In fact, North-Csepel and Soroksár are at the moment examples of the neglected stain zones of the Hungarian capital. However, thanks to the Budapest South Gate Program they might receive a dormitory for 12 thousand students – reported Thus, it can become one of the many student districts of Budapest.

Renewal of South-Budapest

According to TED, the EU’s Supplement to the Official Journal, dedicated to European public procurement, the relevant plans are already in the preparation phase. The aim is to make good use of 135 hectares in the so far neglected southern part of the city. In fact, many Hungarian and international design offices were requested to join the competition. Though the Budapest South Gate Program existed before, only now has it become clear that it aims

to revive the stain zones of North-Csepel and Northwest-Soroksár

based on a modern concept.

The application concerns the land surrounded by the Danube river, Rákóczi bridge – Könyves Kálmán boulevard, the Soroksári and Weiss Manfréd streets. According to the preliminary plans,

the new Danube bridge will connect the new student district with the city.

Dormitory, sports and recreation centres

One of the most important elements of the project is to build a student city with 12 thousand places. This not only means the dormitories but also buildings for sport and recreation. Besides, it also involves the arrangement of the Danube bank which will receive utilities and transport infrastructure.

The district’s development is connected to the new Danube bridge of South-Budapest. According to the plans,

the construction of the bridge will start in short since the winning plan was chosen in April.

Less Hungarian students in the higher education

In fact, Budapest is the biggest student city of Hungary with more than 100,000 foreign and Hungarian university students. Among the bigger ones, there are the campuses of Debrecen, Pécs and Szeged with more than 10 thousand students. Then come Győr and Miskolc while Sopron, Szombathely, Eger and Nyíregyháza have only 2-3,000 students. Besides, there are some smaller ones like Pápa or Keszthely where less than 1,000 students live.

As we already reported, every eighth university student comes from abroad in Hungary. Thus, not only the number of Hungarian students studying abroad is rising, but also

more and more foreigners learn at Hungarian universities.

They come from both Western-European and third world countries. Most of them study at only a few universities. In fact, their rate rose from 7 to 12% among the university students in Hungary in just 5 years. However, the number of Hungarian students hit rock bottom at the same time.


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