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Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Greetings from Budapest!

Having had the pleasure to briefly visit this unique city once before I knew I was in for a treat. I’ve been studying architecture at BME for about a month now and it’s been really interesting to see the different teaching style compared to back home. There is a lot more freedom here, particularly with design. They pretty much leave it all up to you which I found simultaneously exciting and terrifying.  I did accidentally take an engineering subject which has been the bane of my existence so really investigate the subjects you need to take before you register! Apart from this, the uni offers a really relaxed and welcoming environment and I’ve enjoyed my studies here so far.

BME runs a pretty comprehensive orientation program that gives you a chance to meet other exchange students and they run a bunch of activities/parties throughout the semester.

This place has got to be one of the prettiest cities in Europe – and the cheapest! I had to triple check the bill of the first lunch I had with a mate because I couldn’t believe half a pizza and a coffee cost me $5. You can get yourself a family value sized beer for $3 and the meals here generally don’t exceed $10. Low cost of living means more $$$ for travel so I have been lucky enough to visit London and Berlin on the weekends, with plans to visit Prague in a couple of weeks’ time.

This city is my own personal Disneyland. Just exploring the streets you’ll find that each one you turn down has something new and beautiful to offer. Every day is architectural Christmas here. The nightlife here has something for everyone – there are some really amazing pubs and clubs here to explore. I personally love a good boogie and Budapest has most certainly delivered on that front!

In terms of my living situation, the university doesn’t offer on campus accommodation so I was lucky enough to find a really lovely apartment in the centre with my friend for about $120 a week each.

Living here has been a dream! Super beautiful and super cheap – I can really recommend Budapest for exchange! 

Amelia Ruddock
Bachelor of Design In Architecture
Budapest University of Technology and Economics

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