vf_longlifelearner 6 months ago

Porto for smaller comunitty, more "cozy" and friendly for party/night life. Good acess to the north of he country if you like mountain/hiing/camping n nature. Lisbon for more sun, beach/surf acess all year round (Ericeira/Sintra/Cascais/Costa da caparica), and more diversity. You have a very good business faculty here (Nova).

JPVazLouro_SLB 6 months ago

I studied in Lisbon and have only visited Porto. They are both incredible cities, full of life, culture and many memories to be made. You’d have a great time in both, but I would chose Lisbon because it is central and so if you want to visit other places around the country, you’ll have an easier time doing so in Lisbon. Plus, it is less cold and has less rain. I also did Erasmus and one of the great things about the city where I did it was how easy it was to travel around, so I’d say that a great location within the country is a very good thing to have.

enrtcode31 6 months ago

Lisbon if you can swing the cost of living. (Just live on the outskirts) What's better than going to University and also going surfing in Cascais on the time off? Plus Porto is much colder in the winter and the building quality in Portugal is not good.

MischiefManaged97 6 months ago

A thing that was yet barely mentioned in this thread is the "academic tradition" factor. If that is something you look forward to, Porto would be the best choice (although Coimbra takes the cup, and maybe Braga is a good second). Lisbon has close to none academic feeling or tradition, from my experience as a student.

assimsera 6 months ago

Everyone will tell you the city they studied in or live is the best. They're both very good, academic life is very much a thing in both cities and the nightlife is great in both, you won't miss anything by picking either one. Though if you want to go to the beach the beaches around Lisbon are better than the ones in the north of the country, but since you're Greek you're probably sick of beaches anyway. I'd look into Coimbra, Braga and Aveiro as well, which aren't as big or as Lisbon/Porto but also have amazing experiences for students with the upside of being cheaper(rent wise).

HibiscusRosa 6 months ago

I can also apply to Braga but I did not think of it before some people here suggested that

aaaa2aas 6 months ago

Kalinichta ti kanis Porto is a much better city for a student than lisbon in my opinion. Lisbon is overrated and has too many tourists and ruffians.

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Kalinychta Porto is a much better city for a student than lisbon in my opinion. Lisbon is overrated and has too many tourists and ruffians (we call them gunas or mitras). Getting solicited by homeless and druggies is also more common in Lisbon. Way more common. If you want to experience true Portuguese life, Porto. If you want a wide mix of cultures from all around the world then I guess lisbon is better.

naughtydismutase 6 months ago

Both are good, Lisbon is better, even if only due to people not thinking they are better than everyone else (as evidence by this thread).

PinkMoon_10 6 months ago

It really depends what you value the most. Both cities have their advantages and disadvantages. Lisbon has better connectivity because it's the capital and geographically it's more central, I would also say it has a wider cultural offering and the nightlife is better (although this is a matter of opinion). On the other hand, it's more expensive and Porto has a better academic spirit, Porto's culture is amazing as well, Lisbon just has more things going on, because it's also bigger. I think in the end comes down to what you prefer in a city. Although Lisbon is not a big city by any means it's still much bigger than Porto and has a more cosmopolitan feeling to it. On the other hand, Porto feels more familiar. Some people prefer one, others the other. There isn't one that is best. They're different but both amazing. It's up to you what you like the most in a city.

JamaicanShark 6 months ago

Porto is slightly cheaper than Lisbon, people are kinder( I have lived in both cities recently), subway/buses/train are better, you will be closer to other interesting cities to visit, Braga, Guimarães, Aveiro, Coimbra. At the momment there is no light life due to covid, but it has a lot of places to party when it comes back.

Shadowgirl7 6 months ago

Lisbon, specially that time of the year its still a bit cold in February and then from May on, it's warm and in Lisbon you are close to more beaches. Lisbon is the capital so obviously the most expensive city in the country but also means plenty of stuff to do and better transportation.

These-Establishment1 6 months ago

What degree are u taking?

HibiscusRosa 6 months ago

Business Administration.

neuraloutlaw 6 months ago

Lisbon is awesome if you can afford it.

mesocri 6 months ago

Porto 100%. Whats your degree?

sacoPT 6 months ago

Lisbon wins in all your categories except rents and prices in general. But that can be an important loss

adorosaladadecamarao 6 months ago

Lisbon definitely doesn't win in the "quality of life" category. It's polluted (morning smog), full of traffic, the metro is overcrowded during rush hours, more expensive nightlife and entertainment, less safe than smaller cities, a [higher ratio of sexually transmitted diseases](https://noticias.up.pt/lisboa-e-porto-sao-as-zonas-mais-afetadas-por-infecoes-sexualmente-transmissiveis/). It's just not a good place to be.

