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Welcome Are you ready to have the time of your life? Because it might feel scary going to live in a new country, probably with a different language, making new friends, but all of it is worth it! In the end all you will want to do is go back to the start and do it all over again! At ESN Lisboa we work to make all of the experience even better for you. Our main focus is to make you feel at home, in our home, Lisboa!


Let’s make your mobility period in Lisboa the greatest experience you’ll have! We want to welcome you to Lisboa, your new home! WELCOME TO ERASMUS!

Beatriz Lamy, Francisco Pereira, Pedro Pinto da Costa, Ivo Rosário, Sara Lourenço Your ESN Lisboa Board page 1


First things first

What’s in this guide? page 2

Pre-departure kit

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About the city

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City areas

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How things work

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Accommodation

28

Transport

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Cost of living

36

How to have a great Erasmus

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Almost local

Getting comfy ESN Events

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Around Portugal

64

Culture in Lisbon

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Around Lisbon

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Sports

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Beaches

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Nightlife

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Other sights

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Eating out

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Yearly events

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Parks & viewpoints

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And after...

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Shopping

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About us

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Where to study

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Useful contacts

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1 getting started A Lisbon 101 for your first days in town


Pre-departure Erasmus kit 3 months advance

look for a

house

September and January are packed with incoming students looking for accommodation. The earlier you can start searching, the better! The simplest option is booking through an agency like Uniplaces. You can also check some online portals to have an idea about the prices (more on page 34)

before arriving

connect with

students

If you follow our social media you can join our groups for Erasmus students, to talk to more incoming students and figure out what’s going on in town.

Erasmus Student Network Lisboa

@esnlisboa


getting started 2 months advance

2 months advance

check the

ask for a

Remember to check your Learning Agreement and your courses in your incoming university.

Buddies are locals who like to show their city to incoming students and help you out with the questions you may have.

paperwork

local buddy

before arrival (online) / at our Office and Welcome Days

get your

ESNcard Your ESNcard is not only a valid international student ID: it’s your passport to tons of local and international discounts. The ESNcard lasts for a year and you can use it to get discounts in surf classes, a bus company, beer, Ryanair, and much more. You can also use it back home after your Erasmus ends.

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About the city

Legend says that Lisbon was founded

When you walk around the streets of

Wether is by getting lost in the streets

by the Greek hero Ulysses, who

Lisbon you will see remains of all of

of Bairro Alto, soaking in the sunsets

named it ‘Olissipo’. Since then, Lisbon

those groups that settled on the side

by the riverside, or riding the waves

has been home to the Lusitan tribes,

of the Tagus river. Today, Lisbon is a

in Caparica, you will find the charm

the Romans, the Muslims and the

vibrant city that is becoming a tourist

of this city hard to forget!

Christians, until today.

and business center.

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3 million population of Lisbon & surroundings

15,000 students (including Erasmus+) international

Santo Antonio is the patron of the city

‘alfacinha’

or ‘little lettuce’ a nickname for Lisbon’s people

fado

traditional music played in tascas

Benfica & Sporting

1755

Year of the earthquake that destroyed half of the city

1998

Year of the earthquake that destroyed half of the city

2017 Portugal won Eurovision!

Lisbon’s main football teams

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Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto, ‘high neighbourhood’ is the first nightlife destination during the night, and a calm neighbourhood during the day

Transports ·Yellow metro line (Rato) ·Green metro line (Baixa) ·Bus 758, 759, 736 ·Tram 24E, Elevador da Glória

Bairro Alto is one of Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods of the city center; it was once home to taverns and the press industry. Today, after the sun goes down, it is home to the young students! In Bairro you will be able to go through pubs of all types and sizes, playing everything from reggaetón to indie hits. You will also spot plenty of Portuguese people gathering for dinners, beers, or ‘rally-tascas’.

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WHAT TO DO HERE

MIRADOURO DE SÃO PEDRO DE ALCÂNTARA

BAIRRO ALTO STREETS

ALFACE HALL

This viewpoint offers a panoramic of

The labyrinth-like streets of Bairro

Enjoy some nice concerts in this

the River, the Baixa area, the Castle

are full of bars, tiny souvenir shops

venue located just across Convento da

and the Alfama hills.

and colorful banners.

Trindade.

APOLO XIII BAR

BAR DO ESTEVES

THE ESN OFFICE

In the heart of the Erasmus Corner

The Erasmus Pack is a big classic of

At our office you can get an ESNcard,

you will find the best Erasmus bar.

the Bairro Alto nighlife. What is it? Go

sign up for our events and chat with

Don’t forget to order a Sardine shot

and order one to figure out!

us among other things!

with the ESNers.

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Baixa Chiado

The Baixa Chiado area is very popular among turists, with its grid-like streets and large avenues.

Transport ·Green metro line ·Blue metro line ·Buses 711, 709, 736, 782 ·Tram 15E, 18E, 24E, 25E

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In 1755, a huge tsunami-turnt-earthquake destroyed most of the Lisbon center. Reconstruction was undertaken by nobleman Sebastião José de Carvalho e Mello, known simply as the Marquês of Pombal, who ordered the design the wide avenues of the Baixa Area in a grid shape and following modern urbanism laws. Today, Baixa Chiado is a commerce and tourism center.


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WHAT TO DO HERE

PRAÇA DO COMÉRCIO

ELEVADOR DA BICA

PRAÇA DO ROSSIO

This majestic square faces the Tagus

The street of this lift is one of the

Also known as Praça D. Pedro IV,

river and used to be the location of a

traditional postcard views of Lisbon.

you can wander around the many

palace before the earthquake.

