Why São Paulo?

The megatropolis that is São Paulo is a popular destination for students looking to find an internship or study at one of the highest rated universities in South America. The city can seem overwhelming with an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars in each area. Getting to know the city will keep you interested and busy for months on end. The Brazilian energy and music teeming out of bars on Rua Augusta and Paulista will help you through long days stuck in traffic or on the metro.


"I went for Universidade of São Paulo because it is the highest rated University in the whole of Latin America and São Paulo as a city looked really interesting. Most people associate Brazil with the tropical beaches but I thought I needed more than just that for 5 months so picked the city life, knowing that I could use weekends etc. to travel."

Praça Pôr do Sol

Sunset Square is one of our founder favourites. You head over to Pinheiros around 4 or 5pm with a bag of cans and wait for the sun to set, there are loads of people on the same vibe, playing tunes and enjoying the views.

Beco de Batman

Translated as 'Batman Alley' this is a really cool spot in town. With graffiti murals done by local and international artists on every wall, it's the perfect photo op. 

Avenida Paulista on a Sunday

All traffic is banned on São Paulo's busiest road on Sundays to allow for pedestrians to walk along, listen to local bands and buy arts and crafts.

An amazing walk to do is towards Parque Minhocão. It's over this empty highway and the buildings alongside the road have amazing graffiti.

Parque Ibirapuera

Parque Ibirapuera as well is great to cycle around and walk around.

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As in any big city, there’s various ways of getting around. Popular in São Paulo is the Metro, Ubers, Buses and bikes due to the massive cycle path which passes through the city. The metro system is also very modern and great, with tickets costing roughly 80p. It is reliable and fast.

Uber is very cheap and is very safe. A 20 minute journey will be £3-4, so if you are travelling in a group it is often the cheapest/safest way to get around.

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Alfie Laurence

“Hi I’m Alfie and I studied in Valencia and worked in Brazil on my year abroad in 2018/19. I absolutely love banging on about travel and languages so get in touch if you have any questions about South America, Erasmus life in Spain and tips on learning a language. I’m here to help!”

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“Hiya, I’m Daniel and I volunteered in Peru and worked in Lisbon on my year abroad in 2018/2019. I try to go travelling as much as possible and am always looking forward to the next trip ahead! Feel free drop to me a message if you want any tips about South America, Lisbon, backpacking, learning languages or the Year Abroad in general.”