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Student Life in Lisbon
The first year of Forward’s learning expedition begins in Lisbon, which has been recognised as one of the best places to learn in Europe.
Discover our Lisbon Campus
Students also take some of their academic classes at the British Council in Príncipe Real, which also gives them access to one of the building’s wonderful gardens during recesses. The British Council is a 20-minute walk from the Learning Centre.
The Co-Working Space
Next to your living residence, you will find a large and private space open to the Forward cohorts, in which individual study, group learning, and conferences take place. The space is designed with flexible furniture to encourage and ignite creativity and collaboration.
Student clubs and social events
All Forward students can submit a proposal to create a club for something they have a common interest in, and if approved, can access a budget and take the lead in managing the club activities. This is mediated by our student committee.
Our first cohort created a basketball club, organising weekly meetings to play outdoors. Parque Florestal Monsanto near the student residence offers an extensive area that can be used for various sports, including basketball. Other students founded a guitar club to learn how to play the instrument together.
Many on-campus social events are also organised along the year, such as the Winter Holiday celebration and the Carnival and pancakes party.
Cost of Living in Lisbon
Let’s take a look at some of the costs you may have in your first year studying at Forward’s Lisbon campus.
|Activities||Costs per week||Cost per month||Cost per academic year (52 weeks)|
|Student home||From €145 to €182||From €580 to €730||From €7,540 to €9,490|
|Private health insurance||€6.25||€25||€325|
|Public transportation pass||€7.50||€30||€390|
|Grocery||From €37 to €50||From €150 to €200||From €1950 to €2600|
|Mobile Phone Plan||€2.5||€10||€130|
|Leisure activities and daily expenses*||From €25 to €37||From €100 to €150||From €1,300 to €1,950|
*includes gym, nightlife, cinema and other types of entertainment.
|Meal in a average restaurant||€15.00|
|Coffee||€0.70 – €1.00|
|Take away in a bakery (lunch menus, sandwiches…)||€3 – €7.00|
|Nightclub entry||€10 – €15.00|
|Single metro ticket||€1.50|
10 tips from our students before joining the Lisbon campus
Studying abroad is one of the most important decisions in your life. By deciding to join Forward you will be pushed out of your comfort zones on a number of occasions: you will transition from high school to university, learn autonomy, live away from your family in a new country, be immersed in a multicultural student body so it’s a good idea to get prepared before arriving. Here are a few tips from our students:
Visit the Erasmus website to gain access to the Erasmus card and access events throughout the year.
Estátua A Verdade de Eça de Queirós: this spot is right in front of the Learning Centre. Here our students can spend time enjoying the sun between classes.
Fábrica Coffee Roasters: rumour is you can have the best coffees from all over the world here. And let’s face it, students love to have a good cup of coffee while they study. Handily located right next to the Learning Centre.
Marie Blanchère: a French boulangerie located only two short mins from our Learning Centre, great for lunch and for snacking between classes.
Park Bar: a beautiful rooftop just only minutes away from our campus, perfect for a happy hour (or two) after classes.
Pack a few jumpers for winter but try mostly to pack items that you can layer throughout the year, days are generally hot with fresher nights.
Do all the fun stuff in the first term so you have more time to study in the second and third term.
Pack an extension cord and adaptor.
One of the best ways for our students to make the most of living in Lisbon is to take a trip to a nearby beach. Some of the most beautiful beaches that Portugal has to offer are just one hour or less away from our Lisbon Learning Centre. Here’s our top three:
1. Praia do Ribeiro do Cavalo, Sesimbra
2. Praia das Azenhas do Mar, Sintra
3.Praia de Galapos, Setúbal
Go to the Asian grocery shops in Martim Moniz, there you will find cheaper condiments of any kind.
Only take the essentials as you will be moving to Paris the year after.
Most of all, don’t stress too much. It can seem like a lot of work the first couple of months when you arrive at Forward but make sure you enjoy it while you are here and make the most of this incredible opportunity.