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There are two shopping malls in Debrecen, Fórum and Debrecen Pláza, both of them located close to the city center. You can find more information on their websites:
Shops and grocery stores are usually open from Monday to Friday, bigger supermarkets are open all week, mainly until 20:00. Some of the bigger ones are Tesco, Auchan, Spar, Aldi, Lidl.
In case you purchase goods for higher than a certain price in supermarkets and you want to pay by credit card they might ask you to show your ID/passport. In any case, it is useful to have either of these documents with you.
Pharmacies are open on weekdays usually from 8:00 to 16:00. There is always at least one pharmacy open 24/7 in town. The address of the pharmacy that is open (on duty) is always posted on the door of all the other pharmacies.
You can find the pharmacy on campus at the main entrance of the Clinical Center. (Address: Nagyerdei krt. 98.)
Post offices are usually open from Monday to Friday, from 08:00 to 16:00. Apart from sending letters and packages, post offices are the places where you can pay your bills with yellow cheques as well.
There are post offices on campus as well, at the main building of the University (Address: Egyetem tér 1.) and at the entrance of the Clinical Center (Address: Nagyerdei körút 98.). Visit the website of the Hungarian Post (Magyar Posta) for more information on post office services.
Tobacco products can only be bought in National Tobacco Shops (Nemzeti Dohánybolt). You can check their location here.
Click here to get information on the public transportation in Debrecen.
Traffic regulations apply to everyone, for a collection of the main rules, please click here.
Wearing a helmet is not compulsory in Hungary, but we always recommend it. Good bike lights are absolutely essential – both high light power and flashing lights are allowed. A high-quality light is also obligatory for all cyclists. On the basis of the national Highway Code the following equipment are must have:
• an easy-to-use handlebar
• a bell
• two brakes which are independent of each other, and which are reliable even in severe weather conditions a white or amber front light
• a red rear light, a side-maker lamp that can be seen from a distance of at least 150 meters
• at least one red rear and one white front triangular retro-reflectors
• at least two spoke reflectors on the front wheel
• a reflecting waistcoat, which helps other road users to see you in poor light, when riding on a road outside urban area
The UniBike bicycle sharing system is established by the University of Debrecen and the Debrecen Reformed Theological University. The purpose of the Unibike system is to enable students and employees of the universities to move between the campuses.
There are a growing number of English-speaking services in Debrecen, please see a few of them listed below:
Veterinary, pet clinic, pet pension, door-to-door pet transportation
You can never get bored in Debrecen! We gathered some places where you can spend your free time.
Sports and recreation
The university’s tennis courts, running tracks, football fields and gyms are open to all students and staff members who wish to spend their free time actively. Students are also welcome to compete in the University’s Athletic Club (DEAC). DEAC includes 22 sports categories from tennis, fencing and sailing to futsal. Students may also join day-trips to various parts of the country, skiing holidays in winter and rowing tours in the summer.
There are different sports facilities in Debrecen, please find a few below:
Debrecen Swimming Complex
HALL: the newest public space, located in the heart of the Great Forest, right under the fully redesigned Stadium
Water Tower (Nagyerdei Víztorony): a bar and cafe have taken over the ground floor, while a gallery occupies the structure’s basement. On the top level, an observation deck provides views of the surrounding forest and city.
Lovarda: Cultural and Conference Centre, Concert Hall
Klinika University Club: Debrecen's oldest student club
Great Forest of Debrecen and Lake Békás
Főnix hall – national and international sports events center (capacity: 8,000 spectators)
Kölcsey Convention Centre – the largest conference center of Eastern Hungary (capacity: 1,150 people)
MODEM (Modern and Contemporary Arts Centre)
Discover the gastronomy and variety of programs and free time activities that Debrecen offers here.
Now you know the basics what you need when coming to UD!
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