Accommodation in Hungary
Finding a good place to stay is a very important part of your study abroad experience. When it comes to student housing in Hungary you have several options. Most universities in Hungary have dormitories, which are usually the cheapest alternative. These dormitories are generally great party venues, but are not always available for international students. You may find the area of accommodation space slightly insignificant what you are used to, but living in these shared quarters is a good way to make plenty of new friends.
Another alternative for student housing in Hungary is renting an apartment, whether alone or with friends. You can also approach for a sub-tenancy, meaning you rent a single room in someone else’s apartment. Private apartment rentals are available from HUF$50-60,000 (EUR€190-230) depending on the city (Budapest being the most expensive), and on the location of the place within the city. Rooms and flat sharing are naturally cheaper.
Most of the times you will be able to find help searching for student housing in Hungary through the university you are applying. Apartments are also listed in newspapers. It might be easier to have someone who speaks Hungarian with you to help with translation!
Cost of Living in Hungary
Living costs are relatively low in Hungary, International student will need at least 150,000 Hungarian forints (approx. 520 euros; 690 US dollars) per month includes costs of accommodation including utilities, pay for local transport, and even go out occasionally. This amount covers the costs of accommodation, utilities, shopping for groceries and local transportation – though not the tuition fee and while tuition fees are not insignificant, they are much lower than those charges in countries such as the US or UK and any other developed country.
Universities situated over there advises International students to budget around €60 ($80) per month for health insurance, €200-500 ($270-680) for rented accommodation, and €200 ($270) per month for utility bills.
Local Transport in Budapest:
- Rent of a small flat in Budapest (per month): from 70.000 HUF (220 EUR) + utilities (200-230 EUR)
- Rent of a single room in Budapest (per month): from 60.000 HUF (190 EUR) + utilities
- Rent of a small flat in countryside (per month): from 50.000 HUF (155 EUR) + utilities
Local transport in countryside:
- Monthly Budapest-pass: 9.500 HUF ( 30 EUR)
- Monthly Budapest-pass for students: 3.450 HUF (12 EUR)
- Single ticket: 350 HUF
Health Insurance for International Students
- Monthly pass: from 6.500 HUF
- Monthly pass for students: from 3.300 HUF
- Single ticket: from 300 HUF
- 1 loaf of bread: 270 HUF (1 EUR; 1.5 USD)
- 1 bottle of beer: 250 HUF (1 EUR; 1.4 USD)
- 1 bottle of wine: from 1.000 HUF (3.5 EUR; 3.5 USD)
- 1 litter of milk: 220 HUF (1 EUR; 1.4 USD)
- Eating out: 1.500-2.500 HUF (5-8 EUR; 6-12 USD)
- Daily menu: 890-1.500 HUF
- Movie ticket: 1.090-1.670HUF (4 EUR; 5.5 USD); Digital 3D 1.600-2.100HUF
It is a good idea to know ahead of time what you will need before classes start. If you will be an international student in Hungary for longer than 90 days, you more than likely will need to have a Schengen Visa before you arrive in Hungary. If you will be applying for the Schengen visa to become an international student in Hungary, you will need to have proof Hungary student Health Insurance that meets the Schengen visa requirements. Also, if you have already decided which school you will be attending, it is important to check with that institution as well to ensure your Hungary student insurance plan will meet any requirements they have in place for international students.
A valid health insurance plan means that you are in possession of an insurance policy which will cover at least 30,000 EUR of medical costs to include emergency health services, transport home in the event of a medical emergency, and it must be applicable for the full duration of your time abroad. Generally, domestic health insurance policies do not provide coverage which includes overseas expenses. Often times insurance companies request a proof of treatment and payment so be sure to save all forms that you receive.