Cost of living in St. Petersburg

By on May 14, 2013
Cost of living in St.Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg is the second most important city in Russia after its capital – Moscow. Naturally, the cost of living here is fairly high. Just a few years ago, according to the research made by Mercer Human Resource Consulting, St. Petersburg held the 28th position in the list of the most expensive cities in the world. But now, with the devaluation of ruble, Saint Petersburg became much more affordable for both living in and travelling.

By the way, Moscow held the 4th place in the same rating, after Tokyo (Japan), Luanda (Angola) and Osaka (Japan), and so it was the city with the highest cost of living in Europe. While conducting this research, the Mercer Company compared the prices of 200 consumption goods in each city, like rent, transportation costs, price of food and entertainment, etc.

Sample prices in St.Petersburg as of spring 2016:

1-room flat rent – 20 000 Rub
Dinner/lunch in a good restaurant – 1 200 Rub/person without drinks
Cup of coffee – 100 Rub
Gas, 1l-95 – 38 Rub
Car rent, 1 day – 2 000 Rub
Speed exceed penalty 20 – 40км/h – 500 Rub
Parking, 1h – 60 Rub
Metro ticket – 35 Rub
Ticket to cinema/theatre/museum – 400 Rub
1l of milk/water – 60 Rub
Bread – 45 Rub
1kg of apples – 110 Rub

Where to stay?

Hotel service

A lot of specialists who come to St. Petersburg to hold a contract for a long time prefer to stay at the hotels. It solves all problems with cleaning, meals, etc. Get more information about the hotel services of St. Petersburg in this article.

Rent price

If you are moving to St. Petersburg or you just need some domestic comfort then you’d rather consider a rental flat option. Basic price forming factors of the rental pay in St. Petersburg are:

Location (downtown, outskirts, the prestige of the place);
Condition of the flat (presence and level of refurbishment);
Flat stuffing (presence and quality of furniture, household appliances, bathroom equipment, alarm system, video observation, telephone, Internet, Wi-Fi, etc);
Condition of the house, including staircases and surrounding area;
Quantity of rooms in the flat;
NB! In Russia it’s common to provide the whole quantity of the rooms, not only the bedrooms like in Europe. For instance, 1-room flat means 1 room+1 kitchen.
Metric area;
Type of a house.

The average rent in St. Petersburg depending on a quality (Rubles/month)

Apartment rent cost in St. Petersburg

Apartment rent cost in St. Petersburg as of March 2016

Some lessors include the household running costs to the rent. We advise you to clarify in advance who is responsible for these payments.
Household running costs can be:
2700 Rub and more per month for the Economic category
3500 Rub and more per month for the Comfort category
10000 Rub and more per month for the Elite category
This doesn’t include the electricity bill.

Read more on real estate in St.Petersburg

How to move around the city?

Car rent

The traffic in St. Petersburg, like any big European city, is rather heavy. If you decide to rent a car, you should also consider the rent of a navigator.

Car rent per 24 hours (without a driver)

Car rental prices in St. Petersburg

Car rental prices in St. Petersburg

Gas prices

Approximate gas prices in St. Petersburg are the following (prices are subject to change):
Eu92 – about 30 Rub/liter.
Eu95 – about 38 Rub/liter.

Taxi services

There is a plenty of companies that provide the taxi services in St. Petersburg. We recommend you to get several phone numbers of different companies for you to be able to get the car fast. The price of a drive inside the city is usually not more than 1000 Rub. The drive from Pulkovo airport to the city will cost you around 1 000 – 1 500 Rub.

Public transport

One metro ticket in St. Petersburg is 35 Rub. Bus ticket is 30 Rub. Minibuses (called “marshrutka”) are widely spread in St. Petersburg. One ticket is 40 Rub.

For more information check our article about transport in St. Petersburg.


Sightseeing, excursions and entertainment are also in the tourist’s list of the expenses in St. Petersburg. Average food and entertainment expenses are around 4500 Rub.

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Cafes, restaurants

One meal in fast-food restaurant (Teremok, Subway, Carl’s Jr., McDonald’s, Sbarro) is around 300-400 Rub. The price of a lunch or a dinner in a more prestigious restaurant is usually 2000 Rub and more.

Night clubs

Almost every club in St. Petersburg requires an entrance ticket. It can be from 300 Rub (small clubs) up to 1000 Rub. Read this post for one of the most popular street to spend night out.

Museums, excursions

Admission fee in the museums of St. Petersburg is usually the same as in Europe. One ticket to the Hermitage or the Russian museum will be 400 Rub.


Basically there are 3 types of purchasing food:


The most popular marketplaces of the city center are Kuznechniy (Vladimirskaya station), Sennoi (Sennaya Ploshchad’ station), Maltsevsky (Ploshchad Vosstaniya station), Sitninskiy (Gorkovskaya station), Troitsky (Tekhnologichesky Institut station), Vasileostrovskiy (Vasileostrovkaya station). The product quality is higher than in the chain shops, especially concerning meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruits, but the prices are corresponding.

