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Experience in Beirut, Lebanon, by Myriam


How do you feel about living in Beirut? Do you recommend it? How is the city?

Beirut is a very old and diverse city. You'll find there Roman ruins, buildings and houses dating back to the 1900s, and traces of the 25 years of civil war. Malls, pubs, night clubs, restaurants of all kinds of cuisine, downtown, etc., are only adding charm to this city.

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How is the student atmosphere in Beirut?

In Beirut you will find the most prestigious universities in the country, like the American University of Beirut (AUB), Some faculties of Saint Joseph's University (USJ) (faculty of Medicine, faculty of Political Science and faculty of Arts), which makes student life very active during the months of study (between September and May).

What is the cost of living in Beirut?

Prices in Beirut are unfortunately quite high with regards to evenings, drinks, restaurants and housings. There are certainly exceptions, and daily necessities are at a good price.

Is it difficult to find accommodation in Beirut? Do you have any advice?

I live in Lebanon, so I never had to investigate housing in Beirut too much, but I know there is a great choice, with prices ranging from average to very high. However, prices become much more affordable when you move away from Beirut, which is quite easy, given that Lebanon is a very small country.

How is food in the city? What are your favorite meals?

The restaurants are super diversified... you will find everything! Italian, Chinese, Lebanese, French, American, Indian, etc.

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What places do you recommend to see in Beirut?

Downtown, old streets of Beirut, Raouche.

And to eat out in Beirut? Can you tell us your favorite places?

  • Divvy,
  • Plenty of restaurants in Mar Mikael,
  • Restaurants in Sodeco street, in Monnot streets.

In short, you will discover superb restaurants everywhere!

What places do you recommend to go out in Beirut?

  • Zaitunay Bay,
  • Beirut Souks,
  • Mar Mikael,
  • Uruguay street,
  • Downtown,
  • Hamra.

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What advice do you want to give to the Erasmus students in Beirut?

You will spend time in one of the strangest, most dynamic and diverse cities in the world!


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