SRAS Guide to Living in Irkutsk

The following is a quick overview to some of those services and products that students often need in the course of a semester or summer abroad. This covers everything from haircuts to pharmacies and gyms to computer repair. Students should generally expect to need to speak at least some Russian when seeking out these experiences […]

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Udelnaya Flea Market in St. Petersburg, Russia

Six blue line stops north of Nevsky Prospect  is one of the most enjoyable and authentic experiences that I have had in Russia. Rows and rows of stalls selling clothes, antiques, jewelry, tools and everything in between. Some sellers shout about what they’re selling, while others discuss prices and make sales with shoppers. This is […]

The Bus System in St. Petersburg, Russia

“To get there, take Minibus 287 or Bus 186 and transfer to Bus 545.” As I heard this, I almost couldn’t believe it. Just how many buses were in this city? And how could it be possible to learn to use them in just a summer? My next thought was, why even learn? I can […]

St. Petersburg: Student Budgets and Logistics

Students in Moscow report spending about $80-110 a week average over the course of their stay. This covers groceries, city transport, an occasional meal out, school supplies, modest weekend entertainment, and other general living expenses. Note that this guide assumes 65 rubles = 1 US dollar. Prices current as of September, 2018. In This Guide […]

Homestay Experiences in Bishkek and Talas

Bishkek I decided to stay with a local host family in Bishkek to improve my Russian communication skills. My host family has four members, all of whom live on the west side of town. My hosts include the father, mother, their 11-year-old son, and an uncle. Their daughter is currently studying abroad in England, so […]

Bishkek: Student Budgets and Logistics

Students in Bishkek report spending about $25-40 a week average over the course of their stay. This covers groceries, eating at the university cafeteria, city transport, eating out, school supplies, modest weekend entertainment, and other general living expenses. Note that this guide assumes 68 som = 1 US dollar. 100 som is about $1.50. Prices […]

Public Transportation in Bishkek

In Bishkek, as in many cities, public transportation is the primary and most effective way to get around town. There are four widely-used types of public transportation here: municipal bus, trolleybus, taxi, and marshrutka. 1. Marshrutka Locals have mentioned to me that marshrutkas are their most disliked method of transportation, but they are also evidently […]

Dorm Life at the London School in Bishkek

Where you live while studying has a huge impact on your time in Bishkek. There are three housing options for Bishkek: homestay, off-campus student housing, and on-campus dorms. The homestay is great for those who want to be immersed in Kyrgyz culture and language, but it also costs $10 a day, which can add up. […]

Packing List for Study Abroad (+what to do with your laptop, cell phone, etc.)

A semester or year stay abroad requires considerable planning. If you will be spending winter months in most SRAS locations, luggage can quite easily become unwieldy, which can mean airline charges for overweight bags. Planning what you need in advance can help you avoid this (and help you avoid forgetting something important). Invest in good, […]

How to Survive Your First Week in Bishkek

I arrived in Bishkek in a daze. I had just spent thirty hours travelling, and it hadn’t quite set in that I was actually in Kyrgyzstan. Honestly, I didn’t feel like I was really in Kyrgyzstan until I visited Issyk-Kul later that day. The excursion coordinator at the London School, Danar, picked me up from […]

Managing Your Cash While Abroad: A Student Guide

Eurasia today is quite affordable. Students are often surprised how far their dollars will go even in major cities like St. Petersburg and Warsaw – and very surprised at how far they go in places like Bishkek and Irkutsk. However, students can also be surprised at how easy it is to run into troubles – […]

SRAS Guide to Living in Moscow

The following is a quick overview to some of those services and products that students often need in the course of a semester or summer abroad. This covers everything from haircuts to pharmacies and gyms to computer repair. Students should generally expect to need to speak at least some Russian when seeking out these experiences […]

Moscow: Student Budgets and Logistics

Students in Moscow report spending about $90-110 a week average over the course of their stay. This covers groceries, eating at the university cafeteria, city transport, an occasional meal out, school supplies, modest weekend entertainment, and other general living expenses. Note that this guide assumes 60 rubles = 1 US dollar. Prices current as of […]

Kyiv: Student Budgets and Logistics

Students in Irkutsk report spending about $30-50 a week average over the course of their stay. This covers food, city transport, school supplies, modest weekend entertainment, and other general living expenses. Note that this guide assumes 27 Ukrainain Hryvnia = 1 US dollar. Prices current as of February, 2018.   In This Guide Getting Started […]

My Budget in Irkutsk

Irkutsk is a very affordable city especially in comparison to Moscow, St. Petersburg, and American cities. Most students in Irkutsk can live on average of 30-50 dollars per week. I am very frugal and spend about 30-35 dollars per week but depending on your shopping habits, that can vary widely. Note: The ruble during my […]

My Home Stay Family Experience in Kyiv, Ukraine

When I was preparing to study abroad, one of the hardest decisions I had to make was where I was going to live: with a host family or in the dorms. This was a topic that I pondered over for weeks, trying to weigh the pros and cons of both options. Several of my friends […]

Free Laundry at MGU!