Chain supermarkets

The experts calculated that 80% of the retail trade is conducted through the chain shops. There are around 800 hyper- and supermarkets and discounters in St.Petersburg. A lot of researchers admit that it’s too much for the city of 5 million people. Most famous hypermarkets are: “O’kay”, “Lenta”, “Karusel”, “Perekrestok”. Small chain shops are “Pyaterochka”, “Semiya”, “Dixi”.

Food prices are as follows:

bread 43-90 Rub,
1 liter of milk 50-90Rub,
1 kg of cheese 250-900 Rub,
500 grams of pasta from 50 Rub,
100 grams of leaf tea from 90 Rub,
100 grams of instant coffee 250 Rub,
500 grams of olive oil 400 Rub,
1 kg of pork: from 270 Rub,
1 kg of beef: from 350 Rub,
1 kg. of tomatoes: from 120 Rub.

Ordering food online

If you don’t have a car, opportunity or wish to leave your home or you just don’t want to waste your time on shopping, then online order and delivery is a perfect solution for you. “Okey” hypermarket offers delivery service – check out their website

Medical services

We would like to say a few words about the insurance before stating the prices for the medical services.

Policy of obligatory medical insurance, which the employer must subscribe up for his employee by law, gives the foreign citizen the right for following services:

– medical help at the medical emergency service
– medical help in outpatient departments and hospitals in case of a sudden health disorder or accident to the extent of the elimination of a life threat or acute pain
– transportation by means of a medical transport from a place of health disorder or accident to a medical establishment
– posthumous repatriation of the remains
Foreign citizens wanting to get a wider set of medical services are provided with such a possibility by means of the voluntary medical insurance. This insurance can be conducted by the employer (legal body) for its employee or simply by individual with the insurance company. The list of medical organizations, their services and prices of these services is the appendix for this contract and it depends on the price of the voluntary medical insurance itself. Dental services can be either included to the insurance or not. Because of this it is hard enough to set the price of the insurance, it depends on a lot of factors. Roughly, the cost of the basic policy including ambulatory medical help, help at home and ambulance is 16 500 Rub and more per year for adults and from 28 000 Rub for kids.

The approximate cost of commercial medical services in St. Petersburg


1 hour of ambulance service – 4 000 Rub and more, depending on the case

Traumatology centre (some basic services)

Appointment, consultation, medical examination – 1 000 Rub

Small and medium plaster – 2 500 Rub

X-Ray –  900 Rub.


Appointment, consultation, medical examination – from 800 Rub

Glasses adjustment – 450 Rub


Appointment, consultation, medical examination – from 800 Rub

Caries treatment – from 3000 Rub

Dermatologist’s, venereologist’s consultation – from 800 Rub

The list of private clinics with European standard service you may find on expat website

Translation by Salvatore Gagliarde

About Ekaterina Kazmina

I love St. Petersburg and sincerely wish more people from all over the world come here and see its beauty!


  1. Fred Hamburg

    May 15, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Quite expensive…i wonder how much people earn to live so…i ve heard wages are low

    • Franc

      October 28, 2015 at 2:47 am

      Ekaterina hello
      I am a student from rostov on don and i want to come in st.petersburg to study for civil aviation
      Can u suggest me an university for this Branch please..
      Best Regards :)

  2. Ekaterina

    May 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Average salsry in Saint-Petersburg is about 1000 USD. You are right, the life is quite expensive here.

    • Muhammad Ramzan

      April 6, 2014 at 6:50 am

      Im from pakistan i want come to here in saint petersburg kindly tell me how much rhere is monthly salery plz

    • Moe Jiyad

      August 23, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      My nephew would like to study fine arts in SP. What is the best institution that offers such study? What is the semester fees? How much is the monthly living for a student, including rent? Thanks for any help, and have a nice day.

      • Ekaterina Kazmina

        August 27, 2015 at 11:29 am

        Hi, Moe! The best place to study fine arts is the St.Petersburg Academic Institute of Fine Arts, Sculpture and Architecture. More information about the institute you may find here: You can contact the faculty of Fine Arts. Directly via mail:

  3. Reza

    August 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Hi Ekaterina, I wonder if there are some cheap places around the city to accommodate? some Hostels are in London whch are very cheap too. can we find like them over there? Thanks,

    • Ekaterina Kazmina

      August 2, 2013 at 2:23 pm

      Hello, of course we have some nice places with a good price to stay at. I will give you a few tips and you can check them on Graffity L, Bed & Bike Startup, Friends (, Gosti

      • Anas

        August 29, 2013 at 4:46 am

        Hi ekaterina
        I am a dentist and i am planing to do my master degree in orthodontic in saint petersburg university
        How much money per month do i need to live there. And what do you suggest for me for cheap accomedation . Can i find something for 300 usd per month or that is impossible

  4. Anja

    August 2, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Hi Ekaterina,
    your Informations are really helpful! Thanks!
    Me and my husband are thinking of moving to St. Petersburg ´causehe got a job offer there.
    Where yould be a nice area to live, we have got a little daugther as well and a bit of green close by would be great.
    We are visiting St. Petersburg in about two weeks and I´m really looking forward to see the city!
    Thanks for your help.

