The SiPN program fee includes guaranteed single room housing in an international residence alongside other international and/or Portuguese students in downtown Lisbon.

The Residence

SiPN students are housed in single rooms in a shared international student residence located in the heart of downtown Lisbon. Our provider, DOORM is located in the Santa Catarina neighborhood, wedged in 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, you 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 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!


Single rooms – each student 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.

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 not furnish toilet paper and liquid soap.

Shared Kitchen

There is also in each floor, a shared kitchen, 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 Residence has a huge living room for the residents to socialize. The room s equipped with air-conditioning and are 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 residence are exceptionally nice.

Study Room

The study room, with good natural light, has 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.


High-speed internet is available throughout the entire building 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 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 cell phone (not a smart phone) with a SIM card that provides free SMS and calls to others on the same network. 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 Survailance

On the vigilance desk, there is a telephone, the video vigilance system and the fire detection centrals.

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 vigilance team ensures the door service and vigilance 24 hours a day.

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 this residence 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.