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Lifestyle of international students abroad

The decision to study abroad is a very serious step. You have to plunge into a foreign culture, adapt to new conditions, get used to a new climate and gradually learn Russian. But don’t fear the difficulties! The Russians are known for their hospitality and friendly manners, they will always help you. The most important thing is to prepare the required documents. Here you will find all the necessary information.

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Students life a broad rus

Universities in Russia offer accommodation to all foreign students with full-time education. Students studying with distance education are offered accommodation for examination period. Cost of accommodation is 300 - 4 000 rubles (approximately $5-$70) per month; the price depends on comfort level in a specific university residence hall. Fees can be paid monthly, every term or once a year according to specific university internal regulations.

If you do not want to live in a university residence hall, you can rent a room or an apartment, which will cost you about 10 000 RUR (approximately $170) for a room in a shared apartment and 25 000 - 30 000 rubles (approximately $415-$600) for apartment in big cities. It will be much cheaper in non-metropolitan areas.

All payments in Russia are accepted only in rubles. You can exchange currency in any bank, but note that international credit cards are accepted anywhere. To receive a money transfer you can use your credit card or Western Union. 
Here are some main expenses: studying, accommodation, health insurance, food and transport.

For 2016 the living wage in Russia is 9 776 rubles (approximately $170), it is the minimum you spend for food and pocket money. But keep in mind that prices in Moscow and St. Petersburg are much higher than in non-metropolitan areas, where your expenses will be lower. 
It should be noted that students often have discounts up to 50% in museums, cafes, sport and fitness clubs, shops. Travel by public transport for students is also cheaper.

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Prices in Russia

When you select a city for education, please keep in mind that the highest prices are in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, while expenses in other regions will be lower.

A voluntary medical insurance policy (VMI) for students at Moscow universities costs from 6,000 to 9,000 roubles (USD 100-150) a year. The insurance shall cover the entire education period, though universities request that policies are paid by the year or the semester.

According to official information, the minimum shopping basket (including bread, pasta, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, milk, and sugar) in Russia costs from 3,500 to 5,000 roubles (USD 58-83) a month depending on the region. Russians estimate their monthly meal expenses to fall between 8,000 and 20,000 roubles (USD 130 to 330). Much depends on the region where people live and what and where they buy (corner shop, supermarket, market).

An average lunch check in Moscow cafes and restaurants ranges from 700 to 2,000 roubles (USD 12-35), while a set lunch costs between 230 and 404 roubles (USD 4-7). Fast-food prices are even lower.


Safety Tips for international students in Russia

Safety Tips

Like any other country safety precautions must be taken in place , Nevertheless Russia is not more dangerous than any other developed country. therefore, don't forget about basic safety even in the quietest of places.

Public Places and Transport

Most visits to Russia are trouble-free, but petty crime does happen in any big city. Be alert to the possibility of mugging, pickpocketing and theft. Pickpockets are most likely to be active in public transport during rush hour and in crowded places. Simply follow these few simple tips and the chances of getting robbed will be next to none:

  • Stay alert while in public transport or in the crowd, do not get too absorbed in your gadgets.
  • Do not leave your personal items unattended
  • Do not go around the city with your bag or backpack wide open. When in a public place, hold your bag in front of you.
  • Do not display valuable items, such as – smartphones, tablets, expensive watches or jewellery in public.
  • Try not to have large sums in cash on you.
  • Do not keep your bank card PINs in one place.

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Russia is a vast country with enormous land and distances, some people say its makes a continent of its own but even if it is your first visit to Russia, it is not difficult to travel. The transport system is so conducive well managed, effective and well planed you never get late of delay making so efficient and effective for students.

Intercity travel is possible by coach, train, boat and plane. Discounts are also available for local trains (within one federal district): a 50% discount is available between September 1 and June 15. To apply this discount when purchasing a ticket or travel card, present your student card (student social card, depending on the region).

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Leisure Time

Clubs and parties are fantastic, but do not forget about basic safety.

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  • If you are going to a concert,party, night clubs, meet ups it is better to bring some friends along.
  • At an entertainment venue, try to stick together and keep an eye on each other's belongings. When the party is in full swing it is quite easy to be left without your bag, money or documents.
  • It is safer to get home by public transport or by taxi. If you decide to walk, stick to well-lit streets.
  • Try not to draw unwanted attention to yourself. If you spot some rowdy people up ahead, cross the street and proceed on the opposite side. Do not pay attention to their calls.

