Photos of the Doorm Residence

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

The Residences

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 DOORM. It is located in the Santa Catarina neighborhood, wedged between some of Lisbon’s most desired areas like Chiado, Cais de Sodré, and the Bairro Alto. Buses, trolleys and subway stations are a short walk away for easy access to your classes. It is a mixed residence with 82 single rooms and the bathrooms are shared between only 2 rooms.

The building was a former glass factory that was stunningly refurbished in 2015/16.

Open 24/7 with security and onsite staff always present, residents at Doorm will encounter perks like

  • Floor heating system
  • Gym
  • High speed WiFi (included)
  • Laundry and housekeeping services
  • Fully equipped state of the art kitchens
  • Study room with Apple computers
  • Printers
  • Pool table and table tennis table
  • 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!

Our secondary semester residence and primary summer 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 more convenient location to classes, primarily single rooms (though the larger doubles are available as well), and like Doorm, provides shared baths (2 students per bathroom) and kitchens.


Single rooms – each student at Doorm will have access to an individual room, with about 16m2 of use area, equipped with a bed, a closet, a desk, a cork frame, a bookcase, 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

Both residences enjoy  a shared kitchen on each floor, equipped with an electric stove, ventilator, 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. DOORM’s kitchens are shared by each floor and have locked storage cubbies for dry food storage. Larger fridges and freezers are also shared.

Living Room

The Doorm Residence has a huge living room for the residents to socialize. The room is equipped with air-conditioning and is furnished with couches, tables, pool table and table tennis table. Apart from that there are also TV’s with cable channels, a DVD player, society games and a vending machine with drinks and snacks. The common areas of the primary residence are exceptionally nice.

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

Study Room

Doorm also has a study room, with good natural light, wireless Internet, air-conditioning and is furnished with couches, bookcases, tables and chairs. Students have (5) Apple computers at their disposal as well as a printer.

Internet and Phone Service

High-speed internet is available throughout both buildings and rooms . This service is included in the monthly rent, but music and video downloads are not allowed.

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 Doorm there is 24/7 security at the check-in desk. At 9 Student all residents have keys to the enter the building and their respective rooms. Both properties enjoy closed-circuit video systems and fire detection infrastructure. They are licensed and insured as student residences by the local municipal authorities.

Fire Detection

There is an automatic fire detection system (SADI). The Residence also has signs and means to fight fires, namely chemical powder and CO2 fire extinguishers.

Cleaning Services

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


A safety team ensures the door service and vigilance 24 hours a day at Doorm. 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.