It’s better to start with a further USD 200 to 300 for extra expenses like medical insurance, living arrangements in an apartment or dormitory (buying dishes, bed linen, detergents etc.), and to purchase books.
When you select a city for education, please keep in mind that the highest prices are in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, while expenses in other regions will be lower.
The tuition fee at Russian universities varies from RUB 65,000 to 350,000 per year depending on the region, university, and discipline. The students who are admitted to state-funded places on a competitive basis or who are awarded a government scholarship (quotas) study free-of-charge. Those students receive an allowance (the average monthly allowance in 2015 was RUB 1,300).
The price of rented student accommodation in Russia varies from 150 to 35,000 roubles per month depending on the region, type and location of the lodging (dormitory, rented room, or apartment).
A voluntary medical insurance policy (VMI) for students at Moscow universities costs from 6,000 to 9,000 roubles a year. The insurance shall cover the entire education period, though universities request that policies are paid by the year or the semester.
According to official information, the minimum shopping basket (including bread, pasta, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, milk, and sugar) in Russia costs from 3,200 to 5,000 roubles a month depending on the region. Russians estimate their monthly meal expenses to fall between 8 and 20 thousand roubles (USD 120 to 150). Much depends on the region where people live and what and where they buy (corner shop, supermarket, and market).
An average lunch check in Moscow cafes and restaurants ranges from 700 to 2,000 roubles, while a set lunch costs between 150 and 400 roubles. Fast-food prices are even lower.
A single journey on the Moscow subway costs 50 rubles, while a 20-journey travel card costs 580 rubles. Using a student discount one can get a monthly Moscow underground card for 350 roubles (the cost is even lower in other cities
When you buy an SIM-card, the cost of the card is credited to the phone number account and then you top up the balance depending on the tariff plan.
Dormitories offer payable or free Internet access. When you rent an apartment, you are usually asked to pay for the Internet separately, about 300 to 500 roubles a month, depending on the region, provider and rate.
Many cultural centers offer discounts for students, and some museums can be visited free with a valid student card.
Entry to clubs in Russia is generally free of charge, and visitors buy drinks and snacks. The average price of a cocktail in Moscow clubs is 340 roubles and 300 roubles in other cities. Young people in Moscow spend 1,000 to 5,000 roubles per weekend.