The University of Miskolc is a special place from the viewpoint of student life, differing from all other universities in Hungary. There is a system of traditions stretching hundreds of years old, called the Selmec Traditions (or sometimes mining/forestry/ metallurgical student traditions). The traditions stretch back to the 1700s, to Selmecbánya, where the mining engineering course began. An important feature of the system is that the new students do not face the challenges of university life alone; students who already have two years of experience can be chosen to stand beside the freshmen to help them overcome obstacles, whether they are related to their studies, to administrative matters, personal issues or recreation and free time. In many cases this choice leads to a bond lasting a lifetime.
The most important thing that the Faculty of Earth Science and Engineering and the student traditions can offer, aside from studies, is the frequent chance to develop relationships with others. Within this community there are opportunities to get to know not only fellow students, but also alumni of the Faculty who are now employed in industry. Alumni of the faculty join students in various events, as does the teaching staff. All participants have shared experiences and memories, and this contributes to getting to know each other more smoothly and naturally.