It’s also a very popular spot during the

shops, check the theatre or catch the

Santos Populares’ parties.

nightbus here.

LARGO DE CAMÕ ES

MIRADOURO SANTA CATARINA

VISIT PESSOA

This square has a statue dedicated

After the Largo de Camões you can get

Fernando Pessoa, the Portuguese

to a major Portuguese poet and is a

to this viewpoint, always filled with

poet, is waiting for you to go take a

central spot of downtown Lisbon.

music and young people.

selfie with him at Café A Brasileira.

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Cais do Sodré, Santos and Alcântara

Heading West from the Cais Sodré station you will find this two areas, with a few attractions of their own

Transports ·Green metro line ·Blue metro line ·Bus 732, 727 ·Tram 18E, 25E, 28E

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The Cais Sodré area and the riverside up to the 25 of April bridge are generally called Santos, although they belong to the freguesia of Estrela. A lot of years ago, the area had a low reputation, with burdels frequented by sailors. Today Santos is a real hot spot because of the many pubs, restaurants, and companies moving to the riverside.


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WHAT TO DO HERE

THE RIVERSIDE

25 OF APRIL BRIDGE

LX FACTORY

The Ribeira das Naus is a promenade

Don’t skip on a visit to the bridge’s

Midway from Belêm you can find the

by the Tagus river that is just about

end and Docas. You can also catch a

super trendy LX Factory, an industrial

perfect to catch the sunset.

boat and go see the city from another

looking space that hosts a market, a

perspective.

library, shops and bars.

PINK STREET

LOUNGE BAR

SOL E PESCA

Pink Street is the place to go out,

This pub has a lot of different DJ sets

This bar looks like an old fishermen’s

specially after Bairro Alto shuts down.

and its popular among locals.

shop and is popular for serving

Check the Pensão Amor, Jamaica or

seafood petiscos coming from cans!

Tokyo pubs.

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Alfama & Castelo

Alfama and the Castle area are some of the oldest surviving neighbourhoods of the city.

Transports ·Buses 759, 735, 728 ·Trams 12E, 15E, 25E, 28E

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There’s a famous fado about Lisbon that goes ‘in the Castelo, I put an elbow; in Alfama, I rest my sight’. This two neighbourhoods, suspended above the rest of the city, survived the 1755 earthquake, making them some of the oldest parts of Lisbon. This postcard-looking area is famous for its viewpoints.


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WHAT TO DO HERE

THE VIEWPOINTS

CASTELO SÃO JORGE

CHAPITÔ

Alfama and Castelo are located on top

Overlooking the city are the remains

Chapitô is both a restaurant and a

of one of the (many) hills of the city.

of this castle that belonged to the

circus school. You can also enjoy

This means you can find amazing

Romans, the Visigods, the Moorish

some really good views while sitting

viewpoints (‘miradouros’) like Portas

and the Christians overtime.

on their terrace.

do Sol or Graça.

SANTOS POPULARES PARTIES

HEAR SOME FADO

FUNDAÇÃO SARAMAGO

Alfama is the best bairro to enjoy

Alfama and Graça are filled with little

The ‘Casa dos bicos’ is a funny

Santos parties,

celebrations

tascas where you can hear real fado.

looking building, close to Terreiro

honoring Santo Antonio, the patron

Locals will tell you that if you pay for

do Paço, dedicated to the writer José

of the city, in June.

a ticket, it’s a tourist trap!

Saramago.

the

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Intendente

Intendente and the Avenida Almirante Reis are a multicultural part of the city, filled with bars and many restaurants

Transports ·Green metro line ·Buses 723, 708 ·Trams 12E, 15E, 28E

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Perhaps Lisboetas wouldn’t recommend this area 15 years ago, but today the Avenida Almirante Reis and the surrounding areas (Arroios, Anjos, Intendente, Martim Moniz) are sought to by many visitors, because of its internatinoal vibe and diverse hangouts.


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WHAT TO DO HERE

MIRADOURO SENHORA DO MONTE

JARDIM DO TOREL

This view is worth the climb

This urban garden is a very chill

everytime. It is one of the top

place, with a different view of Lisbon

viewpoints in the city.

and the river, a bar, and a calm vibe.

INTERNATIONAL FOOD

DRINKS AT INTENDENTE

Intendente and Arroios are some

The Intendente square and the

of the most multicultural areas of

surrounding bars are always filled

the city-and so are the restaurants.

with people drinking beer in the

Nepalese, Nigerian, Chinese food...?

evenings.

You can find it here.

MOURARIA

MARTIM MONIZ SQ.

The Mouraria neighbourhood is in

This square hosts many markets and

the fringe between Baixa, Intendente

street festivals. You can also grab the

and Castelo. If you wander around you

tram up to Alfama here, or go up some

will find many nice spots in this tiny

bars with great views like Topo.

streets.

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Avenidas Novas

Up the Marquês de Pombal roundabout you will find one of the most bourgeois districts of the city.

Transports ·Yellow metro line ·Blue metro line ·Buses 727, 716, 736 ·Tram 24E

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North of the Marquês de Pombal roundabout you can find Avenidas Novas, a business and residential area that also has many campuses (and students). Different from the downtown, that is more tourist-focused, here you will find busy officemen and women having lunch on the many restaurants at noon, or students having a beer after class in Arco do Cego.


