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Why Lisbon?

Lisbon, the "city of the seven hills", is the political and economic capital of Portugal. It stretches along the north bank of the River Tagus in the westernmost country of mainland Europe.

Also known as the “white city”, the almost constant presence of sunshine and the River Tagus transforms Lisbon into a mirror of a thousand colors, highlighting the city’s unique architecture and beauty.

Lisbon offers all the delights you’d expect of Portugal’s star attraction, yet with half the fuss of other European capitals. Gothic cathedrals, majestic monasteries, quaint museums, great cuisine and the best sandy beaches in Europe are some of the features that make Lisbon one of the best cities to study and live.

Useful Information about Lisbon

Lisbon is just a short flight away. 1-3 hours from most European cities and 5-8 hours from North America. Lisbon airport (also named Aeroporto da Portela and Aeroporto de Lisboa) is centrally located, as it only takes a 15 minute transfer to/from the city center and is approximately 5km away from CATÓLICA-LISBON.

Public Transportation

There are many different forms of transportation in Lisbon, ranging from antique trams and elevators to modern subway.

Lisbon is famous for its 7 hills that can be climbed by the centenary tram, the funicular or the elevator. There are also extended subway (Metro) and bus (Carris) lines crossing the city.

Lisbon public transport is not expensive, when comparing to other capital cities in Europe. Nevertheless, if you travel often with a certain type of public transport it is smarter to either get a monthly pass or another sort of temporary pass (Lisboa Viva Card and Zapping).

Please click here for more information on public transports and fares.

Taxis are relatively cheap. The price starts at 2,50€ ; if you share the costs it can be cheaper than travelling by bus or tram.

Living Costs

Student accommodation

Below are some accomodation websites that can help you find a place to live in.

If you grasp Portuguese or have a friend who can help you with the translation we advise to search for rooms/apartments in:

More information about Lisbon and Portugal: