Practical information

Practical information

Student Life

Faculty Library
(in building 'A' of the faculty; open: Mo.-Th. 10-19, Fr. 10-16)
For students of the Faculty it is free.The Faculty Library organizes and coordinates the collection with respect to the Faculty educational and scientific activities and involving the concerned parties. Procurement is based on the scope of collection stated in the Organizational and Operational Rules, on the required and selected bibliographies of courses in the annual schedule and on the demands of professors and students indicated directly to our librarians – always within the boundaries of the available budget, and occasionally through special tenders or donated gifts. The Library also observes world trends (traditional and digital, Hungarian and foreign documents). With its holdings the Library supports professors and students in better orientation, completing assignments and achieving personal accomplishments.
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Student Restaurants, Canteens
In the main building there is a canteen offering cold and hot sandwiches, desserts, refreshments. In addition there are restaurants, espressos, coffee-houses in the streets around the university.
There is also a canteen offering hot meal for all ELTE students at the Faculty of Humanities (Múzeum krt. 6-8., entry from Trefort-kert).

The sportlife of ELTE is organized around two major ideas. One is courses offered by the Physical Education and Sports Center - it means that you can apply for these sport classes just like any other ones at your department via the Neptun study system. Trainings organized by the University Athletics Club (BEAC) means the other line of the sports opportunities.
The course fee (per course per semester) is 6, 000 HUF.
Sports available: Aerobics, Badminton, Basketball, Belly dancing, Bicycle tour, Box, Cheerleading, Chess, Climbing, Conditioning, Crossminton, Floorball, Football for women, Functional training, Futsal, Goju-ryu martial arts, Handball, Hiking, Jiu-jitsu, Kettlebell, Kung-fu, Lacrosse, Modern jazz dance, Muay thai, Rowing, Running for beginners, Spinning, Squash, Swimming, Table tennis, Triathlon, TRX, Volleyball, Yoga.
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Emergency Services

Emergency Centre (Police, Ambulance, Fire department): 112
Ambulance: 104
Police: 107
Fire department: 105

District Doctor

Students can visit the polyclinics of the V. district (Belváros-Lipótváros Egészségügyi Szolgálat – Szakorvosi rendelőintézet) free of charge if they have medical insurance (e.g. EHIC card for EU citizens).
Address: 1051 (5th district) Budapest, Hercegprímás u. 14–16.
Phone number:  +36-1-428-8100
Opening hours: Monday–Friday 7.30–20.00

V. district doctor is also free of charge with medical insurance (e.g. EHIC card for EU citizens).
Address: 1052 (5th district) Budapest, Semmelweis u. 14/B - map
Phone number: +361 318 6046

Opening Hours: 
Monday: 8.00-12.00
Tuesday: 16.00-20.00
Wednesday: 8.00-12.00
Thursday: 16.00-20.00
On Fridays in various times.

Cost of Living 

In practice, you will need 300.000 HUF (cca. 750 EUR) per month in order to cover the costs of decent accommodation, pay for the local transport, and even go out occasionally. This amount should cover the costs of rent, food, clothing, personal hygiene, local transport, study materials, health insurance, telephone and other expenses – not the tuition fee, however. The cheapest accommodation is to be found in the dormitories of the university you are attending. Dorms are major party venues here, as in other countries. Another possibility, if you rent an apartment. You can opt for a sub-tenancy, which means you get a room in an apartment in which the owner is also living or you can rent an entire apartment alone or jointly with a few friends. Information on places to rent can be found at the universities and in the newspapers.
As the rent constitutes a significant item of your total expenditure, the final amount will depend on whether you rent a room, a flat, or whether you are accommodated in a student hostel. There are small regional differences in this amount: life in Budapest is more expensive than in other Hungarian cities. To give an idea on monthly living costs, see the following list of average prices (HUF 380 = EUR 1):

