Pastoral Universitária do Porto

A Pastoral Universitária do Porto promove um encontro para estudantes estrangeiros no Porto, com uma visita até Aveiro no dia 17 de Março. Mais informações em

The Pastoral Universitária do Porto is promoting a meeting of international students in Porto, with a visit to Aveiro on the 17th March. Check their website at for more information.



Alternative accommodation offers and services for incoming students

New accommodation info for incoming students:

- Student residences managed by the the Diocesis of Porto. Details, photos and contacts available at

- CasaSwap is a worldwide roommate and housing service (primarily for students, but anyone is welcome to sign up!) where you can find new roommates and rent, sublet & swap accommodation with other members. You can:

  • Find a new roommate
  • Find a furnished room or apartment for rent
  • Exchange/swap your own room, apartment or house
  • Furthermore, you can sublet your own room, apartment or house


Orientation Week Schedule

Q&A Sessions will be used to hear from you and to try and answer any questions/doubts you might have. They can also be used to take care of registration procedures of students arriving later in the week or for any other administrative or academic matter.
On Thursday we will meet at UFP at 14h30 and then take the subway downtown to meet our Tour Leader, Prof. Daniel Seabra.

Visa information / Informações sobre vistos

You can find information about applying for a visa (either on line or through a Portuguese consulate) at this government web site:

Poderão encontrar informações e formulários de candidatura para vistos (através da internet ou de um consulado português) nesta página oficial:

Quick Orientation


General orientation map with bus lines and location of UFP: Link

Getting from the airport to the Students’ Hall of Residence

All taxis at the airport are licensed and have a regulated taxi meter. The ride to the students’ residence should cost around 18 euros (17km plus luggage fare) and last around 25 minutes. Here is the address you should give the taxi driver:

Rua Monte da Luz, 12/16
Foz do Douro – 4150-504 Porto
(Tel. +351 22 616 7040)

If, however, you wish to try other public transportation options there is a direct connection by light rail (Metro do Porto) from the airport to the city centre, with a Z4 “Andante” ticket. You should then get off at station “Casa da Música” and change to bus line 204 (direction “Foz”, works only during daytime) with the same ticket. Leave the bus at the last stop, Foz (located at “Rua de Diu” street), and walk 5 minutes to the address above (total travel time: 1 hour and 15 minutes).

Getting from the Student’s Hall of Residence to University Fernando Pessoa by bus:

UFP is located at Praça Nove de Abril, 349. From the Residence, take bus line 204, direction “Hospital S. João”. Leave at Vale Formoso stop. Turn left when exiting the bus, then straight ahead and turn left at the last intersection; continue walking untill you reach “Arca D’Agua” garden. The university is at the opposite corner of the garden.

Getting to the Students’ Hall of Residence

The residence is located on Rua Monte da Luz 12/16 (Foz do Douro). From UFP, take bus line 204, direction “Foz”, and leave at the last stop.
Bus fare on board; € 1.80
Travel time across the city: 40min. ~ 1 hour

Other bus lines to UFP, the city centre and the Students’ Hall of Residence:
From UFP to Aliados/Trindade/São Bento (city centre): lines 304, 600
From UFP to Boavista/Casa da Música: lines 704, 803
From Aliados to Foz (Residence): lines 200, 500
From Boavista to Foz (Residence): lines 203, 204

Closest Metro Station: “Pólo Universitário”, on the yellow line, 10 minutes walking from UFP

You can try several combinations of bus and subway lines, after you get comfortable using Porto’s transportation system. Upon request the International Relation Office can provide you a statement to get student prices on monthly tickets.

Public transportation journey planner:
Porto subway (Metro do Porto):

Getting to Porto

For more information about Porto Airport please visit
If you are not arriving at Porto by plane you can reach the city either by train or bus (3 hour journey). From Lisbon Oriente train Station, long-distance trains are available on an hourly basis during daytime, leaving passengers at Porto’s transport interface of Campa

Getting to Porto

Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO) serves Porto and its metropolitan area. The 11km distance between the airport and the city centre cand be easily overcome by using the direct light-railway line (Line E of “Metro do Porto”), operating from 06h00am to 01h30am. The journey takes 23 minutes from the Airport to “Casa da Musica” subway station and 28 minutes to “Trindade” central subway station. Public bus line 601 departing from the Airport, as well as taxis, can also be used to reach the centre of Porto.

For more information about Porto Airport please visit

Getting from Lisbon to Porto

When you arrive at Lisbon airport you can go to the train station (called Gare Oriente) either by taxi or by bus, it’s only a small trip of 5 or 10 minutes, depending on traffic:
- by taxi: you can purchase a Taxi Voucher at the Tourism Information Counter in the airport’s Arrivals Hall. This way the price is previously paid, and you get the lowest fare. They can give you details on where you can find the specific taxi.
- by city bus: Aeroshuttle – No. 96. Available everyday, every 30 minutes between 7am and 11pm, the aeroshuttle  connects the airport to Gare Oriente and other locations. Tickets (3,50 euros) can be purchased onboard and also in the Tourism Office at airport arrivals (public area). Make sure you ask the bus driver if he is heading for “Gare Oriente“).

At Gare Oriente, you can catch a train or an express bus to Porto:
- trains: You can check at this web site all the timetables and prices for trains between Lisbon and Porto, and even print your train ticket before coming to Portugal. To search for connections, please use “Lisboa - Oriente” and “Porto – Campanha” in the search options. There are trains every hour until 21h30m.
- express buses: at Gare Oriente there are also bus companies that operate between Lisbon and Porto. Look for RENEX, one of the bus companies (located in Cais “E” – Pier “E”). There is a place near the pier where you can buy the ticket. It will cost you around 18 Euros.

Welcome Breakfast

We would like to invite all Erasmus and Exchange students for a welcome breakfast that will take place here at UFP this Friday, September 10, at 10h00. The meeting point is located at the corner of the Rectory building (first building you see when you visit our main address: Praça 9 de Abril, 349 – Porto). At this event you will meet your departmental coordinator, receive important information and be able to present any questions you have about classes. Timetables will be available after your arrival, for students who have already prepared a Learning Agreement approved by UFP. We will explain you on Friday how you can access the timetables.

We understand that some of you are not be able to be here on Friday morning. These students will receive an email with the alternative date/time to receive the same information.

Please note the general arrival procedures for all students:
When you arrive, you can go directly to the Students’ Hall of Residence, if you have received a previous confirmation of your room. If you are not staying at our Hall of Residence, go straight to your previously arranged accommodation (hotel, apartment, etc.).
Here are some useful links on how to get around in Porto:
Visit our interactive map at Google Maps
Airport info: (Portuguese and English)
Metro/Light rail system: (Portuguese and English)
Bus lines: (Portuguese and English)

See you soon in Porto!

Visa information / Informação de vistos

Incoming students

Students who require a visa to study in Portugal must report their arrival to the Portuguese authorities. If you entered the Schengen area through another country (such as Germany, Spain, France, etc.) you must contact the Foreigners Service and give them your arrival details using this form. Do so in the first two days after your arrival. This procedure is not required for students who are staying at UFP’s Student Hall of Residence, unless otherwise stated.

The Foreigners Service is located at this address:

CNAI Porto

Rua do Pinheiro, n.º 9

4050-484 Porto

Office hours: 8h30 – 16h30

Tel.: 222 071 274


Metro station: Trindade (in the city centre)