Erasmus in Budapest

Information and tips for Erasmus students in Budapest

Why should you do your Erasmus in Budapest? The capital of Hungary is an ideal destination for Erasmus students. It is a very affordable city, big enough to offer you everything you may need, but not so much as to be overwhelming. Do you want to know more about the city? We’ll tell you all about it below!

Cost of living in Budapest, Hungary

One of the biggest advantages that Budapest offers to its exchange students is its low prices. This is a very affordable city, compared with other European cities. A student can spend around € 500 per month. Remember that the currency in Budapest is not the Euro, but the Hungarian forint (HUF). € 1 is equal to, approximately, 360 HUF.

The biggest expense when going on an Erasmus is the rent of the accommodation. On the housing search engine of Erasmus Play, you can very easily compare between different options and find accommodation for very affordable prices. Some rooms cost around € 160-200 per month. We recommend that you start looking for a place as soon as possible, so you don’t have any problems.

Erasmus parties and leisure in Budapest, Hungary

Can you party in Budapest? The answer is yes, definitely a lot. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what kind of music you like, you will find a place to go and party that suits all your preferences. This city is, in a way, divided in two by the Danube river. One part is Buda, where you can find the quietest and residential areas, and the other one is Pest, where life is a little bit more chaotic and where you will also find a great variety of places to go out. In Pest, is where a lot of young people and students (including Erasmus) live.

On many occasions, the universities prepare parties for exchange students, but you can also go to bars and nightclubs. Groups of young people usually get together and go for a drink in a bar before actually partying. It is like the first step, a kind of preparation. One of the places where they meet is Szimpla Kert, one of the most famous bars in the city, it is in ruins.

Culture and gastronomy in Budapest, Hungary

If there is something you will enjoy a lot in this city, it is its culture and history, even though you weren’t expecting that. The city is full of life, colours, museums and art galleries.

If you do your Erasmus in Budapest, you will also enjoy its festivities and traditional celebrations. For example, the 15th of March is Independence Day in Budapest, a very important date in all of Hungary. Another incredible and very famous event is the Budapest Spring Festival, which takes place in April. These are only some examples of the important dates, but surely you will live many more during your Erasmus.

Regarding the city’s gastronomy, get ready to know and enjoy its most traditional dishes for very affordable prices. One of the most typical recipes that you will find in any restaurant is goulash, a type of soup perfect for cold days. Some other well-known foods are langos, palacsinta, küröskaláks, etc. 

Advantages of doing Erasmus in Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, also known as the Pearl of the Danube, is a perfect Erasmus destination. In this city you will:

  • Enjoy the colours of its streets and the kindness of its people.
  • Get to know two cities in one. The fact that the city is divided by the river, gives you the feeling that at each part of the Danube there is a different city (Buda and Pest). You will discover the differences and beauties of each one.
  • Attend a large number of cultural events, such as its various festivals, which are held in many parts of the city.
  • Live the Erasmus experience to the fullest for a quite affordable price.

With all of this, how will you not enjoy your Erasmus in Budapest?

Cheap accommodation in Budapest, Hungary

Are you looking for accommodation in Budapest but don’t know how to find it? On the Erasmus Play browser, you can compare many offers for flats, rooms and apartments for students in Budapest very quickly and easily. Besides, for greater security, all the apartments on our website are verified so you can book them 100% online.

Frequently asked questions from students doing Erasmus in Budapest

How much does it cost to live in Budapest as a student?
A student in Budapest can spend, on average, € 500 per month. This quantity includes accommodation, food and possible leisure activities. However, the budget also depends on your lifestyle.
How is student life in Budapest?
In this city, students live close to each other. There are a lot of young people and, therefore, the student atmosphere and the party in the city are perfect for an Erasmus student.
How much does student accommodation cost in Budapest?
On our browser Erasmus Play, you will find offers for accommodation for € 160-200. However, it depends on what you are looking for. You have different options and you choose the one that suits you best.
Erasmus in Budapest, apartment or student dormitory?
Usually, the preferred option by Erasmus students in Budapest is renting a room in a shared apartment. Generally, it is cheaper than dormitories and you can search for a flat in the location you want.
How much is the Erasmus scholarship to study in Budapest?
The information you need depends on your country of origin. In each part of the world, norms and conditions regarding this scholarship are different. To know the exact information for you, you can ask the international relations office at your university. There they will help you with anything you need.
What are the best areas to live in Budapest?
Budapest is a city divided by districts. The 5th district is the centre of the city, where the students tend to look for their accommodation. The universities are located in Buda, although young people normally live in Pest. The public transport in the city is very good, so don’t worry if you have to take it every day. However, it depends on your preferences.

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