Budapest is a relatively safe city by U.S. standards. The vast majority of visitors from the U.S. have wonderful and incident-free experiences.
However, as in every big city, you should follow some simple rules to keep yourself and your belongings safe. The Hungarian police offers the following safety tips. For further safety tips please visit the website of the American Embassy in Hungary: http://hungary.usembassy.gov/tourist_advisory.html.
You are required to provide proof of health insurance for your time in Hungary. Please check with your health insurance provider to determine the types and levels of coverage that are provided to you during your stay overseas.
In many cases, the level of coverage provided by U.S. health insurance companies for overseas stays is limited. In this case, we recommend that you consider a supplemental traveler's insurance that provides more comprehensive medical care overseas as well as insurance for loss of property. Your study abroad office may have some suggestions based on previous experience and you are also welcome to contact the AITinfo [at] ait-budapest [dot] com ( North American office) for additional assistance.
Recent changes in immigration regulation also require every student in the Hungarian higher education system to obtain health insurance from a Hungary-based insurer. To meet these requirements all international students will be enrolled in and billed for the AIT-sponsored insurance plan. The price of the insurance policy is 39,600 HUF (approximately $180) for one semester and will be collected in cash after arrival.
On orientation day you will be taken to a health care center which provides a 24/7 emergency telephone helpline and English speaking doctors and nurses. Should you have any health problems during your stay, you will be able to turn to them. New students are presented with information and background on safety, health, environmental, political, cultural, and religious affairs in Hungary.
Students often inquire about joining a health spa or gym. The following is a link to a popular chain: http://www.holmesplace.hu/index2.php
Finally, the AIT staff will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns regarding medical, health, and safety issues.