Reasons Why You Should Move to Budapest

September 19, 2017 | Andrew
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Reasons why you should move to Budapest


“Just one more night” is a refrain you’re likely to hear quite often if you roam the ruin pubs talking to those that look like they’ve had just a few too many nights out in a row. For a hardened few though, the Budapest party never stops and they quickly find themselves as expats.


Speaking as one myself, we’re an interesting bunch, and all here almost by accident, never intending to stay more than a few months, but somehow finding excuses never to leave - not that’s it’s hard too!


Sadly, turnover is high as this lifestyle takes its toll - for that reason, we’re always looking for new recruits. Today we’re going to try and convince you.


It’s a new city every season


Autumn, winter, spring, summer - there is something love about each season. People retreat to the safety of warm, cozy cellar bars in the winter, then hurry out and take over just about any green space and courtyard when the sun comes back out.


And, whereas in winter you can look forward to sprawling Christmas markets and festive cheer, spring, summer, and autumn all have their own festivals to look forward to - from gastro extravaganzas celebrating the yummy beer wine and food scene, to Sziget, arguably Europe’s biggest and best music festival.


7 nights out for the price of 2


A night out here certainly won’t break the wallet if you happen to come from one of those cities that regularly features on ‘world’s most expensive cities” lists. Thanks to a lethal combination of cheap beer, even cheaper wine and expat and student parties just about every night of the week, it’s quite easy to go out for a ‘quick one’ on Monday before stumbling home the following Sunday, only to breathe a sigh of relief when you check your bank balance.


Hungarians are pretty swell people


A curious bunch that know how to handle their beer - that’s one way you could describe your average Hungarian. While they can be a little shy at first, they’ll happily break out the palinka when they find out you’ve been brave enough to move here.


For sure you should try to learn the language, but for starters, all you really need to know is ‘Egeshegedre!’ and ‘Még három sört kérünk!’... we’ll let you find out what that means yourself.


If you’re a native English speaker (or close) you’re golden


If you’re seriously weighing up a move here, you might be wondering whether you’ll be able to fit in in a country that doesn’t speak English, or whether you’ll be able to land a job to supplement that vigorous social life you’ve got planned.


Luckily, the outlook is good! Young people here speak pretty good English, so you’ll have no problems making friends with the locals - and you might even be able to earn a little money teaching them if that’s your gig.


What’s more, Budapest is very multicultural, with a vast tourism sector and startup scene, so business is done mostly in English and most companies will happily take you on, even if you don’t speak Hungarian.


All your mates will want to visit


If you’re the sort of person that’s too lazy to visit old friends, then just move to Budapest, because once word gets out that you’re here, your weekends are going to be an endless blur of showing old uni mates the wonders of Sparty, Szimpla and a nice greasy langos to soak up last night’s shenanigans.


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