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.
Our newly rebuilt, modern library provides both students and academics with the opportunity to consult manuals, monographs, text-books and periodicals on Hungarian law and Political Sciences, and public administration, as well as theoretical, historical and practical monographs, manuals, periodicals and collections of laws from countries which are part of the European legal system in English, French and German.
Bibliographies, dictionaries and collection of laws are also available on CD-ROM.

PC Laboratory
The Faculty has a modern PC laboratory which is available for every student. In addition to the possibility of working in Windows and current programmes, you can connect the Internet, have an e-mail address and can also reach legal issues through the network. There is also the possibility to have wireless internet access at the faculty after registering in the system.

Student Restaurants, Canteens
In the main building there is a canteen offering hot meal for lunch as well as cold and hot sandwiches, desserts, refreshments. In addition there are restaurants, espressos, coffee-houses in the streets around the university.

Sports
The most popular sports event at the Faculty is the soccer championship. Every year 20 football teams are fighting for the trophy owing to the winner. Every half year a football cup is organized as well and the best teams can play with other eleven from different universities. In addition everyone can enter for ELTE Championship of athletics, basketball, swimming, badminton, etc. Every year in the beginning of March ‘National Ski and Snowboard Championship of Hungarian Universities and Colleges’ is organized.
The places where you can train:
The Athletics Club of the University: XI (district) Bogdánffy u. 10.
The following sports are offered at beginner and advanced level: athletics, football, handball, basketball, body-building, tennis, badminton, volleyball
Sports Establishment in a building of the Faculty of Arts: XIV (district) Ajtósi Dürer sor 19-21.
Swimming (the pool is open from 6am till 9pm, entrance is free on weekdays 8am-12.30pm), football, table tennis, gymnastics, aerobics, badminton, basketball

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.

In case of emergency they also provide 24/7 medical assistance.
Phone number in case of emergency: +36 1 311 6816

Cost of Living 

In practice, you will need 100.000 HUF (500 USD) 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 260 = EUR 1):

  • rent of a small flat in Budapest: HUF 70-80,000 + utilities 
  • bus ticket for one ride: HUF 320 
  • monthly ticket for students: HUF 3,850 
  • 1 loaf of bread: HUF 250 
  • 1 litre of milk: HUF 200 
  • 1 bottle of beer: HUF 200-300 
  • 1 bottle of wine: HUF 700-3,000 
  • health insurance / month: up to HUF 15,000 
  • eating out: HUF 1,000-2,000 
  • cinema ticket: HUF 1,000 -1500

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.

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 (BKV in Budapest: VII. Akácfa u. 23.) 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 8,000 on the spot or HUF 16,000 by a check (within 30 days) given to you by the controllers.

Budapest has 4 metro lines:
M1
 (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. 

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 

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.

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.

Pharmacies (Gyógyszertár, Patika) 

Pázmány Péter Patika: V. Egyetem tér 5. (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm)
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.

Telephone 

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 (www.telekom.hu/lakossagi/szolgaltatasok/mobil), 
Telenor (www.telenor.hu) and 
Vodafone (www.vodafone.hu).

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.
  • Alexandra: V. Nyugati tér 7.
  • 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.
Alibi Café: V. Egyetem tér 4.
Libri book shop: VII. Rákóczi út 12.

Cultural Institutes 

British Council: VI. Benczúr u. 26. Tel: 478-4700
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm
Library: Mon, Thu 11am-7pm; Tue, Wed, Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm
information@britishcouncil.hu 
www.britishcouncil.org/hungary 

Institut Français: I. Fő u. 17. Tel: 489-4200
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-9pm, Sat 8.30am-1.30pm
inst-france@inst-france.hu 
www.inst-france.hu 

Goethe Institut: IX. Ráday u. 58. Tel: 374-4070
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-7pm
Library: Tue-Thu 2pm-7pm, Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm 
info@budapest.goethe.org 
www.goethe.de/budapest 

Istituto Italiano di Cultura: VIII. Bródy Sándor u. 8. Tel: 483-2040
Secretariat: Mon-Fri 9am-12am
iicbudapest@esteri.it 
www.iicbudapest.esteri.it 

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
instituto@cervantes.hu 
www.budapest.cervantes.es 

Austrian Cultural Institute: VI. Benczúr u. 16. Tel.: 413-3590
Open: Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm
Library: Mon-Wed 9am-12am, Thu-Fri 12am-3pm
budapest-kf@bmeia.gv.at 
www.okfbudapest.hu 

