Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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Arrival to Hungary

If I arrive later in the month, can I still register?

It is possible. You will need to fill out and submit a form in Neptun. For more details, please refer to this link.

How do I know if I have a permanent accomodation and where is it?

If you received a letter stating that you have been granted a dormitory space, then it’s Visit hotel. Please note, you will be required to complete a mandatory quarantine for either two weeks, or as long as it takes to get Covid test results.

Will there be mentors at the airport when I arrive?

If you would like a mentor to greet you at the airport and guide you on your first trip to the city, send an email to imt@bme.hu with details of your arrival.

Accommodation

How can I apply to a dormitory?

Be patient, the university will send detailed information over the summer about how to apply in the current term/year.

What kind of dorms does the university have?

The university currently rents Visit Hostel at Moricz Zsigmond Ter for SH students.

Can I pick my roommate?

There are very few opportunities for this initially, however during the course of the semester you are allowed to switch rooms once, if there is free space or if you find someone that agrees to switch places with you.

Can I pick the dorm in which I stay?

No, you are assigned to a dorm based on where there is free space.

What if I decide I don’t want to live in a dorm even though I’ve already been accepted?

In this case you should write an email to imt.accomodation@bme.hu.

Do I get a place to stay while I look for a residence or private dormitory, in the event that I didn’t get a place in the dorm?

In very few cases there are opportunities for a one-week temporary residence, but not during Covid and you should not count on it and should plan on finding another temporary accommodation while you look for a more permanent residence.

If I get a space in a dorm, how long will I have a spot there?

Everyone gets the dorm place for one semester, after which they can apply to stay in the space again.

Who can apply for dormitory residence?

All Stipendium Hungaricum and SCY scholarship holders, except for PhD students. They have evolved beyond sleep.

What happens if I don’t get space in a dorm?

In this case you have to arrange your own living situation, either renting an apartment or a room, or moving into a private dormitory, but the university helps out with 40,000 huf per month for rent.

How much do private dormitories cost in Budapest?

Depends on the room and number of beds, but from 60,000-90,000 HUF.

How much does it cost to rent a room in Budapest?

The prices vary wildly since there are a lot of factors, but generally from 80,000 to 100,000 huf including everything.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment in Budapest?

It depends a lot on location, but generally from 120,000-250,000 huf including everything.

If I’m not a first year anymore, what determines if I get a spot in the dorms?

Allocation of spaces are determined by student’s academic performance. The university sends information on how to apply each semester after you get you cumulative grade point average (the minimum score depends on the department), and you will get the result of your application before the next semester starts.

What’s the average cutoff for getting a space in dorms?

It changes every year, but the university will send students the cutoff every year in july, depending on their faculty.

When will I know if I got a space in the dorms?

The university will notify you sometime around the middle of August.

What determines the cutoff grade to get a space in the dorms?

This depends on a lot of things, such as how many new students arrive, how many spaces they need, how many people want to move out, how many people are graduating and moving away, and what the average grade is in your faculty.

What to include in your emails to imt.accommodation@bme.hu ?

We will not answer your emails if you do not have the following data in them:

  • your full name
  • Neptun code
  • type of scholarship (SH, SCY, etc.)
  • your level of studies (BSc, MSc, or PhD)
  • accommodation type and room number (apartment, private dorm, Visit)
We are renting a flat together. I decide to move out. Do the others have to pay my part of the rental fee too?

It depends on your agreement. The most common case is that the owner signs one contract with all of the tenants, in which you agree that tenants will pay the whole rental fee together. In this case yes, the whole rental fee of the flat must be paid every month in any case. However, if the Lessor has individual rental agreements with all of the Lessees, everyone has to pay according to his/her own contract regardless of any action.

How can I terminate a fixed-term agreement earlier?

If you have a fixed-term agreement, but you would like to quit earlier, you can do by mutual consent or by an extraordinary notice. In a mutual consent Lessor and Lessee can agree anyhow, but Lessors are usually not so motivated in it. In case of an extraordinary notice, Lessee must give a signed copy of his/her notice to Lessor. After lessor got it, there is a period of notice, which is usually 30 days but it can be different according to the agreement. For this period Lessee must pay the rental fee. In addition, Lessor gets the security deposit as well.