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WHAT TO DO HERE

PARQUE EDUARDO VII

GULBENKIAN FOUNDATION

CAMPO GRANDE CAMPUS

The Parque Eduardo VII is placed on

This park & museum are definetely

Campo Grande has a lot of faculties

a slope, and has a view of Avenida da

worth the visit. In the spring and

and a lot of after hours activities.

Liberdade until the river.

summer the Gulbenkian orchestra’s

Check the ‘Arraiais’ of the ‘Semana

musicians play in the garden.

Académica’.

GALETO

SEE A FILM AT CULTURGEST

ARCO DO CEGO

Galeto is one of the most traditional

Culturgest is a hotspot for many

Arco do Cego is a favorite hangout for

restaurants in the city. After you can

cinema festivals and exhibitions.

local students where you can drink

cross the street and grab dessert on

Students usually get discounts.

cheap beer after class.

Pastelaria Versailles.

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Belém

Belém is filled with monuments, crunchy pasteis and good museums.

Transports ·Cascais train line ·Buses 729, 724, 728 ·Tram 15E

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Back in the day, the Portuguese sailed the world, crossed the tip of Africa, reached the Far East, and brought back many wonders from overseas. This period (XVI century) was called ‘The Age of Discoveries’. King Manuel I ordered large monuments to be built with the treasures brought from far away.


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WHAT TO DO HERE

MOSTEIRO DOS JERÓNIMOS A

PADRÃO DOS DESCOBRIMENTOS

TORRE DE BELÉM

super important monument in

This tower is dedicated to the many

The Belém Tower was used as a

Portuguese history. This monastery

adventurous sailors that dared to

defense spot, a prison, and a customs

was built to celebrate the return from

cross the ocean. If you go up the

office.

India of sailor Vasco da Gama.

elevator, you have a great view of the Tagus river and the bridge.

JARDIM BOTÂNICO TROPICAL

CCB/MAAT

PASTEIS DE BELÉM

This garden has a lot of exotic

Belém is not only about the Age

Legend has it that some monks were

species brought from the Portuguese

of Discoveries: there’s plenty of

the first preparing this delicious

overseas colonies.

contemporary art as well in this two

pastry that is now famous all across

museums.

the world.

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Oriente

The Parque das Nações area was built for the Lisbon 1998 Expo

Transports ·Red metro line ·Buses 782, 750, 744 ·Azambuja train line

Lisbon was the host of a Worldwide Expo in 1998, so multiple pavillions and leisure areas were built for the ocasion. The area is off the center but you may want to stop by for a walk, some concert or for going on a shopping spree! Oriente is also a transport hub where you can catch trains to go everywhere across the country.

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WHAT TO DO HERE

SEE A CONCERT

SEE THE OCEANARIUM

You can see some of your favorite artists at the Altice Arena or the Super Bock Super Rock or Rock in Rio festivals.

The oceanarium is home to many species from across the world.

VASCO DA GAMA BRIDGE

THE SHOPPING CENTER

Take a walk (or a funicular) along the Tagus river and see the Vasco da Gama bridge stretch for 12km.

The Vasco da Gama shopping center is one of the largest shopping spaces in Lisbon, along with Colombo (Benfica).

EVENTS

MUSEU DO AZULEJO

Oriente hosts a lot of events like Lisbon’s International Fair or the Web Summit.

This museum, located in Xabregas, is focused exclusively on tiles.

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How things work A few basics to keep in mind to help you get used to the city.

HEALTH

SAFETY

Insurances

Hospitals

Before arrival, you should arrange

You will always be accepted in a public

Lisbon is a very safe city, and chances

some kind of medical coverage for

hospital in the event of an emergency

are you will not run into any trouble

your stay in Lisbon, if your sending

regardless of the insurance status..

during your stay.

However,

institution doesn’t provide one. non-urgent

In the event of any trouble, there

European Union students and others

consultations, the waiting lines are

are two 24h Police Stations where

can apply for a European Health

usually long, so it may be faster to go

the policeman speak English, in

Insurance Card (EHIC) that allows

to a private consultation instead.

Restauradores and Bairro Alto.

you to go to the hospital in Lisbon. With the card you will receive the

for

Pharmacies

same treatment as a local in public hospitals.

There are pharmacies spread all around the city, some of them open 24h.

Find out more: esnlisboa.org/health

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Find out more: esnlisboa.org/safety


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COMMUNICATIONS

POST OFFICE

BANKING

Phone

are

The national post service company is

If you are planning to stay a

unexpensive, so you may want to

fares

in

Portugal

CTT. You can find CTT offices spread

few months in town, opening a

consider getting a Portuguese SIM

all around the city. At CTT you can

Portuguese bank account may be a

card during your stay to avoid fee

buy envelopes, stamps and boxes of

good option. With a Portuguese card,

overcharges.

different sizes.

you can charge your phone and make

At ESN Lisboa we provide SIM cards

We also suggest you use EuroSender

to students as part of our Welcome

for sending your parcels, as you get a

Pack. Talk to any of us during the

discount with your ESNcard.

transferences from the Multibanco (MB) cash machines. We suggest you try our partner

Welcome Days or come to our office to

N26, that offers great conditions for

get more information!

students. Some university IDs can also be used as a bank account card free of charge.

