Cost of living

The costs of a stay in Hungary have generally been considered low by European standards. To be able to pay your rent, buy proper food and afford an occasional evening out, you need a minimum of HUF 150,000 (≈EUR 450) per month.

Here is a list of essentials to get an idea of prices:

CATEGORY   HUF

EUR
(1 EUR ≈ 350 HUF)

USD
(1 USD ≈ 300 HUF)
FOOD a meal in the university canteen 700 - 1,500

2 - 4.3

2.3 - 5

a meal in a restaurant 2,000 - 5,000 5.7 - 14.3 6.6 - 16.6
one litre of milk 300 0.9 1
one bottle of beer 250 - 450  0.7 - 1.3 0.83 - 1.5
one bottle of red wine 900 - 2,500 2.5 - 7.2 3 - 8.3
one litre of bottled water 100 - 150  0.3 - 0.5 0.3 - 0.5
one loaf of bread 300  0.9 1
TRANSPORT one litre of petrol 350 - 400  1 - 1.2 1.16 - 1.33
a monthly bus pass for students 3,900 11.2 12
a single bus ticket from a kiosk 350 1 1.16
a single bus ticket from the bus driver 500 1.4 1.6
a one-way train IC ticket to Budapest with a student discount 2,635 7.5 8.8
a taxi ride within city limits (depending on the distance) 900 - 1,500 2.5 - 4.3 3 - 5
one-way shuttle transport from the Budapest Liszt Ferenc Airport to Pécs 10,000 29 33.3
ENTERTAINMENT entrance fee for a party 0 - 5,000 0 - 14.3 0 - 16.6
a cinema ticket (student discount is available) 850 - 1,800 2.5 - 5.2 2.8 - 6
a theatre ticket (student discount is available) 2,000 - 3,500 5.7 - 10 6.6 - 11.6
swimming pool (our students can use the University's swimming pools for free) 900 - 2200  2.5 - 6.3 3 - 7.3
ice skating with a student discount 900  2.5 3
ACCOMODATION private flat per month (depending on the location and the number of tenants)

70,000 - 150,000

200 - 430 233 - 500
shared flat per month 35,000 100 1116
dormitory per month 40,000 115 133

Get used to understanding the prices in Hungarian Forints (HUF, or locally Ft). Forint bills come in 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 2,000, 1,000, 500 HUF notes, coins are 200, 100, 50, 20, 10, 5 HUF. Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express) are usually accepted in malls, city centre restaurants and shops. Always check doors for logos of the credit card companies that are accepted in a particular shop. ATMs (cash machines) are widely available.