The cost of living in Moscow as a student depends on the personal lifestyle and the activities a student engages in. However, the average amount of the basic expenses varies between 15 000 and 20 000 RUB per month.
I. Basic expenses
1. Accommodation: dormitory fees vary from 900 to 1 500 RUB per month depending on the location of the dormitory. In case a student prefers to live in a separate room outside of a dormitory, the prices for renting a room are influenced by the market prices and factors such as proximity to metro stations, location etc.; usually the cost for renting a single room in an apartment is around 25 000 RUB per month, excluding the public utilities costs.
Read more about living in the dormitory.
2. Transportation: transportation by metro costs 365 RUB monthly if using student’s social discount card (issued to all the students by default). Additionally, if other means of public transport are used an extra cost of 50 RUB per travel may appear. Without a social card, the transportation costs might reach 2 000 RUB on a monthly basis.
3. Food and beverages: the expenses for buying food and beverages and cooking at home are approximately 2 000 RUB a week, where the prices for fruits and vegetables differ according to the season. An alternative could be going to a restaurant for a meal, where ordering a good burger for instance can cost 600 to 800 RUB and having a dinner in a restaurant can cost 1 000 to 2 000 RUB. However, fast-food restaurants are much cheaper: KFC – approximately 300 RUB per meal; McDonalds – approximately 250 RUB per meal; canteen-type dining facility – 400-500 per meal; lunch offer in a restaurant – 500-700 per meal.
II. Spare time
1. Parties: having a good party can cost from 1 000 to 4 000 RUB per night. Of course, the prices vary depending on the entry fees and clubs’ pricelists. Average cost of a pint of beer in a bar is 300-400 RUB.
2. Erasmus Student Network activities: ESN offers many different activities and trips to various destinations. Ticket prices can reach 700 RUB for weekly activities and 3 000 for major trips.
3. Culture: Students are often offered a discount for museum, theatre or gallery tickets. Usually a standard price for a ticket is around 300 RUB.
III. One time purchases
1. Clothing and shoes: winter clothes and shoes vary in price too: from 4 000 to 20 000 RUB. It depends on student’s personal style and brand preferences. As an advice it can be suggested to choose clothes and shoes of higher quality even though they might be more expensive, in order to use them during both Fall and Winter seasons. A good winter coat would cost 5 000-8 000 RUB.
2. Equipment: dormitories are not equipped to satisfy every student's need for kitchen tools, so they should have their own kitchen equipment (pots - around 400 RUB, pans - 200 to 500 RUB, plates, etc.; a kettle will cost around 1 000 RUB). Additionally, a good option for cooking at the dormitories will be a rice cooker or an electric pan, which can be found for 2 500 RUB to 5 000 RUB.
IV. Other expenses
1. Learning the language: if learning Russian language is a priority, and a student wants to visit Russian language classes outside of the university, a tutor will charge around 1 500 per hour. However, regular communication with Russian friends and classmates usually helps to improve his/her language skills.
2. Documentation issues: in case an official translation is needed, students may be charged around 700 RUB per page and around 450 RUB for a government stamp. The prices for an official translation of a passport can reach 1 000 - 1 500 RUB.
3. Books: prices vary from 400 to 1000 RUB for a book. Usually every bookstore has a section with books in languages other than Russian.
4. Telephone: depending on the mobile plan and the speed and limit of the mobile internet connection, the monthly pay can reach 500 RUB.
For even more detailed expenses, please see International Student Support page.