Find

out

more:

esnlisboa.org/

Find out more: esnlisboa.org/shopping

telecommunications

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Accommodation We know looking for a house in a new city can be a bit stresful, but don’t fret it: you will find a room with a bit of patience

TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION IN LISBON

UNIVERSITY DORMS

PRIVATE RESIDENCES

SHARED APARTMENTS

Some universities have their own dormitories for students. Rooms may be individual or shared, and prices are usually cheaper than renting a room in the center. However, spots are limited and you typically need to apply with a few months/weeks of advance. Check with your uni if you don’t know if they offer rooms in their residence halls.

There are a few private residences around town, as well as full apartments or buildings rented out exclusively for students. Living in an apartment with over 6 flatmates can be a lot of fun and a unique experience; but it can also get a bit noisy and you need to be more flexible with shared spaces.

The majority of international students in Lisbon find a room by renting, either via agency (i.e. Uniplaces) or checking on the different portals (i.e. Idealista.pt, OLX, or Facebook housing groups).

Do you have any specific housing questions? Ask any of our volunteers or send us a message on Facebook!

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‘Must ask’ questions AREA

·How long will it take you to go from home to uni/work? ·Where are the closest transports? ·Where are the closest shops/pharmacies/hangouts?

CONTRACT

·Does the owner offer a contract? (encouraged) ·Does the room have a window? ·Can I talk to the flatmates currently living there? ·Can I see the apartment in person?

APPLIANCES &

·Does the room have bed linen?

SERVICES

·Does the kitchen have cooking / eating equipment? ·Do I have a weekly cleaning service? (it’s common in Lisbon)

DEPOSIT

·Do I have to pay for two months in advance? ·Does everything in the room/house work on arrival?

HEATING

·Does the house have any heating system? ·Should I bring some warm clothes for the winter?

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Public transports

METRO

URBAN BUS

The metro reaches most of the city center, the airport,

The Carris urban buses also reach the airport and get to

many campuses and most touristic attractions.

most places not covered by the metro in the city center. The bus system has five areas and there is also a night bus

Red line (Aeroporto-São Sebastião)

service departing from Cais de Sodré.

Green line (Telheiras - Cais do Sodré) Blue line (Reboleira - Santa Apolonia) Yellow line (Odivelas - Rato)

TRAM

BIKE SERVICE

Trams go across the older parts of Lisbon and the parts

A bike system was recently installed across town, with

that cannot by reached by other transports like the metro.

electrical bikes and charging stations. The Lisbon

12E Line (Praça da Figueira - circular) 15E Line (Praça da Figueira - Algés) 18E Line (Cais Sodré - Ajuda) 24E Line (Praça Luis de Camões - Campolide) Line 25E (Alfândega - Campo de Ourique/Prazeres) Line 28E (Martim Moniz - Campo de Ourique/Prazeres)

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downtown is a bit tricky for pedalling because of the traffic, but you can use the bike trails in Avenidas Novas or by the river.


getting started There are five types of public transport in Lisbon. The transport reaches all of the city and its suburbs, and you can also get a monthly pass

SUBURBAN BUSES

FUNICULARS/LIFTS

The Lisbon bus system is divided in rings (or, in Portuguese,

Funiculars and lifts are helpful for cutting high elevations

crowns, ‘coroas’). If you need to reach the suburbs (‘Coroa 1’,

that are common in this very hilly city.

‘Coroa 2’, ‘Coroa 3’) you need to buy an aditional bus ticket or get an area-specific monthly pass.

Elevador da Bica (funicular) Elevador da Glória (funicular) Elevador da Lavra (funicular) Elevador de Santa Justa (lift)

BOATS

SUBURBAN TRAINS

The boats, ‘cacilheiros’, go across the Tejo river to the

The Greater Lisbon area has a suburban train system with

towns on the other side. There are five lines:

five lines:

Terreiro do Paço - Barreiro

Azambuja line

Cais do Sodré - Cacilhas

Cascais line

Cais do Sodré - Seixal

Sintra line

Terreiro do Paço - Montijo

Sado line

Belém - Trafaria

Fertagus

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Types of tickets SINGLE TICKETS

The easiest option to ride any transport is buying a single ticket. You have to add to the price the cost of the Viva card, if you don’t have any.

ZAPPING

Zapping means charging your card with a given amount of money (5, 10, 20€...) and then using that credit until you run out.

24H PASS

Useful

for

visits,

or

intense

sightseeing occasions.

MONTHLY PASS

The monthly pass is the best option if you plan to use the transport a lot. The price of the pass depends on the area of the city you need it for. If you plan to move mostly around the city center, it costs around 35€ per month, plus emission fees.

More info http://esnlisboa.org/transportation http://www.carris.pt/en/fares/

The pass gives you access to the metro, bus, tram, funiculars, lifts, and some train lines. You can get it done at stations like Marquês de Pombal or Entrecampos. If you are under 23, ask for a discount!

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Cost of living

CUP OF COFFEE

MONTHLY RENT

CINEMA TICKET

0,65 €

350€

7€

BREAD LOAF

MEAL (RESTAURANT)

BEER (0,30L)

1€

10€

1,50€

GAS (1lt)

METRO TICKET

COPY (B&W)

1,5€

1,55€

0,05€

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1 TALK TO PEOPLE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES Erasmus is a unique chance to

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discover not just your new countrybut many others. Friendships made during exchanges last for a lifetime.

TALK TO LOCALS Portuguese people are friendly towards foreigners and not afraid to speak English (or even Spanish!) if necessary, however a bit of Portuguese will take you a long way.