  5. Polina

    August 2, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Hi Anja, I would personally suggest to consider Petrogradsky district –
    In has parks, quite central and with many good schools. But it is also depends on which part of the city your husband is going to work. The traffic in the city is really busy, so if he doest want to spend 3h per day going to office and back, better to choose apartment which is closer.
    Wish you a great time in our city!

  6. Brawny.Paper-Towels

    October 2, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Hi Ekaterina. I came to your website because after being taught complete and utter bullshit during the first 15 years of my life in US public schools I now realize the only Evil Empire in the world is the one I myself currently live in. If you or any of your friends still think the US is glamorous, don’t. Not even the Mexicans want to come here anymore. The more I see your city and how impeccably it is preserved the more I want to come there. Plus, even though it’s not called Leningrad anymore, it seems you’ve preserved something of human rights. I see these Russians drinking tea and talking, generally getting along with each other. We have nothing of that anymore given that a greed driven society has pushed everyone here to the brink of madness and contempt for each other. Meen para, and I hope soon in Leningrad.

  7. ameer

    November 12, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    hi Ekaterina ,
    I am really overwhelmed by your blog you have written , as am planning to come down to the this beautiful city soon . Currently am residing in Qatar ,a middle eastern country with hot climates throughout the year , am just curious to know about the climate here .The average temperature in your city is 5 degree Celsius , will i be fine with these extreme cold temperatures.

    Thank you

    • Polina Polyakova

      November 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      hi Ameer!
      I recommend you to read you this post about climate in St.Petersburg –
      The weather now is still friendly :) +5C average, but in winter months going to be colder of course. But with warm clothes its still livable here!

  8. ariya

    December 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    hello, I am living in Iran-Tehran.Dear, I want to know about cost and living in st-petersburg. also I want to know about people and jobs,and I want to know May I living there with a good daughter or so on? I am looking forward to your answer. Thank you

    • Polina Polyakova

      January 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Dear Ariya, if there are still some questions about life in St. Petersburg you haven’t found answers in this article, feel free to ask. And also welcome to discus in our facebook or google+ community

  9. Panditraj

    January 14, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I am Indian and having one job offer from St Petersburg situated company. As per primary discussion they will offer me 60000$ yearly. Is it sufficient to survive with three member family in St Petersburg with decent lifestyle?
    Pls reply..!

    • Polina Polyakova

      January 14, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Hello, Panditraj!
      60 000 per year would be a good income. For example, the average yearly wage of a local is about 13000$. Which means there are many people who support there living with as little as 300$/month. You ll be able to rent a good flat downtown and even to hire cleaning maid, if you need. Feel free to ask any other questions if you have them. And welcome to our facebook community

  10. Rishi

    February 13, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Hi, can u please let me know how much expenses can I expect in St. Petersburg for 7 days trip in July. I prefer to use public transport most of the time and will be staying at some economy hotel. Also, I will be travelling with my Russian friend so I think that will help me. Thanks.

    • Polina Polyakova

      February 15, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Rishi!
      Not really easy to estimate the amount of money you need, because it depends a lot on where you want to go and what to eat and cetera. The bus/tram ticket in Saint Petersburg costs 25 rubles, metro 28 rubles. But most of attractions downtown you can see on feet. If you going to stay in a hostel, there is usually a kitchen where you can cook yourself. Cafés and restaurants in our city not really cheap, but we are going to prepare soon a list of inexpensive and quality food bars and restaurants. So lunch in such places would be around 250 rubles (7$). Then, if you want go clubbing, admission is from 300 to 1000 rubles (10 – 30$). Good places with free entrance also exist  So, roughly, I would say you need at least 40$/day, plus accommodation. For hotel/hostel, I advise you to look prices on or Choose period and you may wish to sort search results by price. Wish you a great stay here in St.Pete!

  11. Eli Abbot

    February 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Dear all,

    I just arrived in Saint Petersburg and my neck doesn’t move normally… Does someone know a good chiropractor or osteopath? Thanks a lot!

    • Polina Polyakova

      February 17, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Welcome to St. Petersburg, Eli. I can advise you visit osteopathy clinic near Technologichesky institut metro station. The cost of visit is 3000 rubles. Their website is here

      • Eli Abbot

        February 18, 2014 at 8:53 am

        Nice, Polina! Thanks so much for your useful and fast answer. I’ll try.

    • Mark

      April 15, 2015 at 8:11 pm

      Too many chicks to look at, eh?

  12. Marco

    March 10, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I will move in St Petersburg for about two months, I will do an internship there, could you suggest me a site where to find a room to rent in shared apartments?

  13. Matteo

    March 20, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    A company that teaches English is looking to employ me in Moscow or St. Petersburg. I’m thinking about asking for St. Petersburg, because it is smaller than Moscow (shorter commute time) and seems cheaper (renting flat). I want to save at least 12,500 USD for the year. Is that possible if I’m making 25,000 USD?