Free Laundry at MGU Сектор Б / Sector b MGU Main Building / Main Dorms Monday – Friday, Sunday, from 9:00 – 12:00; 16:00 – 23:30 Closed Saturdays Free of Charge!   MGU offers two student laundry facilities. One is a paid service that comes with free detergent and various service options, such as the […]

Sick in a Foreign Country? Here’s what to do!

Sick in a Foreign Country? Here’s what to do! Fall 2017- Kiev, Ukraine   When preparing to study/move abroad, the excitement is overwhelming. You’re preparing to enter a new culture and you’re prepping yourself for the many changes that are to come. There’s a million things circling around in your head, such as housing, flights, […]

In Memory of the Warsaw Uprising

The Minute Warsaw Stood Still Marking the Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising Every August 1st at 5:00 PM Place: Any Busy Street in Warsaw Walking around Warsaw on a daily basis, I have not become a stranger to witnessing memorials or places where something important in history has occurred. Everywhere in Warsaw it seems to […]

Izmailovin’ – A Beginner’s Guide to Enjoying the Vernisazh in Izmailovo in Moscow

Vernisazh Souvenir Market at Izmailovo Izmailovo Park (Metro Partizanskaya) Wednesday-Sunday from 10am to 8pm Closed Monday and Tuesday Budget: 40 rubles – infinity   Calling all tourist trap victims who are simultaneously balling on a budget: Put down that overpriced Matryoshka doll that you found in Red Square and back away slowly. If you’re as […]

Irkutsk: Student Budgets and Logistics

Students in Irkutsk report spending about $35-50 a week average over the course of their stay. This covers groceries, eating at the university cafeteria, city transport, an occasional meal out, school supplies, modest weekend entertainment, and other general living expenses. Note that this guide assumes 65 rubles = 1 US dollar. Prices current as of […]

Holidays in Russia

For a full list of holidays of cultural importance in Russia with dates, days off, and histories included, please see this article on Folkways, part of the SRAS Family of Sites. Share this…FacebookGoogle+TwitterLinkedinVKStumbleUponemailPrint

My Student Budget for Moscow, Summer 2016

Note: When this article was written, the conversion rate was $1 USD to 65 RUB. Hello everyone, I’m Jack. I studied with SRAS’s 2016 summer language program in Moscow. Living here can be expensive or cheap. It all depends on you. I came to Moscow planning on spending about $70 a week, but over the […]

Planning Your Moscow Student Budget

Moscow Student Budgets I spent about $100 a week on food and incidentals Prior to arriving in Russia, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect in terms of the money I’d be spending on a daily basis. The SRAS budget guide was helpful, but of course, each budget is individual and composed of numerous small […]

Vladivostok: Student Budgets and Logistics

Students in Vladivostok report spending about $60-90 a week average over the course of their stay. This covers groceries, eating at the university cafeteria, city transport, an occasional meal out, school supplies, modest weekend entertainment, and other general living expenses. Note that this guide assumes 70 rubles = 1 US dollar. Prices current as of […]

Warsaw: Student Budgets and Logistics

Students in Warsaw report spending about $80-100 a week average over the course of their stay. This covers groceries, eating at the university cafeteria, city transport, an occasional meal out, school supplies, modest weekend entertainment, and other general living expenses. Note that this guide assumes 3.7 rubles = 1 US dollar. Prices current as of […]

University of Warsaw Library

University of Warsaw Library Library Card: 10 PLN Hours vary – see below BUW.uw.edu.pl Acquiring a library card for the University of Warsaw Library may be one of the best investments you can make while in Warsaw.  For only 10 złoty, you may purchase a public access library card at the UW Library, a behemoth […]

Transportation in Warsaw

Poland offers a broad network of public transportation with Warsaw serving as the central hub.  Traveling to and around Warsaw is simple whether you arrive by plane or train.  Warsaw’s international airport (Frederic Chopin) has a few direct bus lines to the city center, taking around half an hour to get from Chopin to Centralny […]

Laundry at Moscow State University

Laundry at Moscow State University Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 – 22:00, Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 22:00 Cost: 100 rubles/wash or dry, 250 rubles for drop-off service (1 load washed and dried) When you first enter your room at Moscow State University, you may notice that there is no refrigerator. After about a week […]

MSU Go! iPhone App

MSU Go! Free Apple Application On November 14, 2014, Apple released a new application for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad called “MSU Go!” The app is available in the App Store and on iTunes. The app also has a page on VKontakte (ВКонтакте), the Russian version of Facebook. Dmitry Kuzhanov, a former MSU student and […]

Finding an Apartment in Moscow

At the end of my term as a participant in the SRAS NGO and Cultural Internship program in Moscow, I have decided to continue my stay in Moscow independently. As just one part of my plans to facilitate this, I have found an apartment in Moscow in this monstrous city for the duration of the […]

Moscow State University Library

Lomonosov Moscow State University Research Library / Научная библиотека Московского Государственного университета имени М.В. Ломоносова Ломоносовский проспект 27 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm, Closed Sunday Cost: 50 rubles for library card Perhaps one of the most important things to know when studying at a university is where its library is and how to utilize it. […]

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