Long-Term Accommodation in Lisbon
If you’re moving to Lisbon or planning to stay here for few months, the best places to live in the city are undoubtedly the ones a beat out of the downtown but well connected to it.
The areas around the downtown, especially the neighbourhoods of Alfama and Bairro Alto, are by far the liveliest areas of the city, sporting multitudes of shops, bars, restaurants and other entertainment venues. However, they’re also the noisiest areas, making them less suitable for families and those seeking peace and quiet. Regardless, if you are planning to stay for a long time in Lisbon, you will probably enjoy a better quality of life being located just few kilometres away from the central districts.
Our recommendation is to get a place close to the green or blue lines of the metro. That way, you can quickly get to the down town without having changing lines. This is especially useful at night, when there are fewer trains running.
If you prefer to be away from the city centre, the coastline that goes from Lisbon to Cascais is one of the best places to be. This region is close to the beach, and there is a good train connection to Lisbon.
How Much Does It Cost to Rent a Flat in Lisbon?
As in most countries, rental costs vary widely across Portugal with Lisbon, unsurprisingly, being by far the most expensive city. The rates for small studio flats, not too far from the centre, typically start at around €900 per month, which a family apartment in a good area of town can cost between €1500 and €2,000 per month. Rental costs generally do not include utilities and other expenses, so these will usually need to be factored into your budget.
Landlords normally require the equivalent of one months’ worth of rent as a security deposit, and landlords may hold these funds themselves for the duration of the occupancy. Provided there is no damage to the flat once you move out, you should be able to get your deposit back in full. Just be sure to give your landlord plenty of notice when you’re planning to move out – two month’s notice is usually enough if there’s less than a year left on the tenancy.
Finding the Right Property to Rent
Much like anywhere, Lisbon and the rest of Portugal offer a diverse range of housing options from inner-city apartments to rural retreats. Newer buildings tend to be more comfortable and have better insulation and air conditioning. By contrast, older properties often have a rustic charm to them, but may be cold during the winter months due to poor insulation.
Most properties for rent can be found through local estate agents. Many apartments come fully furnished, but there are some unfurnished properties available in the central and outlying districts of Lisbon and beyond. Be sure to choose a reputable rental agency, preferably one that can provide English-speaking representatives as well as contracts in English.
Here is a list of websites that you can use to look for long-term accommodation in Lisbon.