Believe it or not, it took me a while to figure this one out. I’m a habitual Googler, and if I can’t find a place on Google maps, I’m lost.
Something different about Hungary from the United States is that Google isn’t a whole lot of help in finding things. When I first searched for the government office that handles student residence permits, I found an office on the Buda side of the river. But that’s not it.
Here’s the address of the office that handles student residence permits: Szegedi út 35, Budapest, 1135. It’s just a little bit north of the northernmost corner of the City Park.
For more information, here’s the website of the national Immigration and Asylum Office.
By the way, if you’re visiting the office any time in September, plan for a long wait. I once waited for three hours in line to turn in some paperwork (and the last hour was after the office had officially closed, but they were still seeing students).
You might hear complaints, but it’s worth noting that the office workers are super nice and patient. If you’re kind, they are, too.
Oh, and one more thing: The office also processed family reunification permits for my wife and three kids, so we were able to get it all handled at once. It took a while, but overall it was a fairly smooth process.