    • Polina Polyakova

      April 21, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      It is possible. There are people living with as little as 500 dollars/month. All depends on you. Wish you a good time in St. Petersburg!

  14. Кнут

    March 21, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Эта была полезной записью в блоге!! Спасибо!
    Но, Хотя я узнал много новых вещей о аренде квартиры, мне нужно больше знать. Я люблю Санкт-Петербург и я посещаю часто. Теперь я делаю доклад о жилье в городе. Мне нужно построить график о цене квартир в зависимости от размера и удалённости квартир от центра города. Кто-нибудь, пожалуйста, помогите мне? Какие самые лучшие сайты использовать для меня, чтобы найти информацию? Спасибо!
    Я ещё студент русского языка. Я извиняюсь за мои ошибки.

    • Polina Polyakova

      April 21, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Спасибо, Кнут. Про недвижимость у нас есть информация в этой статье В том числе и по ценам. Они изменяются каждый месяц. Нужно смотреть на сайтах агентств или больших порталов недвижимости Санкт-Петербурга.

  15. Bimlesh

    May 6, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Hey there!

    I am looking over to come for an internship in St. Petersburg lasting for almost 6 months. I have been provided with a shared accommodation over there. Can you please let me know a lumpsum amount needed to spend these many days(fooding, transportation and other basic requirements)

    • Polina Polyakova

      May 9, 2014 at 12:37 am

      Hi Bimlesh!
      It depends of course…But if you really mean basic expenses, i would say at least you need 10 000 Rub per month and so 60 000 for a 6 months. It’s about 1200 euro. But eating out and clubbing are not included in this amount.

  16. Afzaal

    May 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Polina Polyakova,

    I was searching about Moscow and St. Petersburg finally I just find out your article which was really helpful for me, but I still have some really important questions which I still didn’t find out anywhere.

    1- I am married with Russian girl she is living with me in Pakistan and we are thinking about to move in Russia, which city you prefer to stay for a long time with family?
    2- I am a Graphic Designer by profession and how much salary do you think I will get easily?
    3- I don’t speak Russian language at all, I only speak English and Urdu Language do you think it would be easy to get a job there?
    4- What do you think I should do about my career in Russia?
    5- I am Muslim, Would it be difficult for me to survive there?

    I will be looking forward to hear your opinion, Thanks

    Kind Regards

    • Asim

      March 1, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      Plz contact me iam also apply Saint Petersburg so plzz contact me 03228461776

  17. tarek

    May 29, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    hi all i will come to saint peters burg in September 2014 to study master in spbstu university they told me that the accommodation will cost me 1000$/10 month it a shared room with two persons in the university camp and they are going to make a health insurance 150 $ (is a good one )

    I want to know how much do i need per month to live ?
    I am outgoing person i don’t like to stay home long time

  18. tarek

    May 29, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    also one thing i forgot can i work for 3 to 4 hrs/day to support my self with the visa that i will get i think it will be a student visa

    • Rashek

      July 16, 2014 at 7:50 pm

      Hi Tarek.
      I’ve applied to SPBSTU for a MSc course. I’m from India and I’m in contact with a company called ResourcesPB which recruits students for the courses at SPBSTU.
      From which country are you?
      Did you go through the same process?

  19. Tamika

    June 30, 2014 at 4:20 am

    This site was… howw do I sayy it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something
    that helped me. Thanks a lot!

  20. ali

    July 12, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    hi I am student in st petersburg russia came from pakistan can any one tell me if I do marry with russian girls so what is procdure and process and in how much times I will get citizen of russia?

    • Abdullah khan

      July 16, 2015 at 4:09 am

      Salam Ali brother !
      Contact with me by Skype . I will explain to you the procedure of marriage with Russian girls .

  21. Nazeer Naqvi

    July 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    I am Syed Nazeer abbas naqvi from Pakistan, I love Russia and wanna job in Russia, I have few questions and I am requesting the administration of this website to answer my enquiries via email.
    1, I am a Muslim live in Pakistan.
    2, I can’t speak in Russian languages
    3, I am Bachelor in Arts with for result,
    4, Having a real solid experience in building construction, I have already served myself with Pakistan’s one of the most top leading construction company named Deokjae. I was site manager, site coordinator, site administrator on there mega project and having all certificates! Will this experience will be helpful for me in Russia.
    5, also having a great experience in managar and administrator posts because since 2009 I was working with a warehouse, contractor and security company named Abbas brothers,I started my career as a clerk but now I am managing director.
    6, what’s is the monthly average expenses of a single person in Moscow and Petersburg.
    7, it will be easy for me to work In Russia without Russian languages.
    8, what’s the job rate in Russia And in how many day I will got a good suitable job for surviving in Russia.
    9, I have talked to Russian consulate they told me that its much better if some company sponsore me for work, because there are lot of opportunities and jobs for English speaking in Russia, so tell me what’s the Procedure. How I will got a sponsorship visa.
    10, what will be my monthly minimum and maximum salary.

