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All Russian and international students stay in student hostels in rooms for 2-3 people that meet the sanitary requirements and norms of the Russian Federation. Rooms are provided with the necessary furniture and bedding. The student can buy some personal items such as dishes, electrical equipment etc. on his/her own expenses.
In winter, all rooms in university hostels are heated. The average temperature indoors is +22°С.
Almost every student hostel has a cafe, a gym, classrooms for studying, laundries, telephone call boxes for long-distance calls, medical posts, and Internet centers.
There are toilets and showers with hot and cold water supply system on every floor of the hostel. Unlike many other European countries, there is a kitchen on every floor of a Russian student hostel, where you can prepare meals according to your individual taste and wishes. There is a good and widely enjoyed tradition of inviting friends for a dinner of a national cuisine: European, Asian, Arab, African, or Latin American. A broad variety of food products from all over the world that you find in food stores and supermarkets gives foreign citizens an excellent opportunity to stick to the same foods they were accustomed to at home. It is a good idea for a student to learn how to cook.
Students themselves are responsible for their rooms’ tidiness. A cleaner on the staff of the hostel cleans the rooms of public use (corridors, halls, kitchens, showers and lavatories).
The student is fully liable for breakage or loss of any university property that the student is using within the period of studies.
Students should keep the hostel clean and tidy, as well as take into consideration and respect the interests of their neighbors. At night, they should be quiet. No matter what their background, citizenship, nationality, status and income are, students live in a hostel as one big multinational family.
The average cost of accommodation in a student hostel may vary, depending on the town and university, from 30 to 70 EURO per month.
The student, who first time arrives to Russia, does not know in advance, who will be his or her room-mate. However, if it happens that the neighbor is not from the same country, it will be an additional reason to enforce the language practice and to speak in Russian language to each other. Nevertheless, if there are more vacant places available in the hostel, the administration of the hostel will be glad to consider the wishes of the student and to change a room for the student or to give him or her the possibility to live alone with the extra-payment for the additional place. Accommodation costs may change due to an increase of energy resources cost rates (gas, cold and hot water, electric power). These changes are brought about by alterations in the situation on the global market of energy resources and the economic condition of the country, and not by the university or RACUS. Russia is one of the leading powers supplying energy resources to the world market. It holds one of the largest stocks of natural resources. Therefore, changes in the accommodation cost rates are small.
On the first arrival in Russia, the student should have about 300 EURO for buying some basic personal things like clothes, dishes, electrical equipment, etc.
The average food expenses are about 100 – 130 EURO per month. Students may go to cheap student cafes, or prepare their own meals in a hostel kitchen.