Once in Uruguay, having a place to call home is an important part of feeling settled in a new country and it can be challenging to find the one that’s right for you.
In this web page you could find some useful resources and tips on temporary accommodation, home renting and purchase, guarantee options offered and general information about the main areas and Montevideo´s neighborhoods to stay.
REAL ESTATE AND WEBSITES, FOR RENTALS AND PURCHASES
The guarantees admitted to renting vary according to the owner, the property or the way in which the contract is carried out, some of the most common options could be:
Having a property: in this case you must certify that it has no debts, liens or restrictions and the person who signs the rental contract must be the one who appears as the owner on the property's papers.
Rent Guarantee Fund (Fondo de Garantía de Alquiler) provides access to a State-backed guarantee certificate, granted by the Ministry of Housing, Transport and Environment (MVTMA) in agreement with the National General Accounting Office (Contaduría General de la Nación) and the National Housing Agency (Agencia Nacional de Vivienda), through different plans:
youth plan, holders must be between 18 and 29 years of age;
returnees, Uruguayans who have returned to the country:
promoted housing; and
More information here.
Anda: is a civil institution that provides this service, general requirements:
be associated with the institution and pay a social fee;
the amount of rent cannot exceed 35% of your nominal income
employment history: one or two years with the company, but there may be exceptions by requesting an additional deposit;
an additional 3% (VAT included) per month must be paid on the amount of the rent.
General Accounting Office (Contaduría General de la Nación): it is a rental guarantee service, for public employees, at least one of these general requirements must be met:
Government employees with more than one year of seniority.
Retirees and pensioners.
Employees or permanent workers of non-state government bodies, with more than 2 years of seniority.
Employees or permanent workers of private employers registered in the Registry of the Rent Guarantee Service, with more than 2 years of seniority (Article 165 Law 18,362).
Pre-deposit of a certain amount of previous rentals: a cash deposit is required, which is usually six times the value of the monthly rental and is being held for the period of the contract.
Deposit with the Banco Hipotecario del Uruguay: This state bank provides a deposit service that works as a guarantee of housing rental based on the agreement between the owner and the tenant.
More info here.
Private insurance: some banks or insurance companies offer a rental guarantee service, for example:
NEIGHBOURHOODS OF MONTEVIDEO
It is the historical center where the city of Montevideo was founded. With a peninsular condition offers visuals to the river and has the largest number of buildings declared historical monument. It has the highest concentration of public and private offices. During the day its streets are lively places for tourists and workers of the area. Some of its most visited places are Plaza de la Constitución with the Matriz church and the Cabildo, the pedestrian area Sarandí and the Mercado del Puerto, gastronomic center surrounded by shops with local handicrafts. You can also find numerous art galleries and antique stores. It has good public transport for the rest of the city. In 13 minutes you can reach the center. It has various services, especially gastronomic and cultural, offering the highest concentration of museums and the historic Solís Theater with its beautiful restored building.
It is the first urban expansion from the Old City. Its principal avenue is 18 de Julio framed by buildings of outstanding heritage value. It is a service area where commercial activity predominates, as well as various offices, institutions and hotels. Three plazas linked to the avenue contribute to its environmental and attractive quality: Independence, Cagancha and Juan Pedro Fabini – also known as Entrevero - from where the Legislative Palace can be seen. It has good public transport for the rest of the city, mostly with direct lines.
It has services in all areas, highlighting numerous theatrical halls, the modern Adela Reta Auditorium, numerous museums and several cinemas.
It constitutes an extension of the downtown as an area of services with intense commercial activity and offices. As a place of residence is ideal for those who want to have everything nearby without caring about the noise. It has good public transport for the rest of the city, mostly with direct lines. It has services in all areas, specially in the cultural several theaters, cinemas and museums. For outdoor recreation, you have the Plaza de los Treinta y Tres Orientales which coexists with the bustle of the avenue and the Plaza Liber Seregni, a kind of oasis designed for rest and multiple activities. On Sundays, the traditional Tristán Narvaja Fair takes place, a flea market books, antiques and a great variety of used objects.
It is very well located for its proximity to the downtown and the south promenade. Ramírez Beach is a couple of minutes walking. The path to the Río de la Plata is valued for the landscape qualities and the possibility of practicing sports such as running or riding a bicycle. It is usual that one day a week, the habitué of the candombe -a rhythm of African origin reworked in the country- temper the markets and perform through the streets of the neighborhood. In Carnival, “Las llamadas” parade takes place on Isla de Flores street. It has good public transport for the rest of the city and it is 10 minutes to downtown. A number of universities are located there. At night it comes to life in their gastronomy and music venues.
It is the nearest neighborhood to downtown with a beach. It predominates the low building and the tree-lined streets, with multiple possibilities of outdoor recreational activities. Ramírez Beach has beautiful views of the city and the “Canteras” of the park where is the Ramón Collazo Summer Theater which is attended by artists and bands of international renown. The heart of the neighborhood is the Parque Rodo with its wooded gardens, lake, castle, temples, an area of mechanical games and local gastronomy. It has good public transport for the rest of the city, either direct line or combinations. In 20 minutes maximum, you can reach the center. It has neighborhood services in various areas. It has the National Museum of Visual Arts and Julio Vilamajó Museum, as well as a couple of universities. The various options give the area an intense nightlife.