3 ASK QUESTIONS It’s normal not to know how things work in your new city; don’t hesitate to ask your teachers, classmates, bystanders or flatmates about how to get around.

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CULTURE SHOCK 4

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1. Honeymoon phase 2. Negotiation phase 3. Adjustment phase

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4. Adaptation phase

CULTURE SHOCK: the process of adaptation that you undergo when moving to a different country, with a new lifestyle. It’s common for international students to feel a small amount of culture shock.

4 TRY EVERYTHING And this includes trying snails at a restaurant! Probably a lot of things

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work different in Lisbon than they do at home, but that’s part of the experience.

STAY IN TOUCH

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Keep contact with your family and friends at home. They probably know you are having a great time already

HAVE FUN!

but it’s never bad to call. They say ‘Erasmus is not one year in your life, but your life in one year’... and it’s kind of true! While you are here, travel, go out, party, discover as much as you can.

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2 getting around Here you will find things to do around the city!


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ESN Events At ESN Lisboa you have We organize events events fully powered by all volunteers and variety through thewith year, all for all kinds across theof tastes city. Not

only they are a great place to meet more people - but also you can get to travel the country and access good parties and visits at a very student friendly price.

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Culture in Lisbon MONUMENTS

MUSIC

CINEMA

Monuments

Festivals

Going to the movies

Lisbon is like an open air museum in itself. Some monuments you shouldn’t skip are the Panteao Nacional (Alfama), the Carmo Convent (close to Bairro Alto) or the Sé de Lisboa.

The most famous music festivals in Lisbon are NOS Alive and Super Bock Super Rock. You should also check Vodafone Mexefest or Rock in Rio.

Films in Portugal are usually played in original version, with subtitles.

Museums

Performances Good places to hear live music are Tasca do Chico (fado), Bom Mau e Vilao (jazz, international music) or Damas (rock/electronic).

The Museu do Oriente (Santos), the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea (Baixa) or the Museu da Carris (Alcântara) are all have exhibitions you may like.

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Festivals Lisbon has three main cinema festivals: DocLisboa, Indie Lisboa and Lisboa & Estoril Film Festival .


getting around

Lisbon is a city with a lot of things going on. If you want to get your culture fix, here are some places to get started

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If you want to stay fit during your exchange, you will find a lot of options in Lisbon, both indoor and outdoor.

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Sports SURFING Surfing is the king sport in Lisbon, so don’t be afraid to try it during your stay. There are surf courses at every level, and most include renting the materials in the fee. We recommend our partner Gota D’Agua Surf School. You can find them in Caparica.

TEAM SPORTS If you want to play football, basketball, volley or other team sports, check in your university groups for more people playing the same sport.

OUTDOORS Lisbon has an incredible weather, so you will find many options for exercising outside: ·Running: Praça de Espanha, the riverside between Cais and Belém, or Parque Eduardo VII are good spots for runners. ·Cycling: the Cais-Belém area is also good for cycling, as is the Monsanto park or the Cascais center (both off the city center) ·Hiking: the Arrábida mountain range and the Monsanto park are good spots for hiking.

THE GYM If you prefer to sign up for the gym, there are plenty of chains across the city offering very friendly prices. Companies like Fitness Hut offer promotions, so check around. Most gyms offer classes and some have a swimming pool.

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Nightlife

DRESSCODE

CARD SYSTEM

GET BACK HOME

In Bairro Alto or Pink Street, casual clothes are okey.

Some clubs will give you a special card at the door where your drinks are charged, instead of letting you use cash.

Nightbus: it leaves from Cais every hour. You can also catch them at Rossio or Restauradores.

If you are going to the larger clubs, it’s best for guys to wear shirts and shoes (not tennis). Beware the calçada portuguesa if you are wearing high heels!.

When you leave you have to pass by the checkout to swipe the card and pay. Be careful not to lose it or you will be overcharged!

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BAIRRO ALTO

CAIS SODRÉ

SANTOS

Bairro Alto is the starting point of the Lisbon nightlife. Go get a a beer or two at Erasmus Corner or Rua da Rosa, and mix with the crowd!

Pink Street is the place to go after hours. Most places are open until 04-06AM, but if you get there late you may have to wait.

Larger discos and dance-like venues are located along the river line, so if you want to dance to the most popular Latin hits you should head in that direction.

Places to try:

Places to try:

Places to try:

·Apolo XIII Bar

·Tokyo

·Lust in Rio

·Bar do Esteves

·Jamaica

·Urban

·Groove Bar

·Titanic-sur-Mer

ALTERNATIVE VENUES

LGTBQI+

ELECTRONIC

If you prefer a different experience, there are some venues spread around the city with a more alternative vibe.

The Principe Real area or the Rua da Rosa in Bairro Alto are considered the focus of Lisbon’s gay nightlife scene.

Lisbon is becoming a destination for international DJs, who head mostly to famous club Lux Frágil.

Places to try:

Places to try:

Places to try:

·Casa Independente

·Trumps

·Lux

·Damas

·Purex

·Europa

·Zé dos Bois

·Finalmente

·Lounge

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Eating outside In Lisbon, you can get a good meal at every tasca around the corner. Here are just a few suggestions in case you need to take your parents/friends somewhere!

