Student Assistance

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There are no Residence Halls at UFPE. The International Office can supply the students a list of places to stay around the campus and elsewhere in town. Depending on the type of accommodation, the price will vary between R$ 500,00 and R$ 700,00 (2009) according to the area and extra facilities. It is also possible to rent a furnished apartment and share with other students. In this case sometimes they are required to pay a few months in advance. In order to sign a contract it sometimes required to have a Cadastro de Pessoa Física (CPF) card (see item below). All details should be dealt directly between the parts. It is a good idea to find a place to stay before coming until the student can find a suitable accommodation.



Around the campus and in other parts of the city there are several moderate price restaurants and snack bars. Recife has a reputation for excellent cooking.


There are several bus lines to and from the campus.

Cadastro de Pessoa Física

The CPF is a necessary document if the student wants to open a bank account. It is not compulsory for those who will stay for less than 12 months. The necessary documents to get the CPF card are:

  • an appropriate form which is available at the Post Offices
  • passport

Currency Exchange

International currency may be changed at Exchange Bureauxs or at the Banco do Brasil. You will find both at the airport. The Banco do Brasil is opened from 10AM until 4PM and the Exchange Bureauxs until later. There are also Exchange Bureauxs at the Malls. Do not forget to get some Brazilian currency before leaving the airport. You will need your passport.

We hope to see you soon at UFPE!