One of the things I noticed about Portugal even before I moved here was how everyone hangs their laundry out to dry. Now, that works wonderfully and saves on electricity when you live in a predominantly dry climate. Portugal, despite being sunny most of the time can have rather unpredictable weather. On those weeks when it seems like it's going to rain forever, life gets challenging when you find yourself running out of clean socks or underwear. You can do a load of laundry (as most homes and apartments have a washer), but even the strongest of dehumidifiers might not get your dripping socks dry before they start smelling worse than they did before you washed them.
Sure, there are a lot of Lavandarias that will wash and dry your clothes for you, but for the budget-minded that can really start to add up. Plus, sometimes you need clean clothes NOW and waiting a day or two for someone to do them just isn't an option. I had asked my friends if they knew of a place in Coimbra where you could wash and dry your own laundry, but none of them did. Then one day while driving through town, we discovered Sol 1 Wash, just down the street from the Dolce Vita Shopping Center.
Sol 1 Wash is apparently new and seems to be inhabiting a space that on Google Street View shows up as an Abreu Travel Agency. It is super clean and modern inside and prices for washes range from €4 for the smallest machine to €9 for the biggest which fits a couple blankets. The dryers are €1.70 (can't remember how long that was for, maybe 30 minutes?) and there is a slight discount if you are a card holder. I'm not sure how to sign up for a card, since there were no employees present. The hours are daily from 7:00 to 23:00 (11:00 PM).
Sol 1 Wash's Facebook page says its address is Rua de João Deus Ramos 165, but that seems to be slightly off. Regardless, it is next to the Gira Solum, just a couple blocks down the street from Dolce Vita and if necessary is accessible by several different bus lines. Bringing laundry back and forth on public transportation isn't fun, but not everyone has access to a car, especially when travelling on the cheap. At least there's a low-cost place that's accessible, functional, and is located across the courtyard from a great pastelaria.