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Where are the students concentrated?

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We're fewer than two months away from our scouting trip. We'll be checking out Coimbra along with Porto/Gaia/Matosinhos.

I'm trying to pinpoint, to the extent possible, which neighborhood in Coimbra is home to most of the students. I understand that, like most university towns, the students may be everywhere. But there usually is one spot that's most attractive to them.

What's that spot in Coimbra?

Thanks for any help!

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Coimbra is not that big, but as usual near the University on the Hill, or around the foot of the hill, couple of hundred meters from the main bridge and tourist (not very tourist ok.. ) square facing the bridge.

So no spot, and please respect them, they are students, not a tourist attraction. 

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@iggy thanks for sharing that. The geography does appear to have at least a modest effect on their choices of housing from what I'm seeing so far. My goal is not so much to avoid students (not possible or even desirable) but instead to avoid a high concentration of students.

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Hi Andrew

Coimbra is small. An University city but also the main town in the region.

Seems Rowling was there and she liked it.

Very much older than Cambridge or Oxford but still a bit more affordable for international students...

Love the Botanical gardens there, and other things like Salamanca Spain.

But don't drive up the housing prices there. 

Lots of places around Coimbra where the prices are lower and the roads are good. 20 minute drive. 

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@iggy re: driving up prices... yes, another reason to avoid a high concentration of students. I am hoping the help we get here and from various professionals will help us find a place that fits our budget and is not inflated. We're planning to be in the city because we will not be car drivers.

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