  • rent of a small flat / room in a shared flat in Budapest: HUF 120,000-150,000 + utilities 
  • bus ticket for one ride: HUF 350 
  • monthly ticket for students: HUF 3,450 
  • 1 loaf of bread: HUF 550 
  • 1 litre of milk: HUF 350 
  • 1 bottle of beer: HUF 300-500 
  • 1 bottle of wine: HUF 1,500-3,000 
  • health insurance / month: up to HUF 20,000 
  • eating out: HUF 3,000-6,000 
  • cinema ticket: HUF 2,500-3,500

Public Transport in Budapest 

Words and abbreviations used in addresses:

  • kerület (ker.) – district (Roman number: V. kerület)
  • utca (u.) – street
  • út – road
  • tér – square
  • körút (krt.) – boulevard
  • sugárút (sgt.) – avenue
  • sétány (sét.) – promenade
  • köz – passage

Buses, trams and trolleybuses generally operate from 4.30am to 11pm in Budapest. There are also night lines that run every half or one hour.

Public Transport (BKK) website

The single trip ticket costs 350 HUF so it is better to have a mothly pass. Having a student card, you can use monthly pass for students (costs HUF 3,450) valid on bus, tram, trolley bus, metro and HÉV (local train) within the boundary of Budapest. The pass can be bought at the ticket offices at all Metro stations. When (by accident or out of forgetfulness) you happen to be riding the transport without a ticket or pass, or your student card is not valid, and you meet a ticket inspector, what should you do? If you have a pass do not pay the fine on the spot, but offer instead to go to the local office of the transportation company called BKK (look for BKK points at these metro stations: Deák tér, Széll Kálmán tér, Keleti pályaudvar, Déli pályaudvar, Népliget, Kőbánya-Kispest, Kelenföld vasútállomás) within 2 days of your offence, and show them your pass. This way you will have to pay HUF 2,000. If you do not have a pass, you can either pay a fine of HUF 12,000 on the spot or HUF 25,000 by a check (within 30 days) given to you by the controllers.

Budapest has 4 metro lines:
 (yellow line): Millenary underground railway: Vörösmarty tér – Mexikói út
M2 (red line): Déli pályaudvar – Örs vezér tere
M3 (blue line): Újpest, Városközpont – Kőbánya-Kispest
M4 (green line): Kelenföld vasútállomás – Keleti pályaudvar
3 lines (M1, M2, M3) have an intersection in the heart of the city, at Deák tér. Trains run every 2-5 minutes from 4.30am to 11.15pm.

100E Airport Express Bus

In case you take a taxi, it is better to choose one of the larger taxi companies, e.g. Taxi2000 (+361-200-0000, +3630-2000000), Taxi 4 (+361-444-4444), Főtaxi (+361-222-2222), Tele5 (+361-355-5555), 6x6 (+361-466-6666). Search the logo on the car.

Travelling in Hungary 

General route planner

The main railway stations in Budapest:
Keleti Pályaudvar (East Railway Station): e.g. to Miskolc
Nyugati Pályaudvar (West Railway Station): e.g. to Szeged and Debrecen 
Déli Pályaudvar (South Railway Station): e.g. to Pécs
With a Hungarian student card you can buy a train ticket with a special discount. Tickets can be bought in advance at railway stations, tourist offices, or at the MÁV (Hungarian Railway Company) office: V. József Attila u. 16. Mon-Fri. 9am-6pm.
The best choice is the Intercity trains that are faster and more comfortable, though you have to buy a seat reservation and therefore it is a bit more expensive.
Railway trip planner

