A majority of international students live in dormitories during their study in Russia. As a rule, dormitories are located close to teaching blocks with accommodation fees much lower than apartment or hotel rental rates.
Types of Dormitories Available for International Students in Russia
Russian universities have corridor-type, block-type and apartment-type dormitories. Corridor-type dormitories tenants share shower rooms, lavatories and kitchens on the floor, while in block-type dormitories amenities are available in each section. In apartment-type dormitories, all living quarters come equipped with a bathroom and a kitchen. Many universities offer all three types of dormitories; international students can be accommodated in any of them depending on the available places.
Some Russian universities accommodate international students in hotel style dormitories. For example, Kazan Federal University international students live in Universiade Village neighbourhood built for participants in the World Summer Students Games 2013 in Kazan. Far Eastern Federal University accommodates students at the APEC Summit 2012 complex featuring four-star hotel living conditions and daily room cleaning.
There are normally one to four people living in each room. Two- to three-person rooms are usually allocated to bachelor’s students (four-person accommodation is infrequent), two-person rooms are shared between master's students and post graduates are offered single occupancy rooms at some universities. International students can be accommodated with their Russian peers or at the dormitories specially reserved for foreigners.
Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia has a well-deserved reputation of a most international university; its policy is to put international students from different counties in each room. This university thus encourages cross cultural communication between students as they get to know other nations’ traditions and learn to come to terms.
Accommodation fees depend on where the university is located, dormitory type, the number of students sharing a room and some other factors. Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University housing rates vary depending on study mode, education programme and comfort level. Scholarship students pay 960 rubles (some $16) per month while study contract students’ accommodation fees start from 3,000 rubles ($50) per month.
Tomsk State University dorm halls offer free wi-fi. In-room Internet option costs 150 rubles ($2.5) per month. Novosibirsk State University Internet connection option is available at 400 rubles ($7) per month. Siberian Federal University dormitories offer several Internet options priced from 250 rubles ($4) per month, depending on Internet speed.