Getting started at Nova SBE

Welcome! Nova SBE is waiting for you

Nova SBE supports the arrival of new students, providing assistance in areas such as mobility and accommodation.

International Students

According to your nationality and/or country of residence (if your country of residence is different from that of your nationality), you should lodge your visa application with the Portuguese Embassy/Consulate closest to you.

Portuguese visa processing can take anywhere from two weeks to up to three months. Hence, it is advisable to apply for Nova SBE as soon as possible and start your visa application as soon as you receive the Acceptance Letter.

Students coming from countries outside the Schengen Area or the Republic of Ireland are required to ask for a Schengen Visa for Studying Purposes "Temporary Stay Visa for Attendance of a Study Program into an Educational Establishment" for longer than three months and up to one year) or a Residence Permit (for stays that could take longer than one year). Please note that you can apply for a Residence Permit once you are in Portugal instead of renewing your Schengen Visa. Do not enter Portugal with a Tourist Visa as you will not be able to renew it.

For more information about the visa application process, click here.

Here you can find Embassy's details around the world:

Remember that the responsibility for initiating and following the visa application process is entirely yours. Nova SBE has no influence on the issuing time to process the visa.

Nova SBE has partnered with Kleya, a company that provides specific services to expats, giving them the possibility of asking for assistance when settling in Portugal. Kleya can help with many different day-to-day life needs, such as setting up a tax number (in Portugal, it's called "NIF"), finding a rental property, checking rental contracts, setting up utilities, cleaning services, etc. Check this page for more information on pricing and conditions.


Where to stay? A place you can call home

Deciding where to live is a very personal choice – you should always consider several factors like commuting times, rent prices, available services, activities, etc. For example, finding a place to live closer to the campus may be more practical since it will reduce commuting times, but some students might prefer to be closer to the Lisbon or Cascais city center. 

If students wish to stay in Lisbon city center, the best areas to stay and commute every day to campus are the areas closest to the Cascais train line (Cais do Sodré, Alcântara, Santos, Belém), or more central areas that are closest to subway stations that can quickly take you to Cais do Sodré (green line) or to Terreiro do Paço (blue line). Check the subway map to have a clear understanding of all the lines.

Lot of options to choose from

Providing maximum convenience, Inlife is a platform that offers a wide range of verified rooms and apartments to rent in Lisbon and Carcavelos, with great access to Nova SBE. It's possible to have live video calls with the landlords or book your favorite place instantly.

- Choose from thousands of verified homes in Lisbon and Carcavelos.
- Book right away or set up a quick video call with the landlord in real-time before you book.
- Receive guidance, recommendations, and tips from local Inlife advisors for free.

Watch the video to understand how it works


Uniplaces is an online student accommodation booking service with properties in Lisbon and around Carcavelos. It offers many types of properties ranging from shared apartments with private rooms to small studios. They also have Uniresidences, a marketplace of student residences designed to create communities that value well-being, tranquility, and sustainability. |

Smart Studios offers "all-inclusive" housing where all rents include Wi-Fi, electricity, and water. The apartments are fully furnished with a private kitchenette and bathroom. Besides multiple sites in Lisbon, they have a residence with 300 studios in Carcavelos (a 10-minute walk from campus) and also in Estoril (near the train station).

Cocoon Residences are renovated student housing in the Parede area. All properties benefit from a high standard of decoration, furnishings, and facilities, are inclusive of all bills, cleaning of shared areas, and maintenance of the garden and pool. With the purpose of providing comfort, safety, and support to students, it's a memorable experience where you can study, relax and make friends from all over the world.

Chalet Júlia is a unique experience! A student residence located less than 3km from campus, 800m from the beach, and near the Parede train station. It has an all-inclusive pricing policy – rent includes bed linen, a fully equipped kitchen, laundry room, Wi-Fi, electricity and water supply. Rooms have a private bathroom, TV, mini-fridge, and air conditioning. Also, an annexed garage is available for students to store their bicycles and surfboards, which is especially useful for a beach lifestyle.

U.hub is a student housing residence in central Lisbon with studios and suites designed to provide a safe and relaxed environment while fostering community spirit. Available features include access to Wi-Fi, a 24/7 reception, a gym, study rooms, laundry, indoor parking, a multimedia room, and a private terrace.

SeaHousing is a platform that was created by a Nova SBE graduate who anticipated the students' desire to live close to the Carcavelos Campus and the beach. This platform covers different house types located near the campus and surrounding areas equally well served by public transportation.

MILESTONE Student Living, an experienced premium student housing provider, has two buildings in Carcavelos: MILESTONE Student Living Nova SBE (on campus) and MILESTONE Student Living Carcavelos Lombos (about a 10-minute walk from the campus). Both buildings offer different studios with private bathrooms and communal spaces such as kitchens, lounges, gyms, and other rooms!

Coolivin is a Portuguese lifestyle brand providing students and young professionals with a premium co-living experience in several of the most desirable locations across Lisbon, expanding rapidly to meet demand. Unique offers for students in shared apartments with private rooms, with properties in Lisbon and closer to the campus. They offer special booking options that vary according to the length of the student's program. Inspiration and positive experiences are what Coolivin guarantees.