SEAFOOD Portugรกlia

PORTUGUESE

Prego na Peixeria

Principe do Calhariz

Ponto Final

Casa do Alentejo

VEGGIE

Cervejeria Trindade

Ao 26 Food Project Jardim dos Sentidos

Terra

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Remember It’s common in some restaurants not

Lisboetas call a cup of coffee ‘uma

Bread, olives, butter and other sides

to accept foreign cards

bica’ and a beer ‘uma imperial’.

are paid for, usually

BREAKFAST GOOD BEER Cervejaria Dois Corvos

PETISCOS Taberna da Rua das Flores

Duque Brewpub

Choupana Caffe Confeitaria Nacional

Padaria Portuguesa

Burguers & Beer

Tiles Bar

Há Piteu

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A PORTUGUESE MENU STARTERS & APPETIZERS DISH NAME

IT MEANS...

Caldo verde

Veggie & ham soup

Bifana

Pork steak on a bum

Caracois (snails)

Snails

MAIN DISHES DISH NAME

IT MEANS...

Bacalhau com natas

Codfish with cream

Arroz de marisco

Seafood rice

Bitoque com batata/arroz

Steak with chips / rice

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DRINKS Água (Water)

Vinho (wine)

Chá (Tea)

Cerveja (beer)

Sumo (juice)

Carioca de limão (lemon tea)

DESSERTS Pastel de nata

Arroz doce

Bola de Berlim

Bolo rei

CAFÉ TIME WHAT TO DRINK

WHAT TO SNACK

Café....

Salgados (croquettes/pies)

pingado (with a drop of milk) galão (large coffee with milk) com cheirinho (with a drop of brandy)

Sandes mista (sandwich)

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The viewpoint checklist ‘Miradouro’ is the Portuguese word for viewpoint. You are going to hear this term a lot.

TO CHILL WITH FRIENDS ·Santa Catarina ·Senhora do Monte ·Portas do Sol ·Terraços do Carmo

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THE BEST VIEWS OF THE CITY

·Parque Eduardo VII ·Monsanto ·Senhora do Monte ·Penha de França

MONUMENTS WITH VIEWS ·Padrão dos Descobrimentos ·Panteão Nacional ·Arco Triunfal da Rua Augusta ·Castelo São Jorge

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Parks

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JARDIM DA ESTRELA You can find this garden a bit off the beaten path, in the Estrela neighbourhood, next to a beautiful church.

MONSANTO Away from the noise of the city you can find the Monsanto forest park, a huge green area perfect for barbeques and hiking.

CERCA DA GRAÇA This garden is close to the Senhora do Monte viewpoint, and it is less known than other green spots of the city.

TAPADA DAS NECESSIDADES If you go visit the Palácio da Ajuda, don’t forget to pass by this park. Some festivals, like Outjazz or Brunch Electronik, throw concerts here.

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Going shopping GROCERIES The most common supermarket brands are Continente, Pingo Doce, Minipreรงo or Jumbo. For vegetarian/vegan and more specific products try Celeiro.

In some of the older neighborhoods, you will find smaller convenience shops as opposed to regular supermarkets.

HOUSEHOLD For blankets, towels, heaters, kitchen gear and all the like, try the larger Continente shops, Lidl, Tiger, Pollux or Viva. You can also find plenty of things on OLX at a lower price and on the Facebook groups-there are tons of students selling things before leaving.

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MARKETS & FAIRS

Lisbon has plenty of markets for all sorts of goods. Perhaps the most famous is Feira da Ladra, next to the Panteão Nacional (Alfama), where people sell all kinds of objects from their houses.

Besides that, you can find markets happening regularly in Principe Real (artisan products and food), Praça da Alegria (arts), Anjos70 (vintage clothing).

CLOTHING Downtown Lisbon, the shopping centers and the Saldanha district are packed with clothing shops, from local boutiques to Zara and H&M. You can also try the shopping centers (Colombo, Amoreiras or Vasco da Gama) for clothing shops. There is a Decathlon in Sao Sebastião in case you need sports-specific gear.

SOUVENIRS

If you need to get some gift shopping done, try the Baixa Chiado area, or some of the most touristic areas like Alfama, or Bairro-you can always find souvenir shops there.

Some things that work well as souvenirs are traditional licors (i.e. Porto Wine), cork products or canned goods. Shops like A Vida Portuguesa have a lot of things you can use as presents.

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Where to study Most faculties have their own study rooms, but Lisbon also has an extensive library network

cafÊs CAFÉ DA GARAGEM

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libraries & study rooms GALVEIAS Campo Pequeno

GULBENKIAN Sao Sebastiao

PICOAS PLAZA Picoas

POIS CAFÉ

TÉCNICO Alameda

CAMOES Baixa-Chiado

CALEIDOSCOPIO Campo Grande

SAO LAZARO Intendente

PENHA DE FRANÇA BIBLIOT. NACIONAL Anjos

39 DEGRAUS

Campo Grande

CHOUPANA

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4

NORTH

2

1

5 3

2

1

AZORES

CENTER

5

1

4

6 2

1

ALENTEJO

3

MADEIRA 1

4

5

1

ALGARVE

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NORTH 1

Bragança

2

Vila real

3

CENTER 1

Guarda

2

Viseu

Viana do Castelo

3

Aveiro

4

Braga

4

Castelo Branco

5

Porto

5

Coimbra

6

Leiria

ALENTEJO 1

Portalegre

2

Santarém

3

Évora

4

Beja

ALGARVE 1

Faro

LISBON & TAGUS VALLEY 1

Lisbon

2

Setúbal

AZORES 1

Sao Miguel

MADEIRA 1

Funchal

Wether you are staying for a semester or a full year, you don’t want to miss on exploring the whole country on your free time. Sign up for our weekend trips and discover most major areas (we do trips to Porto, Coimbra, Algarve, the Peneda-Gerês park, and more) of continental Portugal, plus the islands of Madeira and Azores.

