The Portuguese Government plans to adjust student accomodation grants

The grant is currently around 170 euros, but the Government's idea is to adapt this figure to the reality of rental prices in each city.

Student accomodation grants in Portugal could be about to change / Becca Tapert on Unsplash
Student accomodation grants in Portugal could be about to change / Becca Tapert on Unsplash
29 January 2020, Redaction

The Portugese Government is considering abolishing the fixed amount of money given to university students as an accommodation allowance, and adjusting it according to the average rent in the area where they study. Currently, the grant is around 170 euros, regardless of the city.

The gradual increase in rent, especially in big cities, and the lack of supply, due to the current boom in real estate and tourism, makes the task of finding a home increasingly difficult for students. This was, moreover, one of the topics discussed by MPs at the joint hearing of the parliamentary committees on finance, higher education and science.

"We're already thinking of adapting this accommodation support for students to make it even better," revealed the Secretary of State for Higher Education, João Sobrinho Teixeira, quoted by the Portugese news agency Lusa, during a special debate on the proposed State Budget for 2020 (OE2020).

Therefore, and since prices fluctuate (considerably) from city to city, the Executive is considering the possibility of changing the legislation which provides the allocation of an accommodation allowance to students in need, those who perhaps cannot find a bed at an affordable price. The objective is to adapt the amount of the grant to the reality of rental prices in each city.

"In the reformulation of the student accommodation allowance regulation, we will maintain the base figure which is the same for everyone (around 170 euros), but then, depending on the reality of the country where prices fluctuate, we will adjust this figure so that we can provide a solution to this problem", revealed the Secretary of State.

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