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Erasmus Budapest 2024: Reviews, Pros-Cons, Costs, Culture

My five month stay in this accommodation was really pleasant and comfortable.
The apartment is very central and well equipped. Moreover the owner is really kind, helpful and always available. Absolutely recommended!

Martina Tesoro2023

I stayed here for 5 months and I really enjoyed the apartment.
The flat is situated in a very central and practical area of the city, near two metro stations and well linked to each part of the city. Even if the spaces are not very large, the rooms are really clean and bright. The owner was really nice to us and always available when me and the other tenants needed him. If you are a student and you are searching for a nice flat in a very good location, I vividly suggest Diákszállás.

Arianna Rossi2023

My experience in the accommodation was really great: the central position near Blaha Lujza tér and all public transports is definitely it’s charming point, but also the shared rooms and the main living room were really comfortable and on point. Additionally, another thing I would like to highlight is the quickness in responding and solving problems by the owners, who were always kind and condescending with us. I would definitely recommend it!!

Sofia Meschini2023

Our 5 Italian Erasmus students who joined Avicenna International College high school for one entire semester liked the Diaklakas student hostel so much for its central location, full comfort and cleanliness, it made their 6-month stay in Budapest the best period ever in their lives. We are also very happy to recommend this hostel for a longer stay to anyone who is looking for a good quality and perfectly managed student home.
We were checking many student hostels and accomodations for weeks when we finally found this and the all-round satisfaction stayed with us well beyond the stay of our guest students. 5-star satisfaction!

Steve Szabó2023

The best choice for a student's accommodation. An accommodation in the center of budapest, within walking distance of everywhere. You can find everything from a 24/7 open market to a pharmacy at a maximum distance of 5 minutes. very close to tram and metro. I stayed in my 8-month stay without any problems. The owners of the accommodation are very good people trying to help you in every possible way. Long story short, it is an excellent accommodation option for students with everything.

defne aluç2023

First of all, the room was cozy and clean, and it was comfortable to stay there. The location was great to access the city center and there were some supermarkets to buy groceries m. Also, the owners were kind and they were willing to help me with anything.

Ueda Haruka2023

Great experience overall, they are reliable, rooms are modern and clean.
Would recommend 100%

Kristóf Koczor2023

Many thanks to Attila and Leo for everything.they were always in touch so you could write about any problem. accommodation in a very convenient location, all the necessary places are within walking distance.
thank u so much! miss ya!

умка2022

Why should you spend your Erasmus in Budapest?

Choosing Budapest for your Erasmus journey offers a unique blend of benefits, including affordability, quality education, rich culture, and exciting nightlife. This city, known for its stunning architecture and historical significance, is a hotspot for vibrant international life.

Whether you’re drawn by the allure of studying in a city steeped in history or the promise of an exciting, international social scene, Budapest has something special to offer. The city’s biggest advantages are the good affordability, the quality university education, and the vibrant cultural & pub life.

The city’s disadvantages include increasing food prices, low level of English-speaking, some dangerous parts of the city, and the lack of tidiness on the streets.

The cost of living is relatively low, allowing you to enjoy a high quality of life without breaking the bank. The average monthly living expense for a student in Budapest is around 400,000-475,000 HUF (1000-1200 EUR) including rent, food, parties, alcohol, and cultural programmes. Rent costs around 400-600 EUR for a bedroom in the city centre.

Budapest’s academic institutions are renowned for their quality education and diverse student communities, making it an ideal place for personal and academic growth. Additionally, the city’s rich cultural scene and lively nightlife ensure that your time outside the classroom is just as enriching.

Budapest is truly a “party city”, ideal for Erasmus students seeking some adventure in an affordable city. Let’s have a closer look!

What are the advantages of Erasmus in Budapest?

Budapest is remarkably affordable, especially when considering the quality of life it offers. Your budget goes further here, from accommodation to entertainment, allowing for a comfortable lifestyle without the steep costs associated with many other European cities.

Budapest is not just a budget-friendly option; it’s a city that offers a vibrant international life amidst a beautiful backdrop. Students can immerse themselves in a lively cultural scene, explore historic sites, and engage with a diverse, international community.

The combination of affordable living, a high-quality lifestyle, and a supportive environment for students makes Budapest a top choice for an unforgettable Erasmus experience. However, Budapest also has its disadvantages.