Immigration Office

Can I work in Hungary with a residence permit for study purposes?

Yes, you can, but only in limited hours. Third-country nationals holding a residence permit for the purpose of studies may engage in any full-time occupational activity during their term-time for maximum twenty-four hours weekly, and outside their term-time for a maximum period of ninety days or sixty-six working days in a year.

How do I know the type of my VISA?

How can I renew my residence permit?

At least 1 month before your residence permit would expire, please submit your renewal application online: www.enterhungary.gov.hu 

The procedure lasts around 2-4 weeks.

TAJ Card

How do I know that my TAJ card is ready?

The Central Academic Office will send a Neptun message and an email telling you that your card is ready and you can pick it up.

Where can I pick up my TAJ card if it is ready?

You can pick up your TAJ cards in the Central Academic Office, currently located in the ground floor hall of building R, during their office hours.

CAO office hours

My data on the TAJ card are wrong. What can I do to correct them?

You have to go to the NEAK office in person with an ID of your correct name and they will fix it for you. The address is 1139. Budapest, Teve utca 1/A-C.

Their opening hours are 8-15 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8.00-16.30 on Wednesdays, and 8-13 on Fridays.

I have a Social Security Number in Neptun, so when can I pick up my TAJ card?

This does not mean that you have a TAJ card, only that a number was generated for you and entered into Neptun. This number is still inactive; first, the Educational Authority registers it in their system then the NEAK office is able to issue the card and send it to the university. You will receive a Neptun message to pick up your TAJ card about 1-2 months after your number has been registered in Neptun.

How can I get an update on my TAJ application?

You can send us an email to imt.documents@bme.hu and we will look into your case.

What happens to my TAJ card after I graduate?

Your TAJ number will remain in the system, so the next time you apply for it, you must do so via your employer (if you stay in Hungary). Without being employed, you will not be covered by the TAJ insurance, unless you pay atrocious fees for it (around 50,000 HUF/month).

How can I keep my TAJ card valid on a passive semester?

You either get a full-time job and a work permit, or get another type of residence permit and pay TAJ’s costs (around 50,000 HUF/month).

Medical problems

What should I do if I need to see a doctor?

If you have Generali private insurance, try calling them first. They should be your primary contact in these cases. Check this page for more information.

If Generali cannot help you, and you have a valid(!!!) TAJ card, please refer to this page.

If you have neither Generali, nor a valid TAJ card, you can visit any hospital, but you will have to bear the costs!

How to visit a dentist?

If you have a TAJ card, please refer to this page. Please note that the TAJ card only covers basic dental treatment, such as examination, filling, treatment of palate problems, removal of tartar, etc. It doesn’t cover more expensive and complex treatments (orthodontics, false teeth, root canal treatment, etc.).

If you do not have a TAJ card but you have Generali, you can call them. However, only emergency dental treatments are covered by the insurance. 

If Generali refuses to help and you don’t have a TAJ card either, you can visit any private dental clinic, but you will need to bear the costs!

I am facing psychological issues. How can I get help?

Please read this page for all info we have. 

How can I get Generali private insurance?

Please read this website carefully. It has all the information you need.

COVID-19

How can I get vaccinated? How can I get a Hungarian immunity certificate?

You can find all relevant information here at this page.

Can I spend my mandatory quarantine in the dormitory?

No, you must find alternative accommodation for the time of quarantine when moving to Hungary for the first time!

Can the university pay for my quarantine accommodation?
Is it possible to postpone the beginning of my studies?

It is possible to postpone exclusively because of health issues or unexpected reasons through no fault of his/her own. If there is such a major case, some kind of proof (i.e. a medical certificate) must be submitted to the Study in Hungary Unit of Tempus Public Foundation, together with a written request. The host higher education institution and the Sending Partner must also approve of the postponement. Those students who have already arrived in Hungary and enrolled in a higher education institution are not entitled to request any postponement.

How can students keep themselves updated about the current situation?
What financial contributions will those who leave Hungary receive?

Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship students staying outside Hungary or on a passive semester are not allowed to receive any financial aid from the university. Both the scholarship and the housing allowance exist to help you with your costs of living in Hungary.

Are there any events during the pandemic?

We are organising online events regularly. Follow our Facebook page and our calendar to stay up to date with the latest events.