is an ideal scene for international studies and travel. Cinemas,
playing in English, cafes, festivals, sports events, and lively
nightspots—all at reasonable prices—make the city
attractive for students. The city is easily accessible by taxi, subway,
bus, and foot.
a beautiful, cosmopolitan city of approximately two million people, has
served as a busy cultural, intellectual and artistic center since the
glory days of the Austro-Hungarian
the destruction of the First and Second World Wars, Hungary retains a
and architectural heritage. Students can explore the
ruins of a Roman city in Northern part of Buda (Óbuda),
mosques and minarets from the 16th century Turkish occupation,
buildings of medieval Buda, and remnants of the Austro-Hungarian empire
in the castle district, and historic synagogues and artifacts of Jewish
life in downtown Pest.
can attend a variety of concerts and theater, dance, and opera
performances, or encounter an interesting blend of Hungarian and
Western culture in Budapest’s jazz and rock clubs.
Hungarian students speak English, however it is hard to find people
over 40 who can give directions for example. Many
Universities offer exchange studies or semesters for foreign students,
so today most students can find themselves in an international
should be very cautious with taxies, they can easily be ripped off.
It’s best to order a taxi over the phone from a well known
taxi company and if possible agree upon the fare in advance. It is not
advisable to take a taxi on the street if it does not belong to any
large taxi company.
has a good public transport network, buses, underground and trams run
frequently especially in the rush hours. The night bus network ensures
transportation during the night. This way it is not a problem to get
around in the downtown areas after midnight. Passes are available at
modest rates, travellers are controlled frequently, so it is best to
buy tickets or a monthly, weekly or 3-day pass. It is a special
Hungarian custom that young people offer their seats for elderly
people, they are expected to do so. However
Budapest is not a traditional city for bikers, biking is getting more
and more popular in the city. As more and more bike paths are being
built it is much easier to get around on two wheels than it was ten
to go to
(Margaret Island) on the Danube is a great spot to relax, it is a huge
park with no traffic, there are two swimming pools, one all year and
one seasonal, a small zoo, a small lake with goldfish and a lot more.
Many people, even foreigners go out jogging on the recently built
jogging track around the island.
many Museums, the Museum of Fine Arts located at Heros’
square holds a great collection of European paintings and it offers
temporary exhibitions of great value and some additional cultural
programs as well.
cafés and pubs at Liszt Ferenc square and the pedestrian
street Ráday utca offer a nice opportunity to have fun.
These places are frequented by local young people and foreigners.
can find accommodation in downtown flats
from 3-400 USD a
month, but it is worth paying a bit more for a nice, renovated downtown
flat with all necessary comfort. If someone is on a low budget it is
cheaper to get a flat outside the city center area. If the flat is
located close to the underground it will be easy to get to reach the
centre, but be careful, one can travel an hour or even more from the
outskirts. Internet connection is not common in all flats, but more and
more households are connected. To get an offer it is best to search
online apartment offers in advance, some providers offer flats for
students or when arrived,
you can buy an advertisement
daily, but those will be most likely in Hungarian.
foreign newspapers are available at most newsstands, such as e.g. the
Economist or the International Herald Tribune. Budapest Sun, Budapest
Business Journal and Budapest Week are the local English speaking
weeklies. It is useful to get one copy of the Pesti Est, the free
weekly program magazine which contains all necessary cultural
information such as English speaking movies for example. This paper is
available in most cinemas and fastfood restaurants.
In most flats international TV channels such as CNN, BBC World or Sky
News are available. BBC-RFI radio broadcast on FM 99.1 in English,
French and German.