What are the disadvantages of Erasmus in Budapest?

While Budapest presents many advantages for Erasmus students, it’s also fair to acknowledge some of its challenges.

One of the main issues is that living costs, particularly for food and entertainment, can stretch a student’s budget more than expected. Although cheaper than many Western European cities, Budapest is not the cheapest option in the region.

Additionally, while younger Hungarians generally speak English well, communication barriers can still arise in daily life, as not everyone is fluent in English.

Public safety varies across the city; certain areas are best avoided late at night, and it’s advisable to stay informed and cautious.

Lastly, the cleanliness of the streets and public spaces might not meet everyone’s expectations, which can detract from the city’s overall charm for some.

What is the monthly cost of living in Budapest for a student?

The monthly cost of living in Budapest for a student can vary widely based on lifestyle, spending habits, and type of accommodation. However, a rough estimate would place monthly expenses between 400,000 to 475,000 HUF (appr. 1000-1200 EUR or 1080-1300 USD). This estimate includes rent, utilities, food, public transportation, and leisure activities.

The official currency in Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF), and while the Euro is not officially used, it’s accepted in some tourist areas and larger establishments. However, it’s generally more practical to use HUF for everyday transactions.

How much does rent cost in Budapest?

Rent costs from 120,000 HUF (320 EUR/345 USD) for a room in a shared flat to 300,000 HUF (800 EUR/860 USD) for a private apartment. Student residences like Studentrooms.hu are a cost-effective and social option, often preferred by Erasmus students.

Rent in Budapest varies significantly depending on several factors.

  • Location within the city: Central districts are generally more expensive.
  • Type of heating: Central heating can save on utilities.
  • Age of the flat: Newer buildings might offer more amenities but at a higher cost.
  • Type of accommodation: Renting a whole flat, a room, or staying in a student residence affects costs.

You may ask: What are the best districts to live for students? The best districts for a student to live in Budapest are the following.

  • District V: Heart of the city, close to many universities.
  • District VI and VII: Known for a vibrant nightlife and cultural scene.
  • District VIII: Revitalised district, which used to be dangerous, but now is one of the best districts for students.
  • District IX: More affordable, upcoming area with great local vibe.

These districts are all central and are close to the universities, grocery stores, major tourist attractions, and party places. Plus, there are great public transportation opportunities there.

How much does food cost in Budapest for a student?

Cheap Restaurants in Budapest for Erasmus Students

The cost of food for a student in Budapest can vary greatly, depending on shopping habits and how often one eats out. On average, monthly food expenses can range from 40,000 HUF (107 EUR/115 USD) to 80,000 HUF (214 EUR/230 USD).

  • Meal cost in Budapest: 1,500-2,500 HUF (4-7 EUR/4.3-7.5 USD)
  • Average grocery shopping: 15,000-25,000 HUF (40-67 EUR/43-72 USD)
  • Breakfast with coffee: 500-1,500 HUF (1.3-4 EUR/1.4-4.3 USD)
  • Lunch: 1,500-2,500 HUF (4-7 EUR/4.3-7.5 USD)
  • Dinner: 2,000-3,000 HUF (5.4-8 EUR/5.8-8.6 USD)
  • Average junk food meal: 1,000-2,000 HUF (2.7-5.4 EUR/2.9-5.8 USD)

Prices depend on where you shop, dine, and the part of town. Cheapest shopping options include local markets and supermarkets like Aldi and Lidl.

While it is tempting to treat yourself with delicious (but a bit greasy..) Hungarian food, it might be wise to visit the gym some time.

How much does monthly gym membership cost in Budapest?

Monthly gym memberships range from 10,000 HUF (27 EUR/29 USD) to 25,000 HUF (65 EUR/70 USD), depending on the facility and location.

Other fitness activities include the following.

  • Yoga/Pilates studios: Around 12,000 HUF (32 EUR/34 USD) per month.
  • Swimming pools: Approximately 8,000 HUF (21 EUR/23 USD) for a monthly pass.

Burning calories isn’t limited to gym workouts; communal cycling and exploring the city on foot are great alternatives. Budapest’s efficient public transport system also supports an active lifestyle.

How much does public transportation cost for a student in Budapest?

