Porto is one of the nicest cities in Portugal to study. The local people are friendly, the monuments and places are impressive, and the culture is charming.

If you have already made the decision to study in Porto, looking for accommodation should be your next step. In this city, students are concentrated in 3 different areas, due to their proximity to university campuses, transportation, and services.

These 3 neighborhoods are located in central areas, so you will stay in touch with all the locals and the scene in Porto. Discover them here!


This is one of the most picturesque neighbourhoods in Porto. It is located in the centre, very close to Baixa, an area known as the heart of the city for its streets and squares with traditional architecture and emblematic places.

Students choose to live in Marquês because it offers them everything they need. From cafes and restaurants to hospitals and markets. It is even less than 3 km away from the University of Porto, so it is an excellent area for those who study there.

Another attraction of Marquês is that it offers different accommodation options at a lower price than in the tourist areas of Porto. In addition, it has several metro stations, so it is very easy to travel to any point in the city from there.


Lapa attracts students for its central location, but also for its varied accommodation options. Here you will find rooms and apartments to share, as well as residences just for yourself.

The best thing about this area is that the rental price is usually affordable on a student budget. In addition, it also has nearby metro stations, supermarkets, local markets, hospitals, and all the necessary services to live comfortably.

In general, it is a quiet area, a bit away from the hustle and bustle of the centre and the tourist hotspots. From here, you can go for a walk in Boavista, wander the streets of Baixa, or go to a concert at the Casa da Música.

And if your plan is to study at the University of Porto, you should know that you will only be about 2 km away from campus.


These days, Cedofeita is one of the best student areas in Porto. It is located between the gardens of the Palacio de Cristal and Av. De los Aliados, and the people of Porto know it as the Bairro das Artes.

This name is due to the fact that the area is full of cafes, shops, galleries, and many places with artistic and cultural activities that attract the attention of tourists. All this makes Cedofeita the right neighborhood for students who want to get to know the culture and customs of the city without forgoing the fun of the youthful atmosphere.

From here, you can walk to the centre to meet your friends at the main party venues in Porto. It is even the best option for students at the University of Porto, as it is less than 2 km away.

Where to find Liv Student in Porto

Now that you know the main student areas of Porto, you will be surprised to know the location of our residences.

By staying at the Liv Student residences, you can easily walk to the main Porto universities. Some of them are:

  • Institute of Molecular and Cellular Medicine (3 minutes away)
  • Faculty of Dental Medicine (3 minutes away)
  • Research and Innovation Institute (5 minutes away)
  • Faculty of Economics FEP (6 minutes away)
  • FEUP and ISEP Faculty of Engineering (15 minutes away)

And if you study at the University of Porto, you will only have to take the metro at the Polo Universitario station which is located a stone’s throw from our buildings. You will be there in a few minutes!

Using the metro you can also get to the centre of Porto and get to know some emblematic sites of the city, such as:

  • São Bento station
  • Bolhão Market
  • Lello bookstore
  • Rua de Santa Catarina
  • Galerías de París 
  • Clérigos Tower
  • Porto Cathedral, and many other spots 

At the Liv Student residences, you will have all the services and amenities to make you feel at home. You can enjoy the pool, stroll in the gardens, have fun with friends in the games room, work out in the gym, and much more.

The best thing is that you can choose between living alone or sharing space with a partner. No matter what your decision is, the student areas in Porto will give you the best welcome!

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