Cost of living in Hungary

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Food Price in Ft
12 eggs dozen, large 12.50 HUF
1 beer pint in local shops, markets 7 HUF
1 kg of tomatoes 8.50 HUF
Full chicken 2kg 38.75 HUF
1litre 100% fruit juice 8.50 HUF
1 package of cigarettes imported brands 25 HUF
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples 7.50 HUF
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality 48.95 HUF
2.5 liters of Coca-Cola 0.95 HUF
1 Bread loaf standard 9.50 HUF
Whole fat Yogurt. 500ml 12 HUF
1x6 pack Dardanelle tuna 18.50 HUF
Heinz baked beans 1 tin 8 HUF
1.5 kg Sugar 10 HUF
2 liter cooking oil 20 HUF
Yum-yum noodles per pack 2.00 HUF
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes 5.50 HUF
1 liter milk 8.50 HUF
Fast food restaurant large serving/ take away 25 HUF
Utilities per month (water, electricity, gas) for 2 people in flat 165 HUF
Wi-Fi monthly fee 8 Mbps (1 month) 145 HUF
Laundry detergent (bleach, sunlight liquid, washing surf… altogether) 58.50 HUF
House Cleaning fee per day 105 HUF
Large Gas heater price range upwards. 200 HUF
Original branded Electric Fans 200 HUF
Original branded Electric kettle. 120 HUF
40 inches Beko flat screen HD TV set 2000 HUF
Single bed Blankets 120 HUF
Personal Care
Avon for women and men cologne 100 HUF
Ladies hair plaiting. 60 HUF
Ladies Sanitaryware (Pads and Tampoons) 18 HUF
Men's haircut 40 HUF
Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses 24.50 HUF
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages 65 HUF
1 month of gym subscription. 105 HUF
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone) 90 HUF
Unisex Loris perfume 30 HUF
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price. 100 HUF
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards 1000 HUF
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards 3000 HUF
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks 120 HUF
Go carting 30mins 120 HUF
Movie House 3d cinema 30 HUF
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket) 15 HUF
Photo shoot 120 HUF
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee 12.50 HUF
3 course dinner local restaurant two people 96.50 HUF
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people 150 HUF
Play station 4 console without games. 2000 HUF
Spalding Basketball 200 HUF
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls 500 HUF
Taxi fare on average 5-10km 45 HUF
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare 30 HUF
1 liter petrol/diesel 6.50 HUF
1 day rent a car cost 140 HUF
Driver’s license 2300 HUF
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar) 150 HUF
1 pair of men’s formal shoes 215 HUF
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) 280 HUF
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) 135.79 HUF
Ladies formal shoes original and durable 120 HUF
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance) 150 HUF

The cost of living in Hungary is very cheap compared to other countries in Europe, like France and Germany. Hungary offers quite a relatively cheap cost of living especially for students, a budget of around €300 to €500 should suffice for accommodation, books, and other utilities.

Noteworthy, the tuition fees in Hungary are quite modest going for around €1,000 to €3,000 per academic year. As with any other country, the general cost of living varies from one individual to the next and different lifestyle choices.

Accommodation: Students can get a good apartment for a good deal of 60,000 to 70,00 HUF, depending on the city that they live in.

Typically larger cities such as Budapest and Debrecen, have higher costs in rent than smaller cities, the cost of rent in larger cities can go up to 150,000 to 200,000 HUF (forint) for really nice apartments in very nice areas with luxury amenities.

There also apartments in suburban areas that go for lesser prices around 45,000 HUF to 50,000 HUF, the former being the minimum cost so far.

Feeding: The cost of feeding in Hungary is affordable through and through, students who opt to cook their meals spend considerably lesser than those who dine out or order in regularly.

Shopping for food items and preparing your meals will cost around 40,000 HUF for a month, and dining out will cost around 70,000 HUF to 80,000 HUF for a month as well.

Transportation: The cost of transportation is very cheap because students can purchase a monthly ticket for 2,500 HUF and the buses and trams are very effective and timely around the city. Interstate travels are also cost-effective with very streamlined train networks, the cost of a ticket is around 1,000 HUF to 2,000 HUF per trip.

Taxis are also a brilliant means of getting around the city as they are fast and easily available, however at peak times of the day they might be a bit pricier than normal. Taxi-hailing and ridesharing apps/services such as Uber and Bolt have a huge market in cities like Debrecen and Budapest and students find them very convenient.

Medical Insurance: Health insurance is very important in Hungary, international students from non-EU countries must be required to obtain medical insurance before they arrive and while they are living in the country.

The health insurance covers all medical costs and bills incurred while studying in Hungary, typically it costs approximately 10,000 HUF per month.

Utilities: The price for utilities such as gas, electricity, water, etc are quite seasonal, gas and electricity are lesser in summer months than in winter months. Utilities such range between 10,000 HUF to 20,000 HUF depending on the season, apartment size, and usage.

Other utilities such as internet and phone bills for a month cost around 2,500 and 6,000 for wireless internet service with top-speed and phone services that allow international calls.

*Please note that these values are just an estimate and shıuld serve as a pointer on what to expect while studying in Hungary, several factors such as exchange rates and student discounts can cause the prices to be higher or lower.

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