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

Instytut polski: VI. Nagymező u. 15. Tel.: 311-5856
Open: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
Library: Mon 9am-4pm, Wed-Thu 12am-4pm, 
info@polinst.hu 
www.polinst.hu 

Slovakian Cultural Institute: VIII. Rákóczi út 15. Tel.: 327-4000
sibp@axelero.hu 

Pro Helvetia Schweizer Kulturstiftung: V. Stollár Béla u. 4. Tel.: 353-3908
helvetia@mail.datanet.hu 

Libraries 

Egyetemi Könyvtár (University Library)
V. Ferenciek tere 6.  Tel: 411-6777
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
Holdings: all fields. 40% of the holdings are in foreign languages.
www.konyvtar.elte.hu 

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

CEU Library
V. Nádor utca 9., Tel.: 327-3099
Open: Mon-Fri: 8am-10pm, Sat, Sun: 1pm-7pm
A letter of reference from the receiving university is needed.
http://www.library.ceu.hu/membership.html
library@ceu.hu 

Central Szabó Ervin Library (Fővárosi Szabó Ervin Könyvtár)
VIII. Szabó Ervin tér 1.
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-20pm, Sat 10am-16pm
www.fszek.hu 

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

Embassies and Consulates 

AUSTRIA
1068 Budapest, Benczúr u. 16.
Tel.: 479-7010
www.austrian-embassy.hu

BELGIUM  
1027 Budapest, Kapás u. 11-15.
Tel.: 457-9960
www.diplomatie.be/budapest

CROATIA
1065 Budapest, Munkácsy M. u. 15.
Tel.: 354-1315
hu.mfa.hr

CZECH REPUBLIC
1064 Budapest, Rózsa u. 61.
Tel.: 462-5011
www.mzv.cz/budapest

DENMARK
1122 Budapest, Határőr út 37.
Tel.: 487-9000
www.ambbudapest.um.dk

FINLAND
1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 16/a.
Tel.: 279-2500
www.finland.hu

FRANCE
1062 Budapest, Lendvay utca 27.
Tel.: 374-1100
http://www.ambafrance-hu.org/

GREAT-BRITAIN
1051 Budapest, Harmincad u. 6.
Tel.: 266-2888
www.britishembassy.hu

GREECE
1063 Budapest, Szegfű u. 3.
Tel.: 413-2600
http://www.greekembassy.hu

GERMANY
1014 Budapest, Úri utca 64-66.
Tel.: 488-3500
www.budapest.diplo.de

ICELAND
1010 Vienna, Austria , Naglergasse 2/8
Telefon: +43 1 533-2771
Fax: +43 1 533-2774
http://www.iceland.is/iceland-abroad/at/english/

ITALY
1143 Budapest, Stefánia u. 95.
Tel.: 460-6200/201
www.ambbudapest.esteri.it

LITHUANIA
1124 Budapest, Dobsinai utca 4/A
Tel.: 224-7910
hu.mfa.lt

MACEDONIA
1027 Budapest, Margit körút 43-45. 5th floor.
Tel: 336-0510, 336-0511, 315-1921

THE NETHERLANDS
1022 Budapest, Füge u. 5-7.
Tel.: 336-6300
www.hollandnagykovetseg.hu

NORWAY
1015 Budapest, Ostrom u. 13.
Tel.: 201-9395
www.norvegia.hu/info/embassy

POLAND
1062 Budapest, Városligeti fasor 16.
Tel.: 413-8200
www.budapeszt.polemb.net

SPAIN
1067 Budapest, Eötvös u. 11/b.
Tel.: 202-4006
www.maec.es/embajadas/budapest

SWEDEN
1027 Budapest, Kapás u. 6-12.
Tel.: 460-6020
www.swedenabroad.com

SWITZERLAND
1143 Budapest, Stefánia út 107.
Tel.: 460-7040
www.eda.admin.ch/budapest

SLOVAKIA
1143 Budapest, Stefánia út 22-24.
Tel.: 4609011
http://www.budapest.mfa.sk/

SLOVENIA
1025 Budapest, Cseppkő u. 68.
Tel.: 438-5600
http://budimpesta.veleposlanistvo.si/

TURKEY
1062 Budapest, Andrássy út 123.
Tel.: 344-5025
budapest.emb.mfa.gov.tr

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