The best university towns in Europe are known for their dynamism, youthful atmosphere and vibrant nightlife. Not only are they a great place to study, but they also offer visitors and residents plenty of culture, tons of restaurants and cafes, and centuries of scholarly history echoing the streets.
But their popularity means real estate prices can be high. The demand for student accommodation is driving up prices, so if you’re looking for a cheap house in one of the big university cities like Paris… or Oxford… or Heidelberg in Germany, and you’ll be hard pressed to find anything in your area. budget.
By focusing on the smaller but equally attractive university towns of Europe, you will not only enjoy the lively atmosphere of the most ‘famous’ (and expensive) student towns, but you will also find cheap accommodation. And these cities are home to some of the oldest universities in Europe… all over 700 years old.
Find out below what my researchers found in Europe’s oldest university towns.
Registration price: € 68,500 ($ 80,350)
Home to the oldest university in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe (founded in 1290), Coimbra has attracted students for centuries. The university dominates both the skyline – it stands majestically on top of a hill overlooking the old town – and the atmosphere here … it’s a bustling little town with lots of culture, history and colors.
About a 15-minute drive from the historic center of Coimbra, in an area called Cernache, is this 1-bedroom, 2-bathroom townhouse. It has an open-plan kitchen and a living / dining area and is located in a quiet street.
Registration price: € 85,000 ($ 99,730)
Despite its location in the south of France, Montpellier doesn’t have a tourist crush on its more famous neighbors to the south. Which means the prices here are much more affordable. The University of Montpellier was founded in 1289 and has one of the oldest and most distinguished medical schools in the world. The historic city center has wide boulevards filled with restaurants, cafes and bars and the city hosts many music and art festivals throughout the year.
Just northwest of the city center is this 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment with a fitted kitchen and a bright living room that leads to a small balcony. The building has a cellar that can be used and there is free parking.
Registration price: € 106,000 ($ 124,350)
Salamanca is home to Spain’s oldest university, founded in 1218, and the city itself is often referred to as “the Oxford of Spain”. The university welcomes thousands of visiting students every year, giving the city an international vibe. The huge Plaza Mayor, considered the most beautiful in Spain, was once a bullfighting arena, but today is home to shops, bars and restaurants. Like the other university towns above, the student body gives this city a lively and young atmosphere with plenty to see and do.
This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment is located directly opposite the university district. It also has a fully equipped kitchen, living room and balcony. The building has a community garden and an outdoor swimming pool. It comes furnished and is ready to move into.
This story originally appeared on International Living.