Welcome to the Making Friends section of the Moving to Budapest Guide!
Whether you're a digital nomad, a company transfer, or a student, if you've recently moved to Budapest, you're not alone! The city has a buzzing expat scene, and is growing more and more popular as time goes on. The only question is ... how do you become a part of it? We're here to give you some tips on how to make friends in Budapest!
Of course, there are plenty of online resources that help expats in Budapest connect.
Meetup will link you with groups of all sorts of different interests! Just pick a category and meet new people! If you don't see what you're looking for, feel free to start your own! You never know who you might meet!
Facebook groups can be indispensable for knowledge. If you have a question about your new life in Budapest, chances are, it's been asked before. Search through the groups' archives or ask your fellow expats!
If you prefer to meet in person, maybe one of these expat communities is for you! Music, sports, and more are all at your fingertips!
Magyar Futbal (a local community instead of an expat community, but still a good way to meet new people!)
Birds of a feather flock together, and expats tend to congregate at favorite watering holes. Whether you're meeting others for quiz nights, karaoke, or just a cold pint, it can be nice to just be around something familiar. And even if you show up alone, chances are you'll meet someone new! A few popular expat bars are:
Living an expat lifestyle can come with many perks, but there is the drawback of homesickness as well. After all, living far away from your family and home community isn't always easy, even in a city as exciting as Budapest. Sometimes, something as simple as a taste of home can help to ease the homesickness. Here are a few stores where you can find imported goods.
Hopefully these resources can help you to settle in after moving to Budapest. For more tips and info, check out the rest of our guide!
Moving to Budapest: Cost of Living
Moving to Budapest: Getting Your Visa