Student housing - Hostels - Coworking in Porto (Portugal)

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

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Selina Porto is located in Ribeira, the ancient quarter steps away from restaurants, cafés, beautiful and quirky houses, and a walkway that runs along the Douro River. Enjoy the Selina community in the heart of all the action!

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We're located in the heart of Porto with all the main landmarks and famous areas at a short walking distance.

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The So Cool Hostel Porto is located 5 minutes (walking) from the Rotunda da Boavista (near Casa da Música), 10 minutes (walking) from the old town, where you can find the most important cultural focus with art galleries, theaters, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. 10 min (bus) is the time you take to reach Serralves House, with its Contemporary Art Museum, with 5 minutes more of travel, you can sit down in great terraces, admire the sea and eat a tasty fish.

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Our hostel is right next to the Porto Cathedral, in the heart of the old town, known as Bairro RIbeira.

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M2Students Hostel is the best alternative for travelers that are looking for a low budget accommodation in the city center of Porto. The purpose of the M2Students Hostel is to make the guests explore the city as much as they can.

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Rock N Porto is the place to feel at home. Here we offer free Wi-Fi in all ambient, breakfast, fully equipped kitchen so you can prepare whatever you want to eat, family room, individual room, and mixed room and a staff ready to help you have the best experience in Porto. Our hostel is located in the Paranhos neighborhood, 1,5 km from Dragão Stadium, Alameda Shopping Center and downtown, 35 minutes from D’Ouro River and 10 km from the airport, besides being easily reached by metro (Marquês and

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The Happy Porto Hostel Apartments Villas is located in Porto and offers privileged views over the Douro River and is just a 10-minute walk from Ribeira, wine cellars and the iconic Ponte D. Luis I.

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At 5 minutes from the train station, restaurants, bars, and the trendiest city nightclubs. Our hostel is ideally located for those wishing to explore the best Porto has to offer.

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Welcome to Porto

You’re drawn inexorably down to the river in Porto. Nestled between steep banks and overlooked by the impressive Dom Luis I Bridge, the colourful riversides of Cais de Ribeira and Cais de Gaia feel almost magical, as if carved out of the valley by sheer imagination. On either side, narrow streets, relaxed bars and plenty of cheap hostels make this a slam-dunk city for groups of like-minded backpackers. Pick a city centre hostel to be near Porto’s historic heart, or a downtown hostel to explore the art deco shops and cafés of Vitoria. Still not enough to get you out of your hostel dorm? How about a long, elegant beachfront to the west of the city, and a cluster of fantastic festivals? Porto has it going on, so get yourself to a youth hostel in this Portuguese paradise and join the party…

Stand on the Dom Luis I Bridge

Porto’s steep-sided riverfront is its ‘killer app’, and this towering, split-level bridge dominates it. The view from the pedestrianized upper deck is breathtaking. The cable car that travels between the bridge’s southern end and Cais de Gaia is great too, but it’ll cost you €5.

Address: Ponte Luís I, Porto, Portugal

Stroll down Rue das Flores

Once the heart of the city’s jewellery quarter, this cobbled street is now lined with independent businesses, some traditional, some new and funky. Halfway down you’ll find the baroque Santa Casa da Misericordia church. Carry on downhill at the end of the street and you’ll find the old Ferreira Borges Market building, an impressive steel structure beside the Stock Exchange Palace.

Modernist architecture walk

Like a bit of art deco and art nouveau? If you’re in a downtown hostel you’ll encounter a surprising amount of it. Strap your shoes on and visit Armazens Cunhas, a department store straight out of Miami; the Coliseu do Porto theatre Rivoli theatres; the Batalha cinema; the gleefully OTT Majestic Café; and of course the opulent Livraria Lello & Irmão bookstore.

The port houses

If you can see Vila Nova de Gaia from your hostel dorm, you’ll notice it’s dominated by port house logos. Port is BIG business here – it’d be rude not to visit a few tasting rooms, wouldn’t it? Cálem is right by the bridge, so start there.


Address: Av. Diogo Leite 344, 4400-111 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Phone: 022 374 6660

Church of São Francisco

Large but unassuming from the outside, this UNESCO-listed Gothic church is hiding both a jaw-dropping interior and an interesting set of catacombs, accessed through the neighbouring museum.


Address: Rua do Infante Dom Henrique, 4050-297 Porto, Portugal

Phone: 022 206 2125

Livraria Lello & Irmão

This art nouveau façade of this iconic bookstore is striking enough, but the interior is something else. Your eye follows the sweeping, curved red staircase up to an elaborate stained-glass window fringed with delicate plasterwork. Oh, and there are books too.

