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WHY BUDAPEST?

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, theatres,  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 revolution)  - they all tell stories about Budapest.

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

 

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. Public 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”.

 

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 your CEMS buddy about these places and he/she 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 or at CEMS Club Budapest.

 

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.  CEMS Club Budapest is the most popular student organisation for CEMSies but you are also welcome to join Corvinus ESN (Erasmus Student Network).In Budapest many people speak English (or another European language) which makes it easy to get around.

 

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

 

 

HUNGARIAN CUISINE

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.

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.  

 

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).  

Last modified: 2017.04.04.