The Social Welfare Services of NOVA University Lisbon have subsidized rooms for Nova SBE students in the Campolide Residence (Lisbon). 

For availability, please contact SAS NOVA (, and check their website for additional information. 


Need a hand?

Additional information about housing partnerships and special conditions/discounts is available in our Life at Nova SBE Guide, which is shared with all students admitted at Nova SBE. If you have any other questions regarding these partnerships, feel free to reach out.


The Carcavelos Campus is located halfway between Lisbon and Cascais. It is accessible by car and through public transport. Find out more about how to get to campus.

Finding a room in the campus surroundings might be more practical since it will allow you to get to the campus quicker the rent might be cheaper.

However, you may choose a place further away, somewhere along the coast. There is a train connecting all locations between Lisbon and Cascais, which will make your life easier.

If you wish to live in the center of Lisbon, there are four subway lines that reach the suburban areas. It would be best if you take the train to Carcavelos or Oeiras in Cais do Sodré, the station for the subway's green line.

From Lisbon

Hoop Carpool
O Hoop Carpool is a car sharing app which aims to reduce emissions by having fewer cars on the road. Users sign up for the app with their institutional ( emails and input their travel plans for up to the next seven days. The app then matches them with other members of the Nova SBE Community who have similar routes and schedules and the user selects which ones they would be interested in sharing their journey with. Each user can be a driver or a passenger. Drivers can share the cost of the trip with passengers and receive a Repsol fuel voucher of up to 20 euros after completing 10-20 shared trips.

User's Manual for carpooling

Electric Scooters: Superpedestrian and Bird
Nova SBE partnered with Superpedestrian and Bird and to bring people who sign up with their institutional ( email 20 % and 30 % discounts, which include cheaper unlocking fees and free-roaming journeys among Lisbon, Oeiras, and Cascais (without municipality restrictions). Electric scooters are available at the train stations of Carcavelos and Oeiras, and on-campus at strategic hours for easier use by students. Space for parking these electric scooters is available at the hub in front of the main entrance of the campus (Hovione Atrium).

Bird electric bikes
The Nova SBE community can also enjoy a 20 % discount on bike trips and a 30 % discount for trips whose final or initial destination is Nova SBE. There is also bike parking available at school, at the hub located in front of the campus's main entrance (Hovione Atrium).

Public transportation
The campus is accessible by several bus routes, including the M16 which connects directly to the Carcavelos train station. In addition to the M16, there are other bus routes provided by Carris Metropolitana. The bus stop at Avenida de Portugal (roundabout at the end of Rua da Holanda) offers the following routes: 160116041612161316141615, and 1622. The bus stop in front of the main entrance of the campus (near the entrance to the parking lot) offers routes 1605 and 1606. Don't forget that there is a discount for students under 23 years old. Drop by the Student Central (Mon-Fri, from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, ticket C "Life at Nova SBE") to get the discount form.

Surrounding areas

If you decide to use your car, know you can use the campus parking, which has 550 parking spots, or park in the campus' surrounding areas.

Campus parking*

  • 1 hour – 1€
  • 1-6 hours – 2€
  • 6-12 hours – 3,5€ (max. price per day)
  • Nightly fee (from 7.00 pm to 6.00 am) – 1€

* These are special prices created especially for the Nova SBE community. Via Verde does not apply.

The public transportation network is extremely far-reaching and dependable. Lisbon's subway (metro) is its main artery, connecting the city center with the upper and eastern districts and the suburbs.

The best way to pay for public transportation is by buying a monthly subscription, which allows users to travel in the whole transportation system. Alternatively, a rechargeable green-colored "Viva Viagem" card can be bought and recharged multiple times.

Cooltra Scooter Rentals
Nova SBE has a partnership with Cooltra, the main provider of scooter sharing in Lisbon. To get a discount, go to one of their shops and mention the exclusive referral code (available for Nova SBE students).

What To Do

Portugal is one of a kind. Its people, culture, and weather make it a welcoming place for citizens from all over the world. Several touristic points are must-see if you are living in the Lisbon area, and who better than our students to tell you all about them?

Be amazed by the Portuguese culture

Check out these pages with cultural suggestions, gastronomy, shopping, and a list of routes! Check out what you can do to discover more not only about Lisbon but about the entire metropolitan area and sometimes a little further.

Living Costs

Portugal offers a highly dynamic environment with rich culture and amazing weather. Living here is an experience that you will never forget. We can give you guidance about how much you should expect to spend here. Here are some examples of the day-to-day costs you can expect to find:


  • Accommodation 350-600€/month per room.
  • Groceries 150€ per month.
  • Public transportation system subscription 35/40€ per month.
  • Subway ticket 1.50€ per ride.
  • Bus ticket ~2€ per ride.
  • Cell phone (calls & mobile data) ~19€ per month.
  • Coffee 0.65€.
  • Newspaper ~1.70€.
  • Nightclub entry fee from 10€.
  • Full-course meal in an average restaurant ~15€.
  • Ticket for a football match or cultural events from 10€ onwards.