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Erasmus Experience in Lisbon, Portugal by Isabel


Why did you choose to go to Lisbon, Portugal?

I actually chose it, because I don't speak any other languages and it was the only place that didn't ask for me to have any level of English or of Portuguese.

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How long is the scholarship? How much money do you receive to help you with living costs?

My stay lasted for the whole course, but I only got a grant for 7 months, at €250 a month, of which they gave you 80% of the total grant at the beginning of your mobility and the rest when it finishes and, I also got a grant from the Andalusian council.

What is the student lifestyle like in Lisbon?

The lifestyle is great, there are a lot of students all over the place.

Would you recommend the city and the university of Lisbon to other students?

Yes, I would recommend it, I think it's a very lovely city, it's good fun and has great weather and people from all over the world, it's just great!

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What is the food like there?

I'm thankful that they eat so much meat; and you have to eat the bacalao, they make it very well here, no matter what form it takes.

Was it difficult to find accommodation in Lisbon?

It was difficult to find cheap accommodation, so much so that I didn't manage to find any, I'm in a residence for €380 a month.

I'd recommend starting to look early, because, if you don't, all of the good, cheap places will be gone.

I know people who lived in a hostel for months...

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How much does it cost to live in Lisbon?

I survived spending €380 for the residence plus €300 on other expenses, so I spent around €700 a month.

Is the language easy to get to grips with? Are there language courses available at the university?

The language, like everything, was alright in the beginning, but it got much better, I could understand pretty much everything and, yes, they have courses at the university.

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What's the easiest or most economical way to travel to Lisbon from your home city?

By bus, from Seville, it's more affordable to go by bus.

Where would you recommend for a night out in Lisbon?

Barrio alto, Pink Street, Cais do Sodré...

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