Information for Arriving Students

Information for arriving students

Dear Students,

here you can find some useful information for a smooth introduction to both campuses on topics such as pre-departure, accommodation options, practical questions on residence-related matters and services offered by the various student support units.

GENERAL INFORMATION FOR BOTH LOCATIONS:

Online Orientation

With your CEU credentials you have access to this page, listing all the recorded online orientation sessions from September 2021. 

CEU ID Card 

To get an ID card your program coordinator must verify your presence in the student database. The printing of your ID card normally takes 2-3 days. When it is ready you will be able to pick it up at the front desk/from your department coordinator.

Residency documents

Please check the immigration requirements as soon as possible and make sure your documents are valid for the entire duration of your stay and enrollment at CEU.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR VIENNA

Accommodation and Costs of Living

Please find all the information on the accommodation page. In addition to a list of housing providers, here, you find samples of necessary documents in case of a private housing arrangement. Please never forget to register your address once you have settled in Vienna. 

The general costs of living in Austria/Vienna highly depend on your choice of accommodation and monthly needs. Basic costs for students usually include rent, food supplies, public transport tickets, personal and university requirements (e.g., books, cultural amusements). If you have further questions, never hesitate to contact viennastudenthousing@ceu.edu

Address Registration

You need to register your address within three days after you arrive in Vienna. You will receive a signed Meldezettel (address registration slip) from your housing provider or you ask your property owner to sign it. You must fill in the details and submit the form to any Meldeservicestelle (Municipal Office), by post or via email. 

If you wish to change your address or move from Vienna for a longer term you have to re-register (Ummeldung) or de-register (Abmeldung) your address. For both, you need the same address registration slip (Meldezettel) as for the registration of your initial address, only the sections headed as “Ummeldung” or “Abmeldung”. After filling in your details, submit the form to any Meldeservicestelle (Municipal Office). 

Immigration requirements

In case you are a non-EU citizen please consult the following website carefully Visa C or Visa D | OeAD, Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation, and keep us updated by sending a copy of your residence documents to the studentcenter@ceu.edu .

Should your stay be less than 6 months you do not need a resident permit. Instead, you need to apply for a Visa D (for stays up to 180 days) or a Visa C (for stays up to 90 days) at the Austrian embassy/consulate before entering the Schengen area. 

Should your stay be for less than 3 months you either need to apply for a visa C or you may enter visa-free – depending on your nationality. Please click here to check the visa regulations for your country. 

Vaccination and Testing

There are numerous vaccination possibilities provided by the City of Vienna. You can register for vaccination at impfservice.wien or by calling 1450 to secure your COVID vaccine. 

If you have received an unauthorized vaccine or your first shot and would like to get a second one, you need to call 1450 upon your arrival to discuss the opportunities.

You can find more information about how to get vaccinated in Austria on this Sharepoint.

We recommend you get PCR tested regularly even if you are vaccinated. Free tests are available at the front desk of the CEU Campus in Quellenstraße and Bipa. You can find more information about how to get tested at allesgurgelt.at.

Health Insurance 

Please note that CEU requires that all enrolled students have adequate health insurance for the duration of their enrollment and official residence in Hungary and Austria. Please make sure that your insurance is valid in the location of your study and uploaded to the students’ database. Exchange/visiting students have an option to activate the CEU Health Plan at their own cost, you can find more information about this on the FeelSafe website.

Bank account

There are several offers for bank accounts for (international) students in Austria, you could compare them here: https://www.girokonto.at/studentenkonto. The one from Erste Bank (on top of the list) is quite popular. However, a good option for people who travel a lot could be DKB (the third on the list).

Public transport 

A student semester pass costs 75€.  You can purchase the semester pass in a ticket office if you fulfill the following requirements:

•    You are under 26

•    You have a certificate of enrollment (https://www.ceu.edu/sro/order-certificate-enrollment)

•    Your CEU ID 

•    You registered your address in Vienna

If you are older than 26 you must look for another ticket option. If you are staying in Vienna for more than one month an annual pass would be the cheapest option. It costs 365€ for one year or 33€ a month and you can quit it at the end of any month for 22€ (processing fee). If you are staying in Vienna for less than one month you could buy a monthly pass for 51€.

You can also find information about this on the CEU webpage: https://www.ceu.edu/info-current-students/traveling

Locker key

There are lockers available at our Vienna Campus. Please contact studentcenter@ceu.edu if you are interested in receiving a locker key. 

Events and Culture 

Hear from engaging speakers and learn from other disciplines by joining CEU events. Or find out what this beautiful city has to offer here.

SPECIFIC INFORMATION FOR BUDAPEST

Accommodation and Costs of Living

Students are advised to contact first the CEU Residence Center for affordable and safe housing facilities in Budapest. Please check the following site for accommodation possibilities:

https://www.ceu.edu/info-arriving-students/accommodation#accommodation-budapest

For cost estimates regarding residence in Budapest, you may want to visit 

http://www.ceu.hu/studentlife/onlineorientation/costofliving

Residence requirements

For any period exceeding 3 months in Hungary a residence permit is required for all non-EEA citizens (in Hungarian: "tartózkodási engedély"). For EEA citizens (with the exception of national citizens) a registration certificate (in Hungarian: "regisztrációs igazolás") is required. Please contact studentlife@ceu.edu to get further information and/or help.

Please consult the category that applies to you:

Citizens of countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) 

Citizens of EEA member states

Hungarian student ID card 

For these purposes of getting discounts on public transportation or at movies, theaters a Hungarian Student ID cards can be requested at the Student Center via email to studentlife@ceu.edu

Warning: your CEU ID does not qualify you to use a discounted monthly student pass! It only can be used together with a valid Hungarian Student ID Card.

Health Insurance 

Please note that CEU requires that all enrolled students have adequate health insurance for the duration of their enrollment and official residence in Hungary and Austria. Please make sure that your insurance is valid in the location of your study and uploaded to the students’ database. Exchange/visiting students have an option to activate the CEU Health Plan at their own cost, you can find more information about this on the website.

CEU Medical Center 

The ‘on campus’ CEU Medical Center is open to all students, faculty, and staff. Access to the Medical Center requires a valid CEU ID card and medical insurance. English-speaking doctors are on duty to hold regular consultation hours on weekdays. If you have Covid symptoms please reach out to them via email or phone NOT in person!

COVID updates

Regarding the actual COVID measures in place, please check the following websites: https://visithungary.com/articles/entry-rules-in-force and https://www.ceu.edu/covid-19 .

Public transport

Budapest has one of the best transportation systems in this part of the world. The vast and well-organized network comprises four metro lines and many trams, buses, and trolley buses. These reach almost everywhere, going even to the most remote parts of the city, and are dependable.

For more detailed and up-to-date information on tickets and passes see the website of the Budapest Public Transportation Company (in English) at: https://bkk.hu/en/

See you soon at CEU!

Your Student Center Team

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