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St. Petersburg, Russia

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on May 08, 2023

Summary: The approximate population of St. Petersburg, Russia is 5.4 million people. People often describe St. Petersburg as a vibrant and beautiful city with a rich cultural heritage. Expats love the city's vibrant nightlife, its many museums and galleries, and its proximity to the Baltic Sea. The weather in St. Petersburg is generally mild, with temperatures ranging from an average high of 68°F (20°C) in the summer to an average low of 18°F (-8°C) in the winter. The average cost of living for an expat is estimated to be around $1,500 per month. The cost of a one bedroom apartment in St. Petersburg is estimated to be around $500 per month, while a two bedroom apartment is estimated to be around $700 per month.

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What do I need to know about living in St. Petersburg?

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

"Expats considering retiring in St. Petersburg, should be aware of several factors before making the move. Firstly, it is essential to research and understand the visa and residency requirements, as retirees may need to apply for a temporary or permanent residency permit. The cost of living in St. Petersburg is generally lower than in Western European countries, but it is still essential to have a clear understanding of the expenses and create a budget accordingly. Housing, utilities, and transportation costs should be taken into account, as well as healthcare and insurance. Speaking of healthcare, expats should be aware that while there are public healthcare facilities available, the quality of care may not be up to the standards they are used to. It is recommended to have private health insurance and consider using private healthcare facilities for better quality care. The climate in St. Petersburg can be quite harsh, with cold and long winters, and relatively short summers. Expats should be prepared for this change in weather and invest in appropriate clothing and home heating systems. Language can be a barrier for expats retiring in St. Petersburg, as not everyone speaks English. Learning some basic Russian phrases and taking language classes can help make daily life and communication easier. It is also essential to understand the local culture and customs, as well as the political climate in Russia. Expats should be respectful of local traditions and be aware of any political tensions that may affect their stay. Finally, it is crucial to have a strong social network and engage in activities to meet new people and make friends. Joining expat groups, participating in local events, and volunteering can help create a sense of community and make the transition to life in St. Petersburg more enjoyable," remarked one expat who made the move to St. Petersburg.

"Before retiring in St. Petersburg, it is important to research the cost of living and familiarize yourself with the city and its attractions. It is also important to research local healthcare options and any cultural issues that may be relevant. Make sure to look into visa requirements to ensure that you can legally stay in the city. Additionally, it is recommended to learn the Russian language, as English is rarely spoken in St. Petersburg. Lastly, make sure to research the public transportation system, as this is typically the most reliable form of travel in the city," explained one expat living in St. Petersburg, 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.

New Holland Island in St. Petersburg, Russia

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