Whether you come here as a visitor, to teach or to study, you will have the opportunity of experiencing life in one of the great capitals of Europe.
The university itself is spread among different campuses and buildings throughout the city. The main science campus is next to the Petõfi Bridge on the Buda side of the Danube. On the Pest side of the river is the main campus of the Faculty of Humanities.
The city has a public transport system consisting of underground (called metró by the locals), trams and buses which efficiently connects all parts of the university. Car transport suffers, as in all large cities, from weight of traffic and parking problems.
Accommodation is not a major problem for visitors. Apart from university halls of residence (kollégium), there is a reasonably good market in rented flats and a number of agencies which can find them. Prices, although rising quite rapidly, are still relatively low by West European standards.
The range and quality of food in Hungary is frequently remarked on by visitors. Being surrounded by fertile land, it receives fresh fruit and vegetables in large quantities all the year round. In addition to the traditional cuisine, with its famous gulyás and paprika-based dishes, (for which a large appetite is often required!), international restaurants of every kind from the ubiquitous hamburgers to Korean and Thai are also appearing in increasing numbers.
Concert halls, the opera house, many theatres (including a full-time English language theatre) and cinemas are features which should be familiar to everybody, and there is also a number of "houses of culture" (mûvelõdési ház) where jazz, rock, Hungarian folk music and dancing and even Scottish country dancing take place.
The Hungarian language is unique: although Finnish is reputed to be a distant relative, this is not immediately evident when Finns meet Magyars! In cultural life the language and its associated literature is of paramount importance, so learning some of it is a very worthwhile activity while living here. It is quite hard work to achieve a conversational level, however, and so it is quite reassuring to find out that many people know English very well, and indeed learning foreign languages is a major preoccupation among people of all ages at the moment.
Like much else in Hungary, the university is undergoing comprehensive changes. In teaching, this means a move away from the traditional, fixed-syllabus undergraduate course to a more flexible approach allowing students a wide choice. This is being undertaken with great care to retain the best features of educational standards developed through long experience.