The two main areas that you will be spending most of your time in is the downtown area of the city and the area of the central library of the University called 'TIK'.
The downtown - where most of the banks, restaurants, cafes and clubs are - is quite small with mainly old buildings. The area of the main library is just next to the center. Apart from the University buildings here you can also find some shops, pubs and cafes. The train station is also here. In this area you can find a mix of old and newer apartment buildings. Most of the students would like to live in restricted downtown but the apartments here are more expensive and most of them are in an older building. If you choose an apartment a little farther from the center, that means you can save money on rent and can choose from a greater range of selection, without making too much of a compromise. Even our farthest apartment from the center can be reached by a 15-20 minutes walk, a 5 minutes bike ride or a short taxi ride at night for 3-4 euros.
Szeged is situated in the centre of the Southern Great
Plain Region at the confluence of the rivers Tisza and
Maros. It is a county town as being the largest city in
the area, with 163 thousand inhabitants and with
about 40 thousand university students. The distance
from Budapest is 165km. The journey from the capital
takes around one and a half hours drive along the M5
motorway, or two and a half if you prefer coming by
train. Szeged is famous for its gastronomy, paprika and
fish soup, festivals, scientific life, thermal water and
baths and last but not least for nice sunny weather.
The fi rst written source about Szeged is from 1183,
which records that salt carrying ships stationed
here. Being a center of mercenary in the 18th
century Szeged got the status of a royal town. It is
celebrated on or around 20th May with a spectacular
programme of events. River Tisza not only gives life
but has the power to take it as well. In the spring
1879 a breach in a distant dyke caused Szeged to be
completely destroyed. Thanks to a great international
collaboration the town was reestablished. Looking
closely at the street names you can see the names of
Rome, Brussels, Berlin, Paris, London, Moscow and
Vienna, recalling the donations made by these cities.
Szeged was reborn as Hungary’s most modern town,
with its broad avenues and boulevards, its renovated,
grandiose centre all of which will enchant its visitors.
The great scientist, Albert Szent-Györgyi completed
his studies at the medical university in the town. He
worked as a senior proff essor at the Medical Chemical
Institute of the Szeged Medical University in 1937
when he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine
for the discoveries related to biological combustion
processes and in particular to vitamin C and the
catalysation of furamic acid.
Szeged off ers you a great variety of artistic disciplines
including music, visual arts, folk dance, performing
arts, sports and gastronomy. Among these includes
the internationally renowned Szeged Open Air
Festival. It has been organized every summer in Dóm
square for 80 years with the spectacle Votive Church
in the background. The performances include drama,
opera, operetta, musical and dance shows.
The Szeged Youth Days or simply called SZIN is the
most signifi cant music festival in the region at the
end of summer. Great concerts, popular bands and
singers provide loud and lively entertainment for
the youth by the river. An outstanding gastronomy
festival is the International Tisza Fish Festival at the
beginning of September. Each one is a diff erent kind
of adventure. Explore your options, learn more about
the festival city and join in.