For students, a monthly public transport pass costs approximately 3450 HUF (8.7 EUR/9.4 USD). The city has an extensive network of buses, trams, metro lines, trolleybuses, and suburban railways (HÉV).

Night buses and Tram Line 6 ensure the city remains accessible after dark, seamlessly connecting to the next adventure or guiding you safely back home from a wild party. But if you are too tired or don’t want to wait 30-60 minutes for a bus, a taxi is always a comfy alternative!

How much does a taxi cost in Budapest?

Taxi fares cost the following in Budapest.

  • Base fare: 1100 HUF (2.7 EUR/3 USD)
  • Time-based fare unit: 110 HUF/min (0.27 EUR/min / 0.29 USD/min)
  • Distance-based fare unit: 440 HUF/km (1.1 EUR/km / 1.19 USD/km)

The official, reliable taxi companies are the following.

  • Bolt
  • Főtaxi
  • 6×6 Taxi
  • Taxi 4
  • City Taxi

Beware of independent, unbranded taxi drivers, who tend to rip off tourists and foreigners! If the taxi charge looks more expensive than what you see here, then there’s a high chance they try to overcharge you.

Applications like Bolt, ensure fare transparency. Opt for these taxi companies instead of relying on your luck! Especially if you are under the influence of alcohol.

How much does alcohol cost in Budapest?

The prices of most typical alcoholic beverages are the following.

  • Local beer: 300-700 HUF (0.8-1.8 EUR/0.9-2 USD)
  • International beer brands: 800-1,500 HUF (2-3.8 EUR/2.16-3.2 USD)
  • Wines: 500-700 HUF (1.3-1.8 EUR/1.4-2 USD) per dl.
  • Cocktails: 1,500-2,500 HUF (4-7 EUR/4.3-7.5 USD)
  • Shots: 500-1,000 HUF (1.3-2.7 EUR/1.4-2.9 USD)

Prices depend on the actual type of alcoholic beverage, alcohol brand, location, and venue. Central and popular areas, like ruin pubs typically charge more.

Is nightlife good in Budapest for students?

Yes, nightlife in Budapest is a haven for students seeking an unforgettable experience. The city’s bars, ruin pubs, party places and nightclubs in Districts VI and VII offer affordable drinks and a vibrant atmosphere, attracting an international crowd. Night buses and Tram line 6 ensure safe and cheap transport till dawn. Notable spots include Szimpla Kert, Instant, and Fogas Ház.

As a general rule of thumb, always mind your surroundings and avoid trouble if possible. Despite the fact that Budapest is a safe city.

Budapest by night

This capital city is at least as exciting at night as during the day. It is one of the safest cities in the world, so you can walk around at night safely. You can admire the lights of the city, you can drop by the bar at the corner for some food and drink, and you can chose from a lot of party places as well.

As you can see in the photos, there is a wide variety of entertainment, you will definitely find the best place for yourself. It can be a ruin pub, an elegant wine bar, a relaxing beer garden, a fancy disco, an eclectic coffee or anything else.

Budapest by day

As you can see in the photos, Budapest is one of the most diverse capital city in the world. Even if you prefer more peaceful programmes or more active events, you will love this place for sure.

17 Rákóczi street is located in the heart of the city, so you can find everything within a couple of hundreds of metres from the banks, pharmacies, post office to the 24-hour shops.

What’s more, all the exciting and important sights are in the neighbourhood. You don’t have to go far if you would like to walk in a beautiful park or by the Danube bank.

City Parks, Danube bank, Parliament is in walking distance. Buda Castle and Heroes’ square is close to the hotel too. If you get hungry, you won’t have to go far. There are a lot of supermarkets, shopping malls, chop houses and restaurants waiting for you to discover them.

Is Budapest safe for students?

Budapest is generally safe for students. But as for public safety, take some common sense precautions to avoid petty crimes. However, certain areas, like the following, should be approached with caution, especially at night.

  • X. district
  • Hős utca in the VIII. district
  • Deák Ferenc tér
  • Nyugati Pályaudvar
  • Keleti Pályaudvar
  • +1: Deák Ferenc tér is unfortunately becoming less safe place

If you travel through the city in groups, with locals, and under the supervision of Erasmus groups from the university, then it’s less likely that you will get into trouble. Especially around the vicinity of universities in Budapest.

What are the best universities for Erasmus in Budapest?