    Waiting for your great and favorable email.

    Syed Nazeer abbas shah
    From Pakistan

  22. Irakli

    October 25, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    nice article, thanks. I have a job offer from the company situated in st.petersburg. 1500 USD monthly salary. can me and my wife live a decent live with that wage? and is there a good places for entertainment? like cafes, bars/pubs discos? and what about the criminal? is it safe to walk in the downtown say at 3:00am?

  23. Ekaterina Kazmina

    November 13, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Hi, Irakli!
    Now the cost of Russian rouble is quite flexible. Today 1 dollar costs 46 RUR, but it chandes every day. So your salary can be now about 69 000 RUR. It’s higher than an average salary in St.Pete, but for two persons maybe not enough to live in grand style because you will need to rent an appartment as well (look through this article Also it is better check with your employer all the taxes you will have to pay and I recommend to fix your salary in equivalent of USD or Euro. As for entertainment, there are quite a lot. Check the Leisure page on our website. And yes, of course, you can walk at 3.00 in the morning.

    • wasiullah khan

      November 23, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Ekaterina,
      I am wasiullah kham from pakistan. We complete Bachelor Degree in Petroleum & N.gas Engineering 2013. I have no experience & still we search job. I want to come saint petersburg for learning 1year russian language programe. We ask you during study can i apply russian oil and gas companies or after complete language programe can govt allow me to stay russia more time to search job? Other question is how much minimum per hour/ month earning on part time basis in saint petersburg as well as what total monthly expendiutre will come only single person? Kindly guide me properly. I wait your precious answer.
      Wasiullah Khan
      Petroleum Engineer

    • hector

      May 8, 2015 at 1:15 am

      HI eksterina if I take 2000 dollars for two weeks I couldon’t moscow decent vacation in Moscow rent nice hotel rent a car

  24. Ekaterina Kazmina

    November 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Dear Wasiullah. While you will be studying in Russia you will have a student visa, that gives you a permission to stay in Russia one year only for studying and can be extended at the request of your university. With this kind of visa you can not work. After, if you find a proper job, your empolyer will have to make an invitation for you, that will be a base for the business visa, which allows you to work officially in Russia. As for the part time job – I am not sure I can give you the concrete answer. There is no minimum level, you can discuss all the details with your employer. I can say only that the average salary in St.Pete, fulltime, is 40 000 – 50 000 rubles before taxes. Wish you good luck and hope you will have great time in St.Pete!

    • deviprasad shetty

      October 15, 2015 at 11:31 am

      im still now im working in doha qatar engraving machine operator with supervising post im really interested about learning graphic design visual communication course.

  25. kenny

    November 29, 2014 at 2:49 am


    My company is about to close a large deal which will give me financial freedom and I am wanting to come to St Petersburg for 6 months, even though it is only me and my dog I like a lot of space.

    I want to live in the best part of SPB, there is a Golden Triangle? Can you let me know where it might be possible to find somewhere that has a private garden? I am sure the Golden Triangle is all apartments? Ideally i want to find somewhere that has a private garden, 3 bedrooms, a couple of levels (I do not like single level accommodation, i am used to going upstairs to bed!)


  26. Barun Sarkar

    January 15, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Ekaterina
    myself Barun from india
    I just want to know if I work any construction company for labour or any cafe or restaurant what about my salary ?what about duty hours 6hr or 8hr ?
    is there construction site fooding lodging free or chargable ? what about visa expenses for 2 years ? pls tell me soon

  27. Daniel Roy

    January 25, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Hi. I want to congratulate you.
    Simple advice like this goes a long way for us who know barely nothing.

    I wanted to ask
    1.What are the job placement offices i can contact to get me a job?
    2.What kind of visa is the best.?
    3.can one work on student visa?

  28. Ekaterina Kazmina

    February 6, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Hi, Daniel!
    You can look through the sites that has an English version or contact the Kelly Services office:
    When you find a proper job, your empolyer will have to make an invitation for you, that will be a base for the business visa, which allows you to work officially in Russia. With all the other kinds of visa (like students) you will not be able to work officially in Russia.

  29. Russianblogger

    March 19, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for well researched post! I found some very useful information for myself! It’s so much cheaper to travel to Russia now because of the fall of Russian Ruble so everyone should just come to visit St. Petersburg!

  30. fahad

    April 12, 2015 at 8:07 am

    hi. I am getting addmission in Saint Ptersburg Polytechnical university. Kindlly guide me how much I can earn by doing part time job there? Can I make 1200 to 1500 USD?

  31. Ekaterina Kazmina

    April 27, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Hi, Fahad! Of course it depends on your qualification, but 1200 – 1500 is quite a big salary (at lease higher than the average one in St.Pete) even for those people who work full time.

  32. ishtiaq

    April 29, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I would like to ask that i am from pakistan i want to come on russianlaguage course ,how much it cost and how much iearn monthly in dollars and what is expense of living,eating etc..,

  33. Ekaterina Kazmina

    May 5, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Dear Ishtiag, all the information about cost of living in St.Pete you can find in the article above:
    How much to earn monthly in dollars depends on you, but 1000 USD per month can be enough, I think, it is higher than an average in St.Pete. As for the Russian langugage course – please, check our article Education in Russia in the Relocation part: There you can find the information abou it. Best wishes from St.Pete!

