Before the mobility

Before the mobility

Before the mobility

On this page you can find everything you need to know before arriving to Budapest. Please click on each section below to see detailed information.



Please find all information on the following LINK.


Academic Calendar



Kindergarten Education BA Enrolment Day

31 August 2023 (10AM)

Registration week

4-10 September 2023

Faculty Orientation Day (to Erasmus+ students)


Welcome Day

8 September 2023

Study period

First day of the autumn semester

11 September 2023 (Monday)

Autumn break

30 October – 3 November 2023

Last day of the autumn semester

16 December 2023 (Saturday)*

Exam period

First day of the exam period

18 December 2023 (Monday)

Last day of the exam period

3 February 2024 (Saturday)*


Registration week

until 11 February 2024

Study period

First day of the spring semester

12 February 2024 (Monday)

Spring Break

27 March – 2 April 2024

Pázmány-day (no classes)

10 May 2024 (Friday)

Last day of the spring semester

18 May 2024 (Saturday)*


First day of the exam period

21 May 2024 (Monday)

Last day of the exam period

6 July 2024 (Saturday)*

*Saturday only concerns correspondence training and evening training.


Public Holidays


On the following days there is no education in the university. Change might occur annually in dates like Christmas and Easter.



1 January

New Year’s Day

15 March

Revolution Day

29 March

Good Friday

1 April

Easter Monday

1 May

Labour day

20 May

Whit Monday

20 August

Saint Stephen’s Day

23 October

Republic Day

1 November

All Saint’s Day

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

2nd Day of Christmas




Moving to a new country, anew city, even for a short a time can be intimidating and nerve wracking. Budapest, as the capital city of Hungary offers many opportunities for students in its twenty-three districts – some closer to our faculty, some quite far off the radar.

ELTE offers different options to its international students depending on their preferences.


The university currently owns eight dormitories around the city. In these international students live together with Hungarian students in shared rooms. Each dormitory has different facilities or different prices. Please see their detailed information down below:





Ajtósi Dürer sor Dormitory

1146 Budapest, Ajtósi Dürer sor 23.

Room with 2 beds: 60 000 HUF/month


Damjanich utca Dormitory *

1071 Budapest, Damjanich utca 41-43.

Room with 2 beds: 65 000 HUF/month


Erdős Pál Dormitory

1223 Budapest, Nagytétényi út 162-164.

Room with 2 beds: 70 000 HUF/month

Room with 3 beds: 55 000 HUF/month


Kőrösi Csoma Sándor Dormitory *

1118 Budapest, Dayka Gábor utca 4.

Room with 2 beds: 70 000 HUF/month

Room with 3 beds: 55 000 HUF/month


Márton Áron Dormitory of Budapest

1037 Budapest, Kunigunda útja 35.

Room with 2 beds: 70.000 HUF/month


Nándorfejérvári úti Dormitory *

1117 Budapest, Nándorfejérvári út 13.

Room with 3 beds: 55 000 HUF/month


Vezér úti Dormitory

1141 Budapest, Vezér street 112-114.

Rooms with 2 beds: 55 000 HUF/month

Rooms with 3 beds: 50 000 Ft HUF/month


Zágrábi Dormitory

1107 Budapest, Zágrábi utca 1.

Room with 2 beds: 80 000 HUF/month


*These dormitories are located the closest to our faculty.

Some dormitories are popular among ELTE students because there is an active student life there, while others are favoured by ELTE students because their quietness ensures that students can focus on their studies.

Staying in a dormitory for a semester has many advantages. It is a perfect place to meet fellow students and to make new friends. You can always get useful tips from them about the university and the city.

Please note that moving into a dormitory as an Erasmus student is not as easy as most places are saved for those international students who are going to do a complete degree programme here and will need a place to live for three to four years. BUT it is not impossible therefore we encourage every student to try it, if they wish to live in one of them.

You can find the application process on the following WEBSITE.


If you seek to find an accommodation on your own, away from dormitories, we can offer help with that as well. Our university has verified partners who offer different type of accommodations to match student’s needs. Please find our partners HERE.

If you wish to request the help of our university in finding a good place for you, please fill the application form (that is combined with the dormitory application form) and our Housing Office will contact you in due course.

You can find the application process on the following WEBSITE.

Please note when you use the services of our Housing Office, the landlords will require deposits (minimum 2 months rental fee) at your arrival!

Please note that the real estate market is also limited in Budapest. Thousands of international students are seeking for accommodation for the new semester. We strongly advise you to book your accommodation as soon as possible.

For any questions related to private accommodation, please do not hesitate to contact our Housing Office.


Travel Guidance



Budapest can be reached from most European capital cities via airplane, or by train, bus, and car from neighbouring countries. Our airport can be found outside the city, approximately 30-40 minutes from the city centre. In the following GUIDE you can find some information and tips on how to reach the city centre by using different public transport options, shuttle bus services or taxi.

COVID-19 Update

All COVID-19 restrictions on Hungary have been lifted, from March 2022 it is possible to enter the territory of Hungary by public road, railway, water, and air traffic – regardless of citizenship and protection against the coronavirus –, but other general conditions of entry (e.g., a valid travel document) must be provided. There is no obligatory quarantine period or mask wearing in Hungary.

Registration Certificate or Residence Permit?

Which one?

Who is it for?

What is it?

What to do?

Registration certificate

For EU students only.

Citizens of the states of the European Economic Area (EEA) are entitled to enter the territory of the Hungarian Republic in possession of a valid identity card or passport and might stay, not exceeding 90 days, without any special authorization. 

EEA citizens planning to stay for more than 90 days in Hungary must apply for the issuance of a registration certificate and for the registration of residence.


Residence permit

Student coming from outside the EU.

If you are coming from a visa waiver country, you can apply for the Residence Permit for the Purpose of Studies before (and at the nearest Hungarian consulate of your current residence - it is highly recommended) or after you arrive in Hungary.

If you are coming from a country that is under visa obligations according to the Schengen acquis, you need to apply for the Residence Permit for the Purpose of Studies and with this, also a residence permit visa (D-visa), before you come to Hungary.



Public Transport in Budapest

From busses, trams, underground, suburban trains to renting a bike, Budapest offers a great variety of public transport opportunities with the support of Budapest Public Transport Company. Please check our GUIDE which is a collection of information to make commuting easier.

Outside Budapest

There is a lot to explore outside the city! You can use train, bus and boat services to visit different locations of the country.

  • Budapest has three big train stations with services to different directions. These are Budapest Déli pályaudvar, Budapest Keleti Pályaudvar, Budapest Nyugati pályaudvar.

For train information and schedule please visit the following website.

  • In case you wish to travel by long distance buses which runs on a regular schedule every day please check the following website.
  • For boat trips in and outside of the city, please check the following website.