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    Juhis is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Few questions about living costs in Oradea

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    Okey my first question would be what kind of apartment I should(can) get for 210 euros? Considering that my goverment pays my rent upto 210 euros, wich means I am planning to use it all. Also how much I should plan on spending on food, electric bill, insurances, phone bill, and so on. As a extra information I would like to know the avarage ammount spent on those things, not the minium ammount that you can get by with.. I would also love to know where the classes are usually held at.. At the main campus or at the medical facalty near to the river? Then as a extra question if someone happens to know: How much it costs to get a motorbike license in Romania if you already have a license for a car.. And how much there are thieves in Oradea, just wondering if my motorbike would get stolen after one week of having one.. Then if someone happens to know how much the car/motorbike insurances costs per year I would like to know that also if they are mandatory.

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    It's going to be difficult to pin down an average but 210 euros would get you a fairly good size apartment (3+ rooms) even within a 5-10 minute walk to the faculty. Classes are at the faculty, not the main campus, though occasionally the first few years will meet at one of the hospitals.

    Electricity will probably be around 10-15 euros, TV+internet about the same. Phone about 10 euros. The big expenses will be food (75-150 euros depending on how often you eat out) and heating/water/block fees. Some apartments can save you money on heat because it's individually metered and you can turn your heat off and leech from the surrounding apartments. Anyway I would estimate between 30-150 euros for heat and water depending on the size of your place and how the utilities get divided up. Most buildings just pro-rate by square meters and the number of people in the apartment, so even if you turn your heat down it won't save you anything.

    Off the top of my head I think insurance is about 100-150 euros/year. I know that seems incredibly cheap but that's what I priced it about a month ago. Of course it depends on the type of vehicle and what kind of coverage you want, but 150 euros should get a basic older car with liability coverage + repairs of your own vehicle. You should be able to transfer your existing license either through an international drivers license service or reciprocity. But a new license would require lessons and a bunch of other stuff.. a few hundred euros probably. No real risk of thievery imo so long as you keep your bike locked up.

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    Thanks for your answer waltfw. Anyways I doubt I want a 3+ room apartment.. Been thinking about 2 room one ( about 50m^2 ).. Considering I dont wanna pay insane heating costs for space I dont use and I aint going to take room mates.. I had a traumatizing exprience about having a room mate so I'll never ever live with one again.

    I know that I could transfer my existing license, well I wouldn't even have to transfer anything since I have eu license.. But I havent gotten one for motorbike yet.. I wanted to ask the price for it, because getting the license is nearly 1k euros here in Finland.. If there isn't real risk of thievery I am pretty sure I'll get a motorbike then Lol I might be dead before the first year of the school is over ( autobahn is close enough to oradea.....) I just hope the motorbike insurance isn't much higher than the car one..

    I have to say that 150 euros for heating and water sounds kinda insane... Lets hope it isn't that high for 45-60m^2 apartment..

    Also one more question whats the best way to get to oradea from budapest? Considering my plane is landing 19th of next month at 23:55pm at budabest.. I found some site saying that there is some train leaving from the airport at 3am, but I wonder if the train station at the airport can be easily located and if the tickets can be bought in the train.. I would also be thankfull if someone knew how much the train ticket is going to cost..

    Then one more question... Do people accept euros at Romania or should I convert some euros to Lei's before I come there?

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    Budapest is in Hungry, your plane should be landing at bucharest

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    Well my plane will be landing in budapest and yes I know its in hungary. But in this case budapest is way closer to oradea than bucharest.

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    I've only been to Budapest a few times, and never at the airport, but you should be able to grab a taxi from there to get to the train station. Maybe sombody else knows.

    Yep the heating prices are unreal, a 2 room place in the winter time is probably around 75 euros, maybe slightly more depending. But if you get one of the places that has individual meters then you can turn the heat off and save money. That includes the water too though. As far as the euro/lei issue, you'll most likely pay the rent in euros but the rest is going to be in lei. If you buy a car/motorcycle most of the time people want euros too.

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    So wich currency I should bring with me for the entrance exam period? Considering I'll be there for about two weeks..

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    depends what you want to buy. if you wont rent an apartment until after the exam, lei is probably all you will need. if youre going to sign a lease, then bring euros.

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    I am planning on staying at a hotel/ the university housing, since they are offering some kind of housing for 7euros per night..

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    Day to day expenses are all in lei. If there is some hotel specifically quoting rates in euros then bring euros or prepare to change lei once you get here. Otherwise AFAIK all of the hotels will accept lei

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