Budapest’s universities are diverse, offering a wide range of studies. Here are the biggest and most prestigious universities in Budapest.

  • Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE): Humanities, Sciences.
  • Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME): Engineering, Technology.
  • Corvinus University of Budapest: Business, Economics.
  • Semmelweis University: Medical studies.

In order to fully enjoy the student life in Budapest, ensure that you won’t travel a lot to your classes from your flat/room on a daily basis. You can easily avoid this by renting an awesome apartment or student room in the central parts of Budapest, in the proximity of your university!

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Real Google reviews

Very comfortable place for staying, quite big room with two floors, clean bathrooms and well-furnished kitchen. And also service was really good, that made my stay even better. So I highly recommend these apartments!

Ксения Волкова2022

The apartment is new, clean, the people are friendly, the owners are cool, honestly, I'm glad I chose this flat. In the heart of Budapest you can walk down the street and everything is in front of you, shops, clubs, bars, cafes. If you want to enjoy your time in the city, this is a really good option for you!

Attila Gáspár2021

many thanks to Attila and Leo for everything.they were always in touch so you could write about any problem. accommodation in a very convenient location, all the necessary places are within walking distance.
thank u so much! miss ya!

Umuriza Omarova2022

If you are looking for a small private dorm this place is for you. I was in this dorm for 5 months and l must say this place has everything you need. All students in this dorm are super friendly and helpful. The price for this dorm is really good because you will get everything you need, students in this dorm are like family together and also you are in the heart of Budapest.

DuriX2021

The best place to stay in Budapest! I really enjoyed my time there. Owners are very nice, everything went smooth. Apartment is cosy and clean. Also, we had a lot of fun with my roommates. Highly recommended 🙂

Kristína Lelková2021

I can only recommend this place! It's perfect for students. The apartment is new and fully equipped. The houseceeper cleans the common rooms twice a week. The owners are friendly, kind, correct and very helpful! They have good prices for the rooms according to the location. The location is the best- in the heart of the city. Near there are 2 metro stations, the bus stop is next to the building, many shops- 0-24 also, pubs, clubs, pharmacy, theatre. If you want to meet international students from all over the world and talking with them during the dinner it's the best place you can choose. I think after this you wanna try it. I really enjoyed the time spent here. 🙂

Ibolya Bödör2020

The accommodation is cosy and clean. The owners are friendly, kind and very helpful. The location is very good. The accommodation is in the heart of Budapest, I really enjoyed my time there. 🙂

Eszter Sipkai2021

Very nices owners, always available for us to fix all problems could come.

The apartment is well located around metro 2 in center of Budapest and near lot of shops.

Inside is simple with good equipment, lot of bathroom, wifi and nice rooms. Only a little kitchen for lot of residents.

Toto Guardo2021

Should I rent an apartment, or a student residence?

Choosing between an apartment and a student residence depends on personal preferences.

  • Apartments offer privacy and independence. If you have a bigger budget, enjoy being on your own in a bigger flat, or you’ll likely invite your friends many times for house parties, then this option is for you.
  • Student residences however provide a community with other students from all around the world, and often include amenities. This is a great way of making new friendships and making your Erasmus in Budapest an even better experience!

Given our expertise, we recommend student residences for their social atmosphere, convenience, and support services tailored to a student’s needs. If you want to make new friends rapidly, and find a group of students, with whom you can do exciting programmes together, then this option is definitely for you!

We at Diaklakas.hu put a huge emphasis on fostering this community. We do this by frequently holding a group meeting, where students can share their challenges and problems with the flat, or with any type of student problems. Plus, by bringing these students together at Diaklaks.hu.

Because we know that if you have a pleasant stay in a cozy, tidy and budget-friendly room with an awesome company, then your whole Erasus experience will likely be unforgettable!

How much does it cost to rent a room at Diaklakas.hu?

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It costs around 339 EUR/month to rent a bed, and around 529 EUR/month to rent a whole room at Diaklakas.hu. Prices may vary depending on the size of the room.

These monthly fees include every utility, including the following services.

  • common costs
  • warm water
  • electricity
  • internet
  • wifi
  • cleaning of the common rooms 2 times a week
  • garbage collection

There are no hidden costs, you only pay these amounts per month!

What should I do in the first week of my Erasmus in Budapest?

