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Tuition Fees and Living Costs in Russia| Study MBBS in Russia

Cost of Studying & Living in Russia

With 650 state universities wherein around 1, 65, 000 students come from 200 different countries, Russia has made its way among the top choices for students as an education destination and stands strong with highest literacy rate in the world (99.6%).Each year number of students ponders over various education destinations to pursue their higher studies. Russia with various courses to choose from stands among the top choices for education. A student can choose from variety of courses like MBBS, Sports Medicine, Paediatrics, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Clinical Psychology, Economy, Business Informatics, Accounting, Banking Management, Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering and many more.The different degree programs typically cost around $2000 to $8000 in tuition fees per year which may include expenses like hostel accommodation, study meterials etc. The exact cost varies depending on the major taken as well as the institution granting the degree.

Higher education for foreign students in Russia is subsidised by the government. Adding another pillar of support for foreign student, the Ministry of Education and Science of Russia allocates Public Scholarships to Ministries of foreign countries and to Russian students studying abroad.

MBBS Fees in Russia (2018-2019)

Medical Universities RussiaFee (1st Year) Fee (2nd to 6th Year)
Bashkir State Medical University5300 US Dollars2900 US Dollars/Year
Belgorod State University5500 US Dollars5500 US Dollars/Year
Volgograd State Medical University6250 US Dollars6250 US Dollars/Year
Voronezh State Medical University5750 US Dollars5750 US Dollars/year
Kazan State Medical University6600 US Dollars6600 US Dollars/ Year
Altai State Medical University5500 US Dollars3300 US Dollars/ Year
Orenburg State Medical University5500 US Dollars3000 US Dollars/Year
Smolensk State Medical University5500 US Dollars5500 US Dollars/ Year
People's friendship University8500 US Dollars8500 US Dollars/ Year
St. Petersburg Medical University I P Pavlov5100 US Dollars5100 US Dollars/ Year
Ryazan State Medical University4800 US Dollars3800 US Dollars/ Year
Orel State University4800 US Dollars4100 US Dollars/ Year
Kazan Federal University5600 US Dollars5600 US Dollars/Year
Crimea Federal University5000 US Dollars4000 US Dollars/ Year
Northern State Medical University5500 US Dollars4000 US Dollars/ Year

1 USD=65 INR(approx for calculation)
Fees includes Tuition Fee, Basic Hostel Fee and Medical Insurance.

Accommodation Costs (University Hostel and Apartment)

There are usually two types of accommodation- hostel and off campus. Cost of hostel accommodation ranges from $30-$100 per month. These dormitories are most affordable option to spend your student life in Russia. Off campus accommodation are usually on the high side, and is between $150-$400 monthly depending on the region, type and location of the lodging (dormitory, rented room, or apartment).

University Hostels/Dormitory

This is the most affordable option. International and out-of-town students are provided with dormitory places. Normally they are located on the campus or not far from the university. In most cases from 2 to 4 students share a room. In a typical dormitory room you will find writing desks, chairs, closets, bookshelves, beds and nightstands. University dormitories are normally equipped with shared kitchens, gyms, recreation rooms, canteens, and laundromats. There are also locker rooms and bicycle sheds available. A security service operates on the premises.

The accommodation fee is set by the university. It may vary from 500 to 5,000 roubles per month, depending on the university and the city, and makes it a much cheaper option compared to a rental apartment. Payments can be done on a monthly basis or per term. Sometimes you can even pay in advance for the whole academic year. In this case some universities may offer you a discount. Dormitories offer payable or free Internet access. When you rent an apartment, you are usually asked to pay for Internet separately, about 300 to 500 roubles (USD 5-8) per month, depending on the region, provider and rate.

Rental Apartments

If your university does not have a dormitory or for some reasons you don’t consider it as an option, then it is advisable to look for a rental apartment or room. Naturally, it will be more expensive, but you will be able to find a location and level of comfort that suits you. If you plan to rent an apartment with your fellow students or stay with a host family, you will be able to choose your neighbours.

Medical Insurance

A medical insurance policy for students costs from 6,000 to 9,000 roubles (USD 100-150) a year. The insurance shall cover the entire education period, though universities request that policies are paid by the year or the semester.

Meal Expenses

Grocery price in Russia
Grocery price in Russia

According to official information, the minimum shopping basket (including bread, pasta, meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, milk, and sugar) in Russia costs from 3,500 to 5,000 roubles (USD 58-83) a month depending on the region. Russians estimate their monthly meal expenses to fall between 8,000 and 20,000 roubles (USD 130 to 330). Much depends on the region where people live and what and where they buy (corner shop, supermarket, market) .


A single journey on the Moscow subway costs 55 roubles (about USD 1), while a 20-journey travel card costs 720 roubles (USD 12). Using a student discount one can get a monthly Moscow underground card for 380 roubles (USD 6), the cost is even lower in other cities.

Cultural Pursuits

Moscow theatre tickets cost from 500 to 2,500 roubles (USD 8-41) and cinema tickets, 150 to 500 roubles (USD 2,5-8). A museum costs 100 to 1,000 roubles (USD 1,5-16).Many cultural centres offer discounts for students, and some museums can be visited free with a valid student card.


The average cost of a monthly pass to fitness centres varies from 1,700 to 4,500 roubles (USD 26-75) in Moscow and from 1,500 to 3,400 roubles (USD 13-56) in other regions. When you buy an annual pass, the average monthly cost will be lower. A monthly swimming pool pass costs 300 to 500 roubles (USD 5-8) in Moscow and less elsewhere. Many universities have their own gyms, swimming pools, and sports centres where services are cheaper than in the city or even free for university students.


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 400 roubles (USD 6) and 300 roubles (USD 5) in other cities. Young people in Moscow spend 2,000 to 5,000 roubles (USD 33-80) per weekend.


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