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Student housing - Hostels - Coworking in Lisbon (Portugal)

Students, international students, interns, backpackers, roomates and digital nomads can book cheap dorms and safe private rooms in downtown Lisbon, close to boarding schools, high schools, colleges, halls of residence and universities, close to buses or train stations, airports or major attractions in Lisbon.


Super séjour, personnel très accueillant, l'auberge est très agréable à vivre
Auberge très propre, personnel accueillant, auberge très bien aménagée, agréable et sécurisant. Située proche du métro, excellant rapport qualité/prix
Fantastic 9.6
I recommend this establishment. I had a pleasant stay. Very good location.
Fantastic 9.0
Cozy and welcoming hostel in the center of Lisbon
The staff of the hostel is very welcoming and attentive to the slightest requests. It makes sure that you have a good stay and that you feel comfortable. In terms of hygiene, it's ok. Cleaning in the toilets and showers is done daily. Breakfast is full and is served between 08:00 and 10:30. The view from the various balconies is pleasant: it overlooks the street dos Douradores which leads directly to the square of Figueira (very animated!) Or on a small square quiet and wooded street of Santa Justa. Too bad that the mattress bunk beds are so thin and my back has suffered as much! However, the people (including a Korean lady, a Dutch girl and a Argentina girl) who shared the room with me were very friendly, and I shared good times with them! I recommend this hostel at the level ratio / price, because it is really in the center of Lisbon (the Rossio Metro line and the various trams are really a minute) and it is really cheap!
Fantastic 9.4
Convenient and cheap
Hostel convenient to visit Lisbon but not suitable for everyone. Noisy dorms, not always clean.
Good 6.7



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Welcome to Lisbon

It was from Lisbon that the Portuguese set out to discover the world. Frankly we’re not sure why they left, because this timeless city is a whole world of its own. Get yourself to a hostel in this impossibly photogenic city and you’ll discover age-old fado music, rumbling trams and saints’ festivals alongside uber-cool restaurants and huge factories reinvented as cultural hubs. Come in a group, come as a solo backpacker, come as you are – we’ve yet to meet a traveller who doesn’t fit right into Lisbons’s relaxed vibe. With masses of cheap hostels to choose from, in the city centre, downtown and even further afield, you’re guaranteed to find some like-minded folks in your hostel dorm. And then? You’ll Lisbon together. You’ll sink caipirinhas by the Tagus River, settle in for an evening of beers and grub in the Bairro Alto, and dance it off until the early morning bakeries open for a pastel de nata breakfast. The memories will stay with you for life – and so will Lisbon.

DIY walking tours

For backpackers who’ve just arrived, Lisbon tourist office’s detailed free guides are a godsend. They help you tour areas of the city on your own, without spending a penny. Routes include Baixa, Alfama, Chiado, Bairro Alto and Estrela.


ViniPortugal wine tasting

Your hostel bar may be cheap, but this one’s free (well, within reason). Portugal’s national wine association offers free wine tasting daily at its Wines of Portugal Tasting Rooms.


Address: Terreiro do Paço, 1100-148 Lisbon

Phone: 21 356 9890

Museu Berardo

The Berardo Collection of modern art is housed in the Belém Cultural Centre and, except for some temporary exhibitions, is free. Includes works by Picasso, Dali, Any Warhol and Mark Rothko.


Address: Praça do Império, 1449-003 Lisbon

District: Belém

Castelo S. Jorge

If you’ve just arrived in your hostel, head to Lisbon’s hilltop castle - it’s the best place to get a feel for the city’s layout. Clamber along the ramparts for almost 360-degree views across the city’s oldest neighbourhoods.


Address: R. de Santa Cruz do Castelo, 1100-129 Lisbon

District: Alfama

Phone: 21 880 0620

Torre de Belém

This defensive tower, built between 1514 and 1520, is one of Lisbon’s most recognisable landmarks. UNESCO-listed, it’s one of the first things most backpackers and tourist want to see.


Address: Praça do Império 1400-206 Lisbon

District: Belém

Phone: 21 362 0034

No. 28 Tram

A ride on the No. 28 tram is a boneshaking treat that can’t be missed. The restored 1930s tram bumps its way through Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods. Catch it at its starting point in Campo Ourique (Prazeres) if you want a seat.


Address: Campo Ourique, Lisbon

Funiculars and Santa Justa lift

Sore legs? No wonder. Lisbon’s steep hills can make getting to and from city centre hostels a real workout. Let one of these iconic lifts and funiculars take the strain. The oldest is funicular is Lavra, inaugurated in 1884, but for elegance and spectacle you can’t beat the cast-iron Santa Justa elevator.


Address: Santa Justa lift, R. do Ouro, 1150-060 Lisbon

District: Santa Justa

Bairro Alto

If you go to Bairro Alto (The High Neighbourhood) in the day you’ll wonder what the fuss is about, but this grid of streets comes alive at night. Inconspicuous doorways open up to reveal dozens of busy bars, restaurants and quirky late-night shops. Perfect for backpackers looking to get a taste of local Lisbon.

