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You will need to open a bank account during your stay and studies here. For example, you may need to pay your rent by bank transfer or you may need bank account statements to provide evidence of your finances for immigration purposes.
The bank you choose can advise you on the different types of accounts it can offer, direct debits, how long it takes to transfer money to other bank accounts (inside or outside Hungary) and more.
Please note that Trouble Shooters office cannot recommend a particular bank but there are a number of banks located around the university as well as in Debrecen city centre. For example:
Please see below for information on what you will need to prepare and do to get your bank account set up.
How to open a bank account:
Opening a bank account in Hungary is relatively easy for foreigners. The procedure depends mainly on the purpose of your stay. Bank accounts can be opened in person only, please make sure you have your passport with you.
To open an account in Hungary, you will need:
For more information, please contact the banks directly.
Service providers in Hungary
The three main services providers in Hungary are Telenor, Telekom and Vodafone:
Depending on your needs, you can choose from different packages. Please note that you need to create a contract with the service providers and you can only enter into a contract in person at the selected store as they will need to check your documents.
Required documents for administration:
For more information, please contact the service providers directly.
Main informations for foreigners here.
Shops and grocery stores are usually open from Monday to Friday, bigger supermarkets are open all week, mainly until 20:00. Some of the bigger ones are Tesco, Auchan, Spar, Aldi, Lidl.
There are two shopping malls in Debrecen, Fórum and Debrecen Pláza, both of them located close to the city center. You can find more information on their websites:
In case you purchase goods for higher than a certain price in supermarkets and you want to pay by credit card they might ask you to show your ID/passport. In any case, it is useful to have either of these documents with you.
Pharmacies are open on weekdays usually from 8:00 to 16:00. There are some pharmacies that are open longer: Benu Gyógyszertár Fórum until 20:00 (Adress: Csapó u. 30) and Nap Patika until 21:00 (Adress: Hatvan u. 1). There is a pharmacy open 24/7 in town: Benu Gyógyszertár Debrecen (Adress: Csapó u. 1). The address of the pharmacy that is open (on duty) is always posted on the door of all the other pharmacies.
You can find the pharmacy on campus at the main entrance of the Clinical Center. (Address: Nagyerdei krt. 98.)
Post offices are usually open from Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 16:00. Apart from sending letters and packages, post offices are the places where you can pay your bills with yellow cheques as well.
There are post offices on campus as well, at the main building of the University (Address: Egyetem tér 1.) and at the entrance of the Clinical Center (Address: Nagyerdei körút 98.). Visit the website of the Hungarian Post (Magyar Posta) for more information on post office services.
Public utility companies
You can find detailed information here.
Household waste management
You can find detailed information here.
Most of the restaurants in Debrecen offer home delivery services. Wolt and Foodpanda are the biggest delivery services, they represent a wide range of restaurants.
There are a growing number of English-speaking services in Debrecen, please see a few of them listed below:
Hedge Hair UNIVERSITY (Close to University)
Head Office BarberShop University (Close to University)
Veterinary, pet clinic, pet pension, door-to-door pet transportation
Vezér Állategészségügyi Centrum
Deprint (Close to University)
Cyber Cafe (Close to University)
The University provides mental health counselling for its international students if needed. For more information and booking an appointment, please visit the DEMEK Mental Health Services website.
DEMEK Mental Health Counselling for International Students
As a student of the University of Debrecen you have the possibility to receive mental health support that is provided by mental health professionals at the University’s Mental Health Centre.
Their service includes 1+4 sessions. The very first meeting is for the definition of the problem why you are searching for help and for introduction. After that, 4 sessions are dedicated to deal with the defined problem itself. They can give support in the following topics: family and relationship problems, conflictual situations, adaptation difficulties in new situations.
Mental Health Committee of ISU – Debrecen
International Students Union - Debrecen created a committee that deals with the concept of mental health, to raise awareness through organizing activities, group studies, weekly tips and to create a platform in which they show the students that talking openly about their mental health is not attention seeking. You can find their Facebook group here.
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GP's office is located at 4032 Debrecen, 1 Egyetem Square, in the building right behind the Coordinating Center for International Education - Ground Floor of Kossuth Dormitory III.
Primary Care Provider: Dr. Lilla Kovács and Dr. Ágnes Bertók
Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 9.00 -16.00
Please always call and book an appointment before visiting the GP's Office!
Telephone: +36 30 227 8604 or +36 30 227 8601
You can also book your appointment on this website.