Sure, Moscow is known for the nouveau glitz and glam, but the cost of living in Russia can be completely affordable and can also make it a comfortable place to live in. The image of a visitor to Russia is very different from the reality of living as a local. Russia can be an expensive place to live if you live like a Russian mogul or expatriate business traveler. But your average citizen will find living in this country to be reasonable and comfortable. Apartments are affordable, transportation is cheap and convenient, utilities are inexpensive and local phone calls are free.
Cost of living in Russia
Outside of the major metropolitan areas, the cost of living in Russia gets even cheaper with food and transportation costing only a fraction of a teacher’s monthly salary. Though the cost of living has increased over the last few years, everyday living costs remain comparably low. And if you want to save more of your hard-earned rubles, many teachers at English First choose to share flats to divide costs.
If you are still not convinced, check out some average costs and prices for several basic necessities in Russia:
- Utilities expenses are cheap, less than 1,500 RUB, around 40 USD per month
- Local telephone land-line calls are free
- Cable TV and Internet connection approx 1,000 RUB, around 25 USD per month
- The cost of mobile phone text messaging is extremely cheap
- Western-style restaurants have western style prices, but local Russian restaurants, cafes and bars have far more affordable prices and offer good wholesome fare.