  34. hector

    May 8, 2015 at 1:17 am

    What is a minimum wage salary in dollars

  35. Ekaterina Kazmina

    May 8, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Hector! According to the statistics, wage salary in St.Pete in the beginning of 2015 has been about 800 USD.

  36. hunny

    May 15, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Hello mam how much I can earn in driving…?

  37. zahoor khan

    May 16, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Hi any one help me i want
    admission in st petersburg in mba course.plz tell me which one university is affordable for me becuase i m belong from a normal class family

  38. Marcus

    June 19, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Hello I’m Sophie!
    I was born in Moscow and raised in the United States.

    I founded Moscow’s Russian Conversation Club in 2009 and the Swordpen Language Services bureau in 2011. I also write a regular column for Moscow Expat Life Magazine.

    Nice to meet you and check me out!

    • Ekaterina Kazmina

      June 25, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Hello Sophie (or Marcus)! Nice to meet you too.

  39. Paul

    June 19, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    came here 07-07-2005 as a scruffy elderly German economist with little cash in my pockets. And — stayed. Haven’t regretted 1 day so far.

    Will celebrate my 10th year in this amazing city soon.

    • Ekaterina Kazmina

      June 25, 2015 at 9:29 pm

      Hi Paul! I can understand you, because St.Petersburg is a city that touches everyone’s feelings. Good, that you have never regret about your decision.

  40. Jorge

    June 20, 2015 at 12:51 am

    Hi Ekaterina and Polina,

    Thank you for your blog and for helping us!
    My wife and I (from Ukraine) are planning to visit St. Petersburg and Moscow (hoping to spend NYE in either of those cities). Any tips? We are debating to either spend 4 days in St. P. and 3 in Moscow or viceversa. I love history and therefore I knew a bit of St. P. but after watching a documentary and some pics I got hook with its beauty and fond for arts and culture.

    I am planning to do a PhD in International Rel. (I already finish a MA in the same field) program and I was thinking about doing in Russia (either St. P or Moscow), my wife speaks Russian and I guess she can legally work there (she is finishing a MS in Finance here in the States). What would you recommend? it is hard to obtain a job there? better if job secure before arriving? I am assuming that for her it may be easier than for me (language/culture). Also, how much money do you need to make or to have saved to rent a bedroom apt (living-room + bedroom) in a good area that can host two small dogs). Thanks again and my apologies for so many questions!



    • Ekaterina Kazmina

      June 25, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      Hi Jorge!
      We are very glad that you liked the blog. We will try to give you the answers at least to some of your questions. What can I advise you for the NYE – actually the programme for the NY celebration will be formed by the restaurants and hotels later, but you can start choosing the hotel now: Some of them offer NY packages with some interesting activities. Also I would like to advise to book the ticket to The Nutcracker ballet at the Mariinsky theatre – it is a fantastic winter fairy tale with beautiful music by Chaikovsky, that creates a NY mood. Our article about Mariinsky Theater is here, you can book the tickets on the web-site of the theater:
      Some information about working in St.Pete you may find here: You can also look through the sites that has an English version or contact the Kelly Services office: to discuss the job opportunities. When your wife finds a proper job, the empolyer will have to make an invitation for her, that will be a base for her business visa (if she is not a citizen of Russia). Only with business visa she can work here officially.
      Basic information about accommodation in the city you may find in this article:
      We wish you a nice trip to St.Petersburg!

  41. Serkan Aydın

    June 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Hello Ekaterina, I am from Turkey, i will come to peter to study nuclear power engineering in spbspu.Accomodation,education and health insurance will be paid by russian government.Also my government will give me 500$ is it enought?
    And Have you anything important to say to a student :)

  42. Ekaterina Kazmina

    June 30, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Hello Serkan! 500 USD according to the current course is 27 500 RUR. It is not a huge amount, of course, but if you don’t have to pay for the apartment it is not bad for a student. Just to compare: average salary in St.Pete, fulltime, is 40 000 – 50 000 rubles before taxes.
    As for our advice – in St.Pete like in other big city there are touristic places and those for locals. So read our blog and find out the interesting places with good prices.
    We wish you good luck and good time in St.Pete!

  43. nisar

    July 1, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Hye im nisar from pakistan mam im coming next month in saint petr burg got admission in russsian language in private colege mam tel me job facility easily avail in sint petr brg I want part time job can you help me mam im hardwork and duty full person plz give me idea and guide.text my email id

  44. md safdar imam

    July 8, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I’m going to join Pavlov state medical university next month and as I lived in university hostel then how much cost for a month .thanks

    • Ekaterina Kazmina

      July 14, 2015 at 4:28 pm

      Hello! University hostel probably has some special prices fro students. If to say about hostels in St.Pete in general, you may find the information in this article:

      • md safdar imam

        July 19, 2015 at 1:41 am

        Thanks Ekaterina.. How much will cost for a month if I cook by myself living in university hostel. email me on.


