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Moving to St. Petersburg, Russia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on May 08, 2023

Summary: St. Petersburg, Russia is a vibrant and culturally rich city that attracts expats from all over the world. With its stunning architecture, world-class museums, and vibrant nightlife, St. Petersburg is a great place to live and work. The city also offers a wide range of activities and attractions, from the Hermitage Museum to the Mariinsky Theatre. Before moving to St. Petersburg, it is important to be aware of the city's climate. Winters in St. Petersburg can be long and cold, with temperatures often dropping below zero. It is also important to be aware of the language barrier, as most locals speak Russian. Additionally, it is important to be aware of the cost of living in St. Petersburg, which is higher than in many other cities in Russia. Finally, it is important to be aware of the visa requirements for expats, as they can vary depending on the country of origin.

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What do I need to know before moving to St. Petersburg?

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

"Before moving to St. Petersburg, make sure to research the best neighborhoods to live in, as well as what types of housing are available. Additionally, learn about the local culture, customs, and norms. You may also want to check out the city's entertainment, restaurants and nightlife, as well as other recreational activities. Make sure to find out about the transportation options and security measures in the city, and take out an insurance policy in case of any possible mishaps. Finally, prepare for the extreme climate by stocking up on winterwear and other weather proof accessories," replied a member in St. Petersburg.

"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)," commented one expat who made the move to St. Petersburg.

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About the Author

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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