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Moving to Russia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Apr 13, 2023

Summary: Expats and digital nomads move to Russia for a variety of reasons, including the country's rich cultural heritage, its vibrant cities, and its relatively low cost of living. The most popular cities for expats and digital nomads in Russia are Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Yekaterinburg. People looking for a place to live in Russia can find a variety of options, from renting an apartment to staying in a hostel or hotel. Additionally, there are many online resources available to help expats and digital nomads find a place to live in Russia.

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What do I need to know before moving to Russia?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Russia, they said:

"You should have a trustworthy Russian mentor... someone affiliated with your company, or somehow known to someone you know. Either that or a very experienced expat contact. Deal only with a well-established reputable house agency recommended by your trusted contact. Don't be dazzled by an amazing-looking flat in a historic district without first checking out what'a available for groceries etc. nearby. Find out what public transport is available nearby. Try to locate walking distance to a subway (tube)," said one expat in St. Petersburg.

"Expats should be aware that Russia is a large and diverse country with a wide range of climates and cultures. It is important to research the region you are moving to and familiarize yourself with the local customs and laws. Additionally, it is important to obtain a visa before entering the country and to register with the local authorities upon arrival. Expats should also be aware that the cost of living in Russia can be high, so it is important to budget accordingly. Finally, it is important to learn some basic Russian language skills to help with day-to-day life," said one expat who made the move to Russia.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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