We know that arriving in a new country can be an exciting but challenging experience at first. Click on the questions below to have everything you need to know as a Stipendium Hungaricum student, answered.
Note: this is page contains information for new and current Stipendium Hungaricum students (I.e. nominees who have been made offers). If you have questions about how the scholarship programme works, or how to apply, you may want to visit our admissions frequently asked questions page.
Please note that the scholarship programme doesn’t cover your flight ticket and airport transfer.
There are three options when you arrive at Budapest airport to travel to the city centre.
1. Public transport
Bus 200E stops at the airport every 7-10 minutes. It takes you to Kőbánya-Kispest Metro station. From here you can travel to the city centre by Metro replacement bus (Metro Line 3 is under renovation).
At the airport, you can buy a transfer ticket at one of the vending machines for about 2.50 EUR. You will get two tickets. Validate the ticket with “1” written on it on the bus and then validate the ticket with “2” at the entrance of the Metro. You can use your debit/credit card when you buy the tickets.
You can take a taxi from the airport. The official taxi company of the airport is Főtaxi. They have a booth in front of the arrival terminal. It is a good and reliable company and the ride to the city centre is about 30 EUR.
3. Airport shuttle
One ride to the city centre is about 16 EUR/person.
Note: some debit/credit cards and foreign currencies are not acceptable on the bus and Metro.
You can exchange currency at the airport, but rates are not the most competitive!
You will need to do the following shortly after arriving in Hungary:
As a Non-EU/EEA passport holder, there are two ways to enter Hungary:
You will need a Hungarian HUF bank account to receive and make payments (e.g. for your scholarship).
Here are some of the best-known banks in Hungary, with branches within 10-15 minutes of the university:
Once you have a bank account number, make sure you send it to your Programme Coordinator. This is essential so that you can receive scholarship payments!
Steps of registration your Student ID
1. Go to NEPTUN –> Administration –> Student Card Request –> Click on “Add New”
2. Register your NEK-code. This will be on the right side of the NEK document you receive. Enter the numbers and letters only.
3. Choose: First Application
4. Confirm your permanent address and save. You can request a temporary student card from your Study Coordinator whilst you wait for the permanent card (which takes around 2-4 months).
Note: the temporary student card is valid for a maximum of 60 days. You should request another if it expires before your permanent card is ready. When you receive your permanent card, get it validated by your Programme Coordinator. It must be validated each semester.
Living costs are giving as guidance only and are subject to lifestyle, expenditure and exchange rates! The monthly scholarship amounts are shown below. Please note: only students who are not living in university accommodation will receive accommodation support.
|Type of student||Living costs per month||Accommodation per month|
|BA/BSc, MA/MSc||43 700 HUF||40 000 HUF|
|PhD year 1 and 2||140 000 HUF||40 000 HUF|
|PhD year 3 and 4||180 000 HUF||40 000 HUF|
The amounts above are not typically enough to cover your full living costs in Budapest.
A modest estimate of student living costs in Budapest is as follows: