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The choice of accommodation for temporary residence in Porto, namely for periods of less than 1 year, depends on assessing myriad factors related to each person and each case. For example:

  • the anticipated length of stay;
  • the number of people to be accommodated;
  • the preferred location;
  • the minimum housing conditions required, factors which influence the price of accommodation and may, in itself, be crucial to selection as well.

Like any urban centre, the price of accommodation in Porto varies according to location. Renting a flat in the centre of the city or in districts such as Boavista, Antas and Foz is, generally, more expensive than on the outskirts, with specific areas in and outside these areas being more expensive or cheaper.

However, as an indication, the following are average prices for renting a room or flat:

  • Single room: €200-250
  • Double room: €175-200 per person
  • 1-bedroom flat: €500 per month

It is possible to find out about available rented accommodation by means of signs in the windows or facade of a specific flat, the city's daily newspapers, internet sites and licensed estate agents. Estate agent licences can be checked at the website of the Instituto da Construção e do Imobiliário, I.P. (InCI, I.P.), the body responsible for regulating the construction and real estate sector.

The legal regime governing urban renting is regulated by Law No. 6/2006 of 27/2, revised by Law No. 31/2012 of 14/8.

An urban renting contract for accommodation has no minimum duration, so if the parties do not stipulate a length of time, the contracts are deemed to have been signed for the fixed period of 2 years, and the rent period may be of open-ended duration after its first renewal. The duration must be stated in a clause in the contract.

The National Immigrant Support Centre (Centro Nacional de Apoio ao Imigrante (CNAI)) has a Housing Support Office (Gabinete de Apoio à Habitação (GAH)) which provides support for immigrants by furnishing information about buying and selling a house, renting and living in a flat.

Further information at:

  • Line SOS Immigrant
    Tel. 808 257 257 (valid in Portugal)
    Tel. +351 218 106 191 (mobile network and from abroad)
    Mon-sat – 08:30-20:30

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Published 20-05-2013