Before or upon your arrival in our city, the most important step you need to take is to find a place to live in the next few months. So, here you can read some information about the real estate market in Braga and Guimarães and where you can stay until you find permanent housing.

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Braga

University residences (Bachelor/Master - 92,15€ / PhD - 169,75€)

You have all the official information about the Student’s residences here: SAS Uminho

If you choose a university residence, be aware that you are making an informed decision and it is a compromise between you and the University. In case you end up deciding that you don't want to stay there, you will have to pay it until someone else takes your place.

In Braga there are 2 residences: Lloyd and Santa Tecla. Normally 95% of ERASMUS are allocated in Santa Tecla.

Santa Tecla residences are located 20 minutes walking, next to the biggest gypsy area in Braga. Although they are safe and there is no history of any problem including students in that area.

Ready careful the conditions because the price is very good (approx. €100), but you have limitations: no alcohol, no kitchen to cook (only microwave), 15 minutes from hypermarket, 20 minutes from the university, can’t have guests after 10 PM, security deposit of 50 €, etc.

Private accommodation (between €130-180 without bills)

The best deals will probably show up in a Facebook group named “ESN Minho Housing”. All the ERASMUS are asked to advertise there and many of the rooms/apartments are rotative between ERASMUS students.

Also, don't forget to use the welcome form – we have a contacts spreadsheet to share with you, ask for it!

If you are going to search for a place yourself, we can recommend some keywords to search:

  • Menina - girl
  • Rapaz - boy
  • Alugar / Arrendar - to rent (verb)
  • Quarto - room
  • Apartment - apartamento
  • Universidade - university
  • São Victor / Gualtar - the neighborhoods you want to live in (careful because they are too big, see the map)
  • Torre Verde - green tower (this is a very famous tower full of students and ERASMUS)
  • Mobilado - with furniture
  • T2, T3, ... - number of rooms (when you see T2+1 means that probably the living room was converted into a room)
  • Caução - Deposit
  • When sending an email, use google translate to Portuguese because a lot of house owners don’t speak English. Explain that you are ERASMUS!

Sites to look for places:

Normal prices for 1 room in a shared flat are between €130 to €180 without bills included (like electricity, internet, water, gas).
Which questions should you ask the owner?

  • Does it have a contract? How long?
  • If no contract, what happens if some utility from the house gets broken (like the heater)?
  • What's the average price for the electricity monthly bill?
  • Do I have to pay some deposit money that will be returned and the end of my staying? (If you don’t break anything, this money should be fully returned)
  • How much do I have to pay in the first month at my arrival? (some places ask for 2 months in advance)

Ideally, you want to speak on facebook/phone/email with the owner and set the arrangements before arriving. Don’t transfer money, pay it in cash to the person when you arrive after seen the room and setting the conditions.

A lot of owners put papers on windows of apartments to rent, so look the windows and lampposts in the street around those areas on the map.

If you need a place to stay while you are searching, you can ask the University residences €8/9 per day (this needs to be done in advance by email) or you can rent a bed in a hostel (normally €12/15).


Guimarães

University residences (Bachelor/Master - 92,15€ / PhD - 169,75€)

You have all the official information about the Student’s residences here: SAS Uminho

If you choose a university residence, be aware that you are making an informed decision and it is a compromise between you and the University. In case you end up deciding that you don't want to stay there, you will have to pay it until someone else takes your place.

The Azurém residence is at the back of university, approx. 1 minute from University. Like in Braga, they have guard keepers 24h so they are very safe. Good points: gym inside, academic bar 2 min away and a bar in same residences. The bad points: walk 20-30 minutes to the shopping mall and 15 minute from the historical center and the Erasmus bars.

The other one called Combatentes residence is localized at the center of the city, so 15 minutes from University. Although it doesn't have a guard keeper, it is safe because in the city center there is a lot of security. Good points: 2 minutes away from the historical center and the Erasmus bars; supermarket 1 minute away; a lot of coffee shops around; 15 min away from shopping mall. The bad points: distance from University, gym and academic bar approx. 15 minutes.

Ready careful the conditions because the price is very good, but you have limitations: no alcohol allowed, no kitchen to cook (only microwave), can’t have guests after 10 PM, security deposit of €50, etc.

Private accommodation (between €150-200 with bills)

The best deals will probably show up in a Facebook group named “ESN Minho Housing”. All the ERASMUS are asked to advertise there and many of the rooms/apartments are rotative between ERASMUS students.

Also, don't forget to use the welcome form – we have a contact spreadsheet, ask about it!

If you are going to search for a place yourself, we can recommend some keywords to search:

  • Menina - girl
  • Rapaz - boy
  • Alugar / Arrendar - to rent (verb)
  • Quarto - room
  • Apartment - apartamento
  • Universidade - university
  • Centro Histórico - city center
  • Quintã - zone in front to university (this is a very famous zone full of students and ERASMUS).
  • Bares Universitários - university bars in front of university (specific zone between university and quintã where have bars to students).
  • Mobilado - with furniture
  • T2, T3, ... - number of rooms (when you see T2+1 means that probably the living room was converted into a room)
  • Caução - Deposit
  • When sending an email, use google translate to Portuguese because a lot of house owners don’t speak English. Explain that you are ERASMUS!

Sites to look for places:

Normal prices for 1 room in a shared flat are between €150 to €200 with bills included (like electricity, internet, water, gas).
Which questions should you ask the owner?

  • Does it have a contract? How long?
  • If no contract, what happens if some utility from the house gets broken (like the heater)?
  • What's the average price for the electricity monthly bill?
  • Do I have to pay some deposit money that will be returned and the end of my staying? (If you don’t break anything, this money should be fully returned)
  • How much do I have to pay in the first month at my arrival? (some places ask for 2 months in advance)

Ideally, you want to speak on facebook/phone/email with the owner and set the arrangements before arriving. Don’t transfer money, pay it in cash to the person when you arrive after seen the room and setting the conditions.

A lot of owners put papers on windows of apartments to rent, so look the windows and lampposts in the street around those areas on the map.

If you need a place to stay while you are searching, you can ask the University residences €8/9 per day (this needs to be done in advance by email) or you can rent a bed in a hostel (normally €12/15)

 

 

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