As always M2Students will advise you the best as possible for you to make the best choices when you arrive to Porto. If we try to compare Erasmus Cards we just get to one conclusion which is that the ELP Card is the best option for you. It is easy to explain you how we get to this conclusion:
Price of the ELP Card: 7,50€ ( legal card with receipt of your payment )
Price of Other Cards: The cheapest price we found was 10€ and we honestly never seen any card receipt of any institution who deal with Erasmus. ( if you request an Erasmus Card, please request a receipt of your payment that garantees that your money goes to the right places )
Best Discounts of other Erasmus Cards: -They offer a Mobile Phone Sim Card ( nothing new, because the ELP Card has already the Sim Card included as a free offer ); - Surf Lessons: More expensive and big group classes with only one teacher which are already known by not giving so much attention to the entire group....being reasonable, it is not posisble for one person to pay attention to everyone ), basically you pay more and learn less; - Language School Discounts: simbolic discounts which wont even compensate the afford of spending money on a card to get that discount; -Parties: Free entrance at those weekly club parties. Portuguese people have a high entrance fee that demotivate them to go there and therefore its an Erasmus Party in Porto without portuguese people in it. ( not really a portuguese experience )
M2Students Conclusion: To not make a big thesis about it, we do advise you to think well before you waste your short budget with cards that wont bring you much more than what you get without any card at all.
In our opinion based in our experience, the ELP Card is from far away the Erasmus Card that will bring you more advantages based in higher quality and lower prices.
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Best Discounts of ELP Card: Before ELP the prices of the - Surf Lessons in Porto were much higher then now. ELP made a partnership with the best Surf School in Porto and got the best discount for International students. Nowadays the Surf Lessons are getting cheaper and better because this partnership was created and there was a 3 years fight to make everyone to realize that ELP would keep giving you the best Surf Discounts; - Portuguese Language School: you get a discount at an intensive portuguese language course, on a certificated and qualified school This Discount is higher then the price of the card. ( the card it is immediately paid by itself; - Parties:With the ELP Card you get not only free entrance at the clubs, as untill 02:00 a free shot. As if this wouldnt be enough, they have an activity every week where you get Paid to Party. - Tattos and Piercings: this is a subject where you should trust on the place where you will do it, and the ELP assured that you can go to the most famous and reliable Tattoo and Piercing shop in the city and have a 10% discount on whatever you will do there ; -You get unlimited access to private Erasmus Parties; - They create innovative events that have never been done in Porto, and this brings the fact that you can always expect free entrance or a very simbolic fee at every activity they organize.