Located on a peninsula, it is one of the most valued neighborhoods in Montevideo. The coastal promenade that contours it is the most panoramic and suitable for walking including attractions like the lighthouse and La Estacada beach. The views of the Golf Club make a great part of the tour with its park that occupies one third of the neighborhood area. To this is added the Juan Zorrilla Park of San Martín known as Villa Biarritz, where the market takes place on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. It has good public transport for the rest of the city. In 30 minutes you can reach the center. Although the residential environment predominates in tree-lined streets, the recycling of an old jail in a shopping center attracted numerous businesses from important firms to the area. Another booming business is the hotelier of high and medium level. It has several services like cinemas, a theater and the Zorrilla Museum. It is one of the areas with the greatest gastronomic offer in small venues that give animation at night.
The characteristics and activities of the neighborhood are determined by the Tres Cruces bus terminal. It is the most important point of departure and arrival of interdepartmental and international passenger transport in the country. The area is crossed by several important avenues, which like the rest of the streets are heavy traffic. Outside the terminal, there is public transport for the rest of the city, mostly with direct lines. The distance to the center is 15 minutes by public transport. In 20 minutes or less, you can reach numerous faculties of the University of the Republic. The terminal is integrated into a shopping center. In the surrounding area, there are small local gastronomy and neighborhood shops. The hotel category of medium level abounds for passing travelers. In the neighborhood, there are no cultural or recreational services but quick access to a wide range of different areas.
The neighborhood is formed around the large park in the early twentieth century. The limits are avenues and boulevards of intense traffic where important institutions are installed. In the interior streets there are residential sectors with a neighborhood atmosphere with housing of different categories and tree-lined streets. It has good public transport for the rest of the city. The distance to the center is 30 minutes by public transport. It has the highest concentration relative to health. In recreational activities, its heart is the Batlle Park, where you can find the “Estadio Centenario”, the main soccer stage with a museum of sports, the Athletics Track, several soccer fields and the Velodrómo that also serves from stage to Montevidean carnival and other shows. The neighborhood also has the Villa Dolores Park with its Museum of Living Science, Center for Sea Turtles and Planetarium.
The neighborhood takes its name from the large park with rose gardens around which it is constituted. Its greater distance to the center has as a counterpart the enjoyment of a peaceful place and in greater contact with nature. It has good public transport for the rest of the city, either direct line or combinations. The center can be reached in approximately 35 minutes. The time of transfer to universities is greater than other neighborhoods. In terms of cultural services it includes the Muso Blanes, Botanical Garden and Japanese Garden. Every year during Holy Week the "Criolla del Prado" is held, with cattle exhibition and a food fair.
It is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods. It presents very high-quality buildings near the coast and tree-lined streets with picturesque residences valued as architectural heritage. It has white sand beaches and an extensive promenade to walk, run, ride a bike or skate. It has good public transport for the rest of the city. In 25 minutes you will reach the Center. The transfer time to the different university centers varies between 10 minutes and 1 hour depending on the discipline. It has services of all categories, including hotels. Is varied gastronomic offer stands out.
It is a neighborhood with diverse characteristics that includes sectors with high-level apartments facing the coast, individual housing and housing complexes. The creation of the first shopping center in Montevideo changed the dynamics of the neighborhood. Around the same have emerged new businesses of various areas and an important sector of office towers. Its main attractions are the picturesque Puerto del Buceo, full of yachts and a small white sand beach in front of the port. The distance to the center is approximately 30 minutes by public transport. It has services of all categories such as movies, hotels and a wide gastronomic offer. Near the coast are the Oceanographic Museum, the Customs Museum of Oribe and the Naval Museum.
A neighborhood that still preserves original villas and houses with modern architecture and gardens in a quiet residential environment with tree-lined streets. On its coastal promenade, buildings in height predominate. It has three white sand beaches to the Rio de la Plata: Honda, Brava and Mansa, from where the Isla de las Gaviotas can be contemplated. It has public transport for the rest of the city. The distance to the city center is 45 minutes by public transport. In leisure activities include a school sailing club, boating, kayaking and windsurfing and the skate track in Plaza de los Olímpicos. The cultural offer includes the Casa de Gardel Museum and several cultural centers that bring together the neighbors. The environmental qualities and the social relationship made Malvín residents love their neighborhood.
It is a picturesque district characterized by the quality of its residences mostly modern architecture with gardens. Several rocky points separate its three white sand beaches from the Río de la Plata: Los Ingleses -small and intimate-, Green and La Mulata. It has public transport to the rest of the city with some direct lines and combinations. The distance to the center is approximately 50 minutes by public transport, with frequencies spaced depending on the line. It has neighborhood services in various areas and several public spaces for outdoor recreation. The Eugenio Baroffio Park crossed by a stream in which the Pérez Mill is preserved is an attractive walk. To the north of the neighborhood is Rivera Park with its large lake and the Charrúa Stadium used for soccer, rugby and musical shows.
It arises as an aristocratic seaside area at the beginning of the 20th century, seeking to create an exclusive place at a greater distance. The core of the neighborhood is the Carrasco hotel -actually restored- facing one of the best beaches in the city with transparent waters and white sands and an extensive coastal promenade. It has public transport for the rest of the city mostly in combinations. The distance to the center is approximately 55 minutes by public transport. It presents an important commercial activity with varied items on Av. Arocena and some hotels scattered in the neighborhood. A space for outdoor recreation is the Gabriel Terra Park, which occupies several blocks where a tennis club, playgrounds and gastronomic offer are located. In cultural services it includes theaters and nearby cinemas.