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North PORTO

THINGS TO SEE

People feel tempted to compare Lisbon and Porto, but they are really unique in their own way. On a trip to the ‘Cidade Invicta’, don’t forget to try the francesinha and the Porto wine.

·Torre dos Clérigos ·Estação Porto - São Bento ·Douro River ·Mercado do Bolhão

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THE MINHO REGION The North of Portugal, on the border with Spain, has plenty of beautiful towns to visit, like Braga, Guimarães, Viana do Castelo or Bragança.

Peneda-Gerês Park The only official natural park in Portugal, the Peneda-Gerês Natural park is a hiking paradise, with waterfalls, trains surrounded by greenness, hot springs, and a dozen small stony villages.

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Center In the center of Portugal you will find Coimbra and Covilhã, two very different cities that are both worth the visit. Coimbra is a student town, with one of the oldest universities in Europe and two yearly festivals dedicated to students: the Latada (in October) and the Queima das Fitas (in May). Covilhã is located in the fringe of the Serra da Estrela, the tallest mountain range in continental Portugal (and the only place where you can ski!). It’s famous for its former wool industry, its traditional cheese, and the hospitality of his inhabitants.

Aveiro

THINGS TO SEE ·Coimbra ·Aveiro ·Covilhã ·Tomar Coimbra

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Alentejo The region south of Lisbon is called Alentejo and it’s famous for its flat landscapes, white-painted villages and the summer heat. Don’t miss on our Évora Trip to discover the heart of this region.

THINGS TO SEE ·Évora ·Setúbal ·Costa Vicentina ·Estremoz

Costa Vicentina

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Algarve Kilometers of perfect beaches, warm water, incredible cliffs. the Southern coast of Portugal has a lot of appeal. You can enjoy it the most joining our Trip to Algarve (first semester) or going to the Erasmus National Meeting (second semester).

THINGS TO SEE ·Faro ·Cape São Vicente ·Portimão ·Albufeira

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Azores This misty group of islands is famous for it’s incredible landscapes and hot springs. The Azores are located right in the middle of the Atlantic and they make for a unique trip. The best way to get around is renting a car and staying in a hostel or camping.

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THINGS TO SEE ·Lagoa das Sete Cidades ·Lagoa das Furnas ·Lagoa do Fogo ·Montanha do Pico


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Madeira The semi-tropical Madeira islands are located off the coast of Africa. The main city, Funchal, is on the edge of a mountain. If you drive up the island you will find picturesque villages, waterfalls, banana trees and impossible cliffs.

THINGS TO SEE ·Cabo Girão ·Pico do Arieiro ·Santana village ·Funchal city

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Around Lisbon The surroundings of Lisbon include great surfing spots, natural parks, historical towns and amazing monuments.

You will need to rent a car to get to some lessdiscovered areas, but the suburban transport will take you to main destinations like Sintra, Ericeira or Peniche. We have included info on some the spots you shouldn’t miss, but there are many more like Setúbal, Mafra, Batalha or Azenhas do Mar.

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3

3

1 2

2

1 4

1

SINTRA

1

CAPARICA

2

CASCAIS

2

CARCAVELOS

3

NAZARÉ

3

SINTRA COASTLINE

4

ÓBIDOS

4

SESIMBRA

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Day trips

SINTRA

Sintra is the top 1 destination for day trips from Lisbon. Located on the edge of a mountain, the village is home to a lot of unique castles from the time it was a favorite destination for European aristocracy. Don’t miss also on Cabo da Roca, the most Western Point of Continental Europe.

CASCAIS

The center of Cascais is worth visiting even if only before heading to Carcavelos beach for a bath. You can follow the seaside walkline by bike and get to Boca do Inferno, or take a look at the Estoril Casino.

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ÓBIDOS

Óbidos is a medieval town built around a large wall, with small streets and a famous Christmas fair. Caldas used to be a fancy resort destination and is home to an arts faculty and some interesting festivals.

NAZARÉ & BERLENGAS

North of Lisbon you will find many surfer favorite spots, but perhaps Nazaré is the most famous because of its monster wave competition, with waves going up to 30m tall. The Berlengas islands can be reached by ferry from Peniche, and are also worth a day trip.

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Beaches

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Lisbon is surrounded by a lot of great places to take a dip in the ocean. Bring your surfboard too!

CAPARICA

SINTRA

Pass the Ponte 25 de Abril you will

The beaches facing the Atlantic on the

find the long strip of sand that is

Sintra town are harder to get to and

the Caparica coastline. Besides the

have a harsher look, but you should

Caparica Beach itself, you can also

not miss a trip to Praia do Guincho or

check Praia do Meco.

Ericeira, a fishermen’s village next to a surf reserve.

CARCAVELOS

COMPORTA

Very convenient for heated days

Also past the river, and on the edge

where you don’t want to travel a lot

of the Setúbal peninsula, you can find

to get to the water. Catch the train in

the endless beach of Comporta, along

Cais do Sodré and get to the water!

the coast of Troia and Sines.

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And also...

CRISTO REI STATUE

SEE A FOOTBALL GAME

Sightseeing

Sports

If you happen to go across the river, don’t forget to check the Cristo Rei statue and the viewpoint, offering a view of the river and the city from across the Tejo.