There are five long distance bust stations in Budapest:
Budapest Stadionok XIV. Hungária krt. 48-52. (at the ‘Puskás Ferenc Stadion’ stop of the red metro line): to the eastern part of the country. Mon-Sun 6am-9pm.
Árpád-híd XIII. Árbóc u. 1-3. (at the ‘Árpád híd’ stop of the blue metro line): Vác, Esztergom, Visegrád. Mon-Fri 4am-10pm, Sat-Sun 5am-10pm.
Népliget IX. Üllői út 131. (at the ‘Népliget’ stop of the blue metro line): to the northwestern part of the country. Mon-Sun 6am-9pm
Etele tér XI. Etele tér (at the end stop of bus red No. 7): to the southwestern part of the country. Mon-Sun 6am-9pm.
Széna tér I. Széna tér (at the ‘Széll Kálmán tér’ stop of red metro line or at the ‘Széna tér’ stop of tram No. 4 and 6.): Zsámbék and its surroundings.
Bus trip planner

Pharmacies (Gyógyszertár, Patika) 

Kálvin téri Patika: VIII. Kálvin tér 12. (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm)
Kígyó Gyógyszertár: V. Kossuth L. u. 2/A (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-2pm)
Vámház Gyógyszertár: V. Vámház krt. 14. (Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-1pm)
Astoria Gyógyszertár: V. Múzeum krt. 9. (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-2pm)

Post offices (Posta) 

Generally open from Mondays to Fridays 8am to 6pm and on Saturdays 8am to 12am. In the neighbourhood of two Budapest railway stations there are post offices open from Mondays to Saturdays from 7am to 9pm:
West (Nyugati) Station, VI. Teréz körút 61. – open on Sundays, too, 8am to 8pm. 
East (Keleti) Station, VIII., Baross tér 11/C

Post offices close to the university: 
V. Városház u. 18. – Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-2pm
V. Múzeum krt. 31-33. – Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Changing Money 

You can change money either in banks or in private changing offices, and there are also Bankomat machines throughout the country. The acceptance of credit cards, such as EuroCard, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, etc. is indicated in the shop windows. Do not change money on the street! 
Exchange offices near the university: 
V. Ferenciek tere 11.
V. Váci utca
V. Múzeum krt. 21.


Dialling code for Hungary: 36
Budapest: 1
For long-distance calls inside Hungary, use 06
For calls abroad, use 00
Budapest telephone numbers have 7 digits, country numbers have 8 digits including the area code. Services available include: Hungary direct, Country direct, Green number and Blue number.
Public phones operate either with 10, 20, 50 and 100 HUF coins or with phone cards which can be purchased from tobacconists, post offices, fuel stations and street vendors.

You can purchase a mobile phone (number) as well. There are three main companies: 
Telekom (, 
Yettel ( and 
Vodafone (

Press (Újság) 

Practically all well known international publications can be purchased in larger hotels and from newsagents.
Some of the foreign language papers published in Hungary:
The Budapest Times (English)
Budapester Zeitung (German)
The Budapest Sun (English)
Pester Lloyd (German)
Le Journal francophone de Budapest (French)
Budapest Business Journal (English)
The Hungarian Quarterly (English)

Books in foreign languages (Könyv) 

Foreign language books can be bought in bigger bookstores, such as:

  • Libri: VII. Rákóczi út 12.
  • Fókusz: VII. Rákóczi út 14-16.
  • CEU Bookshop: V. Nádor u. 9.
  • Oxford University Press: V. Gerlóczy u. 7.
  • Libra: VIII. Kölcsey u. 2.
  • Atlantisz Book Shop: V., Piarista köz 1-3.
  • Bestsellers: V. Október 6. u. 11.

Internet Cafés 

Faculty of Law gives the possibility for Internet access, but there are numerous hotspots in the city, e.g.
University Library: V. Ferenciek tere 6.
Libri book shop: VII. Rákóczi út 12.

