Living in Russia as an International Student: What To Expect

Living in Russia as an International Student: What To Expect

Living in Russia as an International Student: What To Expect

Planning for everything you’ll need in Russia throughout your studies can be difficult as some things can only be acquired through experience. However, some things can be learned ahead of time.

You will learn about how much money you will need to live in Russia and the privileges you will obtain as a student after reading this. You’ll also learn about safety in Russia, how to spend your free time and temperature differences in different parts of this massive country.

Read on to know more things about Russia, from the general student life to what you can expect from the country.


On average, a Russian student requires USD 300 to 400 per month or USD 3,000 to 4,000 per school year (September to June). It’s a good idea to set aside an extra USD 300 to 400 for things like medical insurance, housing arrangements, and book purchases.

When choosing a city for education, take in mind that Moscow and Saint-Petersburg have the highest costs, while other regions have more affordable costs.


A university dormitory, a rental apartment, or a host family are the most common living alternatives for a foreign student in Russia. Finding the best alternative within your budget is important to prevent any financial hassle.

Before deciding on a course of action, weigh all of the pros and cons. In some ways, your choice of where you will stay would determine how you would succeed academically.


The most important thing to remember about Russian weather is that it varies by region. The majority of Russia has a temperate climate, making it a pleasant area to live in.

During the winter season, unlike in many Western countries, central heating is turned on in all homes and public buildings. During the winter, heaters are often used in public transportation. You are unlikely to get cold in your dorm room, in a classroom, or in any other public location.


The majority of trips to Russia are trouble-free, however, small crimes can still take place in any large city. Mugging, pickpocketing, and stealing are all possible crimes you may encounter. Pickpockets are especially active in crowded places and on public transportation around rush hour.


Russian students enjoy an active and happy lifestyle. They attend festivals, concerts, sporting activities, and performances in student theaters and even off-campus facilities. Regardless of the university you go to, you will always be able to discover something in Russia that interests you.

In Russia, a wide range of festivals for young people are held, including music, theater, sports, ethnic, and linguistic festivals, among others. The majority of students are both spectators and performers in these performances, singing, dancing, acting in theatrical productions, and displaying their talents.

Learn more things about Russian education. Browse through our other articles here at MSM Unify for more.


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