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New Holland Island in St. Petersburg, Russia

Cost of Living in Russia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Nov 27, 2021

Summary: What is the cost of living in Russia? Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Russia talk about the general living costs, the cost of housing and health insurance.

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Housing Costs in Russia

"Much higher. I could rent a house on the beach in South Carolina for the price of a 2 room flat here. Expect to pay $1200-1800 a month if you live alone," remarked another in Moscow.

"This is the grand question indeed! Rentals are fair priced at about $10-$20 SqM/month. You get what you pay for! Buying an apartment here is expensive and getting more expensive. The best areas here for ex-pats are usually near to tourist areas and these are going for up to $3000 SqM. As mentioned above, the quality is not the best. Most buildings are from the Stalin era (1930)," explained one expat.

"Well, you can run the gamut. Compared to NYC or SF, it's generally a lot less, though you can find somebody who'll happily try to get that kind of price out of you. Probably comparable with midwestern cities. Average costs for foreigners and Russians is very different. If the price seems about comparable to your home area, it's probably too high. Try dickering," said another person in St. Petersburg.

"Higher, mainly because it is a furnished appartment. I pay $350 a month. I know of many people (for who their company is) paying $1200 or even $5000 a month," remarked another expat in Moscow.

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