Houses, Rooms, and Useful Phrases in European Portuguese

If you’re considering a move to Portugal, one of the most important aspects of your new life will be finding the perfect place to call home. I know many are aiming to invest in housing and Portugal in order to get residency, so knowing the essential vocabulary and phrases related to housing in European Portuguese will make the process smoother. Plus, it will be helpful for the A2 CAPLE certificate as well. 

In this blog post, we’ll cover key house-related vocabulary and provide you with useful expressions and sentences for your house-hunting journey.

1. Why Buy a House in Portugal?

Buying a house in Portugal offers numerous advantages. Firstly, the climate. The country is known for its 300 days of sunshine per year, making it an attractive destination for those seeking a Mediterranean lifestyle. Additionally, Portugal is known for its slower pace which attracts many foreigners wishing to relax. There are currently various visas which provide a pathway to European Union residency for investors. The stunning coastline, rich cultural heritage, and diverse landscapes further enhance its appeal, making Portugal an excellent choice for a second home, retirement destination, or investment opportunity.

1. Essential House Vocabulary in European Portuguese

house, building and apartment in Portuguese


a casa                                  o prédio                            o apartamento


the house                            the building                            the apartment


o quarto                             a sala de estar                       a cozinha


the bedroom                           the living room                         the kitchen

a casa de banho                       o sotão                                a sala de jantar


 the bathroom                            the attic                                the dining room

a varanda                              o escritório                          o corredor


the balcony                              the office                               the hallway

a garagem                             o jardim                                 a horta


         the garage                            the garden                      the vegetable garden

 a piscina                                 a cave                             a lavandaria


the swimming pool                    the basement                     the laundry room  


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2. Useful Sentences and Expressions 

1.Procurar uma casa/apartamento – To look for a house/apartment

2. Alugar uma casa – To rent a house

3. Comprar uma casa – To buy a house

4. Quanto custa o aluguer/compra? – How much is the rent/purchase price?

5. Estou à procura de um apartamento com três quartos. – I am looking for a three-bedroom apartment.

6. A casa tem um jardim espaçoso. – The house has a spacious garden.

7. Onde fica a garagem? – Where is the garage located?

8. A cozinha está totalmente equipada. – The kitchen is fully equipped.

9. Há uma varanda com vista para o mar. – There is a balcony with a sea view.

10. A sala de estar é acolhedora e luminosa. – The living room is cozy and bright.

11. Quanto é a renda mensal? – How much is the monthly rent?

12. Aceitam animais de estimação? – Do you accept pets?

13. O contrato de arrendamento é de um ano. – The rental contract is for one year.

14. Podemos marcar uma visita? – Can we schedule a viewing?

15. Estou interessado/a nesta casa. – I am interested in this house.

16. Precisamos de fazer uma visita antes de comprar. – We need to do an inspection before buying.

17. O preço é negociável?– Is the price negotiable?



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