The cost of living in Portugal is not especially high, particularly for those who choose the country to study and live or just to come for holidays
The truth is that Portugal is included in the Top 10 of European countries with the lowest costs of living. Most of the Portuguese and foreign students choosing Portugal for their academic career do it because of the quality of its educational system, but also bearing in mind its low costs of living. Portugal has a lot of advantages that make it a great —and economical— option.
◦ Public transports and Accessibility
Portugal has a wide transport network, that allows you to easily travel to all the big cities and suburban areas. This transport network includes buses, subway, trains, and air transport. Transports’ costs differ by zone, distance, and type. The monthly average is around 50€.
In Portugal is possible to buy and rent a house, and also to rent a room. Values differ according to location, dimension, and house type. It is important to say that the southern area is more expensive than the northern part of the country. In Lisbon, for instance, renting a room can range from 300-350€, on average; apartments are about 650-800€ per month. Whereas, in Porto the average rent is 200/300€ for a room; 450-650€ for a whole apartment.
But there are other bills to pay, besides the house rent: water, energy, gas, and the Internet. On average, monthly bills can reach 100€. Sharing an apartment is also an option —a great option, actually, since it gives you the chance to share bills with other flatmates. Please, note that apartments located far from the city centre have lower rents.
Food prices are quite affordable in Portugal. Everyone who chooses Portugal as a destination has no difficulty in finding a place to do groceries. A wide range of supermarkets is available, all over the country, and every one has economical and high-quality products. The average monthly expenditure for a student can be between 150-200€.
Lots of people, from time to time, choose to go out to have lunch or dinner, as it is a cheap and affordable option. It will depend on the restaurant, but still, lots of them have affordable prices:
- Economic restaurant meal (Today's special): 5€
- Standard restaurant meal, on average: 15€
The National Healthcare Service’s purpose is to provide attention and the highest-quality services to all its users. This service is available at the institutions and departments belonging to the National Healthcare Service and other independent entities and professionals integrated into the national network of Healthcare provision, when linked to the National Healthcare Service. Costs will depend on the field and urgency.
For further information, check the SNS website.
◦ Other expenditures
- Cinema: the average price is 6,50€ per person.
- Visits to monuments: lots of monuments have free entrance, others have discounts for students.
- Nightlife: in several areas of the country, there are bars where you can enter for free and without a drink purchase required. Others have a limited entry and you must pay at least the first drink. It is also common for students to find themed parties at cheaper prices.
- Sports: the country offers a wide variety of sports, such as football, handball, volleyball, tennis, surf, gym, etc. Prices vary depending on the sport and the place where you choose to practice or learn it.