Cultural Institutes 

British Council Hungary 
Pest centre
Madách Imre street 13-14
Madách Trade Center - Building A, Floor 2
+36 1 850 8768
Open hours:
Tuesday 10-12AM and 1-4PM
Thursday 10-12AM and 1-5PM

Institut francais
I. Fő u. 17. 
Tel: 489-4200
Open hours: Monday 8.30AM-7PM, Tuesday to Friday 8AM-7PM, Saturday 8AM- 5PM and Sunday closed

Goethe Institut
IX. Ráday u. 58. 
Tel: 374-4070
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm
Library: Mon-Thu 1pm-6.30pm 

Istituto Italiano di Cultura
VIII. Bródy Sándor u. 8.
Tel: 483-2040
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-7am 

Instituto Cervantes de Budapest
VI. Vörösmarty u. 32.
Tel.: 354-3670
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
Library: Mon-Thu 12am-7.30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-3pm 

Austrian Cultural Institute
VI. Benczúr u. 16. Tel.: 413-3590
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm
Library: Mon and Wed 1pm-6pm, Tue-Thu and Fri 

Finnagora – Centre of Finnish Culture, Research and Business
XI. Kelenhegyi út 16/A
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm Tel.: 478-1010 

Instytut polski
VI. Nagymező u. 15.
Tel.: 505-4660
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Library: Tue 3pm-8pm,

Slovakian Cultural Institute
VIII. Rákóczi út 15.
Tel.: 327-4000
Open: Mon to Thu 10am-4pm and Fri 10am-2pm

Pro Helvetia Schweizer Kulturstiftung
V. Stollár Béla u. 4.
Tel.: 353-3908 


Egyetemi Könyvtár (University Library)
V. Ferenciek tere 6.
Tel: 411-6500
Open: Tue 9am-8pm
Holdings: all fields. 40% of the holdings are in foreign languages. 

National Széchényi Library (Országos Széchényi Könyvtár)
I. Buda Castle, Block ‘F’
Open: Tue-Sat 10am-8pm 

CEU Library
V. Nádor utca 15.
Tel.: 327-3099
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm Sat: 12am-6pm
A letter of reference from the receiving university is needed.

Central Szabó Ervin Library (Fővárosi Szabó Ervin Könyvtár)
VIII. Szabó Ervin tér 1.
Tel. 411-5000
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am-4pm 

National Foreign Language Library (Országos Idegennyelvű Könyvtár)
V. Molnár u. 11.
Tel. 318-3688
Open: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10am-8pm; Wed 12am-8pm 

Embassies and Consulates 

1068 Budapest, Benczúr u. 16.
Tel.: 479-7010

1027 Budapest Toldy Ferenc u. 13, 1015
Tel.: 457-9960

1065 Budapest, Munkácsy Mihály u. 15, 1063
Tel.: 354-1315

1064 Budapest, Rózsa u. 61.
Tel.: 462-5011

1122 Budapest, Határőr út 37.
Tel.: 487-9000

1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 16/a.
Tel.: 279-2500

1062 Budapest, Kossuth Lajos tér 13-15, 1055
Tel.: 374-1100

1051 Budapest, Füge u. 5-7, 1022
Tel.: 266-2888

1063 Budapest, Szegfű u. 3.
Tel.: 413-2621

1014 Budapest, Úri utca 64-66.
Tel.: 488-3500

Budapest, Orbánhegyi Út., 3
Telefon: 488-0128

1143 Budapest, Stefánia u. 95.
Tel.: 460-6200

1052 Budapest, Deak Ferenc utca 15
Tel.: 224-7910

1062 Budapest, Andrassy ut 130 1, em 1-2
Tel: 336-0510, 315-1921

1027 Budapest, Kapas u. 6
Tel.: 336-6300

1015 Budapest, Ostrom u. 13.
Tel.: 325-3300

1062 Budapest, Városligeti fasor 16.
Tel.: 413-8200

1067 Budapest, Eötvös u. 11/b.
Tel.: 202-4006

1027 Budapest, Kapás u. 6-12.
Tel.: 460-6020

1143 Budapest, Stefánia út 107.
Tel.: 460-7040

1143 Budapest, Stefánia út 22-24.
Tel.: 460 9010

1025 Budapest, Cseppkő u. 68.
Tel.: 438-5600

1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 123.
Tel.: 344-5025

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