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Kecskemet, Hungary

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jul 10, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Kecskemet, Hungary. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Kecskemet?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Kecskemet, they said:

"Kecskemét, Hungary is a city located in the central part of the country, known for its vibrant culture, beautiful architecture, and rich history. Before moving to Kecskemét, it's important to understand that the official language is Hungarian, which can be quite challenging to learn. However, English is also widely spoken, especially among younger generations and in the service industry. The cost of living in Kecskemét is relatively low compared to other European cities, making it an attractive place for expats. This includes housing, groceries, dining out, and public transportation. The city has a continental climate, with hot summers and cold winters. It's advisable to prepare for a wide range of weather conditions. Kecskemét is known for its high quality of life, with a good healthcare system, excellent public transportation, and a low crime rate. The city has a rich cultural scene, with numerous museums, galleries, theaters, and music festivals. It's also famous for its fruit brandy, called "barackpálinka". Hungarians are generally welcoming and friendly, but they also appreciate when foreigners make an effort to understand their customs and traditions. The city is not as multicultural as Budapest, the capital of Hungary, but it's becoming more diverse with an increasing number of expats moving in. Hungarian cuisine is a central part of life in Kecskemét. Traditional dishes like goulash, stuffed peppers, and chimney cake are common and worth trying. Kecskemét is well-connected to other parts of Hungary and Europe by train and bus, making it easy to travel and explore the region. It's important to note that Hungary is part of the European Union, so EU citizens can move and work freely in Kecskemét. Non-EU citizens will need to secure a visa and work permit. Lastly, it's advisable to secure accommodation before arriving in Kecskemét, as the housing market can be competitive," remarked one expat who made the move to Kecskemet.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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