Porto to Gain Three New University Student Residences

The Porto City Council and the University of Porto will move ahead with three new university residences. The new buildings will provide the city with another 270 beds for students.

Already scheduled for inauguration before the next academic year, the first student residence will be in Porto’s historic centre. The residence will be in renovated facilities at the former Centro Social da Sé, on Rua da Bainharia. The 20-bed facility was donated and renovated by the City Hall.

This agreement is a part of a pilot project. The municipality, the Academic Federation of Porto and the University of Porto will share the management of student residences.

One will be in Morro da Sé, in the city’s historic centre, with a planned construction area of 6,750 m2 and an estimated investment of around 7 million euros. The third, in Monte Pedral, Constituição, has a planned construction area of approximately 5,000 square metres and is forecast to cost between 6 and 6.5 million euros. According to the statement, these structures will accommodate around two hundred students in areas of the city with easy access and several public transport options.

Early last week, the applications were subject to analysis at a meeting with the mayor, Rui Moreira, and the rector of the University of Porto, António Sousa Pereira. The councillor responsible for education, Catarina Araújo, the councillor for urbanism, Pedro Baganha, and the chief of staff, Vasco Ribeiro, also took part. The University of Porto was also represented by its vice-rector, José Castro Lopes, and by the pro-rector, Pedro Alves Costa.

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