  45. shubham

    July 10, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I was looking for seeking adm. In St.petersburg medical university and I prefer studying in English language.Is there m.b.b.s course available in English.

    • Ekaterina Kazmina

      July 14, 2015 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Shubham! You can check here, it is the biggest medicine institute in St.Pete:

      • prashant

        October 25, 2015 at 12:08 pm

        Hi….i’m form india…i want to stay in kazan i like to work there…so any type of kazan for mi…pls help me

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  47. Ahmed

    July 13, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Hello Polina, thanks for your great articles and its really very useful info, actually i am egyptian and want to move to st petresburg, i am a web developer and IT professional and have a good experience in this field , what the opportunities in this field for working there and the possibility if i can start my own business and how and the cost ?

  48. moin

    July 25, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Polina. I am using this forum to ask one question that any one from Saint. peters burg polytechnic university under the scholarship program? I just want to know that how much stipend they give to the scholarship applicant for Masters.


  49. ashoak singhee

    July 30, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    hello sir,
    i am a industrialist from india want to know about manufacturer of acrylic sheet & polycarbonate sheet in russia. please help also i want to know about plastic sheet business possibilities in saint petersburg or in moscow please guide me

  50. Haider

    August 6, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    This is Haider from Pakistan.
    I have some queries please answer them.
    1. can a university student (foreigner) take loans from banks? If yes then upto what amount?
    2. Can a foreign student purchase own property (land)?

  51. dorbesh shibly

    August 18, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Hi,Ekaterina Kazmina, at first thank you so much for ur informative article. I really get benefitted from this article. I am from asia recently i got scholarship in seints petersburg electrotechnical university in biomedocal engeneering. But They will only bear my tution fees and study materials so i have to bear my own living cost. I asked my superviser about accomation they said in campus dormetory the cost will be 1100 rub and insurance cost will be 4000 rub. So can u please give me further information about loving cost in your city?? According dormetory?? Can i do part time jobs to bear my own expenses is it available here?? At last i wanna say i like russian pepoles i think they are so friendly can u please give me some links of groups to facebook or other website or block where i can find russian pepoles and discuss about further matters and share our cultures. Thanks in advance. And sorry if i bother u with my long text full of questions, my apologies for that. Hope to hear from u soon. Warm regards.

  52. arif

    September 7, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Hi Ekaterina Kazmina;

    I am planning to have 3 months extensive language course in Stp .During my course ı think that Flat an apartment in the central area could be good option for me;so could you give me any advice regarding rent options with reasonable pricing ?

    Thanks ins advance for your interest


  53. paul

    September 8, 2015 at 4:25 am

    i was reading your article seems so nice, i would like to know if there are some black people in russia, and if they getting well into russia society.

    is that cool for a black person visit russia?

  54. Dave

    September 17, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Hi Ekaterina and Polina,
    Thanks for your help!
    I’m planning to study a long term/ one year Russian language course.
    Please let me know most affordable schools available in STp.


  55. shakeel

    September 23, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Hi dear my lovely ekaterina polina I’m student and I’m coming your good city s.t petersburg for student visa first I will learn rassian language complete 2 than I will do work job plz tell me how cost rent shearing one year plz tell me fast answer

    sstudent visa first I will learn

  56. Miraj Khan

    October 2, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Hi Ekaterina and Polina,

    I am Miraj Khan from Pakistan. I have done master in Fine Arts (Graphic Design)and have more then 6 years work experience in graphic design. I wanna Come to st. Petersburg for Russian language. Duration of my visa is one year. I can’t Speak and write Russian language. How can I find job there? How can I find cheap shared room for living there.
    Kindly guide me Please..

  57. Daniel Franco

    October 15, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Екатеринна и Полина, привет из Коломбий. Я бы хотель изучить в SPbPU, хотя я не черный, я не белый либо англосаксонских, я честно говоря обеспокоены расизмом. ¿Там есть черные или латиноамериканские студенты?. На данный момент все русские, которых я встречал хорошие люди, например у меня есть русские друзья в США но один из них сказал мне “не прибудь туда потому что это может быть небезопасным”. Я оценю ваше мнение. Большое спасибо.

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  59. Ganesh

    November 27, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Hi I’m from India.
    Need a job CAB driver or any more
    I’m interested any job

  60. muhammed

    December 9, 2015 at 9:35 am

    my questions goes directly to Ekaterina and Polina,
    I’m living in Nigeria, am planning to come and study general medicine in saint petersburg state university can you help me and tell me the tuition,hostel and life insurance Fees please and what I will be spending monthly

  61. mohammed

    December 10, 2015 at 12:46 am

    Hey. I want study medicine in saint petersburg state pediatrics academy can help me and tell me the tuition fee,hostel and life insurance fee i checked the school web site but i dnt see it.

