In order to live comfortably while studying in Russia, the student should have about 150 – 300 US$ monthly for living costs, above the cost of tuition. The cost of living and studying in Russia is much cheaper than in any other European country, though living expenses in Moscow and Saint Petersburg are a little bit higher than in other Russian cities. It is difficult to name a definite sum because of the difference in students’ lifestyle, but you can see approximate costs below.
Stationary needed for a student costs very cheap. For example, a bundle of 1000 rough papers costs 2 US$. Pens, pencils and other writing materials are even cheaper.
Text books are provided by University Library.
Good Jeans cost 10-20$US, shirt costs 5-15$US, T-shirt costs 5-12US$.
Food in Russia is cheap. For example, for 1.5US$ a student can buy 4 Kg of Potato, or 4 KG of ONION or 3 liters of milk etc. Dairy products are cheap as well.
TRAVEL IN THE CITY
Student Pass on different means of Public Transport (Underground, Busses) is issued by University and costs only 5US$ a month.
TRAVEL AROUND THE COUNTRY
Students get 40% off the regular price on Train and Bus Tickets.
International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is issued right after the student gets Admission at University. Students with ISIC get 30% off the regular price on Air Tickets.