Relocating to Russia
If you are relocating an executive to Russia or if you are relocating to or within Russia yourself, you have found the right relocation and immigration specialists. Helpxpat provides professional relocation and immigration solutions tailored to the needs of international executives.
Moving to Russia
Russia is a proud country full of traditional values but also Western influences. Although Russia is rather popular among expats, settling down there can be quite challenging. Fortunately, we have some tips to keep in mind when moving to Russia.
Relocating services in Russia
For the past few years we have consistently relocated corporate executives to live in Russia and their families to, and within, Russia. We are responsive and professional, and always operate with care and sensitivity towards our client’s needs.
The rental real estate market in Russia has been very competitive following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990, where all property was state owned and allocated to individuals to ‘use’ based on their occupation. Post-communism, Russian housing, in particular Moscow property, has flourished with a buoyant market for renting and buying Russian property.
Home Search in Russia
Searching for a new property in Russia can be stressful, time-consuming and very frustrating, often requiring that you view numerous properties that don’t meet your requirements. Helpxpat will save your time by assuring all properties closely suit your needs and reporting back to you with an itinerary. Our consultants in Russia have considerable market knowledge and negotiation skills.
A safer option is to use the services of a relocation agent, who will be able to speak the language and understand the local nuances of the Russia property market.
Types of accommodation in Russia
As a rule, the majority of rentals in Moscow are apartments and come either furnished, semi-furnished or unfurnished. Most landlords will accommodate your requests to add or remove furniture and, in some cases, you can agree for them to buy furniture you have purchased when you leave.
In the outer suburbs of Moscow, there is also a number of gated complexes and luxurious villas coming up on the market. Naturally, with more space you should expect to pay a premium, plus factor in the longer commute into the city, but you will have more chance of finding a house to rent in Moscow.
For students, there are dormitories, room rentals and homestays to help reduce the cost of renting in Moscow. Read more in our guide to student accommodation in Moscow. There are also some distinct styles of Russian housing, such as the kommunalki, communal flats as seen in Moscow, and dacha, small houses in the countryside. These are explained in our guides to the history of houses in Russia and Moscow apartments.
How to find a home in Russia
Rental prices in Moscow are typically listed with square metre measurements and a monthly cost listed in roubles or US dollars. According to Numbeo, a one-bedroom apartment in Moscow’s city centre will cost an average of USD 1,000 (RUB 55,000), whereas you can expect to pay USD 550 (RUB 33,000) farther out in the suburbs. A three-bedroom apartment can average from USD 1,500 (RUB 90,000) to USD 3,000 (RUB 180,000) depending on the location and size. However, there is room for negotiation with rental prices in some cases, for example, through Russian utilities or negotiating on furnishings and redecoration. Rent is often still paid in cash, but most landlords will accept wire transfers in roubles or dollars.
A one-month rent deposit is also required by most of the landlords in Moscow. If you are using a real estate agent to find rentals, they are likely to charge a small amount called a ‘caution fee’ to secure the property, as well as additional fees for administrative and arrangement services for drawing up rental agreements, among others. This can vary from agent to agent, so ask upfront for costs.
Renting in Moscow city centre
For many young expats or those needing convenient access to the city, choosing to rent in the centre of Moscow puts you in the heart of it all. Tverskaya Street, leading off from Red Square, is the most central street in Moscow, complete with high-end shops and nightspots that attract foreigners and wealthy locals alike.
Other central areas that are a little quieter, but equally as central, are between Arbat and Kropotkinskaya, which are beautiful tree-lined pedestrianised streets with a relaxed, cafe lifestyle.
Other popular residential areas
Slightly out of the centre you’ll still find pleasant areas within the Sadovoye Koltso, also known as the Garden Ring. These are generally quieter, residential areas with good links to the city centre and plenty of local amenities, such as restaurants, cafes, shops and green areas.
One of the areas favoured by expats and locals is the Patriarshiye Prudy, on the north-eastern edge of the Garden Ring. With a pretty park as a central focus and good transport links with four metro stations all within walking distance, it can be a perfect compromise for city living with more space.
Choosing a right school in Russia
A great power with a prominent emerging economy, Russia has a highly-educated population and attracts a growing number of university students from abroad. A diverse international school sector centred on Moscow caters to demand from expatriates and local elites.
There are many English-medium schools offering the curriculums of Britain, the US and the International Baccalaureate Office as well as French, German, Saudi and Indian schools. Coeducational day schools predominate.
International schools in Russia
Russia has 50 IB World Schools, of which 23 schools are authorised to offer the IB Diploma.
Some 550 private schools have been set up in Russia since the 1990s, including schools such as the Moscow Economic School that teach in English and Russian and offer an international curriculum.
Other private bilingual schools offer the Russian curriculum alongside an international stream. Accrediting bodies include the Council of International Schools and Council of British International Schools.
Parents should note that 33 of the 50 IB World Schools are state schools, many of which teach IB programmes in English but mainly publish school information in Russian. Mostly in Moscow, they include elementary, middle and senior schools.
Education is compulsory for 11 years from age six or seven. The state school system comprises a four-year elementary stage, five years’ of middle school and two years’ of senior school leading to the Maturity Certificate. The Russian Federation has hundreds of universities.
Relocation agencies in Russia
Helpxpat specialise in helping people move and are set up to relieve employees of the issues that occur when moving to Russia and we offer a wide range of services and provide aid in every aspect of your relocation – from visa struggles and work permits, to transport and finding housing.
Relocating without any assistance and help can quickly evolve into a matter of frustration, confusion and surrender – Our expert expat team is ready to get your relocation going, so why not jump-start your move abroad and contact us today? Best to start early!
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