The SiPN program fee includes guaranteed double-occupancy housing in an international residence alongside other international and/or Portuguese students in downtown Lisbon. Our placements are in single rooms whenever possible, but we can only guarantee doubles.

The Residence

SiPN students are all housed in single or double rooms in a shared international student residence located in the heart of downtown Lisbon.

Our primary semester residence is 9 Student Living located in the Campo Pequeno neighbourhood, just minutes away from the main campuses of our partner universities. This 40-student residence enjoys a convenient location to classes and is a mixture of single and double rooms (which are larger), with shared baths (2 students per bathroom) and kitchens.

Open 24/7 with an on-site residence manager there during daytime hours, residents at 9 Student will encounter perks like:

  • WiFi (included)
  • Laundry and housekeeping services
  • Well-equipped kitchens (though no stove on the premises, sorry!)
  • Living areas that will allow you to feel like you’re at home the second you land in Portugal,
  • There is also a fantastic outside area where you can read, catch some sun and socialize with the other residents

SiPN’s primary residence is international, mixing Erasmus students from all over the globe as well as Portuguese university students from outside the capital. This provides for a truly cross-cultural living arrangement that will expand your horizons and circle of friends!


Each student will have access to a room equipped with a bed, a closet, a desk, bedclothes and towels. Rooms at 9 student are of comparable size and quality, except for the doubles which are much larger.

Shared Bathrooms – Two students per bathroom (same gender)

A shared bathroom exists in between two rooms. These are equipped with showers, toilets and wash-basins, suitable for the number of residents. The Residence does furnish toilet paper and liquid soap.

Shared Kitchen

The residence enjoys  a shared kitchen on each floor, equipped with an electric stovetop, microwave, toaster, refrigerator, plates, glasses and cutlery, pans and pots and kitchenware.

Meals can be cooked in the shared kitchens or there are inexpensive student cafeterias at all 4 of SiPN’s campuses. Our students enjoy access to any of the facilities of the schools in which they are registered for classes.

Living Room

9 Student has a nice common area downstairs and a lovely outside courtyard that is linked to a restaurant on the ground floor where residents can enjoy special pricing for meals.

Internet and Phone Service

High-speed internet is available throughout the building and rooms. This service is included in the monthly rent, but music and video downloads will impact your bandwidth available.

Wi-fi speeds are generally strong enough for downloading school materials and video calls, but speeds may be impacted by residential demand. Students accustomed to super-fast T1 download speeds available at all times and from every nook of home and campus may need to readjust their expectations slightly when in Portugal. That said, Portugal ranked 29th on the 2014 Akamei index of average internet speed and students will also enjoy access to the Eduroam wifi network on all 4 of the SiPN campuses. 

Those who wish to purchase extra 4G mobile internet access for an unlocked GSM smartphone may do so, but this cost is supported by the student. What SiPN provides all participants is a Portuguese SIM card that provides free SMS and calls to all Portuguese numbers (some exceptions apply) + 1 GB free 4G data/month. In Portugal receiving a call is always free, so family and friends’ calls from North America do not count against a maximum allotment of minutes per month.

Self Service Laundry

The self-service laundry is equipped with semi-industrial washing and drying machines. There are also irons and ironing tables available.

Prices: to each load – 3,50 Eur; to Dry – $1,50

General Safety

Safety is one of Lisbon’s strong points. In this respect the SiPN Residence will be similar to most US dorms. Students will have locked access to their building at all times as well as locked access to their individual rooms. Fire extinguishers and egress points are well-marked and house rules are clearly spelled out in our Housing Agreement form.

24h Surveillance

At 9 Student all residents have keys to the enter the building and their respective rooms. Residents enjoy closed-circuit video systems and fire detection infrastructure for added safety. 9 Student is a licensed and insured  student residence by the local municipal authorities.

Damage Deposits

SiPN has negotiated a special damage deposit fee for our students. This fee may be paid upon entrance in either USD or EUR and if no damages occur to your room nor assessments made for excess energy usage, that amount will be returned to you in full upon check-out. Details about energy monitoring and damages fees are made available upon arrival by the residence management on site.

Cleaning Services

A team cleans common spaces daily (except on Sunday) and rooms on a weekly basis, including change of bed clothes and towels.


At 9 Student there is a residence manager on site during daytime hours and telephone support for nighttime emergencies.

General Rules

Students are expected to observe the house rules regarding dishwashing and cleaning up after oneself. Failure to respect the rules of the residence can result in the forfeiture of your guaranteed housing placement. Students required to leave the official housing option will be notified in writing in advance of their date of expulsion and will be required to find their own outside housing option at their own cost. Guest privileges are reasonable but firmly enforced in order to protect the harmony of the collective group.

Note: SiPN-arranged housing is included during mid-semester breaks for those staying for the entire academic year.

Note 2: Rooms at these residences are only guaranteed to those who submit their deposits and payments by the program deadline. Latecomers will be accommodated on a space-available basis or if overflow housing is necessary, SiPN will work to find alternate housing that is similar in quality and conditions.