  62. Rajveer singh

    February 27, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Please can you let me know about travelling, food and lodging expenses at st petersburg and Moscow for seven days.I have plans to visit in April end.

  63. pascal

    March 10, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Hi, are these prices still relevant? I go for a love interest to visit St.Petersburg for a few days and I need to know, how much around to take with me. I go in april.

    • Polina Polyakova

      March 10, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Pascal! Nice to know you are visiting St.Petersburg soon. Prices are relevant in rubles, but exchange rate has changed. So do not look at the amounts in Euro. We will remove euro equivalents soon because exchange rate is fluctuating lately.

  64. Yersin Nouel

    April 11, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Hi polina and ekaterina….you guys are doing a great thing helping others…..well girls…my name is Yersin Nouel, a guy from Venezuela, im a bartender and journalist, I would like to go to your city and try to get a job as a bartender, I always love Rusia and I have a couple friends over there…is possible for me to work in a bar or something??? how much money can I make for a month? could I rent a little room to stay?? I will appreciate any information you guys can give to me…..


  65. Josie

    April 24, 2016 at 1:49 am

    I am getting ready to go to St. Petersburg. I want to visit the Hermitage.
    Do many of the people speak English?
    Are they friendly or hostile to Americans. I am 65 and my goal is to visit all the great art museums in the world before I die. I’m in relatively good shape for someone my age (i.e. no walking problems, no heart problems, etc.)

    I got along fine in rome, paris and of course london, but how do the Russian people treat Americans? I don’t know the language. I was going to put my requests in russian on 3×5 cards so I could tell a taxi driver where I wanted to go and also in a restaurant what I’d like to eat/drink

    • Polina Polyakova

      April 24, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Hi Josie!
      Thats a good idea to visit St. Pete and Hermitage museum! Among young citizens you will find more people who speak English. So, if you need help, try to catch someone who looks like a student. We are normally friendly to anyone and Americans of course are not excluded. So, do not worry for this! Just as in any other touristic area be aware of pickpockets and those who try to cheat tourists. Don’t carry a lot of cash with you, make a copy of your passport and visa and take it with you leaving original documents in you hotel room. If you have smartphone, use Google Translate tool instead of paper cards. It can translate words or phrases by speaking.
      If you managed in Rome, which has similar rate of people who speak English and much more of those who try to cheat tourists (I worked in a hotel in Rome and had many stories of our guests who were robbed in metro, Vatican or Termini station): you will for sure manage on your own also in St. Pete. It would be also easy and not costly to find a person to accompany you. Tourist guides are not so expensive because Ruble/US Dollar exchange rate is now in your favor. You can try to catch-up with other travellers using community. Wish you great time in St. Pete!

  66. Soheil

    May 1, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Hi there
    I Wanna study medicine in Sp Pavlov Medical State University , but I really know nothing about the cost of living in this city for a student and I wanna know if I come to Russia can I do some student job and how much could I get ?
    thank for anyone that could help me
    looking forward to your answers

    • Khan

      November 26, 2016 at 2:02 am

      It will be hard for you to do job with study , better dont come to Russia.

  67. prashant

    May 13, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Hi guys.
    I am coming to St. petersburg for about 4 months and planning to do a semester course over there. I need some info on
    1. what places are safe and comfortable to live in like an apartment etc.
    2. Should i go for a proper lease agreement and are expats allowed to take appt on lease. if you guys have any contact that shall be great.
    3. Are Indians accepted well in russia?

    Prashant Ajj

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  69. kayes hasan

    June 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    i want to come russia for study.. bt i will have to do a job for bearing my fees… is it possible?

    • Khan

      November 26, 2016 at 2:01 am

      dont come to Russia.

  70. Michael

    July 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    if ekaterina doesnot see this article anymore can Polina Polyakova give me some contact info would like to talk to you directly guys

    • Polina Polyakova

      July 6, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Michael! Please kindly comment on this page only in English, so that other readers could read too. Otherwise write us at

      • Michael

        July 6, 2016 at 4:41 pm

        alright iam sorry for that

  71. Michael

    July 6, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    well one of my main questions that i want to study master tourism in russia and i was told that the best place in russia to do that is peterburg i hope u can confirm or disagree with that and tell me why , and if its true best place to study tourism and also work in this field is peterburg which university do you suggest for me to make master in tourism keeping in mind please that iam looking for the cheapest university as possible because i know that things in peterburg are kinda expensive and thanks for your concern

    • Michael

      July 10, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      anyone has any tip to give or help with please? :(

  72. shail

    August 27, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Hi polina, I received offer letter nd visa copy from Russian company.. they provided 1500 USD per month, is this enough or not to living expenses in Moscow or st Petersburg..

  73. Hassan Munir

    August 31, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Well m planninv to move with family of 3 baby girls to russia,can u suggest me which city will b better for average living in russia which could be safe for my family. M banker by profession but wanna do a bussiness. Please also suggest me which bussiness will b excellent with low intial fiananc?

  74. Khan

    November 26, 2016 at 1:59 am

    Assalamo alikum ,for work is better Moscow and for living there are many cities .

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