Things Every Erasmus Student Should Know About Budapest

September 29, 2017 |
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So, you picked Budapest for your Erasmus semester? Well, buckle up, because you’re in for a wild ride. This city has everything you need to make your friends - no doubt languishing in far more boring European cities - jealous. Good food, cheap booze, fun people and an overarching atmosphere of sheer cool.

Parties every night of the week


This isn’t your typical weekend-only city, and when we say there's something on literally every night of the week - we mean it. From Morrisons 2, with its unlimited drinks deals on Wednesday and Thursday, to Kuplung, with half-priced everything on Mondays, to a never ending cycle of nightly bar crawls, boat parties and the almighty Sparty, you’ll probably run out of energy and money before you run out of things to do.


You’ll meet fellow students from all four corners of the globe


Thanks to the perfect storm that is cheap living costs and off-the-beaten-track appeal (and the quality of universities here), Budapest has become a beacon for travelers from just about everywhere. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself bumping into a pack of Brazilians out for a large one, or having a picnic on Margit Island with some Ukrainians, Portuguese and Thais. - yep, it gets exactly that multicultural.


Pro tip: Head to International Meeting Point meetup every other Thursday - the place to meet other students and locals.


The city is never short on culture


Just because boozing makes up a big part of most people’s schedules in Budapest, doesn’t mean there isn’t lots else to discover. Budapest has several top theatres and performance halls, not to mention the stunning Opera House which regularly doles out tickets on the cheap.


And, if you want to expand the mind a little, in Budapest, you can visit the usual national and natural history museums, art galleries and even learn about the country’s more recent Soviet history at Terror House Museum. Or, if you want to keep it weird, go spend the afternoon playing on the retro machines at Budapest Pinball Museum.


Houses with history


In some cities, you’d be lucky to be sharing a shoe box with 6 other people in some desolate grey tower block or nondescript detached house. Not Budapest. Here you have the chance to sip coffee every morning from the balcony of your Bauhaus/Gothic/Baroque/Art Nouveau building - and all for a rent that doesn’t break the bank. Yes, thanks to centuries of cultural hotpotting, and not so much destruction during WWII, we’ve got a bit of everything.


And it’s not just the exteriors that will leave your jaw on the floor. Step inside and you’ll find grand courtyards, spiral staircases, old sculptures and rickety elevators that leave you with an elevated heart rate from the moment you step on until you step off. Better get on Instagram quick.


We’re at the centre of the known universe


Or at least the centre of Europe when it comes to going on holiday. Wizz Air is going to become well known to you during your stay and possibly your new best friend. They are the local budget airline of choice, offering eye-wateringly cheap flights to just about everywhere else in Europe - even those countries no one has really heard of (Hey Montenegro!). We suggest you use at least some of your off time to go exploring this part of the world.


And if flying seems like too much hassle there are plenty of cheap buses to locations near and far and hitchhiking is not one of those things that will get your weird looks like it does in some places.



Happy studying!



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