To view sample images of student apartments, scroll down to the bottom of this page.
Upon acceptance to BSME, you will be asked to complete the Housing/Roommate form online. While in Budapest, you will be renting apartments from private Hungarian landlords or staying with Hungarian host families. See the Program Costs page for the cost of rent and utilities.
All BSME residences are within easy reach of the BSME Campus 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.
- Apartments and homestays come completely furnished with basic and necessary items such as furniture, sheets, towels, kitchenware, etc.
- If you choose to live with a Hungarian host family, keep in mind that most families in Budapest live in small apartments with just one bathroom.
- Apartments have washers, but dryers are not typical in Hungary. (You can easily hang dry your clothes.)
We do our best to find you the housing that bests 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.
Rents are payable in cash usually on a monthly basis. Most rents will be due 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).
Within 15 days of signing the contract, you may change apartments by paying the first month’s rent and any utility or other applicable fees. If you change apartments later, the policy set in the contract is to be followed—usually, you may change apartments with one month written notice; otherwise, you must pay one month’s extra rent besides your regular rent and fees. Make sure that the contract specifies this policy in detail.
We expect that you treat each residence and its contents with dignity and respect. After the semester is over, 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.
Sample Images of Student Apartments