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True story of being international student in Budapest

Published by Aidana Smagul — 7 days ago

0 Tags: Erasmus experiences Budapest, Budapest, Hungary

What is it like to live in Budapest? Would you recommend it? What is the city like?

Budapest is the heart of central Europe and that is absolutely true! The city is very cosmopolitan and international: you won't feel yourself different. People are very welcoming and kind.
The architecture of city is just amazing, transportation is very convenient! A lot of flights from and to Budapest carried by local low-cost company. You can travel a lot and cheap! I will tell more about it in different post. 

What is the student lifestyle like in Budapest?

Student life is very diverse: starting from different scientific conferences, intercultural events, and ending with famous Budapest pool parties! Szechenyi thermal bath hosts pool parties every Saturday. 

Apart from pool parties, there are a lot of parties in Budapest. This city never sleeps: 24/7. You can enjoy parties even on Mondays! 

How much does it cost to live in Budapest?

The prices are moderate. It is considerably cheap compared to Barcelona or Vienna, for example. I always compare the prices according to public transport ticket, so in Budapest it costs just a little less than 1 euro (350 foints). 

Three foods you've got to try in Budapest!

Traditional foods worth being tasted. I very much like langos: it is Hungarian traditional fried bread served with sourmilk and cheese. Very tasty. You can order it in restaurants as well as in fast food cafes or outside places. 

Goulash-beef soup which is usually served with fresh white bread and chopped hot paprika on the side. If you want to try goulash, I advice you going to 'For Sales Pub' near to Liberty Bridge. They serve very tasty goulash and the portion is very big! The atmosphere of the place is also great: you can leave your memory written on a paper and stcik it to the wall. 

Last but not the least is kürtőskalács (sometimes referred as chimney cake): the thin, sweet bread. It can be filled with ice-cream, chocolate or a fruits. But in traditional way, you eat it without any fillers and very hot. 

What places would you recommend visiting in Budapest?

The central part: Deak Ference, St. Stephen's Basilica, Chain Bridge, Liberty Bridge. Another cultural center near to Hosok Tere (Heroes' Square) and Andrassy street. If you like nature and quite places, you should visit Margeret island and Normafa park. In a nutshell, every place in Budapest is beautiful!

Is it good to eat out in Budapest? Can you tell us your favourite spots?

Eating out is very popular and not that expensive. Since I like eating meat, mostly I was going for Turkish Kebab. Two good spots: one is on Kalvin Ter-'Kalvin Kebab' and the second near to Blaha metro station-'Istanbul Kebab'.

Is the nightlife good in Budapest? Where is good to go?

Nightlife is freaking awesome! There is a street which is called "Gozsdu Udvar", there you can find a lot of clubs and pubs. Among them I can advice '4bro' club, 'BlueBird' karaoke, and 'Vicky Barcelona' bar and club mixed (mostly regaetton music).
For sure, you should visit famous ruin pubs and clubs of Budapest. They are located very close to each other: Szimpla and Fogas.

What advice would you give future students heading to Budapest?

I would say, You are lucky student! Enjoy the time! Enjoy the city! Enjoy the parties! Travel a lot: because it is very good location to travel all around the Europe with the help of Wizz Air, even out of Europe, e.g. Morocco, Russia, UAE, Central Asia.

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