Living in Russia

On average, a student in Russia needs $ 200 a month, for an academic year (September-June), $ 3,000–5,000.

For the first time, it is better to have about 300-400 dollars with you for additional expenses – medical insurance, improvement of the apartment or dormitory (purchase of dishes, cleaning products), purchase of some textbooks.

The depreciation of the ruble against world currencies is only beneficial for foreigners, because when converted to dollars, their expenses are reduced: it is more profitable to pay both for studies and for your stay in the country.

When choosing a training city, keep in mind that the highest price level in Moscow and St. Petersburg, in other regions, costs will be lower.


Main expenses


Tuition at Russian universities varies from 2000- 11,000 USD per year, depending on the region, university, and specialty.


Prices for rental housing for students in Russia range from 500 USD and higher per year, depending on the region, the type and location of housing (dormitory, room for rent, apartment).

Medical insurance

The policy of voluntary medical insurance (VHI) costs an average of 4,000 to 12,000 rubles ($ 60-180) per year for students in Russian universities. The insurance should cover the entire term of study, but usually in universities they are asked to pay for a policy for a year. Some universities offer special insurance programs to foreign students whose cost is lower than market.

Food expenses

According to official data, the minimum set of products (including bread, pasta, meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, milk, sugar) in Russia costs 4,209 rubles ($ 65) per month. The cost may vary depending on the region and where you buy products (small store, supermarket, market).

The average bill for lunch in Moscow cafes and restaurants is 700-2000 rubles ($ 12-35), a business lunch will cost 230-440 rubles ($ 4-7). In fast food establishments prices are slightly lower.



One trip in the Moscow metro costs 55 rubles (about $ 1), a ticket for 20 trips – 747 rubles ($ 12).

Taking into account student benefits for traveling on the subway in Moscow, it will take 380 rubles ($ 6) per month (in other cities the fare is cheaper).

Mobile communication, Internet

SIM-cards for mobile phones and tablets are sold in stores (you should not buy them from merchants on the street). To purchase, you must have a national passport (with registration by place of residence) and a migration card. Employees of the salon will help you find the optimal tariff (the cost of calls, messages, the volume of mobile Internet, etc.). The cost of a standard package of services ranges from 300-400 rubles ($ 5-6). When you buy a SIM-card, this amount is credited to the phone’s account, in the future, you will replenish the balance every month in accordance with your tariff plan.


In Russia, there are many chain stores of popular brands, both global and Russian. The price level for clothes as a whole is higher than European, but in the days of sales you can always find high-quality and inexpensive things. For example, a shirt for 300 rubles ($ 5) or jeans for 1,300 rubles ($ 21).

Cultural leisure

Tickets to Moscow theaters cost an average of 500-2500 rubles ($ 8-41), at the cinema – 250-600 rubles ($ 4-9). A trip to the museum will cost from 100 to 1000 rubles ($ 1.5-16).


The cost of a monthly subscription of fitness clubs in Moscow is on average from 1,700 to 4,500 rubles ($ 26-75), in other regions – 1500-3400 ($ 13-56). With a one-time payment for the year, the cost is reduced.

A student subscription for a month to the pool will cost 300-500 rubles ($ 5-8) in Moscow, in other cities – cheaper.

Many universities have their own gymnasiums, swimming pools, sports complexes, whose services are lower than in urban ones or are completely free for university students.


Entrance to entertainment clubs in Russia is often free, visitors buy drinks and snacks. On average, a cocktail in Moscow clubs costs 400 rubles ($ 6), in other cities – 300 rubles ($ 5). Moscow youth spends on entertainment from an average of 2,000 to 5,000 rubles ($ 33-80) over the weekend.

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