6 Reasons Budapest is Heaven for Study Abroad Students

September 4, 2017 |

Here are our super official reasons why Budapest is absolute heaven for study abroad students.

6 Reasons Budapest is Heaven for Study Abroad Students

Budapest is one of the best cities in Europe. And it’s monumentally better for students studying abroad. You’re young, actively searching for things to do, and above all else, looking to party. Even if going out isn’t your thing, this city is filled with amusing activities that you will never find back home. And there is even perfect little spots to study in, since it is called STUDY abroad after all. So here are my super official reasons why Budapest is absolute heaven for study abroad students.

  1. Beautiful Sights

The sights in Budapest are spectacular. It's not my opinion, it's simply a fact. From the Liberty Statue to Saint Stephen’s Basilica, the monuments here shine with personality and are completely photo-worthy. You cannot leave the city without seeing Parliament lit up at night- it's a religious experience. If you’re too lazy to walk along the Danube at night, definitely hop on a Boat Party or dinner cruise to marvel at all of the wonderful sights while the sun is down. Budapest also has the second largest synagogue in the world! Incredible. Studying abroad in a city that is home to some of the most beautiful and important buildings in the world is a privilege. And since you're here for several months, there is plenty of time to see them all!

  1. Ruin Pubs

The most popular and unique places for nightlife are Ruin Pubs. What makes these bars and clubs different? Well to make a long story short, during World War II many locals fled the city leaving tons of huge abandoned buildings. Similar to Berlin, once the war was over, people began transforming these buildings into underground bars and clubs. From the outside, they may look like normal apartment buildings, but upon entering you will find a magical space filled with art, funky furniture, cheap drinks, cool DJ’s and a young crowd of partiers drinking, chatting and dancing. Ruin Pubs are the shit. These places are perfect for travelers. There is virtually no dress code, so wearing sneakers/boots and t-shirts is perfectly acceptable, and a beer won’t cost more than 3 euro. The most popular ones are Szimpla, Instant, Fogas Ház, ELLÁTÓház, Kuplung and Grandio. All have intricate and junk-yard vibe courtyards and will guarantee a fun night. If you’re bad with directions or can’t navigate while drunk, there are plenty of bar crawls that will take you to the best ones (and give you free shots upon entry!).

  1. Cheap Everything

Budapest is cheap. And not like happy hour drinks are 7€ cheap. I'm talking 1€ beers and full meals for under 5€ cheap. From tram tickets to food to second hand stores, you can live like a prince (maybe not a king) for close to nothing. Not to mention that most of the most popular clubs here have free entry so you can party your little butts off until the wee hours of the morning after a cheeky power hour sipping on beers from the supermarket. Who wouldn't be down for that? Make sure you treat yourself to some Hungarian food and Palinka shots...cause at the end of the day, you want to learn a little bit about the culture here!

  1. Cute Cafés

Don't get me started on adorable little coffee shops. If you have “assignments” or “readings” to do (everyone knows studying abroad consists of very little studying and way more abroading), grab some friends, a computer, and charge up your phone cause these places are beyond Instagram worthy. The Sweet by Vintage Garden looks like a Pinterest board exploded in the most perfect way possible. It makes you think of rainbows and unicorns and everything that's good in the world. The Donut Library has ample room for laying out books and having a quiet place to plug in for a few hours. If you go, make sure to get the iced coffee with a little donut on top! And if you're a serious studier who wants to be surrounded by like-minded intellectuals, Eco-Cafe is the place to be. Not only are they focused on being sustainable (save the trees!) but the coffee is delicious and there are plenty of tables to sit at. If you want something a little more special, try the Cat Cafe or Zoo Cafe, where animals can cuddle in your lap or run across your keyboard while you’re writing that paper that’s probably due tomorrow.

  1. Marvelous Markets Everywhere

I absolutely love markets. And in Budapest, there's a market for everything. Of course, the Great/Central Market Hall is the biggest and most famous one. There you can find souvenirs out the wazoo, some local food on the second floor and fresh fruits and veggies. It's open Monday through Saturday so you can make a quick trip when you forgot that grandma wanted a new magnet for the fridge and some decorative salad tossers. Although the Great Market Hall is big and convenient, it's worth checking out the smaller markets around the city. Every Sunday morning the famous ruin pub, Szimpla, hosts a food market on its ground floor. Head to the back for delicious homemade soup and explore the most intricate and mesmerizing bar in the process. There are also a ton of vintage and used clothes markets on various weekends just off Kiraly utca. Definitely worth checking out if you're into thrifting! But the market that beats all markets is during the Christmas season. Head to Deak Ferenc square between November and December for fairy lights, tree ornaments, souvenirs, gingerbread cookies and huge portions of traditional Hungarian food.

  1. Sick Street Art

To see some of the biggest and most colorful murals in Budapest, hang out in district 7, the Jewish quarter. There you will find everything from abstract to political to humorous art. If street artists have an idea and a blank wall, they can approach city officials and get approved - meaning that this form of “graffiti” is totally legal and often paid for by the city. If you want a guided tour of the neighborhood, with explanations of all the murals and a peak into the underground art scene, Alternative Tours Budapest is the way to go! This neighborhood also has traditional (illegal) street art that changes from week to week. Pay attention, even the smallest cracks in the sidewalk become beautiful works of art here!


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