the lower part of the famous Rua Augusta street. Here you can find more than 2000 objects that redefined fashion in the 20th and 21st centuries. Thanks to everything in this museum and the impact it generates, Lisbon has positioned itself as one of the new cities of design.


If you want to feel like a real Lisboner then you should visit Chiado. In this place, you will be so fascinated that we are sure you will not go just once, but many times. In Chiado, you will find many of the best restaurants in the city, shops, Portuguese sidewalks, churches, and the ones that are never missing, cafes.

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Garden

Finally, in this small guide, we want to introduce you to a small portion of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s garden. It is a garden with more than 7 hectares, in which you can appreciate not only natural spaces but also a lot of local cultures, leisure, spiritual peace, and beauty. This garden is the largest oasis in Lisbon, a place where there is a beautiful lake surrounded by vegetation unique to Portugal. You can also appreciate other natural species combined with statues, scenarios for different activities, and trails that lead to great adventures.

Universities of Lisbon

As we have mentioned before, Lisbon is very attractive for students from different parts of the world, both for Erasmus and independent students. University life in Lisbon is not only one of the best but also one of the most entertaining. Among the best universities in the city are the following.

  • University of Lisbon
  • Technical University of Lisbon
  • Nova University of Lisbon

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