While Benfica and Sporting get most of the fame when it comes to football games in Portugal, teams Belenenses and Estoril also have a lot of supporters and play in the main Portuguese league.

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BAIRRO PADRE CRUZ

BOM, MAU E VILĂƒO

Art & sightseeing

Live music

This neighbourhood, located in Carnide, was covered in graffitis from artists worldwide in 2016. Since then, the building blocks of the area have become an open-air, changing gallery and a not-to-miss destination for art lovers.

Along with Hot Club, Bom, Mau e Vilao is one of the most popular spots downtown to hear live music and jam sessions (and enjoy good cocktails). The concerts are usually for free and the music styles change a lot, so you won’t get bored!

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Yearly events

MAGUSTO

CARNIVAL

October/November

February/March

Magusto is a traditional Portuguese celebration consisting on gathering around a fire to roast chestnuts (‘castanhas’) and drink a traditional licor called jeropiga. It is more popular in some rural regions, but you can also find some Magusto celebrations around Lisbon

While Brazilian Carnival is perhaps the most famous worldwide, Carnival is also a very popular celebration in Portugal, especially in the city of Torres Vedras. Make sure you have your costume ready for the date and join our trip to this city!

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ERASMUS NATIONAL MEETING SANTOS POPULARES October & March/April

June

A must in your Erasmus experience! The Erasmus National Meeting twice a year, when the different sections of ESN Portugal gather Erasmus from all across the country in a unique long weekend filled with parties, sand and fun.

Lisbon celebrates its patron, Santo Antonio, in the month of June. You will see the streets filled with colorful banners, people dancing to the beat of Portugal’s most traditional music and a lot of sardines being grilled everywhere.

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And after... EMPLOYMENT IN PORTUGAL

More info ·http://esnlisboa.org/ work-lisbon-tips · https://www.sapo.pt · http://www.jobsinlisbon.com

More info

Portugal does not have a bad employment rate, but your chances to get a job (specially if it’s related to a specific area) may depend a lot on your expertise with the language, except in areas like engeneering, telecommunications, human resources, economics or language teaching, where knowledge of Portuguese may not be required. If you are looking for a part time or temporary position, this still applies, but you may find that business like hotels & hostels, bars, tour operators and call centers hire foreign language speakers on a regular basis.

ERASMUS+ TRAININGS

https://erasmusintern.org

The Erasmus+ program is not limited to your studies. You can apply for a

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/ erasmus-plus/node_en

scolarship for becoming an intern on a company or organization of your choice,

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An Erasmus exchange doesn’t feel like it’s enough? We know that feeling. Here are some options you may be interested in if the saudade hits you after your exchange ends

DO AN INTERNSHIP WITH US! If you love travelling, enjoy meeting people from across the world, and ever

More info https://erasmusintern.org

wondered how is it like to be part of an organization powered by students, with an international orientation and lots of linked branches across Europe...then ESN is your kind of place. As an intern, you may apply for different positions (Communications, Administrative, Events...) depending on your background, and increase your hard and soft skills in a unique environment. We are unable to provide funding, so you need to apply for an Erasmus+ scolarship (see previous section)

HIGHER STUDIES IN PORTUGAL

More info

·http://esnlisboa.org/ go-abroad/study ·studyinlisbon.pt https://www.study-research.pt

Portuguese institutions have a very good reputation worldwide and many students move to the country to pursue their career because of this. There are some schools offering Master degrees fully in English as well.

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About us

ESN The Erasmus Student Network is a non-profit organization that helps international students and receives support from the European Union. You can find an ESN section in over +500 cities across Europe, organized in local volunteer teams. The motto of ESN is ‘Students Helping Students’.

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ESN Lisboa ESN Lisboa (short for Erasmus Student Network-Lisboa) is a team of very motivated volunteers, many of them former Erasmus students, who want to stay in touch with the international community and organize events for international students in town. You can recognize us easily by our green hoodies, and we also go by the nickname ‘Sardines’.

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Nice Way Cascais Hostel A Hostel and a Surf Camp! Enjoy the sun, the pool, the beach and learn to surf, you’ll love the experience!l

Nice Way Sintra Hostel A Hostel where you can relax in our gardens, hike through the Sintra Mountain and do some climbing!l Get 10% discount with your ESNcard

Nice Way Porto Hostel page 90 A Hostel where you are in the centre and can visit the city and go out to explore the crazy nightlife!l


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Useful contacts ESN

EDUCATION

Erasmus Student Network Lisboa

Erasmus+ National Agency (PT)

http://esnlisboa.org

[+351] 253 204 260

Erasmus Student Network Portugal

Instituto Camões

http://www.esnportugal.org

http://www.instituto-camoes.pt

EMERGENCIES

SERVICES

Emergencies

SEF (Serviço Estrangeiros e Fronteiras)

112

808 202 653

Police (Restauradores, 24h)

Foreign Affairs Ministry

213421623 - 213400090

(+351) 213 946 109

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Where to find us Travessa dos Inglesinhos, 52 Bairro Alto 1200-222 Lisboa

ESN Lisboa

About this book This booklet was created by ESN Lisboa volunteers for all international students in Lisbon, with no commercial purposes

Design & Concept

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Supervision

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ESN Lisboa Welcome Book 2018-2019  

A helpful guide for your mobility period in Lisboa, produced by our very own team of volunteers, just for you!

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A helpful guide for your mobility period in Lisboa, produced by our very own team of volunteers, just for you!

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