1. Meals, Catering and Food
According to official data, the basic foodstuffs (including bread,
pasta, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, milk, and sugar) cost 4,209 rubles a
month (~ USD 65 per month) in Russia.
The average cost of a lunch in a Moscow café/restaurant is 700-2,000
rubles (~ USD 11-31). A business lunch costs 230-440 rubles (~ USD 3.5-7). Fast
food prices are a bit lower.
2. Transportation Expenses
The cost of a subway/Moscow
Central Circle/monorail/ground transport trip is 55 rubles (USD 0.85). If you
use your Troika travel pass, it will cost 50 rubles (USD 0.77). If you buy such
a pass, your subway/ monorail/ground transport trip will cost 38 rubles (USD 0.59),
and a subway/ground transport trip will cost 59 rubles (USD 0.91) if you choose
the 90 minutes tariff plan and change lines.
If you use your student discounts when travelling by subway in Moscow,
you will need to pay 395 rubles per month (USD 6.12 per month).
3. Mobile Communications and
SIM cards for mobile phones and tablets are sold in mobile shops. You should
not buy SIM cards from street vendors. To purchase a card, you need to submit
your passport (with your place of residence indicated) and a migration card. The
shop assistants will help you find an optimal tariff for the calls, SMS, mobile
Internet use, etc. The cost of a standard services package is 300-400 rubles (~
USD 4.5-6). When you buy a SIM card, this amount is transferred to your
account, and in the future, you will have to add the sums you need every month
in accordance with your billing plan.
Mobile Communications Costs
There are three national mobile
operators in Russia. They are MTS, Beeline and Megafon. The billing plans they
offer are similar. The tariffs range from 500 to 800 rubles per month (USD 7.75-12.39
per month). Their billing plans include SMS and Internet use.
Internet access via Wi-Fi is available in almost all student residence
halls and rented apartments. The average fee for the Internet use ranges from
350 to 500 rubles per month (USD 5.42-7.75 per
4. Medical Services
Medical services are rendered by public and private hospitals and
clinics in Russia. In order to get access to services of public hospitals and outpatient
clinics, including student hospitals, you need to have a medical insurance
policy. Services are rendered on a fee-payment basis in privately
owned clinics/hospitals. Your insurance policy does not cover the cost of their
Please note that only first-aid and emergency medical services are
available to foreigners for free in Russia.
First aid in case of a threat to life (incl. accidents, injuries,
poisonings and similar conditions) is ensured by ambulance service personnel of
public medical institutions. The medical professionals bring the patients to a
stable condition. The cost of further treatment can only be covered by an
insurance policy or the patient has to pay the fee in this case, if there is no
Non-emergency medical services are rendered on a fee payment basis. In
order to have access to them, an international student needs to purchase an insurance
policy that will cover the cost of medical consulting services, tests,
examinations, prescriptions, etc. You can purchase an insurance policy in
Moscow. The price starts from 7,500 rubles per year (USD 114.90 per year).
Voluntary Medical Insurance Policy
As a rule, international students come to Russia for quite a long period
ranging from a few months to 4-5 years, so a regular tourist medical insurance
policy that can be bought in their country is not an option. Firstly, it does
not cover the costs of the services rendered by most Russian hospitals.
Secondly, such a policy usually requires that the services be paid for by the
patient whose expenses are then reimbursed by the insurance company upon arrival
to his/her home country. This is inconvenient for the students who study
Upon arrival, you should purchase a voluntary medical insurance policy
which covers the costs of a minimal list of medical services described in the Russian
law (including outpatient and inpatient care, hospitalization, and medical transportation)
and can be used for covering the costs of services rendered by clinics and
hospitals located near your place of study or residence. If you have such a
policy, you will not need to pay for treatment, you will have to submit your student
ID (or passport) and your policy.
Every foreign national should purchase
a medical insurance policy before coming to Russia. The minimal
insurance coverage for a foreign national is 100,000 rubles (USD 1, 549). This
is a rule that has been operational since 1 May 2016. You need to take this into
account when purchasing a voluntary medical insurance policy. Please note that even
international students whose tuition fees will be covered from the Russian
budget funds under intergovernmental agreements will have to purchase a
voluntary medical insurance policy using their money. For further information
on the policy purchase, please go to our Visa Department located at: 49
Leningradsky Prospekt, room 514.
5. Apparel Costs
There are many chain stores in Russia where goods of popular (both internationally
recognized and Russian) brands are sold. Apparel prices are generally higher in Russia than
in the European countries. Yet, you can find good quality inexpensive items
during the sales period. For example, a T-shirt might cost 300 rubles (USD
4.65) and a pair of jeans might cost 1,300 rubles (USD 20.14) during those