For each month you are studying at CEU, you should consider the below sums of money to cover your expenses in the Academic Year 2020/21.

In Vienna:

  • For annual cost of attendance, specific to our BA programs, please visit this page
  • For a summary of indicative costs in Vienna, please visit this page.

Please click here for useful tips on where to eat and shop in Vienna to save money!

In Budapest:

All costs listed in this document are estimates only and are intended to help students plan their financial resources. Actual expenditures will vary depending on individual spending habits.

CEU estimates that students need to budget an average of 200,000 HUF (approx. 660 EUR / 700 USD) per month to cover accommodation costs, costs of utilities, meals, city transportation, instructional materials, some personal expenses and incidentals.

Student parents should take into consideration additional cost of accommodation, health insurance, childcare, and other related expenses. All this can add up to a substantial amount for each month. (Please contact the Dean of Students Office for further details at studentlife@ceu.edu).

Students who have to cover all costs themselves are strongly advised to have a larger amount at their disposal - approximately 450,000 HUF (1500 EUR / 1600 USD) - at the start of the Academic Year to cover basic expenses, such as a rental deposit.

Find the daily exchange rates here

1. Accommodation Costs

Housing in CEU Residence Center (costs are per student per night in single room) -- Prices are based on Academic Year 2020/2021.

CEU Degree students
Short-term stay (less than 31 nights) 9,5 EUR / night
Long-term stay (over 30  nights) 8,47 EUR / night
Rented accommodation in Budapest                                                                
Shared apartment  Range of 50,000 - 70,000 HUF/month

2. Utilities (electricity, gas, water, common fees)

In shared rented accommodation

Range of 10,000 - 25,000 HUF/month

3. Meals

Student Menu at the CEU cafeterias

Range of 990-1300 HUF/meal
(subject to periodic adjustment)

Lunch/Dinner at a local (fast food) restaurant

Range of 990-1,500 HUF/meal

Meals at CEU cafeterias or local restaurant (based on one meal per weekday)

30,000 HUF/month

Estimated cost of food (local shopping in addition to one meal at the CEU cafeterias or local restaurants)

30,000 HUF/month

4. Public Transportation

Monthly travel pass

9,500 HUF/month

Single ticket

350-530 HUF/trip

5. CEU Instructional Materials

Fall and Winter term language courses

Hungarian Beginner, German Beginner and Elementary: 28,000 HUF/ semester (2x2 hours/week for 10 weeks)

Other levels of Hungarian: 45,000 HUF/ semester (2x2 hours/week for 10 weeks)

French, German, Italian and Spanish: 45,000 HUF/ semester (2x2 hours/ week for 10 weeks)

Chinese courses – 10,000 HUF/ semester (2x2 hours/ week for 10 weeks)

Spring term language courses

Hungarian Beginner, German Beginner and Elementary: 16,000 HUF/ Spring term (2x2 hours/ week for 6 weeks)

Other levels of Hungarian: 26,000 HUF/ Spring term (2x2 hours/ week for 6 weeks)

French, German Italian and Spanish: 26,000 HUF/ semester (2x2 hours/ week for 6 weeks)

Chinese courses – 6,000 HUF/ semester (2x2 hours/ week for 6 weeks)

Academic Writing Reader, instructional material

1,200 HUF
(Available to all MA students, except for Environmental Sciences and Policy students)

6. Personal Incidentals

Personal care products, laundry products, and other 8,000 - 18,000 HUF/month

7. Health Insurance

All enrolled, full-time students at CEU are eligible to receive health insurance free of charge, upon arrival.

For more information about the coverage, please click here.

8. Miscellaneous Expenses

Students must expect to pay such miscellaneous charges as:

  • Replacement of CEU ID card 15 EUR
  • Replacement of locker key 1,500 HUF
  • Transcript Fee per official copy 500 HUF (issued within 3 working days)
  • Transcript Fee per official copy 1,000 HUF (issued within 1 working day)

9. DISCOUNTS WITH CEU iD CARD