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Living costs

Living costs

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Going abroad expects having adequate understanding of possible expenses that the everyday life will incur. Below you can find a brief summary of what you will need on a regular basis while living in St. Petersburg.

Russian currency is the ruble. It is recommended to exchange your national currency at bank offices; there are quite a few of those in every city district.

Nowadays, kopeks have practically got out of use and normal operations are done in rubles.  Most everywhere you can pay with your debit/credit cards. However, there might occur small stores, kiosks and many other vendors which operate in cash, please be ready for that. 

You can find below approximate costs of your probable everyday needs:

Lunch at SPbPU’s canteen

RR 150 - 250 

Business lunch at cafés and bars

RR 250 – 450

Fast food (burger)

min RR  50

Restaurant (1 person)

RR 800 – 2000

Espresso

RR 80 – 150

A cinema ticket

RR 250 - 300 

Bowling (1 hour)

RR 500 – 1000 

Billiard (1 hour) 

RR 350 –550

Aquapark

RR 1,000 – 1,500 

Museum

Depends on the museum

1 haircut

RR 500 – 1000

Laundry

RR 100 – 350

a loaf of bread

RR 40 - 60

1 liter of milk

RR 40 – 50

12 eggs

RR 70 - 80

1 kg of chicken

RR 120 - 150

1 kg of apples

RR 70 - 80

1 kg of bananas

RR 40 - 50

1 kg of tomatoes

RR 80 - 120

1 liter of juice

RR 60 - 70

1 pair of jeans

RR 2,500 – 3,500

1 shirt

RR 1,000 – 1,500

1 hair shampoo 

RR 70 - 250

1 pair of sport shoes

RR 1,500 – 3,500