Life at the University


In addition to buses, there are shared taxis (known as taxi lotação) that circulate around predetermined routes, charging a set price. The taxis that pass through UFOP’s campus are labeled “via Bauxita” or “via campus UFOP.”

In the event of blocked streets, accidents or other transportation concerns, call the Departamento de Tráfego da Prefeitura (OUROTRAN) 3559-3238.



Urgent Care or Unidade de Pronto Atendimento (UPA): 24h (for urgent matters and emergencies) –3559-3131. Rua José Mecânico Português, São Cristóvão.



  • Firemen - 198
  • Military Police - 190]
  • Ambulances - 192
  • Municipal Watchmen - 153



In addition to a variety of neighborhood grocery stores and markets, Ouro Preto relies on many consumer-owned businesses and street fairs offering local products throughout the week.

In the case of misunderstandings or customer abuse, call the Serviço de Proteção ao Consumidor (Procon) 3559-3238.



Bank agencies in the center: Banco do Brasil, Itaú, Santander, Caixa Econômica Federal, HSBC and Casa Lotérica on Rua São José (also known as “Rua dos Bancos,” or Bank Street); Bradesco is located in the city’s center, Praça Tiradentes.

Bank agencies in Bauxita: Casa Lotérica in the “Pracinha da Bauxita” (the little plaza of Bauxita); Caixa Econômica Federal and Banco do Brasil on UFOP’s campus.

It is important to know that in Brazil, many bank invoices can be paid not only at banks but also at the Casas Lotéricas. The invoices will always indicate where it can be paid.



Office in the Center: Rua Conde de Bobadela (also known as “Rua Direita”), 180. 3551-1855. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Office in Bauxita: In the “Pracinha da Bauxita.” 3551-2936. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday.


Ouro Preto’s famous nightlife results from the eclectic mix of residents, tourists and students who meet up in traditional bars and restaurants in the Historical Center, at República parties or at the shows sponsored by the Centro Acadêmico da Escola de Minas (CAEM).


The Horto dos Contos is a large botanical garden in the middle of the city’s Historical Center, created more than 200 years ago and recently renovated and reopened to the public. Entrance is free and it is equipped for various activities. The Convention Center parking area, which has a play area for kids, also is a space frequently used by residents for daily walks and outings with kids on the weekends. One can find even more public spaces spread throughout the city, such as the football fields in the Barra and Água Limpa neighborhoods, the plazas in Ponte Seca and Antônio Dias and various multipurpose courts. Moreover, the city’s historical churchyards are commonly used today as communal meeting places.

Source of informations:  CAINT-UFOP.