FAQ: Student life & Useful tips for Budapest

1. Receiving packages from overseas

Students must bear in mind that packages from overseas are charged with a huge duty fee and handling cost if they are very heavy. The duty fee also depends on the value of the pack. If there is an insurance on the package worth 1000 USD and the pack is e.g. 10 kg the duty fee and handling cost can be about 85 000 HUF altogether. If students would like to check the status of their package they should visit the following website: http://www.posta.hu and enter the reference number under 'NYOMKÖVETÉS'.

2. Where can I find a Western Union?

Interchange Kft.
Address: Vörösmarty tér 2.
Open 24 hours a day

3. How can I get to the airport by public transportation?

Bus 200E departing from Kobanya Kispest M3 metro station, reaches Liszt Ferenc Airport in 30 minutes.
Please be aware that due to the renovation of metro line M3, metro replacement buses operate between the Leher ter and Nagyvarad ter stations. For further information, please consult the updated map of metrolines.

4. Where can I get dental care?

J+J Dent Fogaszat
Address: Haris köz 5.
Open 24 hours a day

5. Where can I park my car without paying too much money? What should I do if I get a ticket?

In the city center it is almost impossible to park without paying for it. There are some parking lots but it is easier to travel by public transportation. If you get a ticket you must pay the yellow cheque at the post office.

6. Can I use the CEU ID or the International Student ID for buying a student travel pass?

The student monthly pass is only valid with an official Hungarian Student ID card.

7. Should I turn to a lawyer if I have problems with my apartment/landlord?

Please try to discuss the problem with the landlord first. It is really expensive to hire a lawyer and the procedure could take more months or years.

8. Where is the nearest post office?

Address: Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut 16. (next to the Basilica)
Business Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

9. Where is the nearest (and recommended) money exchange office?

Northline Change: Sas utca 10-12 (opposite the Basilica)
Business Hours: Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Important: Do not change money in the streets! It is not only against the law, but you can be easily cheated or end up with counterfeit money. You are advised to convert your currency at any legal exchange office or bank. 

10. What is the cheapest way to send a parcel to my home country?

By regular post: please visit the post office at Bajcsy-Zsilinszky ut 16.

11. Where is the nearest DHL office?

DHL Service Point Bank Center
Address: Szabadsag Ter 7.
Business Hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

12. Where is the nearest English speaking notary office?

Dr. Tóth Ádam

Location: 1092, Budapest, Ráday utca 34. I/8.
Phone: (+36 1) 476 0158; (+36 1) 476 0270
Business hours: by appointment only
Email: notar@notar.hu

13. Where can I translate my official documents?

For attested translations:
The National Office for Translation and Attestation.
1062 Budapest, Bajza utca 52.
Business Hours: Monday, Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please note that CEU doesn't require attested translation of your academic records. Official translation is accepted by the Admissions Office. 

14. Where can I find a pharmacy nearby?

Lipótvárosi Gyógyszertár
Location: Hercegprímás utca 13.
Business Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

15. Where can I go to get stationery items (e.g. markers or notebooks)?

Pátria Stationery and Office supplies

1052, Budapest, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 20.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

16. Do I have to be concerned about my safety in Budapest? 

Public safety is good in Budapest. But just like in any other popular destination, there are some common tourist traps you should know about and take some precautions to ensure your safety in Budapest. If you are prepared for them, chances are that you will fully enjoy your stay without any unpleasant events or bad experiences. 

Pickpockets are most active on public transport vehicles, on escalators leading down and coming up from the metro, in crowded shops and popular touristy places. 

Downtown Budapest (Castle District, districts V., VI., part of district VII. along Grand Boulevard) is safe at night. 

As a rule of thumb, avoid poorly lit streets and underpasses. Avoid walking on your own, you are much safer with friends.