Address: R. das Carmelitas 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal

Phone: 022 200 2037

Clerigos Church

It isn’t Porto’s biggest religious building by a long stretch, but it’s a minor masterpiece of Baroque architecture, and its iconic clocktower offers amazing views of the city – if you can hack the 240 steps.


Address: R. de São Filipe de Nery, 4050-546 Porto, Portugal

Phone: 022 014 5489


From the historic to the consummately modern – this complex features a museum of modern art and a fabulous art deco villa set in gorgeous gardens. If you’re the kind of backpacker that’s hooked on culture and architecture, this is unmissable.


Address: R. Dom João de Castro 210, 4150-417 Porto, Portugal

Phone: 022 615 6584


Porto’s historic centre, within easy reach of city centre hostels. Start at the cathedral and follow the winding, narrow streets below it down to the waterfront, packed with bars, shops and restaurants. It’s a little touristy by the river, but the constant buzz and the picturesque surroundings, loomed over by the Dom Luis bridge, more than make up for that

Walking streets Touristy Central

Foz do Douro

Just a short bus ride from the city centre, this swish seaside suburb feels a million miles away. As well as the beach itself, there’s a long promenade with shady palm trees and bar terraces. Keep walking north and – if your legs are up to it – you’ll arrive at the extensive City Park (Parque da Cidade), which hosts the Optimus Primavera festival in June.

Beach/Seaside Patios Trendy Bars


Though it’s close enough to Sé, Miragaia feels a world away from tourists – backpackers like it for its quiet, residential vibe, with cobbled streets and colourful houses. It’s also home to the ‘hidden’ Horto das Virtudes garden, and if you follow its streets downhill to the river you’ll arrive at the Museum of Transport and Communications.

Affordable Peace and quiet Where locals live

São João festival (June)

This centuries-old celebration of St John the Baptist is more raucous than reverent. It’s a huge street party with barbecues, fireworks, and an odd tradition of people hitting each other with toy hammers. Wherever your youth hostel’s based, you’re bound to see (and hear) some of the festivities.

Address: City-wide


Film fan? Get yourself into a city centre hostel for this leading sci-fi, horror and fantasy film festival, showing big commercial releases and envelope-pushing indie work. Most screenings are at the art deco Rivoli Theatre.

Address: Praça Dom João I, Porto, Portugal

Phone: 0 22 339 22 00 / 022 606 30 00

Serralves Festival (May)

No half-measures from this lively cultural festival in the Serralves grounds. It runs non-stop for 40 hours, and features performances and workshops from every discipline you can think of.


Address: R. Dom João de Castro 210, 4150-417 Porto, Portugal

Phone: 808 200 543 (information line during the festival)

Dia de Reis (January 6)

Kings’ Day marks the end of Christmas celebrations, but in many ways it’s as big a deal as Christmas itself. A family-friendly carnival atmosphere with lashings of ‘Kings’ Cake’ (bolo rei), a round, soft cake covered in candied fruit.

Address: City-wide

NOS Primavera Sound (June)

This offshoot of Barcelona’s Primavera Sound is one of the festival circuit’s best-kept secrets, and has a perfect vibe for backpackers. It’s like its big brother, but with fewer crowds and a far nicer parkland setting.


Address: Parque da Cidade Portugal

Marés Vivas (July)

The streets, riversides and cheap hostels are great, but don’t forget Porto has beaches too! There’s a slightly poppier line-up at this summer festival, which has a sweet seaside location in Vila Nova de Gaia.


Address: Praia do Cabedelo do Douro Foz do Douro, Portugal

Salão de Chá Aviz

This no-frills caf won’t wow you with its cuisine, but it will fill you up for cheap. A Franchesinha – a mixed meat sandwich covered in cheese and tomato sauce and served with fries, a tried-and-tested favourite with backpackers – will set you back €7.

Address: Rua do Avis, 27, Porto 4050-075, Portugal

Phone: 022 200 4575

Black Mamba Burgers & Records

This is exactly what it sounds like – except that meat fans need not apply, because BM’s burgers are strictly vegan. Grab a burger, fries and drink for €7.50, and then browse the vinyl crates.

Address: Rua Mártires da Liberdade, 130, Porto, Portugal

Phone: 022 326 6620


Restaurante Casa da Música

Don’t want to skimp on quality? Head to the restaurant in this strikingly modern concert hall, close to the downtown hostels around Boavista. The lunch menu comes in at a cool €13 for three courses.

