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Budapest is small enough to find your way around really easily and in a short period of time, but at the same time it’s big enough to continuously provide new experiences and learning opportunities.

In recent years, Budapest has become an increasingly popular city among students and travellers.It seems there's nothing cooler than saying "I studied in Budapest."

 

 

1. BUDAPEST - THE CITY OF HISTORY AND CULTURE

Cited as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest's extensive World Heritage Sites include the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes' Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second-oldest metro line in the world.  It has around 80 geothermal springs, the world's largest thermal water cave system, the second largest synagogue in the world, and third largest Parliament building. These are just couple of highlights about this wonderful and unique city.

The most iconic sights are: the Hungarian Parliament, the Buda Castle, the Basilica, Heroes' Square, the thermal baths, and the historic streets of the Jewish District. The city's cultural life is thriving with the opera, theat,  craft markets and all sorts of cultural events and festivals. The city's long-standing history is visible everywhere: Roman ruins in the 3rd district, medieval walls in Buda, Baroque churches, Soviet style concrete blocks or the buildings in the city with bullet-holes (from WWII or the 1956 revoution)  - they all tell stories about Budapest.

With an extremely colorful history, those with a history vein will not be bored here.

Interested in the full history of Budapest?

 

 

2. VALUE FOR MONEY

Hungary has a pretty reasonable cost of living, making it a great destination for students on a tight budget.  In 2014 Budapest was voted number one by Tripadvisor as the city which offers best value for money, not just in Europe but worldwide. The cost of living in Hungary is cheap compared to other favorite destinations like London, Barcelona or Paris. Puclic transportation, which is reliable, developed and extensive in Budapest, costs only HUF 3 450 (approx. 13 USD) for a monthly student pass. Food and everyday commodities are also cheap, for example: lot of eateries and restautants in the center sell warm 2-course meals as for lunch between 900 HUF and 1500 HUF (3 USD – 6 USD). Ask for the „lunch menu”.

3. GREAT STUDENT LIFE

Budapest's student life is really well-known. Several universities are located downtown making the center of the city like a bustling big campus. During the day one can find students occupying libraries, cafes and eateries around the universities. On warm days there are plenty of young people gathering for picnics or sun-bathing on Margaret Island or at the City Park. During the whole academic year the city center is pulsing with energy coming from students and young people. Perhaps the exam period is quieter on the streets but more vivid in the universities, libraries and cafes where students go to study alone or in groups.

Every Hungarian student has a favorite place to hang out - ask them or your tandem partner about these places once you are here and I’m sure some of them will show you places that you wouldn’t otherwise find.  In general, it's very easy to meet people and it seems almost impossible to feel lonely in Budapest. You can easily make friends at the uni, at ESN or at other organized events.

4. MULTICULTURAL VIBE AND NETWORKS

Budapest over the years has become a very international city where you can meet people from all over the world as well as, most likely, people from your own country or city. There are several international communities both specifically for international students and professionals.  Corvinus ESN is the most popular student organization that you are welcome to join at your admission. 

In Budapest many people speak English (or another Europen language) which makes it easy to get around. Nevertheless Hungarians really appreciate if you know couple of words in Hungarian so we encourage students who come to Corvinus to learn the language.

5. CENTRAL LOCATION IN EUROPE

Thanks to its central location in Europe, Budapest is the gateway to destinations in all directions whether you are planning to explore the countries that used to be behind the iron curtain, the warm Mediterranean in the South, the bustling cities of the West or the chilled terrains of the North. Budapest’s international airport is the starting point of lot of budget flights. The airport is easily accessible from the city with public transport, airport shuttle or taxi.  

6. THE DANUBE AND THE OUTSTANDING VIEWS

The river and the Buda Castle are UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Danube River divides the city into Buda and Pest – originally two independent towns before 1873. Must see view spots include:

  • Several points in the Buda Hills and the Castle
  • The top of Gellért Hill (See picture below)
  • From the top of the Basilica
  • Normafa
  • Hármashatárhegy

 

7. YOU'LL NEVER BE HUNGRY HERE!

Hungarian dishes are very rich in flavour and texture and are extremely delicious. Hungarians typically eat lots of meat and flavor their meals with red paprika. Hungarians like to cook everything, and as a result, visitors can find dishes here like the famous sour cherry soup or squash stew.

Hungarian bakeries are first class;  freshly made bread, croissants, rolls etc. and the sweets and cakes sold in local pastry shops  (called „cukrászda”,  in English „Sweeteries”) are exremely delicious.

There is an excellent market, the Great Market Hall adjacent to the Corvinus University campus where students can purchase fruits and vegetables and also hot meals. Additionally, there are numerous eateries in walking distance of the campus and the dorm offering hot meals for reasonable prices.

Those who are not really keen on Hungarian food will be able to find a wide selection of international cuisine in Budapest let that be Indian, Italian, Turkish, Japanese, even Nepalese etc. Furthermore, American products are increasingly available in specialty shops around the city. Azsia Bolt right next door to Corvinus has a wide selection of international food products.

 

8. SPA CAPITAL OF EUROPE

Budapest has around 80 geothermal springs, the world's largest thermal water cave system. The bath culture in Hungary was inherited from the Ottoman Turks who conquered Hungary for almost 150 years during the 16th and 17th century.  It is a very relaxing experience to hang out with friends, chat and chill for an afternoon. The two most popular baths are Szechenyi Thermal Baths (pictured below) located in the City Park and Gellert Bath, located behind the historic and elegant Gellert Hotel, with its wave machines and an inhalatorium. You can also try smaller and more local baths like Veli Bej Baths or Lukács baths.  

9. EASY AND CHEAP TO GET AROUND

Especially for students, public transportation in Budapest is really affordable. You can easily travel around Budapest day and night thanks to the widespread and developed infrastructure of Budapest transportation.

Budapest is also linked with train lines to some major and popular destinations in Hungary, like Szentendre, Esztergom, Lake Balaton or Eger. If students feel like having a day off somewhere in Hungary they can easily catch a train in the morning and visit these destinations (they can be reached within an hour).  

 

 

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT HUNGARY

Founded in 897 AD, Hungary is one of the oldest countries in Europe (before France and Germany became separate entities, and before the unification of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms.)

First underground metro line of the continent since 1896

Hungary ranked as 8th in the all-time Olympics Medal Table (Summer Olympics from 1896 to 2016)

Inventions by Hungarians in Hungary include

  • noiseless match - János Irinyi)
  • Rubik’s cube - Erno Rubik
  • krypton electric bulb - Imre Bródy
  • telephone exchange - Tivadar Puskás 
  • conceptual inventor behind digital computing János von Neumann 
  • colour TV -Peter Károly Goldmark 
  • principle behind the first plasma TV and flat-panel TV - Kálmán  Tihanyi
  • programming language known BASIC - János Kemény

Microsoft applications group, Word andExcel - Károly Simonyi

FURTHER FAMOUS HUNGARIAN INVENTORS 

 

Last modified: 2018.11.30.