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Expat Report Review of British International School, Budapest in Budapest, Hungary was published
Review-of-British International School, Budapest
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
there is a lot to choose from. the school is very flexible and keen to offer a very wide range of reliable facilities which allow the kids to achieve their full potential. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Review of Lycee Francais de budapest in Budapest, Hungary
Review-of-Lycee Francais de budapest
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
Your child can get a very good education. (Continue)
A reader replied most recently with:
ok is this in france ?
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A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Budapest, Hungary
Moving-to-Budapest
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
-Finding English-language real estate agents can be difficult but they do exist (I work for one) and it is worth it to find one. Mix ups I've experienced in the past include agents who confuse numbers (40 and 60, for example) and some debate over whether or not my landlady would offer a couch. Businesses that seek expat clients (relocation companies, some real estate agencies and also exercise studios, beauty salons) can have very useful information posted on their website.

Choosing a neighborhood: Families seeking residential settings should look for houses on the Buda (West) side of the city, in districts 1, 2, 2A (a bit far from the city center but home to the American School) and 12. Residential parks exist with detached homes and lots of yard space.

Those looking to live in the center and close to embassies/businesses should live on the Pest (East) side in district 5, 6 or 7. For urban but residential surroundings look at districts 9, 13 and 14.

I saved a map of international schools in Budapest which will help those interested in living close to one:

http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=113650380662921546661.00048a66a58c714c0c74a&z=11 (Continue)

A reader replied most recently with:
Thank you for the information. Is there a website one can use a research tool to locate "safer" districts in Pest? I am thinking of either staying for 90-days [the length of a visa] or relocating entirely.
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Expat Report Living in Budapest, Hungary was published
Living-in-Budapest
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Budapest Melting Pot, Internations, Budapest Toastmasters, Budapest groups on Meetup.com, Budapest International Women's Club, British Women's Association, Budapest Accueil (French), Dutch Club Hungary, Expat Hungary, International Women's Club Association of Budapest (IWCA), North American Women's Association of Budapest, Professional Women's Association of Budapest, Institut fran├žais de Budapest, Instituto Cervantes de Budapest, Xpatloop.com, Baby Blue Banana (Expat Events), Concerts and bookreadings at TreeHugger Dan's bookshop (there are many branches), Internations Expat Community (they have live meetings), Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Hungary, Buda Juniors Football (Soccer) League (for children), Bat and Ball Junior Cricket Club (for children)

I've posted this list (with links) to our blog: http://athomenetwork.blogspot.com/2010/11/expat-resources-and-websites-budapest.html (Continue)

Expat Report Culture Shock in Budapest, Hungary was published
Culture-Shock-in-Budapest
Do you have any advice or thoughts about culture shock you would like to share?
Be prepared read about the other country, learn the language, go with the flow, have discipline to keep what is good about your own culture, do not immerse yourself fully in your own expat community (these people tend to be slightly sad and self-important and not in touch with the local reality. (Continue)
Expat Report Living in Budapest, Hungary was published
Living-in-Budapest
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
For ladies, the North American Women"s Association is very welcoming, even if you aren't from Canada, the US or Mexico. (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Britannica International School in Budapest, Hungary was published
Review-of-Britannica International School
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
I'ts a purpose-built building in a nice green area. It has playgrounds and a gym and there is a football field next to the school and swimming pool nearby.

There are lots of clubs- every night - drama, sports, music,jewellery-making, languages (Continue)

Expat Report Living in Budapest, Hungary was published
Living-in-Budapest
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Newcomers should read the Budapest Business Journal to get informed about events - www.bbj.hu (Continue)
Expat Report Review of Britannica International School Budapest in Budapest, Hungary was published
Review-of-Britannica International School Budapest
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
Good facilities in a purpose-built building. There are after school clubs every evening 3.30-4.30pm. (Continue)
Service apartments give you more space, more privacy and at a cheaper rate, available from one night to one year.
Serviced Apartments, residences or aparthotels --typically 25% cheaper than hotels of similar standard.

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