Cellular Communication and Internet

SIM-cards for mobile phones and tablets are sold in phone stores (do not buy them from street sellers). You need a national passport (indicating registration at your place of residence) and a migration card to buy a SIM-card. Ask in store for advice on the best rates (cost of calls, sms-text, data, etc.). The cost of a standard package of services ranges from 200 to 300 roubles (USD 3-5). When you buy a SIM-card, the cost of the card is credited to the phone number account and then you top up the balance depending on the tariff plan.

Dormitories offer payable or free Internet access. When you rent an apartment, you are usually asked to pay for Internet separately, about 300 to 500 roubles (USD 5-8) per month, depending on the region, provider and rate.

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There are plenty of chain stores of popular brands, both international and Russian. The clothing prices are generally higher than in Europe but high-quality and cheap clothing can always be found during the sales. For example, you can find a T-shirt for 300 roubles (USD 5) or jeans for 1,300 roubles (USD 21).

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Entry to clubs in Russia is generally free of charge, and visitors buy drinks and snacks. The average price of a cocktail in Moscow clubs is 400 roubles (USD 6) and 300 roubles (USD 5) in other cities. Young people in Moscow spend 2,000 to 5,000 roubles (USD 33-80) every weekend.

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Taxi services

It is not a good idea to flag down a taxi, as: there is a good chance of getting a taxi driver who does not have a licence. Such people may include actual criminals – you risk not just losing your money, but also not getting where you wanted to get. Hire a taxi from an established company. It is safe and the fare is fixed. In a big city you can quickly find a taxi using a mobile app, such as Yandex Taxi, Google, Uber or GetTaxi etc.

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Identity Check

When off university campus, it is recommended to carry your passport, student ID and migration card with you. Do not be surprised if a police officer asks to see your ID. It is one of many counter-terrorism security measures taken not against you, but for your own safety. The threat of terrorism, one of the most serious global concerns, is taken very seriously in Russia. Russia is quite successful in counter-terrorism and takes special care about the security of Russian citizens and foreign nationals. Do not panic during security and ID checks. It is a standard crime prevention practice.


Climate of Russia

Weather in Russia

The most important thing about Russian weather is this: it really depends on the region. Most of Russia lies in a moderate climate zone and is quite a comfortable place to live in.

Unlike many Western countries, central heating is on in all houses and public buildings during the winter season. Heaters also work in public transport during the winter months. When you are in your dormitory room, in a classroom, on the bus, in a cafe, museum or any other public place, you won’t be likely to get cold. However, we suggest taking your winter and autumn clothing seriously. Resisting the Russian frost is not about fearing the cold, rather about dressing warmly. In autumn you can do with a light coat or a raincoat, but in winter you will need a warm coat and boots, a cap and definitely gloves.


Weather in Russia by Federal District

Federal Districts

Administrative Capital

January Climate Normals

July Climate Normals

Central Federal District




Moscow, Moscow Region, Belgorod, Bryansk, Vladimir, Voronezh, Ivanovo, Kaluga, Kostroma, Kursk, Lipetsk, Orel, Ryazan, Smolensk, Tambov, Tver, Tula, Yaroslavl.

North-Eastern Federal District

St. Petersburg



St. Petersburg, Leningrad Region, Arkhangelsk, Vologda, Kaliningrad, Murmansk, Novgorod, Pskov, Karelia, Komi, Nenets Autonomous District.

Southern Federal District




Rostov, Volgograd, and Astrakhan regions, Adygea, Kalmykia, and Krasnodar Krai.

North Caucasian Federal District




Dagestan, Ingushetia, Kabardino-Balkariya, Karachay-Cherkessia, North Ossetia-Alania, Stavropol Krai, Chechen Republic.

Volga Federal District

Nizhny Novgorod



Nizhny Novgorod, Kirov, Samara, Saratov, Orenburg, Penza, Ulyanovsk, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Mariy El, Mordovia, Perm, Udmurtia, Chuvashia.

Ural Federal District




Sverdlovsk Region, Chelyabinsk, Kurgan, and Tyumen regions, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District.

Siberian Federal District


-22,6 °C


Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Irkutsk, and Kemerovo regions, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Tyva, Khakassia, Republic of Altai, Altai Krai, Buryatia, Chita, Zabaykalsky Krai.

Far-Eastern Federal District


-23 °C


Khabarovsk Krai, Primorsky Krai, Amur, Magadan, and Sakhalin regions, Jewish Autonomous Region, Chukotka Autonomous Region, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Kamtchatka Krai.

Crimea Federal District




Republic of Crimea, Sevastopol

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