Student Life

Budapest is a big and bustling city. Between classes and studying, our students will never find a lack of things to do. Leisure and ministry are both at your fingertips with countless different options. There are several cinemas that show English movies, several malls, walking streets, tons of restaurants, and so much more. Ministry opportunities are available everywhere as you can spend some of your free time serving alongside one of the church plants, networking with different ministries in Budapest, serving at one of the homeless shelters, or just hitting the streets and sharing the Gospel with everyone around you!

Here’s a general rundown of what it might look like for you or your child to attend CCBCE:

Arrivals

A Bible College representative will meet you upon arrival if we know the time, date, and location of your arrival (airport or train station). Therefore it’s very important that you let us know your arrival information well in advance, making sure you also add your carrier, flight number and departure city which makes it easier for us to find your arrival terminal. Once you arrive to the airport, look for the “CCBCE” sign! Someone from the Bible College will be there waiting for you.

If anything unforeseen happens in your travel plans, such as your flight arriving earlier or you are lost in the airport terminal and can’t find the person from the bible college, you can call our cell phone numbers that will be available all throughout the semester (You will receive these phone numbers in an email upon your acceptance). If your luggage gets lost during your flight and the carrier asks you for your address in Budapest for later delivery, the best option is to give the address of the bible college office.

The bible college representative will take you to your apartment in Budapest and we will provide you with an orientation of your neighborhood.

Finances

The currency used in Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (HUF). The exchange rate is around 275-300 forint per dollar (300-325 forint per euro). Do a quick Google search to find out the most up-to-date conversion rates!

Some important things to make money matters easier and safer:

Bring a bank card (MasterCard, Maestro, or Visa get the best exchange rates). Check with your home bank about charges for withdrawal abroad. ATM machines can be found everywhere. Most supermarkets and shops accept MasterCard and Visa.

You can bring some American cash as well. Do NOT change money in the US, as the exchange rate is much better at Hungarian banks and exchange counters. The little exchange booths in the center of the city usually offer better rates than banks. Do NOT change money on the street! Across the street from the church (Golgota), there is an exchange counter that has one of the best rates in the city!

Traveler’s checks are not generally accepted in Hungary so we recommend you use your bank card.

Please visit our Tuition & Fees page for more information regarding finances!

Public Transportation and Taxis

Public transportation (bus, tram, trolleybus and the subway system) is well organized in Budapest. You can reach every part of the city at all hours.

Fares (within Budapest):

Single ticket: 350 HUF (approx. $1.75)

Monthly student pass: 3850 HUF (approx. $20)

For more information and the map of the public transport system of Budapest see this website: http://www.bkk.hu/en/main-page/news/.

 

Taking a cab is always safe with major cab companies. Avoid cabs not displaying the logo of a known company.

The rates of taxis are regulated, and the base fare when you enter a cab is 450HUF. The fee per kilometer is 280HUF.

There is no longer a flat fee going to and from the airport, so your fare will depend on the meter. If you would like to call to arrange a ride, you can specifically ask for an English-speaking driver.

These companies are reliable:

TAXI4 (+36 1 444 4444) – You can ask for an English-speaking driver.

City Taxi (+36 1 211 1111) – The name of the company is printed on the side of the cabs.

Cell Phones

We highly recommend you get a Hungarian cell number as soon as you arrive to Budapest. The simplest solution is to purchase only a SIM-card if you have an unlocked cell phone, but you can also buy a phone if needed.

There are three mobile companies in Hungary: Vodafone, Telenor, and T-Mobile; you can buy a SIM card in any of their shops. You only need your passport and an unlocked phone to purchase a SIM-card.

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