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How to Rent a Room in Portugal

Are you considering moving to Portugal and wondering how to rent a room here? Whether you’re coming to study, work, or explore this beautiful country, finding accommodation is one of the first things you’ll need to sort out. Due to a variety of factors, Portugal is an attractive destination for many, especially in recent years

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How can I rent a room in Portugal?

Renting a room/sharing a house is a very common practice in many countries – Portugal included. And, due to rents rising, it is getting increasingly popular, especially between younger people in big cities, such as Lisbon and Porto, where the huge demand causes scarcity and less correct practices, like lack of conditions in the house. That is why we have assembled a guide to conduct you through this experience.

People rent rooms in Portugal for various reasons, including studying, working, or simply exploring the country. Whether you’re a student looking for affordable accommodation, a professional relocating for work, or a traveler seeking temporary lodging, Portugal has options to suit every need and budget.

The current reality of the Portuguese rental market in major cities, marked by high prices and scarce supply, makes it complex for many single or separated individuals to afford the cost of a house, making renting a room the most affordable option based on their income. While one may think only young adults and students practice co-living, when idealista analyzed the profile of those looking for rooms to rent, they found out that, on average, they are 40 years old and living in the center of large cities. In Porto, the average age is 35 years old, while in Lisbon it is 39.

How much does it cost to rent a room in Portugal?

Portugal offers a wide range of accommodation options at different price points. The cost of renting a room can vary significantly depending on the city and the neighborhood you choose. The average price per room in Lisbon is around 450 euros, for example. Here’s an overview of the average monthly rental prices for a room in Portugal:

 

CityAverage room price in 2023
Lisbon450€
Faro (Algarve)340€
Setúbal350€
Porto430€
Braga300€
Aveiro320€
Vila Real200€
Funchal (Madeira)300€
Ponta Delgada (Azores)300€
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Renting a room is becoming increasingly popular in Portugal

What do you need to rent a room in Portugal?

When renting a room in Portugal, you must provide certain documents to the landlord or the real estate agency. Take notes and prepare your documents:

  • A copy of your passport or ID card
  • Proof of income or financial means
  • Proof of enrollment (for students)
  • A rental agreement

As a rule, the processes are simple, and the law safeguards tenants from any constraints. You can consult the Portuguese Tenancy Law (Lei do Arrendamento Urbano) for detailed information about renting a room in Portugal. However, you should read the rental agreement carefully and ensure all information is valid. If you need any support or have doubts regarding your rental process, Pearls of Portugal is here to help solve your situation!

Regarding the rental agreement

More commonly than not, landlords rent rooms without a contract, or choose to only rent the property to one individual, who then finds people to sublet to. While this can be a little cheaper (since, this way the landlord doesn’t have to pay taxes on several rental contracts), when there’s no contract, you basically have no rights in case anything goes wrong – like the landlord expelling you from the room or raising the rent. Desperation may sometimes lead people to agree to these terms, but a rental agreement is very much recommended and the overall best option for you. 

Where to find the best room?

The process of finding a room to rent can be stressful. The good news is that at Pearls of Portugal, we specialize in helping people find the perfect accommodation. Whether you’re looking for a room in Lisbon, Porto, Faro, or any other city in Portugal, we’ve got you covered.

You can count on us or visit popular online platforms such as Idealista, OLX, or Facebook groups dedicated to finding housing in Portugal – there are even specific ones for each city/region. Keep an eye on these groups and websites daily, and publish a post in each group that sinalizes what you are looking for. Additionally, you can find room rental listings by exploring the neighborhoods you’re interested in (like on street lamps, walls), checking bulletin boards at universities, or asking around in local cafés and shops!

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There are many options for rooms to rent in Portugal

What you need to know before sharing a house

Sharing a house or apartment with roommates is common in Portugal, especially among students and young professionals. We organized some tips to make the experience more enjoyable and as less stressful as possible:

  • Set clear rules and expectations from the beginning
  • Communicate openly and respectfully with your roommates
  • Establish a fair system for splitting bills and household chores
  • Be considerate of each other’s privacy and personal space
  • Resolve conflicts calmly and maturely
  • Rent expenses: plan your budget

This last point is usually the most discussed when renting a room. When we share a house with several people, it is almost impossible to control and account for individual consumption of water, gas, or electricity, and timing how long a housemate spends in the shower is not the best option.

Therefore, it is crucial to establish a decision in advance which all tenants and the landlord agree on, and everyone is responsible for conscious consumption. You can divide the expenses equitably or in the room rent beforehand. If you share a space with others, the rule is simple: one for all, all for one!

A room tailor-made to your needs

Renting a room in Portugal can be straightforward if you know what to expect. By following these tips and guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect accommodation for your needs. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact Pearls of Portugal! We’re here to help make your transition to Portugal as smooth and stress-free as possible. Are you ready to look for the perfect room to rent in Portugal? Get in touch.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

As of August of 2023, the average rent for a room in Lisbon was 450€.

The Portuguese minimum wage is 820€, in 2024. 

Besides OLX, idealista and Facebook groups, at Pearls of Portugal we can help you find a room and take care of all phases of this process for you, via our rental service. Contact us for more information!

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