Boutiques Funky Bars


If you’re after a downtown hostel, Baixa is the area for you. It’s a buzzing mix of government buildings, offices and traditional shops. Its elegant streets were built after the 1755 earthquake and are laid out in a grid system, the heart of which is the pedestrianized Rua Augusta.

Stores Touristy Central


Alfama is Lisbon's oldest neighbourhood as it survived the 1755 earthquake. It’s a labyrinth of cobbled streets, alleys and colourful doorways that transport you back to Lisbon’s Moorish occupation.

Romantic Walking streets Beautiful Buildings

Festa de Santo António (June)

The eve of St. Anthony’s day (June 12th) is one big party. Huge crowds gather at bars and restaurants all over the city to celebrate the patron saint - wherever your hostel is, you’re guaranteed to catch a slice of the mayhem.


Lisbon Carnival

Carnival in Lisbon is on Shrove Tuesday and is filled with parades, circus acts, colourful costumes and satirical floats followed by (what else?) drinking and dancing the night away.

New Year’s Eve

Lisbon knows how to welcome in the New Year - if you can find a city centre hostel here on December 31, jump at the chance. There are free concerts, light shows and a dazzling firework display along the riverfront and over the 25th April Bridge.

Address: Terreiro do Paço, Lisbon

Lisbon Fish & Flavours

An annual food festival held in April to celebrate Portugal’s love of fish. Cooking demonstrations, gourmet tasting and fish dishes by some of Portugal’s best chefs. Just the thing for hungry backpackers.


Address: Patio da gale, Praça do Comércio, 1100 Lisbon

District: Chiado

Estoril Open Tennis Tournament

ATP and WTA clay court tennis tournament attended by top-ranking players. Held every year at the Estoril tennis club in the last week of April and first week of May.


Address: Clube de Ténis do Estoril, Avenida Conde de Barcelona, 2765-470 Estoril

Nos Alive

Arguably Portugal’s answer to the Glastonbury Festival, Nos Alive (formerly Optimus Alive) is on for three days in July. With over 130 acts across six stages, it’s more than worth heading out of the dorm for...


Address: Passeio Marítimo de Algés, Lisbon

District: Belém

Rock in Rio Lisboa

The Lisbon arm of the Rock in Rio music festival franchise is held every two years at different times each year. Over 100 artists are showcased on genre-specific stages.


Address: Parque da Bela Vista, Lisbon

District: Alto Pina

Super Bock Super Rock

This three-day festival has been held every July since 1995, and offers a variety of international and Portuguese acts over three stages. Headliners in 2015 included Florence and the Machine, Blur and Sting.


Address: Parque das Nações

District: Parque das Nações

RDA 69

Stuff yourself with a freshly cooked veggie dish and bowl of soup for just €3. Popular with locals and backpackers, this gem opens at 8pm and fills up quickly. Workshops, concerts and film screenings are a free bonus.


Address: Rua Regueirão dos Anjos, 69, Anjos

District: Anjos


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Cantinho do Bem Estar

Cosy restaurant offering cheap home-cooked Portuguese. Budget travel tip: ask the waiter how big each portion is and get one to share. Get there early as it only has half a dozen tables.

Address: Rua do Norte, 46, Bairro Alto 1200-284 Lisbon

District: Bairro Alto

Phone: 21 346 4265


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Pasteis de Belém

The Tardis-like home of the Pastel de Belém. It’s a posh pastel de nata or custard tart. These crispy-on-the-outside, luscious-on-the-inside cups of custardy goodness will have you begging for the recipe. Tough. It’s a secret.

Address: Rua de Belém, 84 to 92, Belém, Lisbon

District: Belém

Phone: 21 363 8078

Casa da India

There’s no Indian food here, just traditional Portuguese barbecue-grilled meat and fish. Reasonable prices and a non-touristy vibe in one of Lisbon’s most popular areas.

Address: Rua do Loreto 49, Chiado, 1200-471 Lisbon

District: Chiado

Phone: 21 342 3661


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Mercado da Ribeira

A food hall in a converted market, just to the west of the hostel-packed Alfama district. Dozens of stalls offer pared-down versions of dishes from Lisbon’s top chefs at much lower prices. Tuck in with the local trendsetters at communal benches.

Address: Avenida 24 de Julho, 49, Cais do Sodré, 1200-109 Lisbon

District: Cais do Sodré

Phone: 21 359 3100

A Ginjinha do Rossio

A minute hole-in-the-wall bar close to some of Lisbon’s best downtown hostels. It exclusively serves Portuguese cherry brandy (ginjinha) in tiny glasses - you can have it with or without brandy-soaked cherries, but that’s where your options end...