In the first week of your Erasmus in Budapest the most important task is to acclimatise to your new home. Take your time! Find local stores in your proximity in order to know where to buy food and groceries. Take a tour around your flat and visit some tourist spots in Budapest. Visiting your university can further increase the familiarity of your new surroundings.

And most importantly: take care of the most important administrative tasks.

Don’t panic if you don’t have every information about an administrative task! If you encounter any difficulties, ask the International Office, contact the Erasmus Student Network of your university, or ask your roommates! They will help you. 🙂

The more you know your new home, the less stressful it will become.

It is highly likely that the first 1-2 months will bring some minor cultural shocks to you. Cultural shock is a feeling of uncertainty, stress, confusion, and even anxiety that students experience when moving to a new country, which has a different culture. The bigger the cultural differences, the higher (and/or longer) the cultural shock.

Having a walk around Budapest and visiting the most popular landmarks is always a good idea to relieve some of your stress!

What are the main sights, landmarks & attractions in Budapest?

Here are some of the most popular sights, landmarks, and attractions in Budapest.

  • Buda Castle: A historic castle and palace complex of the Hungarian kings.
  • Parliament Building: One of the largest parliament buildings in the world.
  • Fisherman’s Bastion: Offers stunning views over the city.
  • Citadel: The highest natural point in Budapest. And gives the best scenery over the city.
  • Széchenyi Thermal Bath: Europe’s largest medicinal bath.
  • Heroes’ Square: Iconic square featuring the Millennium Monument.

By visiting these landmarks, museums, learning about Hungarian history, and by trying Hungarian food you move closer to getting to know the genuine Hungarian culture.

What is Hungarian culture like?

Hungarian culture is rich in traditions and known for its distinctive cuisine, music, dance, and embroidery. Hungarians value hospitality, family, and cultural heritage, creating a welcoming environment for visitors. Budapest, as the cultural heart of Hungary, offers a vibrant blend of traditional and modern influences, making it a fascinating city to explore.

Hungarians tend to be a bit grumpy and impatient at first. Especially if they talk to a foreigner. But don’t get it personally: in these situations Hungarians are mad because they’re bothered by the fact that they don’t speak English. And not because they don’t like you!

But if they get to know you after some time, they’ll start to become more friendly. Unfortunately, language barriers are a common thing in Hungary (but a bit less problematic in Budapest).

What is the official language of Hungary?

Hungary’s official language is Hungarian, with a rich history and belonging to the Uralic language family. It’s spoken widely across the country and in Hungarian communities in neighbouring countries like Slovakia, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, and Austria.

Can People Speak English in Budapest? Yes, English is widely spoken in Budapest, especially among the younger population and in tourist-centric areas, making it easy for international students to navigate and communicate. For example, when you want to order some genuine Hungarian food.

What is Hungarian cuisine like?

Hungarian cuisine is flavorful, featuring a variety of meats, vegetables, and spices, with paprika being a signature ingredient. Popular dishes in Hungarian cuisine include the following.

  • Gulyásleves: The Famous Hungarian goulash soup made with beef and paprika.
  • Pörkölt: A rich stew.
  • Hortobágyi palacsinta: Savoury crêpe filled with meat.
  • Chicken paprikash: Served with creamy paprika sauce and homemade pasta.

Hungarian food tends to be greasy and spicy, so watch out on the quantities!

Also, characteristic foods available locally include salami and túró rudi. Túró rudi is a popular chocolate-coated cottage cheese sweet snack.

What other places can I travel to in Hungary?

Beyond Budapest, Hungary is home to several beautiful cities and destinations. The best destinations in Hungary include the following.

  • Eger: Famous for its castle, thermal baths, and historic wine region.
  • Szeged: Known for its vibrant cultural scene and Open-Air Festival.
  • Pécs: A UNESCO World Heritage site rich in Roman and Mediaeval architecture.
  • Lake Balaton: Europe’s largest freshwater lake, popular for summer vacations.
  • Hollókő: A traditional village that preserves folk traditions, offering a glimpse into rural Hungarian life.

We hope this introductory guide provided you with a comprehensive overview of Erasmus student life in Budapest, from the practical aspects of living and studying in the city to exploring its rich cultural tapestry. Whether you’re here for the education, the history, or the pálinka (a famous Hungarian alcoholic fruit spirit), Budapest promises an unforgettable Erasmus experience!