Housing (Summer 2019)

Important: Upon acceptance to BSME, you must complete the online Housing/Roommate Form.

Weeks 1–5 (in Budapest)

While in Budapest, you will be renting apartments from private Hungarian landlords. All BSME residences are within easy reach of the BSME Building using the convenient and inexpensive public transportation.

Program staff in Budapest will coordinate housing assignments, and they will help students with any housing situations. Specific questions on housing should be directed to the BSME Budapest Office. You will be informed of your housing assignment prior to your arrival in Budapest. Please do not look for housing on your own.

Notes:

  • You will share an apartment with other BSME or BSM students. You will have your own bedroom and share a kitchen and a bathroom with them.
  • Apartments are completely furnished with basic and necessary items such as furniture, sheets, towels, kitchenware, etc.
  • Apartments have washers, but dryers are not typical in Hungary. (You can easily hang dry your clothes.)
  • Air-conditioning is not typical in Hungarian apartments, and the temperature can get as hot as 85 ℉ in July. We recommend buying a fan if you feel that is too hot.

We do our best to find you the housing that best suits your needs. However, if you have any concerns with your housing situation, please notify the BSME Student Coordinator, who will help you sort out the problem.

Costs:

  • Rent is 100,000120,000 HUF per month, and your total rent will be proportional to the total number of days you stay in the apartment. (Thus, you will only pay for the time spent there.)
  • You must also pay for utilities. The cost differs for every apartment, but you should expect to pay about 20,000 – 40,000 HUF per month.

Regulations:

Rent is payable in cash within a week of your arrival, often including a refundable deposit of one month’s rent. Do not sign any lease agreements until you fully understand and are comfortable with the terms, and do not pay any rent until a contract is signed—the landlord should be willing to give you a few days grace period in which to do so.

Make sure that the contract clearly describes your utility fees and how they are calculated. Your contract must also specify individual payments if the apartment is occupied by multiple students. You will receive a sample contract from the BSME representative after arrival.

The BSME Budapest Office will assist you with this process, but please note that the housing contract is between you and your landlord (not BSME).

We expect that you treat each residence and its contents with dignity and respect. At the end of your stay, it is up to you to be sure that all trash has been removed from the premises, dishes are washed, and all keys are returned. Owners are allowed to deduct trash collection, repair, and extra cleaning costs from your refundable deposit.

Meals in Budapest: Participants must arrange their own meals. There are plenty of grocery stores and restaurants near the BSME Building.

Week 6 (in Mátrafüred)

During Week 6, you will live in a house near the mathematics camp for secondary students, where the field experience will take place. It is located in the beautiful village of Mátrafüred, on the southern side of the Mátra mountains.

Details of Mátrafüred house:

  • Two to four BSME students share a bedroom.
  • There is a common kitchen and dining area.
  • The cost, including utilities, is 30,00050,000 HUF per student for the week, which will be payable to the landlord upon arrival in Mátrafüred.
  • The BSME Budapest Office will arrange transfer from Budapest to Mátrafüred (Sunday, August 4), and from Mátrafüred to downtown Budapest / Budapest airport (Sunday, August 11, in the morning). Note that you can book your flight for any time on August 11, and we can arrange a transfer.

Meals at Mátrafüred:

The mathematics camp where the BSME participants will spend their days provides three meals a day for about 3,000 HUF per day. Accommodations for special dietary needs are usually possible—be sure to let us know through the online Housing/Roommate Form. The cost of meals will be payable at the camp.