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First-Year Student's Checklist

Dear first-year students,

Below you will find a list of important steps, which you will need to complete by the end of August and in September to settle various organizational issues, so that your studies run smoothly and you can focus on learning.

Organizational meeting 30.08.2021 (PDF, 1.57 Mb) 



1.   Housing

For International Students:

For students admitted to government-funded placesi.e.100% scholarships in HSE University’s dormitories are distributed via their personal online accounts. Access to the section Dormitory (Общежитие) in your account will be available after completing the section Offer of Admission (Согласие), as well as the recognition procedure, but not earlier than August 20, 2021. A referral to check in to your dormitory with the exact address and room number will be available in your online account three days before the date of your arrival to the Russian Federation, which you must mark in advance in your online account in accordance with the purchased ticket. Therefore, by the moment of your arrival to study, a place in one of HSE University’s dormitories will be reserved for you. Please download and print out an accommodation referral form to present at the dormitory.

The average cost of a place in a dormitory is about 2000 rubles per month.

IMPORTANT! Check-in at the dormitory will be possible no earlier than August 23, 2021. At the dormitory, international students shall submit the following:

  • two tests for COVID-19 by PCR (first test before arrival, the second one after arrival);
  • a certificate of vaccinations carried out or a copy of a certificate of preventive vaccinations (form No. 156 / y-93);
  • a voluntary health insurance policy (VHI) valid in Russia and purchased before the arrival. The voluntary health insurance policy should include medical examination, which is to be done after the arrival to Russia. After the medical examination, a student will be provided with the certificate that should be handed to the dormitory.

For students admitted to fee-paying places, a special accommodation service is launched. Using this new service you will be able to choose one of the available variants for living outside the HSE University. Starting June 1, you can send the request form from your personal account or fill in your request online. Please see all the details hereMore details about the service for choosing accommodation options are available on the website


2. Learn about visa and registration

Basic information: 

Visa and registration (eng) (PDF, 1.15 Mb) 

Visa and registration (rus) (PDF, 749 Kb) 

Visa and registration for CIS students (rus) (PDF, 681 Kb) 

More details: HSE Visa and Registration Center  

Email: visa-registration@hse.ru

3. Receive a Student ID Card

Student ID cards will be issued upon your arrival, please contact your programme manager.

4. Receive a LibraryCard

Read the Library Use Policy here: https://library.hse.ru/documents.

Fill in the online registration form on the Library website at: https://elib.hse.ru/e-resources/library/appl_form.htm 

To get registered, you need a student ID card number and an HSE University corporate e-mail address. 

Within 3 working days, you will receive the number of the library ticket by email. If you have the HSE App X mobile app, the library ticket will automatically appear there as well.

5. Receive a Moscow Social Card (for public transport discounts)

A social card can be obtained from a local office of the Moscow Multifunctional Centre (‘My Documents’).

Step 1: Check to see if your data has been included on the Moscow Social Register’s website: check the register of students/residents/doctoral students

Step 2: Complete registration on the www.mos.ru portal and submit an application for the issue of a Moscow social card through your personal account. Applications are usually processed within 30 calendar days. You can check the status of your application through your personal account or by visiting here.

International students may submit an application for the issue of a Moscow social card in person at one of the My Documents centers (regardless of their place of residence or place of study). 

Step 3: Pick up your Moscow social card from the My Documents centre that you selected when making an application for it. 

Important: if your personal data is not found in the Register, you must contact the manager of your Programme Office as soon as possible.

6. Obtain a MIR Card from VTB Bank (for Scholarship Payments)

Only for students receiving scholarships from the HSE University. 

In partnership with Branch N. 7701 of VTB Bank, HSE University’s accountants oversee the issue of scholarship debit cards (note: these are not social cards) with free banking services and with a special HSE University design (our mascot, the Crow). 

You must send to std@hse.ru:

  • a photo/scan of a completed and signed application;
  • a photo/scan of a notarized translation of your passport;
  • a photo/scan of your temporary registration.

In the subject line of your e-mail, please state the following: 'Issue of MIR scholarship card from HSE University, Year 1, 2021'. A response will be sent with further instructions.

Students will be notified about the place, date and time for their card’s issue via their HSE University e-mail accounts.

See also (in Russian): HSE University Accounting — scholarships and other payments to undergrads and graduate students, as well as the issue of MIR bank cards. 

7. Apply for a Certificate of Attendance (if necessary) 

A certificate, confirming that you have been admitted to HSE University to the degree programme 'PEP', shall be issued within five working days after an application is submitted. Fill in the form to order a certificate  

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