Address: Av. da Boavista 604-610, 4149-071 Porto, Portugal

Phone: 022 012 0220

Pinguim Café

If you’re in an arty mood, head here. Behind the unassuming red façade on Rua del Belmonte is a bohemian, backpacker-friendly bar with a cool basement space for live music, theatre and readings. Also, they know their gins…


Address: Rua de Belmonte 67, 4440-452 Porto, Portugal

Phone: 022 332 6062

Aduela Taberna-Bar

The word ‘relaxed’ might have been coined for this local-as-you-like backstreet bar in Vitoria. Craft beers, good wine and a bit of tapas – you’ll want to hole up and drink and talk until the small hours. There are plenty of cheap hostels in the area, so it might even become your ‘local’...

Address: Rua das Oliveiras 36, Porto, Portugal

Phone: 022 208 4398


BH Foz

Out in Foz? Kick back at this stylish restaurant and bar in a restored art deco building within view of the sea. Great for an afternoon coffee, a few sundowners, or a full-on night out.


Address: Avenida do Brasil 498, Porto, Portugal

Phone: 0910 993 040


Mercado do Bolhão

Porto’s bustling food market is a great place to pick up veg, cheese or charcuterie for a picnic, but it also has little stands selling cooked food at great prices. Perfect for hungry backpackers who need to grab something on the go.

Address: Rua de Fernandes Tomás, 4000-214 Porto, Portugal

Phone: 022 200 9975

Centro Comercial Bombarda (CC Bombarda)

If only all malls were like this. Head here for a cluster of indie art, craft, fashion and design boutiques under one roof - you’ll want to buy more than you can fit in the dorm.


Address: Rua de Miguel Bombarda 285, 4050-379 Massarelos, Porto, Portugal

Fernandes Mattos & Ca

This might be the gift shop to end them all. Behind the elegant façade you’ll find retro gifts, colourful toys and quirky gadgets over two floors.


Address: Rua das Carmelitas 108, Porto, Portugal

Phone: 022 200 5568


Learn to love port: You probably associate it with expensive meals, but you’ll be amazed how cheaply you can sink a few drinks in the port house tasting rooms. They’re keen to sell to tourists, so free samples and low-priced tasting measures are common. And a white port is a fine thing on a hot day…

Join a free tour: Pancho Tours ( will take you round Porto’s historic centre for free – though tips are welcome if you’re feeling generous. You’re likely to be in a big group, but it’s still a good way to get your bearings and meet other backpackers. The walks run daily year-round and last 2.5 hours.

Don’t hang around at Ribeira: As buzzy as it is, there’s a big tourist markup at most places. Fine for a quick beer by the river, but look further afield for meals and nights out. Vitoria is a good bet.




Porto’s Francisco Sa Carneiro Airport is about seven miles outside town, and the Metro is by far the easiest way of getting to the city centre’s hostels. Platforms are clearly signposted from the main concourse, trains depart every half hour and a single costs just €2.35. You can also catch local buses – six routes serve the airport, including two night routes. They’re cheap, but take longer.


Porto’s main stations are Campanhã and São Bento. Use Campanhã for intercity services, including to Lisbon. São Bento has mostly local services, plus the scenic Douro line – but even if you aren’t using it, it’s worth popping into the station’s main hall to admire its spectacular azulejos tilework.


Backpackers arriving on Rede-Expressos and Citi-Express bus services will arrive at and depart from Rua Alexandre Herculano 366. The closest Metro stops are São Bento and Batalha.

Getting around

Porto has an extensive metro network with six lines, and masses of bus routes. You can ride most forms of transport with an Andante ticket, but charging it with journey credits can be confusing: credits range from Z2 (two zones) to Z7 (seven zones), and zones are counted from the place where you begin your journey. So a Z2 credit is valid for travel within your current zone and into any neighbouring zone, and so on.

If you plan to use public transport a lot, consider an Andante 24, which gives you unlimited travel within a given number of zones, or an Andante Tour ticket, which gives you network-wide unlimited travel for 24 hours (€7) or three days (€15).

Language: Portuguese

Currency: Euro

Voltage: 220V

Dialing code: +351 for Portugal, 22 for Porto

Emergency numbers: Call 112 for ambulance, police and fire services. There’s also a 24-hour medical helpline on 808 242 424.

Opening hours: Shops generally close for lunch, on Saturday afternoons and on Sundays. 9am – 1pm then 3pm to 7pm is typical. Large shopping centres are likely to open later, and city-centre bars will go until the small hours.


Hospital Geral de Santo António (Centro Hospitalar do Porto, EPE)

Largo Prof. Abel Salazar, 4099-001 Porto, Portugal

022 207 7500

Hospital de Santa Maria

Rua de Camões 906

Porto, Portugal

022 508 2000

Post office

Munícipio (Porto)

Praça General Humberto Delgado, 4000-999 Porto

022 340 0202

Tourist office

Município do Porto - Posto de Turismo do Centro

Rua Clube dos Fenianos, 25, 4000-172 Porto, Portugal

022 339 3472