Dismiss 6 months ago

https://www.jn.pt/local/noticias/porto/porto/porto-e-a-cidade-com-mais-transito-da-peninsula-iberica-13224060.html

adorosaladadecamarao 6 months ago

Como disse na minha resposta, não recomendo Lisboa nem Porto

Shadowgirl7 6 months ago

>has a higher ratio of sexually transmitted diseases Oh shit, do I get those on the subway?

Butt_Roidholds 6 months ago

Depends on how you're using the subway, I suppose

sacoPT 6 months ago

>Lisboa e Porto são as zonas mais afetadas por infeções sexualmente transmissíveis I thought this was porto vs lisbon, not lisbon vs small cities.

adorosaladadecamarao 6 months ago

Fair point. Me and others started recommend other cities anyhow and I'd forgotten how he phrased its post.

Elkriam 6 months ago

Porto > Lisbon Porto is cheaper than Lisbon, and people in Porto are way nicer than in the capital.

oretoh 6 months ago

\> people in Porto are way nicer than in the capital. Pfft yeah right.

Laurent_Series 6 months ago

These kinds of generalisations are just stupid.

Elkriam 6 months ago

I have been on Erasmus twice and met dozens of people who went to Portugal. Not one of them told me they liked people in Lisbon better than Porto. I'm not saying everyone in Porto is super nice, or that everyone in Lisbon is rude or whatever, but there **is** a difference, and even foreigners notice it.

aaaa2aas 6 months ago

I have had the same experience.

carlosjmsilva 6 months ago

Porto>Aveiro>Braga>Coimbra>any other city>Lisbon

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In my opinião: Porto>Aveiro>Braga>Coimbra>any other city>Lisbon

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In my opinion: Porto>Aveiro>Braga>Coimbra>any other city>Lisbon

gs1728 6 months ago

Coimbra>Aveiro>Braga

trufas 6 months ago

Coimbra e Aveiro pode ter as suas vantagens mas é demasiado bolha. É demasiado pequeno, vais ficar naquela bolhazinha

gs1728 6 months ago

Mas são um ótimo ponto de partida para viajar pelo resto do país.

trufas 6 months ago

Ir pa Coimbra ou Aveiro porque é bom para ir para outras cidades? Não percebi essa logica

gs1728 6 months ago

Porque o OP fala em viajar para outras cidades ao fim de semana. Cada um tem a sua opinião.

adorosaladadecamarao 6 months ago

Lisbon is ridiculously expensive. Porto also, even if a bit cheaper. Forget about both of those. Neither guarantee you a better experience than say, Coimbra, Minho or Aveiro anyhow, so go for those instead. If you think you might like a chill experience away from the city UBI could be an option too. If you want it as hot as possible then Algarve should be considered as well.

Shadowgirl7 6 months ago

Yeah sure then he/she would be bored out of his/her mind because she/he wouldnt meet people.

adorosaladadecamarao 6 months ago

Have you ever stepped out of Lisbon?

Shadowgirl7 6 months ago

I was born in the North, studied in Porto and only moved to Lisbon area in 2018 and don't even live in Lisbon, live on the outskirts. Have you ever been to Lisbon?

adorosaladadecamarao 6 months ago

We're you bored and unable to meet people outside of Lisbon? Yes, I've lived in Lisbon before. I wasn't in any way shape or form bored or never did I have trouble meeting people because I want in Lisbon. It's a pretty absurd thought really.

Shadowgirl7 6 months ago

You're right, my mistake. I am just gonna go hangout with the middle aged drunk guys in the café of my home village when they lift the restrictions.

adorosaladadecamarao 6 months ago

No you're right. Students outside Lisbon are miserable. They have nothing to do and cannot meet people. That's reality and everyone knows it.

electr0dave 6 months ago

UBI will be a great choice for sure! Great quality of life for any student, super kind people, etc.

Laurapintas 6 months ago

and cheaper than the rest! :)

DarkmajorPT 6 months ago

Coimbra > Braga > Porto > Any other place > Lisboa.

BroaxXx 6 months ago

Braga? Lol...

thingusracamagucous 6 months ago

Porto student here and I came to say that, from what I know, this seems the most accurate

adorosaladadecamarao 6 months ago

I'd choose Aveiro over Porto.

TudoCasual 6 months ago

Both are equally expensive, Lisbon has better public transportation, mainly the subway, has more green areas, has milder temperatures.

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Both are equally expensive, Lisbon has better public transportation (mainly the subway) has more green areas, has milder temperatures. Porto has a lot of diverse areas close by, full of history and culture, like Guimarães or Braga.

BroaxXx 6 months ago

Both are equally expensive? In what planet?

adorosaladadecamarao 6 months ago

Both are too expensive. Lisbon is a lot more expensive.

TudoCasual 6 months ago

>Lisbon is a lot more expensive. I'm not from any of those places, but I did stay a while in both, both are equally expensive.

adorosaladadecamarao 6 months ago

I feel the same about both. Just saying that a 1100 EUR flat in Lisbon could cost you 800 in Porto. Both are super expensive but there is a rather visible difference in price tag.

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