Address: Largo São Domingos 8, 1100-201 Lisbon

District: Rossio

Tasca do Chico

The place for Fado on a budget. Watch wannabes and professionals singing the Portuguese version of the blues. Fado shows are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9pm, and it’s a good idea to go early.

Address: Rua do Diário de Notícias, 39, Bairro Alto

District: Bairro Alto

Phone: 961339696


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Lisbon’s trendiest hotspot and most famous nightclub. It has one floor for dancing (dance music and house), one with a laidback bar and a rooftop terrace. Doormen are picky on busy nights.


Address: Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, 1950-376 Lisbon

District: Alfama


A trendy live music and DJ venue managed by a record label. Look out for film and video projections that bring in a young and culture-hungry crowd.


Address: Rua Nova Do Carvalho, 24, Cais do Sodré

District: Cais do Sodré

Portas Largas

Old-fashioned bar popular with a student and backpacker crowd. Perfect for people-watching outside the wide doors (Portas Largas, see?) supping a Super Bock beer.

Address: Rua da Atalaia, 105, Bairro Alto

District: Bairro Alto

Feira da Ladra

This weekly flea market takes place on Tuesday and Saturday mornings, and is popular with both locals and curious backpackers. There are vintage and kitsch items galore - expect plenty of trash, but the occasional treasure too.

Address: Campo de Santa Clara, 1100-472 Lisbon

District: Alfama

Lx Factory

A huge factory complex that now houses artists, artisans, bookshops, bars and more - there’s definitely a backpacker vibe here, so it’s well worth making the trip from your youth hostel. Meander through 150 different commercial premises and stay on for dinner and drinks.


Address: Rua Rodrigues de Faria 103, 1300 Lisbon

Conserveira de Lisboa

This bizarre shop sells tinned fish of every kind in packaging covered with traditional images. Design fans will love it, and the tins make great retro gifts. A true one-off - in its own bizarre way, this is as essential to your Libson trip as the Belém Tower.


Address: Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 37, 1100-016 Lisbon

District: Baixa

Student and Youth Discounts

The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) provides discounts all over Lisbon. Make sure you get one before your hostel adventure begins. If you’re a non-student but aged under 25 get an International Youth Card for similar discounts.

Lunchtime menu

Most basic restaurants serve set menus of bread and butter, a main dish, a drink, dessert and coffee for less than €8. Sometimes that will include a beer.

Share a dish

Servings at Lisbon’s traditional restaurants are usually more than enough for two people. Ask your waiter about serving sizes and share your dish with a mate.

Museums on a Sunday

Budget-conscious backpackers should save their culture hit for a Sunday - most of Lisbon’s museums and monuments are free for visitors before 2pm.


Lisbon airport is just 15 minutes by car from the city centre. Taxis cost around €15. But Carris buses are a cheaper way of getting to your hostel - numbers 208 (night service), 705, 722, 744 and 783 go from the airport to the city centre. Tickets cost €1.40 if bought before boarding, and €1.80 on board. A 24-hour ticket costs €6.  


Trains arrive in Lisbon’s Oriente and Santa Apolónia stations. Oriente is in the north-east of the city, close to the airport, and has local, regional and inter-city connections, including trains to Porto. It also has a connection to the Lisbon metro system and is close to the bus station. Santa Apolónia is older and more central, and has international connections to Paris and Madrid, as well as a metro station.



Backpackers arriving by bus will come into Oriente Station. It offers regular bus routes to other parts of Portugal and to Madrid, Paris and other European cities, and it’s right next to Oriente train station, so there are good connections to the city centre.


An inter-modal one-day travel card costs €6 per day at most central Metro stations, and covers Metro, buses, trams, ferries and funiculars. This is the cheapest option for more than five single journeys in 24 hours. Otherwise, buy a contactless ‘Viva Viagem’ card (valid for 12 months) for €0.50 and charge it up with €2 to €15. A reduced ticket price is deducted from the card every time you travel and you only get charged one journey if you use the same mode of transport again in the next 60 minutes.


Taxis are metered, with a minimum journey charge of €2. Luggage charged at €1.6 per item. Pick one up at ranks or flag it down.

Language:  Portuguese

Currency: Euro

Electricity voltage: 220-230 volts

Time zone: GMT

Telephone country code and area code: +351 for Portugal and 21 for Lisbon

Post Office: CTT, Praça dos Restauradores 58

Hospital: Hospital de Santa Maria, Avenida Prof. Egas Moniz, Alvalade. Tel: 21 780 5000

Tourist information: Lisbon Welcome Center, Rua do Arsenal, 15, Lisbon. Tel: 21 031 2700

Opening hours: Most shops open 9 am to 7 pm. Some smaller business close for lunch between 1 and 3 pm. Shopping centres open at 10 am and close at midnight. Banks open 8.30 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday.

Emergency numbers: 112 for police, fire or medical emergencies

Tourism Police, Palácio Foz, Praça dos Restauradores, Lisbon, 21 342 1634 / 21 342 1623